GRADING

At Union University of California, grading is accomplished by the faculty members or qualified graders using a combination of objective multiple choice questions and subjective evaluation of essays, term papers and other assessments for student homework and examinations. Instructors rate student achievement on content, accuracy, organization, presentation, analysis, promptness of submissions and overall quality.

GRADING RUBRICS

A grading rubric is a tool utilized by faculty to identify standards and criteria when grading assignments. To ensure consistency in grading, faculty are asked to utilize the rubric below when evaluating student assignments and discussion question forums. Rubrics give students a way to see what components are needed to successfully obtain the optimal grade on the assignment or class discussion participation. It also standardizes the criteria needed to complete the assignment so that instructors can actually show students what they hit and/or missed in their submitted work. However, a copy of the rubrics will be included in each course syllabus since the guidelines may be modified by the course developer to meet the needs of each specific class and degree level program.

WRITTEN COMMUNICATION SKILLS ASSESSMENT RUBRIC


Organization

8 points

  • Is organized effectively around a clear central purpose orthesis.
  • Is organized adequately around a central purpose or thesis.
  • Is organized in a limited way and occasionally moves away from the central purpose.
  • Is organized in a limited way or fails to be organized atall.

Out of 8 points

8 points

7 points

5-6 points

0-4 points

Development/Content

40 points

  • Outstanding evidence and explanation in support of each claim.
  • Analysis is thought- provoking and original.
  • Shows inferential thinking with maturity of thought.
  • A thorough analysis that goes beyond the obvious.
  • Convincing evidence and explanation in support of each claim.
  • Shows inferential thinking.
  • Clear attempts to explain the thinking that links the evidence to eachclaim.
  • Appropriate evidence in support of claims in each body paragraph.
  • Confusing or inadequate evidence or lack ofevidence.
  • Lack of explanation or confusing explanations that link evidence to claims.
  • No inferential thinking.

Out of 40 points

36-40 points

31-35 points

21-30 points

0-20 points

Research-Quality

20 points

  • Facts, quotes, and paraphrasing from reliable sources.

 

Included research from subject-matter experts.

  • Facts,

conclusions, and opinions from reliable sources.

  • A mixture of facts from reputable sources and opinions from unreliable sources.
  • No evidence of research or information taken from unreliable sources.

 

Out of 20 points

18-20 points

16-17 points

11-15 points

0-10 points

 


Language

8 points

  • Precise and clear use of language.
  • Smooth, fluid, readable,style.
  • Careful choice oftone.
  • Specific and clear use oflanguage.
  • Readable and confidentstyle.
  • Appropriate tone.
  • Correct and clear use of language.
  • Style is clear but inconsistent and sometimes vague.
  • Tone is acceptable.
  • Unclear, incoherent use oflanguage.
  • Style seems inappropriate foraudience.
  • Inappropriate tone.

                   Out of 8

points

8 points

7 points

5-6 points

0-4 points

 

Grammar/Format

8 points

  • No grammar or punctuation errorsexist.
  • Sentences are varied and strong
  • Perfect format according to Turabian requirement.
  • No distracting patterns of error
  • Sentences clear, correct, and varied
  • Essay conforms to required format with 1 or 2 errors.
  • Few distracting patterns of error.
  • Essay conforms to required format with minorerrors.
  • Grammar is sloppy with numerous surfaceerrors.
  • Does not conform to requiredformat.

   Out of 8

points

8 points

7 points

5-6 points

0-4 points

Comments:

 

Out of 100

points

DISCUSSION RUBRIC

Participation is measured by quantity and quality of posting in discussion forums. A minimum of three postings is required: one new thread and two reflective responses to other students’ postings. Students will be graded in a 0 to 100 scale as follows:

  • Quantity criterion (3 posting) is met orexceeded
  • New thread is at least half-page (200 words) and sources are cited (it may be Internetsources)
  • Answers are timely within the specified duration of themodule
  • Answers respond adequately to the content or question asked in theforum
  • Make connections to the course content and/or otherexperiences
  • Are written correctly in English, observing paragraph construction and punctuationrules.
  • level postings (80- 89points):

 

  • Quantity criterion (3 posting) ismet
  • New thread is shorter than half-page (200 words) and sources are cited (it may be Internetsources)
  • Answers are timely within the specified duration of themodule
  • Answers respond to the content or question asked in the forum but some detail ismissing
  • Connections to the course content and/or other experiences are not wellelaborated
  • AnswersaremostlyincorrectEnglish,buttherearesomeflawsinparagraphconstructionorpunctuation.
  • level postings (70-79points):

 

  • Quantity is 2 posting atleast
  • New thread is shorter than half-page (200 words) and sources notcited
  • Answers are usually, but not always, made in a timelyfashion
  • Answers are generally accurate, but the information delivered islimited
  • Make vague or incomplete connections between class content and posting by otherstudents
  • AnswersaremostlyincorrectEnglish,buttherearesomeflawsinparagraphconstructionorpunctuation.
  • level postings(60-69):

 

  • Participated onlyonce
  • New thread is missing or much shorter than half-page (200 words) and sources notcited
  • Response was nottimely
  • Answer was superficial, repetitive of question enunciation or what otherssaid
  • No effort was made to connect answer with coursecontent
  • Answer has more than two flaws concerning spelling, grammar, paragraph construction orpunctuation.

F Discussion (0 points).

 

  • No participation in discussion forum,or
  • Participant was rude to other participants,or
  • Response was copied from other participant or somewhere else,or
  • Participant failed to meet the basic criteria for the“D-level”.

Grading Scale

UUC awards letter grades with corresponding grade points. Note that I, W, and AU grades do not earn any grade points, nor are they averaged into a student’s cumulative GPA. Passing grades are A, B, or C unless otherwise specified in the course descriptions or program requirements.

The following table is UUC’s grading scale:

Grade

Description

Scale

Grade points

A+

Excellent

98-100

4.0

          A

94-97

4.0

A-

90-93

3.7

B+

Very Good

87-89

3.3

          B

Good

84-86

3.0

B-

80-83

2.7

C+

Above Average

77-79

2.3

          C

Average

74-76

2.0

C-

70-73

1.7

          F

Failure

Below 70

0.0

          I

Incomplete

 

NCR

        W

Withdrawal

 

NCR

          WF

Withdrawal Failing

 

0.0

AU

Audit (No Credit)

 

NCR


Students are advised to check their academic records online periodically and immediately inform the Registrar of any discrepancies. Students may secure a copy of official transcript from the Registrar’s office.