Common Definitions on Transcripts

When faculty members and students look at students’ transcripts, they will see a great deal of information to indicate students’ academic progress.  In BANNER, the following information is available for both the current term (a specific semester) and cumulative (for all work at VSU).

ATTEMPT HOURS: Refers to any course appearing on the transcript with a letter grade (including a W or an I).  This number is important because some financial aid packages set limits on the number of attempted hours.

PASSED HOURS: Refers to any course appearing on the transcript with a letter grade.

EARNED HOURS: Refers to hours passed with a grade of D or higher or with a grade of S (Satisfactory). This category does not include Learning Support classes or Regents' Remediation classes.

GPA HOURS: This number represents the total number of graded academic hours (excludes I and W grades) the student has attempted

QUALITY POINTS: number of credit hours per course multiplied by the value of the grade received.

Quality points are assigned for the following grades:

GRADE

SIGNIFICATION

QUALITY POINTS AWARDED PER SEMESTER HOUR

QUALITY POINTS ASSIGNED FOR A THREE HOUR CLASS

A

Excellent

4

12

B

Good

3

9

C

Satisfactory

2

6

D

Passing

1

3

WF

Withdrew Failing

0

0

F

Failing

0

0

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At the end of students’ BANNER transcripts are the following TRANSCRIPT TOTALS:

TOTAL INSTITUTION: includes all grades/hours earned at VSU.  This total is used  to determine   academic standing.  Students must have a 2.0 institutional GPA in order to graduate.

TOTAL TRANSFER: includes all grades/hours earned at all other institutions.

OVERALL: includes all grades/hours earned at both VSU and all other institutions students have attended.  This average is NOT used to calculate GPA needed for graduation.  However, it is used   to calculate honors for graduation (as long as the student has at least 60 hours in residence at VSU).