We don’t just define our students by grade point average. Rather we provide richness and detail to our grades. We see grades as an important feedback mechanism for our students so they can change and do better. For example, one student can learn they have a talent at community building. For another student, their communication style needs improvement, but they have good judgment ability and their creativity is above average.
Our cognitive ability, or how we perform academically, is one of many factors that contribute to success in business. Traditionally this is what our business schools have measured. But it is a lot more than cognitive ability. Leadership and community skills are vitally important. How many people do we know who are super smart but stumped by poor life skills or leadership skills? We help our students prepare themselves for the real world by providing feedback through grading on the three cornerstones of success — business acumen, leadership and community.
Our grading system breaks out business acumen, leadership and community grades into further detail for example creativity, helping others, analysis, operating skills, and communication skills. Now our students will be able to see themselves more completely. Each student will have strengths that they can be proud of — to broadcast and show off to potential employers.
Our learners will be assessed along the following dimensions:
Business acumen measures the ability comprehend material, look at it critically, explore it in new ways and then implement insights at the workplace. It measures students’ ability to remember, understand, and apply knowledge the basic thinking skills. More importantly it also assesses next level thinking skills — application, analysis, creativity, and evaluation.
Community skills refer to contributing to the overall learning process for all through sharing of ideas, encouraging thought, helping others by coaching and teaching, and being a model citizen by upholding Emeritus’ values.
Beyond cognitive skills and citizenship skills, these are those leadership and management behaviors that are critical for success in a business environment for example emotional intelligence, execution skills, and self-management skills.
For our Emeritus diploma programs our grading system uses a grade point average (GPA) scale that runs from 0 to 10. Students are assigned a final GPA in each of the required courses on a scale of 0 to 10. On completing an individual course within the programs a course GPA is awarded along, with a status of Distinction/Pass/Low Pass/Fail. Distinction in a course is awarded to only the top 25 percent of the cohort. Students receiving a course GPA of 5 or higher are awarded with a Pass in the course. If a student receives a course GPA of 4 or higher but lower than a 5, a Low Pass is awarded for the course. Students who receive a course GPA below a 4 do not complete the course and fail the course.
The overall diploma program GPA is calculated as an average of the course GPAs received across the required courses. At the end of the program year the top 10 percent of the cohort achieves the status of “Emeritus Scholars” determined by the overall diploma program GPA.
The minimum overall program GPA required for graduation is 4 out of 10 for the PGDGM and PGDBA programs. Per our academic policies, to successfully complete the PGDGM or PGDBA programs you may only receive a Low Pass in two of the required courses and you may only fail one course.
Each student is accountable for their work being submitted and must not submit the work of others as their own work or engage in any activity that will improve or harm the grades of others. Plagiarism is a form of academic dishonestly. Students whose assignments are identified as having been plagiarised will be receive a grade of a 0 for the assignment and will be notified of the same through by Course Leader.
Examples of plagiarism include:
– Reproducing content submitted by another student as your content or assignment
– Claiming others’ work as you own and failing to adequately cite your sources