7: Darden Graduate School of Business Administration

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Academic Regulations

Beginning with the students entering in the fall of 1989, the academic standards are as follows:

Standards for the M.B.A. Degree   The Darden School requires a minimum performance standard for its M.B.A. graduates. In addition, the School has performance standards for the first-year program, each semester of the M.B.A. program, and each course.

An M.B.A. candidate must ordinarily take the equivalent of 20 course units, receiving grades below B- in no more than 4.5 course units and no grades of F (certain makeup procedures exist for F grades).

A course meeting 40-43 sessions (each of 85 minutes) in the first year or 30-34 sessions in the second year is defined as one course unit. A course meeting 20-22 sessions in the first year or 15-17 sessions in the second year constitutes one-half course unit. An interim grade given at the end of a semester for a course that continues to the next semester will have the course equivalent units of the entire course for purposes of academic standards.

In administering these standards, the School uses six grades, defined by the faculty as follows: A, excellent; B+, very good; B, good or satisfactory graduate work; B-, minimum no-penalty grade; C, not satisfactory but marginally passing for a particular course; F, failure. In addition, occasions arise that necessitate assigning a grade that falls outside the standard range. The symbol IN (incomplete), assigned in such cases implies that, for reasons known to the individual faculty member, an enrolled student has not completed the work of the course at the end of a specified academic period.

An important element of student performance at the Darden School is classroom participation. Depending on the appraisal criteria of the instructor and course, classroom participation frequently accounts for up to 50 percent of a studentís grade. This proportion reflects the central role and importance of active engagement by the student in the learning process.

While assessments about classroom participation are incorporated into grades received by students at the end of each term, the first-year program expects each student to be aware of and responsible for his or her participation on an ongoing basis. Although individual faculty, course faculty, or section faculty may find it appropriate to provide an assessment of student participation during a term, there is no requirement that they do so on a consistent basis. The focus of responsibility for being informed of the impact one is having on others resides with the student. Consistent with this philosophy, a student who is uncertain about the value added by participation in class is expected to initiate discussions with faculty and/or students who can provide an independent perspective.

Session and Semester Grade Requirements
First Semester, First Year   A student who, at the end of the first semester of work, receives final or interim grades below B- in three or more course units or a grade of F in courses that have had at least 15 meetings shall be required to submit an action plan for grade improvement acceptable to the Academic Standards Committee prior to registering for spring semester classes in order to continue in the program.

End of First Year   A student who receives grades below B- in three or more course units or a grade of F shall be notified by the Academic Standards Committee, acting on behalf of the faculty, that he or she has failed to meet the standards for continuing the M.B.A. Program. The student may petition the Academic Standards Committee for readmission.

Second Year   At the end of the third semester, a student who has received grades below B- in four or more course units or a grade of F shall be notified by the Academic Standards Committee, acting on behalf of the faculty, that he or she has failed to meet the standards for continuing the M.B.A. Program, but may petition the Academic Standards Committee for readmission.

At the end of the fourth semester, a student who has received grades below B- in five or more course units or a grade of F will not be recommended for the M.B.A. degree.

In either semester of the second year, a student who receives grades below B- in three or more course units shall be notified by the Academic Standards Committee, acting on behalf of the faculty, that he or she has failed to meet the standards for continuing the M.B.A. Program, but may petition the Academic Standards Committee for readmission.


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