In this article, you'll learn the definitions for the various academic statistics you'll find in Populi.
GPA stands for Grade Point Average, which is an average of your course grades over a particular time period. To create a GPA...
- After your courses are finalized and your final grades are entered, those course grades are translated into number values on a scale from 0 to 4.
- The grade value for each course is multiplied by the number of credits or hours that course is worth. For example, if you take MATH101 for 3 credits, your grade value will be multiplied by 3.
- Those multiplied grade values are then added together.
- The sum of the multiplied grade values is finally divided by the total number of credits or hours; the resulting number is your grade point average.
This article includes a simple example of how a GPA would be calculated for one academic term.
There are a few different kinds of GPAs that refer to the time period in which your course grades are being averaged:
- Term GPA: Your GPA for the courses you've finished in one particular term.
- Cumulative GPA: Your GPA for all the courses you've finished in a particular program. This includes courses across all terms, resident courses, and transfer courses.
- Resident GPA: The cumulative GPA of all the courses you've finished at your current school.
- Transfer GPA: The GPA calculated from the transfer courses (if any) your school has accepted and applied to your program.
Units: Credits and Hours
Units refers to credits and/or hours, which are generally used to indicate the quantity of instruction, coursework, and time that is required in order to complete a course. Your program measures your progress in terms of one or the other according to your school's academic catalog, and in order to earn a degree, you'll be required to pass (complete) a certain number of units.
There are a few versions of hours you might see on your transcript or degree audit:
- Academic hours: The number of hours you will earn for completing the class.
- Attendance hours: The number of hours you attended (or are expected to attend) your class.
- Clinical hours: The number of hours spent in a "clinical" setting practicing the things you were taught in class.
Units also have a "status", which refers to whether or not you've completed them.
- Attempted: You were enrolled in a course but it has not yet been recorded whether you completed it (or you completed it but did not pass it).
- Earned: You completed a course and passed it, and earned some or all of the units used to measure your progress.
Additionally, you will see things like Term credits/hours/units and Cumulative credits/hours/units in various places. As with GPA, these refer to the units you took or earned in a term or across your time at your school.