Deficiency Points

A GPA alone is not always the best way to gauge the extent of academic difficulty: a student with a GPA of 1.0, based on just 15 hours of work, is not as bad off, despite having a dramatically lower GPA, as a student with a GPA of 1.75 based on 100 hours of work.

Deficiency points provide a convenient index by which to assess the numerical extent of the problem. (The causes for the problem require a rather different, more personal assessment.) If your GPA is below a 2.0, deficiency points are the number of additional grade points you would need to have earned to have reached a 2.0. (If your GPA is a 2.0 or higher, you will not have any deficiency points.) You can calculate your deficiency points by multiplying your cumulative hours by 2 (the point value of a grade of C) and subtracting from that product your actual number of cumulative points.

Knowing how many deficiency points you have makes it easier to understand what you need to do to get back to good academic standing: one credit hour of "B" will remove one deficiency point; one credit hour of "A" will remove two deficiency points. The student with a GPA of 1.0 based on 15 credits of course work will have 15 deficiency points; the student with a 1.75 based on 100 hours of work will have 25 deficiency points.

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Your advisor can help you figure out what grade(s) you need in order to remove deficiency points from your academic record. Schedule an appointment.