From The Vassar College Course Catalogue:
Evaluation of Work
The Grading System
A student’s standing in college and the requirements for graduation are determined by a dual standard, one of quality and the other of quantity. The quality of the work is measured by the quality points and the grade average; the quantity is measured by the units completed. The semester and cumulative grade averages are based on the ratio of the total number of quality points received to the total number of graded units elected at Vassar.
A indicates achievement of distinction. It involves conspicuous excellence in several aspects of the work.
B indicates general achievement of a high order. It also involves excellence in some aspects of the work, such as the following:
* Completeness and accuracy of knowledge
* Sustained and effective use of knowledge
* Independence of work
C indicates the acceptable standard for graduation from Vassar College. It involves in each course such work as may fairly be expected of any Vassar student of normal ability who gives to the course a reasonable amount of time, effort, and attention. Such acceptable attainment should include the following factors:
* Familiarity with the content of the course
* Familiarity with the methods of study of the course
* Evidence of growth in actual use both of content and method
* Full participation in the work of the class
* Evidence of an open, active, and discriminating mind
* Ability to express oneself in intelligible English
C–, D+, and D indicate degrees of unsatisfactory work, below standard grade. They signify work which in one or more important respects falls below the minimum acceptable standard for graduation, but which is of sufficient quality and quantity to be counted in the units required for graduation.
Work evaluated as F may not be counted toward the degree.