The LionPATH GPA Calculator provides a convenient tool for you to explore how the decisions you make in selecting alternative grading for individual courses will impact your GPA. You do not have to make your decision final until after grades are posted; but, based on what grades you think you might earn, you can explore options ahead of time. Decisions about using alternative grading involve more than just your GPA; academic advisers are prepared to discuss the implications with you.
The following instructions detail how to use the tool in LionPATH.
To access the GPA Calculator tool, log into LionPATH and select "Degree Planning and Progress" from the menu.
When you first open the GPA calculator, you will see key information from previous semesters. This includes your cumulative GPA, as of the last completed semester.
In the GPA Calculator, you will make all your selections in the "Class Information" section. Use the "+" button at right to create enough rows to accommodate your current schedule of classes.
With this information complete, scroll down and click the "Calculate" button. The Estimated Information for your term and cumulative GPA will be displayed assuming no use of alternative grading.
In the above example, the anticipated grades are reducing the student's cumulative GPA from 3.29 to 2.67.
To explore the effect of selecting alternative grading for a course on your list (you might choose one with a low grade), you can either set the Class Units to 0 or delete a particular row. If you set the units to 0 you will get a warning note on which you can click "OK." The displayed information will now show your GPA with that grade not included.
In the above example, choosing alternative grading would raise the student's cumulative GPA to 3.38. You can add credits/grades and make additional selections to 0 credits to determine outcomes of expected grades.