GPA vs. QPA

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  1. WisconsinMMAMama2015

    WisconsinMMAMama2015 Member

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    Question for all of you "seasoned" KP'ers...I just had my first opportunity to view a USMMA Grade Report. Instead of listing the student's GPA, they have a QPA (they don't even have "GPA" listed anywhere on the report). After doing the math I've noticed that a traditional GPA and the QPA are two different numbers. When the Gold/Silver Star lists are published they reference the student's GPA. Does anyone know which number they really use to determine who qualifies for which star? The GPA or the QPA?
     
  2. MStan

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    According to the USMMA Catalog, under Scholastic Recognition...

    Midshipmen may earn Scholastic Quarterly Honor Stars on the following basis:
    1.Gold Stars are awarded to all midshipmen who achieve a quality point average of 3.500 or above for one trimester with no course failures during that term.

    2.Silver Stars are awarded to midshipmen who achieve a quality point average of 3.250 to 3.494 for one trimester with no course failures during that term.
     
  3. WisconsinMMAMama2015

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    I didn't realize they had the catalog back on-line. The last couple of times I've looked it wasn't available. I knew what the numbers were...just didn't know if they use the traditional "GPA" or their own "QPA" and it is in fact their own "QPA".
     
  4. MStan

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    Not sure it's online. I have copies at home and work since I am referring to it fairly often...DS 2015 and DD 2016
     
  5. jasperdog

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    Is this a "watch out for the rotor blades on those helo's" kind of post? ... or did someone's mid just mention the possibility of earning a star for the first time and now it's time to figure out what the jargon means?

    In any case I thought I'd mention how funny I find the caveat of "and no failures" especially in regards to a Gold Star as having a 3.5 GPA or higher is usually mathematically impossible if you fail a course unless it's some weird one credit hour kind of thing...:wink:
     

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