Student Profile

The following student profiles were developed to provide the student with an overview of the behaviors necessary to succeed in the classroom.

Exceptional Work:  “A” students:

An “A” student will exhibit the following:
Demonstrate an “excellent” understanding of course material and theories as well as an ability to apply these theories and concepts in case situations and to their own experiences.


  • Assessed not only in test/exam performance, but also in the quality of the assignments
  • Able to identify the important concepts in a question or issue and apply these concepts in responding to the question
  • Respond to questions that others have posed with a complete answer, minimizing instructor response
Are able to internalize course material and incorporate “new learning” into their own mental models.
Often question theories, their practicality, and their understanding of concepts
Are excellent team players and work cooperatively with teammates to achieve team goals
Are able to demonstrate that they have grown and/or changed as a result of “making meaning” of course material
Are often intrinsically motivated to learn and grow, rather than being extrinsically motivated with a grade.

 Above Average Work: “B” students:

A “B” student will exhibit the following:
Demonstrate an understanding of course material by explaining and answering questions about basic concepts/theories.


  • Measured by correctly answering direct questions on tests/exams, but often respond incorrectly to questions requiring deductive reasoning or application of a theory/concept
Many have some difficulty applying these concepts to case situations and/or their own experiences
They often offer opinions on issues rather than identifying and using the relevant concept.
Can use a theory or concept in objective questions, but they encounter some difficulty using the “appropriate” concept or theory when addressing a general question or issue.
Are team players that most often work cooperatively with teammates to achieve team goals
Are usually active in class discussions, but have difficulty demonstrating their ability to apply concepts/theories fully.

 Average Work:  “C” students:

A “C” student will exhibit the following:
Generally work hard and attempt to do what is required to earn a good grade.
Can often recite or recognize important concepts, theories and definitions, but often do not completely understand those concepts.


  • Correctly answer questions requiring a definition, or an answer that is spelled out in the readings
  • May miss questions requiring a full understanding of the concept/theory, deductive reasoning or application of the concept/theory
Often fail to demonstrate any internalization of the concepts or the ability to apply theories to case situations or to their own experiences.
While they read the required material, do not study or question it as a means to fully understand it.
Often “study” for the test, but cannot explain or use the material beyond the test.
Are team players that often have difficulty living up to the expectations of  teammates in goal attainment Participate in class discussion in a limited manner, and have difficulty using theories/concepts in their responses

 Below Average Work: “D” students:

A “D” student will exhibit the following:
Demonstrate limited knowledge of the course material. Often miss questions on tests/exams taken directly from the readings
May not make a concerted effort to fully understand the theories/concepts
Often do not read or study all the material available.
Often do the minimum to complete course requirements
Often do not live up to the expectations of team members and will often let others do all the work
Often do not participate in class discussion, and when they do, their contribution is of little to no value to the discussion.

 “F” students

While I rarely fail a student, (the student earns his/her grades), an “F” student has demonstrated little effort to learn.

Last Updated: 2/19/18