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Teaching at APSU

Whether you are a new instructor or a returning faculty member, this information is for you! Within this section, you will find helpful information to guide you through the process of teaching and assisting students at APSU including a description of helpful terms and acronyms, links to important information, and campus resources. Also, within the menu options on this site, there are links to APSU webpages for helpful resources. 

Be sure to attend any pre-semester calendar sessions for the 2020/2021 academic year! Many of these sessions will be offered in a virtual format this year due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The full schedule can be found on the Academic Affairs website here

Below are a list of definitions for commonly used terms at APSU and in higher education. These are sorted based on category. You can also find a list of commonly used acronyms in this section. This glossary contains terms and information that are especially pertinent to adjunct, part-time and temporary instructors; a more robust glossary of terms can be found on the Academic Affairs website here

Classroom Information and Resources 

Distance Education has provides accessible syllabus training video tutorials at the link below. https://www.apsu.edu/online/faculty/training/accessible-syllabus.php 

Students are expected to attend class regularly, to participate in class, and to be prepared with assignments. The University requires faculty to report students who have never attended or who stopped attending class. The impact of class attendance on the final grade is within the purview of the teaching faculty, and faculty will inform class members of their attendance policies through a course syllabus distributed at the beginning of the semester or term. Irregular attendance may result in referral to the Academic Support Office (Academic Alert). Students who miss an examination because of extenuating circumstances must request approval from the instructor. Unless the student is officially representing the University off campus, the discretion of the instructor determines the action regarding missed exams or work.

Inclement weather: Austin Peay State University offices may remain open during periods of inclement weather.  To be notified if classes are canceled or the University is closed due to inclement weather, students should sign-up for AP Alert, the University’s text messaging system.  Students may also check the home page of the APSU website for cancellation or closing notices.  Unless the University officially cancels classes, students are responsible for any academic work missed as a result of inclement weather.  It is the individual student’s responsibility to contact the instructor in order to make-up any missed work. In cases of severe inclement weather and hazardous roads, students are to exercise their own judgment in making decisions about class attendance. More information about the inclement weather procedures can be found at www.apsu.edu/police/emergency-alerts.php.

Class absenteeism that results in the grade of "FA" (failure, stopped attending and reported within 14 days of the last date of attendance) or "FN" (failure, never attended and reported within the first 14 days of class) may adversely affect the student's time status, financial aid repayment of lottery scholarship, and/or veteran's benefits. Grades of "FA" are awarded for courses when a student stops attending class. Grades of "FN" are awarded for courses when a student never attends class. 

Distance Education supports many different types of technology tools to assist you in your online, hybrid, and face-to-face classes whether you are a student or faculty. www.apsu.edu/online 

The student, faculty and staff self-service portal. OneStop gives students complete access to Financial Aid, Course Registration and Readiness checklist. https://onestop.apsu.edu/ 

Part-time instructors should contact their Department regarding specific textbook requirements. Please review the policy below for more detailed information. 2:016 Adoption of Textbooks and Ancillary Course Materials

APSU’s vision is to create a collaborative, integrative learning community, instilling in students habits of critical inquiry as they gain knowledge, skills, and values for life and work in a global society. This is the basis for the general education core requirements. General education courses deliberately offer students the opportunity to prepare in these broad ways: effective communication, analytical thinking, and approaching unstructured problems through a broad base of knowledge in multiple disciplines that may be unrelated to the technical aspects of a specific degree program. The general education core consists of 41 hours from a variety of areas including Communications (9 credit hours), Mathematics (3 credit hours), History 6 credit hours), Humanities/and or Fine Arts (9 credit hours), Natural Science (8 credit hours), Social and Behavioral Sciences (6 credit hours). These courses are consistent with the recommended Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) general education core guidelines to allow for consistent transfer of credits to count toward the general education core from other schools within the state of Tennessee. A more detailed list of the general education core requirements and possible courses that can be taken to fulfill the core requirements necessary for both a bachelors and associates degree can be found at http://catalog.apsu.edu/preview_program.php?catoid=22&poid=3718 

Course Information and Important Dates

The schedule of events occurring in the academic year; a calendar detailing this, including term dates, registration dates, etc. https://www.apsu.edu/registrar/acadcal 

An identical course that is offered under two different sections and has two different Course Registration Numbers (CRN's) and then merged into one D2L section for instruction. Submit a ticket to have your course sections merged at www.govstech.apsu.edu

A course with the same subject matter and is taught by two distinct departments and is able to fulfill a major, minor or program requirement. Course may required a substitution to be utilized in a specific major. MGT 3410 and ENGT 3610 Production Operations Management is an example.  

A course that covers the same content but is offered at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. EDUC 4720 Problems in Education and EDUC 5430 Advanced Problems in Education are an example. 


Hybrid/Blended: Course must have both face-to-face (classroom) and online components (learning management system). Hybrid/blended courses must deliver at least 50% of course content and interaction (instructor-to-student, student-to-student) online but less than 100%, leading to reduced scheduled course meetings in the classroom.

Fully Online/Web: All course content, interaction (instructor-to-student, student-to-student) must be delivered 100% online via the learning management system and online proctoring.

Face-to-Face Web Enhanced: A face-to-face traditional course with additional materials/coursework/activities that are completed online via the learning management system. The online components must account for less than 50% of the course and not lead to reduced time in the classroom.

Face-to-Face Traditional: A course in which the instructor and the students are in the same classroom at the same time.

Restricted Online/Web: All course content and interaction (instructor-to-student, student-to-student) must be delivered 100% online via the learning management system. Students must report to campus or an approved testing site for proctored exams. 

Two-way Interactive Video: Course content is delivered synchronously through two-way interactive audit and video allowing instructor-to-student and student-to-student interaction instantly. Participants are not in the same physical location (classroom).

Desktop Video Conferencing: Video-conferencing (potentially through ZOOM) where course content is delivered at a scheduled time. 


At the end of each semester, the student's quality of work is graded by the instructor. The grades are indicated by letters on a four-point system. 

Grade / Interpretation / Hour of Credit
A / Excellent / 4
AU / Audit / -- 
B / Good / 3
C / Average / 2
D / Below Average / 1
F / Failure / 0
FA / Failure, stopped attending class / 0
FN / Failure, never attended class / 0
P / Pass, on Pass-Fail course / --
XF / Failure, on Pass-Fail course / --
I / Incomplete / --
IP / In Progress / 
W / Withdrew / --
WFA / Withdrew, Failure, stopped attending class / --
WFN / Withdrew, Failure, never attended class / --
NR / Not recorded (contact instructor 

Grades of “A”, “B”, “C”, “D” carry the appropriate quantity and quality credits, and all grades calculated in the GPA affect the student’s academic standing. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 APSU, Major, Minor and overall GPA in order to graduate. Effective Summer 2015 and after, any coursework transferred to APSU, regardless of when it was earned, will not be included in the overall GPA calculation.  It will also not be included in the major or minor calculation. http://catalog.apsu.edu/content.php?catoid=39&navoid=1749&hl=grading&returnto=search#Grading_System

Students are assigned a grade in a course at the end of the semester or term. A mid-term grade must be awarded in all courses numbered 1000-2999 and may be awarded in upper division courses; they do not affect University GPA. Students may obtain their mid-term and final grades through AP OneStop for students (http://onestop.apsu.edu). Students with financial holds will be unable to access grades until the financial obligation is satisfied,

Grade of Incomplete: A grade of incomplete (I) must be changed within one calendar year or the grade of “I” will automatically convert to a grade of “F.” After the grade of “F” is recorded, the student will have one calendar year to appeal the “F” grade through the instructor of the course. If approved, an official grade change must be submitted by the instructor through AP OneStop for the dean of the college for his/her approval no later than one calendar year after the grade of “F” was recorded.

In-Progress and WF Grades for Undergraduates: Undergraduate courses which allow a student to participate in research, conduct a study, complete a music recital or complete an internship may allow a grade of In-Progress (IP) to be earned. The IP grade will be utilized while the student is completing the remaining required coursework beyond the original semester of enrollment.  The IP Grade will roll to a grade of “F” if not completed within two years of the original IP assignment.  The degree cannot be awarded with an In-Progress grade on the student’s records.  The grade of “WF” will be utilized when a student withdraws from a course during the “W/F” and automatic “F” periods.  During the “W/F” period, a student who has been determined, by the instructor, to be failing at the time of withdrawal, will be awarded a “WF” grade.  A student withdrawing during the automatic “F” period will automatically be awarded a grade of “WF.”  The “WF” will be calculated in a student’s GPA in the same manner that a grade of “F” is calculated.

Pass-Fail Grading: Students, except those on academic probation, will be permitted to take some courses, excluding core courses, in which they may receive a grade of Pass or Fail. These courses are identified in the Course Descriptions section. In order to be eligible for this program, the student must have satisfactorily completed 24 semester hours at APSU, must be enrolled full-time (12 hours) in letter-grade courses, and may take only one such course. Other than for the exceptions listed in certain programs, no student will be permitted to apply toward a degree more than 12 semester hours of traditional credit graded with Pass. Participating students will be awarded a grade of “P” if the required coursework was judged by the instructor to be at a level of “C” or above. Such courses do not impact grade-point averages for graduation or for honors. Students must have the permission of the instructor to enroll on a pass/fail basis unless the course is designated as a pass/fail course. A student may change to a pass/fail basis only during the normal drop/add period.

Not Recorded (NR) Grade: A grade of “NR” will be recorded for all courses in which an instructor fails to enter a final grade. Students should contact the instructor immediately if a grade of “NR” has been recorded.

Errors in grades must be reported to the instructor of the course immediately.  No grade changes will be made for one calendar year after the grade was assigned without the approval of the college dean and Provost.

Students may appeal final course grades entered in the fall semester no later than 30 calendar days after the start of the spring semester. Students may appeal final course grades entered in the spring, maymester, and summer semesters no later than 30 calendar days after the start of the fall semester. If the deadline date falls on a weekend or holiday, then the deadline shall be the next business day. Please see Policy Number 2:040, Student Course Grade Appeal Policy, for detailed information.  Once a degree has been posted to the transcript, the academic record is deemed complete, and changes will not be made on grades prior to the posted degree.