Assessment Policy

Grades and Standards for Student Achievement – Satisfactory Progress

Grades are awarded on a traditional A, A-, B+, B, B- … F system.

The minimum passing grade is a C. The minimum allowable grade point average to maintain satisfactory progress is a C, or 2.0.

In calculating a student’s grade point average, the following policy applies:

A   4 Grade Points A-   3.7 Grade Points

B+   3.3 Grade points B   3 Grade Points

B-   2.7 Grade Points C+   2.3 Grade Points

C   2 Grade Points C-    1.7 Grade points

D+   1.3 Grade Points D   1 Grade Point

D-   0.7 Grade Points F   0.00 Grade Points

If the student has not completed the coursework and earned a grade at the end of the course, the instructor may issue one of the following grades.

I Incomplete  If the course has not been completed, the instructor may grant an I on a two-month extension of the term, at no additional tuition cost, when the student is making satisfactory progress and the instructor believes that an extension of time will permit satisfactory completion. At the end of this period, a final grade must be recorded.

W Withdraw  The student may withdraw from any course before the end of the term. At the end of the term, the instructor may withdraw the student from the course and issue a W when the instructor believes the student’s progress is insufficient to warrant an extension. A student who withdraws or is administratively withdrawn must retake the course and is responsible for a new tuition payment for that course of study.

Attendance Policy – All Programs

Distance Education Instruction

This institution’s policy on attendance is based on the premise that regular communication between the teacher and the student and, also, among students themselves, has significant value in the learning process. To assure this timely communication, your instructor will respond to each of your assignment submissions or exam submissions within 7 days. To further assure this timely communication, you must respond to each of your instructor’s inquiries within 7 days as well.


In an online course, the student must demonstrate regular and substantive interaction with the instructor. Regular and substantive interaction is defined as completing one of the following academically related activities once a week in order to be marked as having attended and actively participating:

  • Watch every class video (either real time or recorded) at least once
  • Post to the course discussion board substantive comments relevant to the subject
  • Substantive exchanges with the instructor about course content, concepts, and assignments
  • Submit a graded unit assignment or exercise
  • Attempt a pre-final exam or final exam
  • Submit a final project

Logging into a course and clicking on resources will not count as having participated. Reading discussion boards, and reading or viewing course resources, though academically important, are not measured or counted as student attendance.

Online students who do not engage through one of the six activities for seven consecutive (7) calendar days will be withdrawn from Silicon Valley Business Institute.


Individual Assignments & Quizzes


Discussion Assignments


Team Project Assignments




Written assignments are graded based on their content, organization, and mechanics. Please keep the following criteria in mind:

Quality of Written Assignments


Needs Improvement

Meets Expectations



Poor writing style with little or no specific details, no evidence of having studied the material, and/or off-topic.

Adequately written; some points elaborated but with minimal use of concepts from the material.

Well written, most points elaborated with clear and detailed information that supports thoughts and ideas and uses concepts from the material.

Well written, fully elaborates points. Clear and detailed information supports thoughts and ideas and shows full acquisition of concepts from the material.

Organization and Mechanics

Little or no structure present. Grammatical errors interfere with comprehension.

Organization present but awkward. Some grammatical errors present.

Good organization with few statements out of place. Minor grammatical

Clearly organized and remains focused. Few or no grammatical errors.

Your participation in Discussion Assignments will be evaluated as follows:

Quality of online discussion


Needs Improvement

Meets Expectations


Characteristics of posted messages

Messages are either missing or reflect almost no evidence of having attempted to address the discussion prompt.

Messages attempt to address the prompt, but reveal clear shortcomings: e.g., partially incomplete, limited to repetition of course materials, display only superficial understanding and thought, etc.

Messages fully address all aspects of the discussion prompt.

In addition to fully addressing the prompt, messages exceed expectations: e.g., uniquely insightful contributions, critical reflection, strong connections to other posts and course content, integration of outside materials and experiences, etc.