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Requirements and Grading

How are FlexPace Courses Different from the Traditional Classroom?

Course Progress:

FlexPace competency-based courses are intended to be a flexible option for high-performing students. FlexPace courses allow you to slow down when needed, and speed up where possible, based on your ability to master course content. There are no assignment due dates in FlexPace courses, but there are minimum progress requirements are outlined below.

You must at least set a pace that allows you to complete your course(s) by the end of the standard semester.  You are encouraged to set an accelerated pace but must at least meet these default pacing requirements:

  1. You must complete at least one graded assignment within the first 7 days of your FlexPace course to establish attendance.
  2. You must regularly make progress in your course(s). Specifically:
  • 50% of course assignments must be submitted by the midpoint in the semester.
  • No more than 5 assignments may be submitted in the week prior to finals week.
  • In courses where multiple final exam attempts are allowed, the first attempt at the final must be submitted by Tuesday of finals week.
  • IMPORTANT: Consequences for not meeting milestones include (but are not limited to) refusal of work submitted after a missed milestone, point reductions, and/or a lower than expected final grade.


You must pass each graded assignment in a FlexPace course with a score of 80% or higher unless otherwise noted in your course. This includes all assignments, labs and exams. If you are unable to earn a score of 80% or higher, you will be permitted to complete the course as if it were a traditional online course, but you may not be eligible for any future FlexPace courses. You will no longer be allowed multiple attempts to complete assignments; your first attempt will be your final grade.

  • Chapter Quizzes
    Each FlexPace course will contain chapter quizzes to help you gain mastery of course topics. Chapter quizzes must be completed in the order they are offered in the course. You must also earn an 80% or higher on these quizzes, but you are allowed multiple attempts.
  • Labs, Midterms and Final Examinations
    FlexPace courses may offer reattempts on labs, midterms and final exams. If you achieve less than 80% on your first attempt, contact your instructor for guidance and further instructions. Final assessments must be proctored. Note that these policies vary in non-CIS FlexPace courses, so you should always refer to the re-take information in your syllabus. FlexPace courses may require proctored testing.