Grading System

Grading System:

  • The grading system uses a series of letters, to which are assigned grade-point values.
  • The system is based neither on an absolute numerical system nor on a distribution curve, but on the following descriptions:
    • A:
      • Represents exceptionally high achievement.
      • It is valued at four grade points for each credit hour in non-remedial and non-developmental courses.
    • B:
      • Represents high achievement.
      • It is valued at three grade points for each credit hour in non-remedial and non-developmental courses.
    • C:
      • Represents satisfactory achievement.
      • It is valued at two grade points for each credit hour in non-remedial and non-developmental courses.
    • D:
      • Represents the minimum achievement for credit.
      • It is valued at one grade point for each credit hour in non-remedial and non-developmental courses.
    • E:
      • Represents unsatisfactory achievement and indicates failure in the course.
      • It is valued at zero credit hours and zero grade points in non-remedial and non-developmental courses.
      • Credit may be obtained by repeating the entire course.
    • F:
      • Represents unsatisfactory achievement in a course taken on a Pass-Fail basis.
      • It has no value in computing the grade point average. 
      • Credit may only be obtained by repeating the entire course. 
      • This grade may be used for developmental courses.
    • AU (Audit):
      • Has no value in computing grade-point average. 
      • A student who has been admitted to the college may elect to enroll in a course(s) as an auditor, except in selective admissions programs. 
      • Auditing courses in a selective admissions program requires admission to the program and availability of space in the courses. 
      • With few exceptions, any change from audit to credit by a student fully admitted to a college must be accomplished by the last date to enter a class and any change from credit to audit must be made by mid-term of the semester or session in which the student is enrolled. 
      • An audited class may be taken for credit at a later date. 
      • Anyone who desires to audit a class must be admitted to the college and officially registered for the course.
    • I:
      • Means that part of the work of the course remains unfinished. 
      • It shall be given only when there is a reasonable possibility that a passing grade will result from completion of the work. 
      • The instructor and student will discuss the requirements for completion of course with the time limit for completion not to exceed a maximum of one year; failure to do so will result in an automatic change of grade from I to E. 
      • Each college shall maintain a record of incomplete grades recorded in courses of that college. 
      • This record, completed by the instructor at the time the I grade is reported, shall include:
        • (1) the name and number of the student,
        • (2) the course number and hours of credit,
        • (3) semester or session and year of enrollment,
        • (4) signature of the instructor,
        • (5) a brief statement of the reason(s) for recording the incomplete grade, and
        • (6) an adequate guide for removal of the incomplete grade. 
      • In the instructor’s absence, the division chairperson (or designee), shall forward to the college president (or designee) the appropriate letter grade to replace the incomplete grade.
    • W:
      • Represents a withdrawal from class without completing course requirements. 
      • A student may officially withdraw from any class up to and including the date of mid-term with a W grade. 
      • After the date of midterm and through the last class of the semester or session, any student may officially request to withdraw from a course and receive a W which may be given at the discretion of the instructor. 
      • Each instructor shall state on the first or second class meeting the factors to be used in determining if a student will be allowed to withdraw during the discretionary period. 
      • An instructor shall not assign a student a W for a class unless the student has officially withdrawn from that class in a manner prescribed by the college. 
      • The grade of W may be assigned by the College Appeals Board in cases involving a violation of student academic rights or for academic offenses.
    • P:
      • Represents a satisfactory grade in a course taken on a Pass-Fail basis.
      • The student who receives a P in a course shall be eligible to continue into the next sequential course(s).
      • The grade of P may be assigned by the College Appeals Board in cases involving a violation of student academic rights. 
      • It has no value in computing the grade point average. 
      • This grade may be used for developmental courses.
    • MP:
      • Represents Making Progress and may be assigned only for developmental courses and means that the student has made significant progress but needs and deserves more time to achieve a passing grade. 
      • The student should re-enroll in the course in order to continue advancement to the level of competence set for the course. 
      • Grades may be earned following re-enrollment for developmental courses. 
      • The grade of MP has no value in computing grade point average.