Grades

Grade Changes

Only the course instructor may initiate grade changes. Grade changes need the authorization of the appropriate division dean and the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs. Except under very unusual circumstances, a grade change will not be considered after the midpoint of the semester following that in which the initial grade was earned.

Grade Policy for Failing Grades (F)

Failing grades will be awarded to students who completed the course, but did not meet the minimum course student learning outcomes. For students not having completed the course, the Withdrawal from Courses policy will be followed.

Grading System

The college uses the following grading system:

Letter Grade Grade Points
A 4.00
A- 3.70
B+ 3.30
B 3.00
B- 2.70
C+ 2.30
C 2.00
C- 1.70
D+ 1.30
D 1.00
D- 0.70
F 0.00

Students may receive the following codes:

CIP Course in Progress
I Incomplete
IP In-progress
L Audit
P Passing (credit given)
S Satisfactory
U Unsatisfactory
W Withdrawn (without grade point penalty)

The grade point average (GPA) is calculated by multiplying the number of credits for each course a student attempts by the points of the grade received in each course and dividing the total by the total credits attempted. For example, if a student enrolls in four three-credit courses, earns an A in one, a B in another, an F in the third, and a C in the fourth, the grade point average for that semester would be 2.25.

Calculating Grade Point Average

  Credits Attempted Grade Grade Points Total (Credits X Grade Points) Equals
3 A 4.0 12
3 B 3.0 9
3 C 2.0 6
3 F 0.0 0
Total: 12 27

Grade point average (27/12) equals 2.25. (The points for each grade are given in the section on grades.)

Credits transferred from other institutions or earned by challenge examination, CLEP, Advanced Placement (AP) examinations, pass/fail courses, or by experiential learning, will not be used in the computation of the grade point average.

Note:  Many courses/programs will have a minimum grade requirement to advance.  Please refer to the individual course/program requirements as noted in the catalog.