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Grade Codes

Grade Codes
Summary: Overview of grade codes and the College’s grading system
Final grades are issued at the end of the term based on the criteria outlined in the course syllabus. If you want to contest a grade, you must do so within six weeks after the grade is awarded. A grade cannot be changed after this period without approval by the department chair and the division dean.
A breakdown of the College’s grading system can be found on our website by using the "Search" function in the top right side of the page and searching for "Grading System."
Grading System
Most programs use the following grade-point scale:
A        90-100           
Excellent academic performance, consistent mastery of facts and concepts, and a thorough understanding of course content.
B        80-89             
Good academic performance, high-level mastery of course content.
C        70-79             
Average academic performance.
D        60-69             
Marginal academic performance, poor mastery of course content.
F           0-59        
Very poor performance, no demonstration of even minimal mastery of course content.
Seven-Point Scale
Beginning in spring 2017, the following programs use a seven-point scale for determining grades:
  • Medical Laboratory Technology
  • Nursing
  • Radiography
  • Surgical Technology

A        93-100
B        86-93
C        77-85
D        70-76
F           0-69

Other Grade Codes:

I         Incomplete     
Assigned when you are unable to complete work or take a final examination because of illness or other reasons over which you have no control.  An incomplete grade must be completed within the first six weeks of the next semester.  Otherwise, the grade becomes an "F."  The exact date could vary depending on a number of factors, such as term length.  You should speak with your instructor for more information about this.  If an instructor has related questions, he/she should speak with the Department Chairperson.
P        Proficiency       
Does not affect quality point ratio.
R        Retake            
Proficiency not demonstrated.  Class must be retaken.  Does not affect quality point ratio.
U        Unofficial  Withdrawal (penalty)        
Assigned when you do not follow the College’s official withdrawal policy by the course withdrawal deadline, or when you are dropped for excessive absences.  This is the equivalent of an "F" grade and will influence the quality point ratio.
W        Official Withdrawal  (no penalty)        
Assigned when the student OFFICIALLY WITHDRAWS.  This will not affect the quality point ratio.  Official withdrawals are not allowed after the 75 percent point of a semester or term, as identified in the official College calendar, except for exceptional and documented emergencies. In such circumstances, you must withdraw from all courses.  Approval for an emergency withdrawal must come from the Vice President of Student Services.
Y        Audit
Assigned when a student audits a course. This is only assigned after the student has submitted a Request for Audit form to Records & Registration.
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