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Grading System

The following letter grade and quality points system is used at Clinton Community College:

Grade Quality Points

A (Outstanding Achievement) 4.0

A- 3.7

B+ 3.3

B (Above Average Achievement) 3.0

B- 2.7

C+ 2.3

C (Average Achievement) 2.0

C- 1.7

D+ 1.3

D (Below Average Achievement) 1.0

F (Failure) 0.0

WY (Involuntary Withdrawal) No Credit/NoQuality Pts

I (Not Completed) No Credit/No Quality Pts

W (Withdrawal) No Credit/No Quality Pts

U (Audit) No Credit/No Quality Pts

CR Credit/No Quality Pts

(Advanced Placement Credit and Credit by Exam)

P (Pass) Credit/No Quality Pts

R (Repeat Until Proficient) No Credit/No Quality Pts

W Official Withdrawal A “W” grade shall be used only when a student officially withdraws from a course no later than the end of the tenth week of the regular semester, or after the tenth week, at the discretion of the instructor.

However, if the student has already been withdrawn by the instructor, the grade of “WY” will stand. (see Attendance Policy)

WY (Involuntary Withdrawal) A grade of “WY” may be given, at the discretion of the instructor, to indicate involuntary withdrawal from a course when a student stops attending class without completing the official withdrawal process. (see Attendance Policy)

I (Incomplete) Faculty member discusses the requirements for completing the course with the student and completes the “I” grade form at that time. Faculty member and student sign the “I” grade form. Faculty member gives student a copy of the form. Faculty member submits “I” grade form to Registrar with grade roster. The Registrar then distributes copy of the form to the student’s advisor. The “I” grade should never be used at midterm.

In the event of student illness or other emergency, the faculty member may explain the requirements for completing the course to the student via phone or e-mail. The faculty member must make a notation on the “I” grade form in lieu of the student’s signature, and a copy of the form must be sent to the student. If the I grade is not complete by the end of the following semester (summer semester not included), the grade will be converted to an F.

R Repeat Until Proficient The “R” grade is an optional grade which may be used in certain specific courses at the discretion of the instructor for the student who is unable to achieve the quality of work necessary to pass the course in one semester. The student who receives the “R” grade must re-register for the same course the next semester that course is offered (summer session excepted); otherwise, the “R” grade will become an “F” automatically. To re-register for the course, the student must follow the standard course registration procedure, and pay the regular tuition fee. Use of the “R” grade is restricted to MAT 096, MAT 098 , MAT 100, ENG 093, ENG 094.

U Audit Students who do not need or want credit for a course may enroll in that course as an auditor. Auditing allows the student to attend all lectures and discussions of the course, but the student normally does not take examinations or prepare papers or other outside work for the course, and cannot be required to do so.

To enroll as an auditor, the student registers for the course as an auditor and pays the same tuition and fees charged to students enrolling in that course for credit. The auditor does not receive a grade or credit hours for the course, but his/her record will show that he/she did audit the course.

Pass/Fail May be given as a midterm grade at the discretion of the instructor. As a final grade, may only be given at the discretion of the instructor with the approval of the Division Coordinator. In order to take a course pass/fail, a student must file a pass/fail form within the first week of instruction. Students should be aware that some colleges may not accept a grade of P for transfer credit and that taking a course pass/fail may affect financial aid.

Midterm Grades

Midterm grades are issued at midterm and are provided to inform the student of his/her progress to date. The midterm grade is not calculated as part of the final grade and is not entered into the student’s official record.

Quality Point Average

Quality Point Average (QPA) indicates the student’s level of achievement. It is the average number of quality points earned per credit hour.

The QPA is calculated by multiplying the number of credit hours assigned to each course by the quality points earned in the course and then dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of credit hours. “CR” grade credit and “P” grade credit are not included in calculating the QPA.

Semester Credit Overload

During the Fall and Spring semester, no student may enroll for more than 18 credits without approval from their advisor, Division Coordinator and Vice President for Academic Affairs. During the Summer semester, no student may register for more than 6 credits in any one summer term or more than 12 credit for all summer terms without permission.

Academic Standing Policy

Clinton Community College students must maintain Good Academic Standing. Good Academic Standing means maintaining an acceptable cumulative quality point average (QPA), as per the Standards of Academic Progress chart on the next page.. Students who do not maintain these standards will be placed on Academic Probation or be Academically Dismissed, as outlined below.

The Academic Standing of students at Clinton Community College is determined based on review of final grades at the end of the Fall and Spring semesters.

Academic Probation

Students will be placed on Academic Probation for failing to maintain a cumulative QPA (as per the Standards of Academic Progress chart on the next page) at the minimum standard as defined in the Standards of Academic Progress. Students on Academic Probation are not eligible to receive financial aid, including student or parent loans.