Grading System

Adopted by the Board of Regents for Higher Education, August 13, 2015; amends and replaces policies adopted by the Community-Technical Colleges Board of Trustees in 2000-2003.

All Community Colleges will use the same grading system as defined below:

Grade           Quality Points
A                      4.0
A-                    3.7
B+                    3.3
B                      3.0
B-                     2.7
C+                  2.3
C                      2.0
C-                    1.7
D+                   1.3
D                     1.0
D-                    0.7
F                      0.0

Effective Spring 2001, the calculation of the Grade Point Average (GPA) shall be to two decimal places truncated.

The letter grades shown above, with an additional designator, shall also be used for grades awarded to students in developmental courses. The current practice is that a # symbol shall be added immediately following the grade (for example, B#).

Posting of “F” Grades

The online grading process requires additional information whenever a grade of F is assigned.

In order to enter and save the F grade, the instructor will be required to provide the last date of participation in the course.  A student is considered to have participated in a course if ANY of the following scenarios apply:

  • The student submitted an academic assignment.
  • The student submitted an exam.
  • There is a documented record of the student participating in an interactive tutorial or computer-assisted instruction.
  • There is a documented posting by the student showing the student’s participation in an online study group that was assigned as part of the course.
  • There is a documented posting by the student in a discussion forum showing the student’s participation in an online discussion about academic matters.
  • There exists an e-mail from the student or other documentation showing that the student initiated contact with a faculty member to ask a question about the academic subject studied in the course.

Note: A Blackboard login (recorded as “Last Access” in the Blackboard Grade Center) is NOT a valid “last date of participation” in any course including courses offered entirely online through Distance Education.

In instances where F is assigned, the college must be able to document the student’s participation as recorded by the instructor via the use of any of the records listed above. Instructors are not expected to take extraordinary efforts to document participation, but should draw on the records they customarily use in evaluating course work, such as gradebook posting, participation in a group activity, test grades or any other means ordinarily used by the instructor to document student performance.

Administrative Transcript Notations – Letters other than A-F

AU – Audit
An administrative transcript notation for students auditing a course. This status will allow them to participate in class activities without being required to meet the examination requirements of the course. A student who wishes to change from credit to audit status must request this within the first four weeks of the course, using such forms and procedures as the college may prescribe. Students auditing a course may not change to credit status.

I – Incomplete
A temporary grade assigned by the faculty member when course work is missing and the student agrees to complete the requirements. The use and management of this grade is prescribed in Board of Trustees policy 3.5.1—Granting of an Incomplete, adopted July 23, 2001.

M – Maintaining Progress
An administrative transcript notation used for developmental courses only to indicate that the student is maintaining progress. It may be given to a student for a course only twice.

P – Pass
An administrative transcript notation for successful completion of courses taken on a pass/fail basis. Students failing will receive a grade of “F”.

R – No Grade
An optional administrative transcript notation for any situation where there is no grade reported by the instructor at the end of the traditional semester.

TR- Transfer
An administrative transcript notation in lieu of grades for courses accepted for credit from other colleges and universities.

W – Withdrawal
An administrative transcript notation used to indicate that a student is withdrawn from a course in accordance with the procedures prescribed by the college.