3.17.4 Grading System

The following system will be used to determine a student's grade point average (GPA):

A . . . . . . . . . . 4 grade points per credit
B . . . . . . . . . . 3 grade points per credit
C . . . . . . . . . . 2 grade points per credit
D . . . . . . . . . . 1 grade point per credit
F . . . . . . . . . . No grade points

A course that has a "0" as the first digit in its course number is considered a preparatory level class and will not count as credit toward graduation in any program.

AU – Audit: registration as an audit permits participation in course activities. Regular tuition is charged but no credit or grade is earned. Requests to audit a course must be made to the instructor and Registrar. If the student is registered for the course they wish to audit by the fifth business day from the beginning of the term, they must request the audit by the fifth business day of the term, even if the course starts later in the term. If the student registers for a course after the fifth business day of the term, they may request an audit within the first five business days from the beginning date of the course.

CR – Credit: used for successful test outs and awarded prior credit, counts in attempted and earned credits, but does not affect GPA.

FN – Failing for Non-attendance: used when a student registers for classes, but fails to attend any class session. This grade does not affect the GPA or attempted/earned credits.

FW – Unofficial Withdrawal: used when a student registers for class, stops attending, but does not officially withdraw from class and is calculated the same as an F.

I – Incomplete: a temporary grade assigned when the instructor has a "reasonable expectation" that the student can successfully complete unfinished work in a course no later than the end of the first half of the semester. If a course is not completed as prescribed, the incomplete grade becomes an F. An incomplete is calculated the same as an F. See Policy 3.17.6 Incompletes for details.

IP – In Progress: for courses not on a structured basis. An in progress is calculated the same as an F.

NC – No Credit: used when a test out was not successful, but does not count in credits attempted, earned or GPA.

P – Pass: counts in credits attempted and earned, but not in the GPA.

R – Repeated Course: follows the number of credits and indicates a repeated course. The original course is shown with parenthesis around the credits earned. Only the "R" (repeated grade) is computed in the GPA, but both count as attempted credits.

S – Satisfactory: for a limited number of courses that are offered on a S/U basis – counts in credits attempted and earned, but not in the GPA.

TR – Transfer Credit: not included in GPA (not used after Spring 2000).

U – Unsatisfactory: for a limited number of courses that are offered on an S/U basis – counts in credits attempted, earned and is calculated the same as an F in the GPA.

W – Withdrawal: For courses that are less than a full term in length, please refer to Policy 3.5.4 Course Drop, Add and Withdrawal for further details on the timelines for being eligible to receive a "W". A "W" is calculated in the attempted credit calculation for satisfactory progress. If a student does not withdraw online within the appropriate timelines, he/she will receive an F for those courses instead of a "W". A Request for Late Withdrawal Form is available for students who had extenuating circumstances that prevented them from meeting the timeline. These requests must be supported by the instructor and the Vice President of Student and Academic Affairs. See Policy 3.5.4 Course Drop, Add and Withdrawal for details.

Approved by: ATCC Leadership Council
Effective Date: 1/08/12
Last Date Revised: 2/02/12