Grading System, Changes, and Definitions

Grades are earned in each course and are recorded on the student’s permanent record. Evaluation of student achievement will be made in relation to the attainment of the specific objectives of the course. At the beginning of a course, the instructor will explain these objectives and the basis upon which grades are determined.

Title V of the California State Administrative Code states, "The determination of the student's grade by the instructor shall be final in the absence of mistake, fraud, bad faith or incompetency." If students believe corrections should be made within the above restriction, they should first talk to their instructors. Corrections must be initiated within two years after the grade was earned.

Grade definitions are as follows:
Evaluative SymbolsGrade Points
A+ Excellent 4.0
A Excellent 4.0
A- Excellent 3.7
B+ Good 3.3
B Good 3.0
B- Good 2.7
C+ Satisfactory 2.3
C Satisfactory 2.0
D+ Passing, Less than Satisfactory 1.3
D Passing, Less than Satisfactory 1.0
D- Passing, Less than Satisfactory 0.7
F Failing 0.0
P—Pass (at least satisfactory; units awarded not counted in GPA).
NP—No Pass (less than satisfactory, or failing; units not counted in GPA). Not attaining course objectives.
P and NP are assigned to those courses in which student  achievement is evaluated on a pass/no pass basis rather than a letter grade (A, B, C, etc.). Pass/No Pass courses are so designated in the announcement of courses section of the catalog.

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Last Updated: 10/29/12