Credits and Grades
Credit is recorded in quarter hours. Each quarter hour represents one 50-minute period of class time each week for the duration of a term, or the equivalent in laboratory, field work, or approved independent study.
For academic purposes, 12 credit hours is considered to be a full-time load. To complete a degree program in two years, a student should average 15 credit hours per quarter. Prior to registering for more than 18 hours per quarter, a student must obtain an advisor signature.
Course Numbering System
- 1-99 Developmental courses intended to bring the student to a general level of knowledge equivalent to Grade 12 completion OR post-high school review courses.
- 100-199 Freshman level courses
- 200-299 Sophomore level courses
Grades are recorded on the student’s permanent record at the end of each quarter. The following symbols are used to indicate achievement for courses in which the student is officially registered.
- A Superior Achievement
- B High Achievement
- C Average Achievement
- D Minimum Achievement
F Less than Minimum Achievement
Indicates that a student did not demonstrate minimum achievement toward course outcomes either because the student did not complete a sufficient amount of work or because a student performed at a level below minimum achievement on work completed.
Indicates that a student was given permission to complete the requirements of a class at a later date. Incompletes are issued by the instructor when a student has, for good reason, been delayed in completing the required work but can successfully do so without additional instruction. A signed agreement between the instructor and the student, outlining the timeframe and work to be completed, must be submitted to the Registration Office. Grades awarded for completed work replace “I” grades and are recorded in the initial quarter of enrollment. Credits are not granted until the “I” has been changed. If a student does not complete the agreement in the allotted amount of time, the Registrar’s Office will change “I” to the standing grade that was assigned by the instructor on the incomplete agreement.
- N Audit
Indicates that a student chose not to receive credit for a class. A student may change to or from audit grading through the initial registration process or by submitting a change form to the Registration Office no later than the end of the eighth week of the quarter.
- P Pass
For predetermined S/U graded credit classes, “P” indicates a passing grade for the class but does not satisfy the prerequisite for other classes. For specialized non-credit, non-graded classes, “P” is an administrative symbol.
- S/U Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory
Certain classes are designated S/U grading only. A student may change to or from S/U grading for any other class through the initial registration process or by submitting a change form to the Registration Office no later than the end of the eighth week of the quarter.
- W Official Withdrawal
Indicates that a student officially withdrew from a class by completing a withdrawal transaction through the Registration Office or via the web by the end of the eighth week of the quarter, or received approval for a hardship late withdrawal after the eighth week of the quarter. Official withdrawals occurring after the 20th calendar day of the quarter are posted to the student’s permanent record.
- Y Work in Progress
Indicates that a student has work in progress for a class that begins and/or ends outside the regular starting/ending dates of the quarter. Such classes include Learning Contracts, Co-op Contracts and continuous enrollment classes. Grades awarded for completed work replace “Y” grades and are recorded in the initial quarter of enrollment. If a student does not complete the requirements for the class by the end of the following quarter, the instructor may change the “Y” to the appropriate grade earned; otherwise, the “Y” will be automatically changed to an “F” grade. Credits are not granted until the “Y” has been changed.
- * No Grade Recorded or Invalid Grade or Late Finishing Class
Note: All quarterly deadline dates noted above are prorated for summer quarter to compensate for the shorter length of time.
Grade Point Values/Average
Grade point values are assigned to the following grades:
Grade Grade Point Value
Grades S, U, I, N, W, Y, P do not carry grade point values and are, therefore, not computed into the student’s grade point average.
Note: Credit is awarded for S and P grades.
A student’s grade point average is computed on a quarterly and cumulative basis. The quarterly GPA is computed by dividing the total number of quarterly grade points by the total number of quarterly A through F credits earned. The cumulative GPA is computed by dividing the total number of all grade points by the total number of all A through F credits earned.
Once a grade has been recorded on the student’s academic transcript, it is considered final. If a student believes a grading error has occurred, the student should contact the instructor as soon as possible. An instructor may initiate a grade change form only under the following circumstances:
- Instructor error in grade computation (must be submitted within one year after the end of the quarter in which the grade was issued).
- Additional or supplemental coursework submitted to complete “I—Incomplete” (as agreed upon in Incomplete Agreement signed by student/instructor) or “Y—Work in Progress” (by the end of the following quarter).
Documented data entry errors brought to the attention of the registration office within one year after the end of the quarter in which the grade was issued will be corrected immediately (no grade change form is required).
Grade disputes between a student and instructor must be resolved in accordance with the student rights & responsibilities outlined in the college policies section of this catalog. Students are encouraged to consult with instructors and/or the appropriate department chair before initiating a formal grievance.
Repeating a Course
Some courses are designated as repeatable for additional credit up to the maximum specified. A separate grade is issued for each completion. See individual course descriptions for such courses.
For courses other than those designated as repeatable for credit, a student may only repeat a course a maximum of two times (this is defined as two repeats in addition to the original enrollment). The student must submit a course repeat card to the registration office at the time of registration. Although courses may be repeated to improve the grade earned, credit is applied only once. Each grade received will appear on the student’s academic transcript, but only the credits and grade with the higher grade point value will be used to compute grade point average. The course with the lower grade will be designated with an “R” symbol to designate that it has been repeated.
Caution: Other colleges and universities may not accept a grade earned in a repeated course. If accepted, the grade may be treated differently in the calculation of grade point average.
The Dean’s List is a fall, winter, and spring quarterly roll of full-time students who have satisfactorily completed a minimum of 12 credits in which letter grades with grade point values have been assigned and who have earned a minimum 3.50 quarterly grade point average. Official withdrawals that occur during the first 20 calendar days are disregarded.
The honors program provides outstanding students with challenging and stimulating two-credit seminars. The seminars, usually taken simultaneously with a distribution course in the regular curriculum, allow students to pursue a subject in depth and to experience a high degree of student-faculty interaction. Once a student has taken an honors seminar the first quarter after admission to the program, the student may elect to complete a special performance, exhibit or research project during a subsequent quarter instead of participating in a second seminar. To graduate in the honors program, a student must complete one seminar or project for every 20 credits taken after entering the program, but no fewer than two seminars/projects. Honors program students register early to ensure enrollment in the regular courses associated with seminars.
Eligibility and Application Process
Students selected for the honors program should demonstrate superior academic ability and intellectual curiosity. A cumulative WCC college-level GPA of at least 3.50 for completion of at least ten WCC credits is required. The process for acceptance into the program includes:
- Complete an honors program application and return it to the program coordinator.
- Submit at least one faculty recommendation which addresses the student’s creativity, intellectual curiosity, motivation, and commitment to go beyond the norm.
- Demonstrate college-level writing in the honors program application and by placement in ENGL& 101.
- Maintain a 3.50 cumulative college-level GPA and abide by the WCC student rights & responsibilities to continue in the honors program.
For more information and an application, contact the honors program coordinator, visit the honors program page on the WCC website, or drop by Cascade Hall, 145.