Grade Assignment and GPA

It is the responsibility of faculty at GTCC to assign course grades according to methods which are professionally acceptable, communicated to everyone in the class, and applied to all students equally.

1. General Guidelines for evaluation and grade assignment:

a. Each instructor is responsible for evaluating the achievement of his/her students. During the first day of every class, students will have access to the course syllabus informing them, in writing, of the evaluation components to be used to determine grade assignment. Evaluation components of the course may be weighted differently.
b. Instructors will provide for frequent assessment with clear communication of course progress, including the evaluation and timely return of all work submitted by the students.
c. Instructors will use the institutional grading scale to evaluate student performance. Each student shall be informed of the institutional grading scale by the instructor in each of his/her courses.
d. To change a grade (including a grade of I upon completion of course work), an instructor will submit the appropriate form to Enrollment Services.
e. Instructors will record final grades in accordance with directions from the Registrar by the due date and time established per semester in order to avoid negative effects on students.
f. A student who wishes to appeal a grade will need to follow the Student Grievance Policy and procedures for grade related appeals

2. Grade Assignments:

a. The letter grades of A, B, C, D, and F represent a completed performance, numerical value and specific quality points as follows:

A – Superior 90 – 100 4 grade points/credit hour
B – Above average 80 – 89 3 grade points/credit hour
C – Average 70 – 79 2 grade points/credit hour
D – Below average 60 – 69 1 grade points/credit hour
F – Failure Below 60 0 grade points/credit hour

Note: Certain departments are required by accreditation policies or credentialing agencies to establish minimum performance levels which students must meet to progress but which are not reflected in the grading scale.

The letter grade of S indicates that the student has successfully achieved the outcomes expected for the course and completed the minimum requirements for the course. The letter grade of U indicates that the student has not mastered the expected outcomes and/or completed the minimum requirements for the course.

S – Satisfactory 70 – 100
U – Unsatisfactory Below 70

c. The following grade notations will be used for the developmental math courses.
P = Pass
R = Repeat
NR = Never Entered
CC = Course Completion
NC = Non-Course Credit

3. The letter grade of AU indicates that the student has audited the course. In order to audit a course, a student either must indicate the intent to audit upon registration, prior to the end of the schedule adjustment period for the term, or must obtain the instructor’s approval to change to an audit grade prior to the 5/8th point of the course.

4. The letter grade of I indicates that the student is passing a course but has not completed all of the required course work for the course. A grade of incomplete is given at the discretion of the instructor. All incompletes must be satisfactorily removed prior to the 5/8 point of the term following the term in which the incomplete was received. If the incomplete is not removed, the student will receive a grade of F for the course.

5. The letter grade of X may be given in special circumstances to indicate that the student is making sufficient progress to have mastered a substantial portion of the course content but still has too much content yet to complete to receive a grade of I (incomplete). Students who receive an X in a class must complete/retake the class and earn a grade of A, B, C, or D to progress. The X is given instead of I to prevent the grade from automatically changing to a F before an I could be fulfilled.
6. The letter grade of W indicates that the student has withdrawn from the course.

7. The transcript of a student who transfers credit to GTCC will show grades of courses transferred to GTCC prefixed with a T. Credit toward graduation will only be awarded for a course completed with a grade of C or better and/or S. Transfer credits will not be used in calculating grade point average.

8. In the case of courses completed by proficiency exam, the letter grade will be prefixed with a P. Credit toward graduation will be awarded only for courses with a proficiency grade of C or better and/or S. Proficiency credits will not be used in calculating grade point average.

9. When a student repeats a course, the letter grade(s) earned by the student in previous attempts to pass that course will be prefixed with an R. Only the grade earned the last time the student took the course will be counted in the student’s GPA and will earn credit hours toward graduation. This will not apply if a student takes a class for credit and subsequently audits the course.

10. The grade for courses in which a student receives a grade of A, B, C, D, or F will be converted to quality points for purposes of computing the student’s quality point average. The number of quality points earned for a course is determined by multiplying the number of credit hours for the course by the quality point value of the grade earned by the student.

11. A student’s grade point average (GPA) is determined by adding the quality points earned for each course for which the student received a grade of A, B, C, D, or F and dividing the sum by the total number of credit hours for which the student received a grade of A, B, C, D, or F.

12. Each student will have a program GPA which is based only on those courses in his/her program of study, and a cumulative GPA which includes all courses attempted for credit at GTCC.

13. To earn a degree, diploma or certificate, a student must have a program GPA of 2.0 or higher, a grade of A, B, C, D or S in each course in his/her program of study, and must successfully complete all program requirements.

Last Update 03/10/2014