3.9 Grading

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Chapter 3: Educational Policies

Related Minnesota State Board Policy: None.
Related Minnesota State Board Procedure: None.

Purpose:  To establish a standard course grading system for the College.

Part 1: Grading System

Subpart A:  The following course grade options are available for faculty:

  1. A, B, C, D and F:   Grade point values of 4 through 0, respectively.
  2. FN: Failed, never attended course, grade point value 0.
  3. FW:  Failed, discontinued attendance, did not complete the course, grade point value 0.
  4. I:  Temporary grade assigned by instructor in unusual circumstances in which the student cannot complete the course by the end of the academic term, grade point value 0. Reverts to an F in the subsequent semester if course requirements have not been completed.
  5. P: Pass for PLAN and courses below 1000 only, excluded from GPA.
  6. NC: No Credit for PLAN and courses below 1000 only, excluded from GPA.
  7. Au: Audited,  no credit, excluded from GPA.
  8. W: Withdrawal, must be completed before the last three weeks of the semester, excluded from GPA.
  9. Z: Class in Progress or no grade recorded, excluded from GPA.

Subpart B: The College does not use plus or minus grading symbols.


Subpart C: Courses for which students earn grades of F, FN, FW, I, NC and W are considered attempted but not completed and therefore have a negative impact on the completion rate.

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Part 2: Administration of Grades

Subpart A:  Grading is the responsibility of the assigned instructor, who defines and explains course grading policy in the official course syllabus.


Subpart B:  The Registrar is responsible for recording grades on student records as they are submitted by instructors.


Subpart C:  A student has the right to appeal the assignment of a grade if they believe there was a numerical or clerical error in the calculation or if there was a departure from the method of grade calculation described in the syllabus.

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Part 3: Grade Point Average

Subpart A:  Students may repeat courses in order to improve their GPA.  The highest course grade is used in GPA calculation.  Repeated grades remain on record. Students need approval of the appropriate academic Dean for courses repeated for a third attempt.


Subpart B:  The grade point average is calculated by dividing the total number of grade points earned (course grade values multiplied by number of course credits) by the total number of GPA credits attempted.

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  Policy History:
Date of Adoption:  December 28, 2011
Date of Implementation:
Date and Subject of Revisions:
Next Review Date:  2015-16
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