Grading Policy

Assessments

Student achievements are assessed on a week-by-week basis. Assessment methods include: response to discussion questions, quizzes, assignments, tests, examinations, power points, videos, essay papers, audio, and clinical performance.

Grading

Maximum grade for each assessment method is pre-determined and posted on curriculum. Grading is accurate, fair, consistent, and reflects the level of learning student has achieved.

Grading and Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students are graded during each program of study by the instructor's evaluation of the quality of work presented and the student's ability to follow instructions.

Grading System

Numeric Points           Percentage                   Grade                          Grade Point Average

93 to 100                  93% - 100%                A         4.0                               4.00

85 to 92                    85% - 92%                  B         3.0                               3.00

77 to 84                    77% - 84%                  C         2.0                               2.00

65 to 76                    65% - 76%                  D         1.0                               1.00

64 or less                   64% and below             F         0.0                               0.00

A minimum score of 77% is required in all coursework to maintain satisfactory academic progress and for graduation from the program.  A student who fails to maintain a 77% average during the course of a class will be counseled and assisted to successfully complete the class. Failure to achieve the 77% level of academic achievement may result in disciplinary actions up to and including dismissal from the program.

Return of grades

Faculty interact with students each week and reviews student response to the various assessments. Examinations and assessment grades are posted within 2 weeks of course completion.

 

Examination Make Up Examination Policy

Students who miss an examination have one week to make up the examination. Make-up tests have an automatic ten (10) point deduction unless the student provides the college a doctor’s note or other legal document. There will be no retakes of failed exams. If a student misses an examination in the last week of a college term the student must take the examination prior to the start date of the next term.

Students are responsible for contacting the Associate Dean, Dean or College Director for make-up exams. Make-up Exams should be taken within one (1) week of the missed exam. Students must schedule an appointment for all make-up examinations. Any exam not taken within a one (1) week period of the absence will receive a zero (0) percentage for that exam and no other times thereafter will be allowed for making up those missed exams.

 

Course Failure and Course Incompletion Policy

If a student earns a non-Satisfactory Academic Progress grade of D, F or Unsatisfactory (U) in a course the student must retakes the course in the next term or the next term the course is offered, earning a grade of A, B, C or Pass on the retake, both grades will remain on the transcript. However, the failing grade will no longer be calculated in the student’s GPA. Students may retake a course only once. No more than eight (8) credits may be repeated and only for the purposes of improving of the student’s GPA. The repeated course must be taken at the college and not another program. A student may not repeat for credit any course in which a minimum grade (C or better) has been received.

A student who receives an Incomplete (INC) as a course grade is required to repeat the course in the next term or the next term the course is offered and receive a passing grade to obtain course credit. If the student does not complete the incomplete course during the next term the course is offered the student grade will be a failure (F).

Term Promotion

To be promoted to the next term students must maintain a 2.8 out of a 4.0 grade point average in all graded courses and must have a grade of Pass in all Pass/Fail courses to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP).

Academic Probation

Students who do not maintain a 2.8 out of a 4.0 GPA will be placed on academic probation. Students who fail to maintain a 2.8 out of a 4.0 GPA in two consecutive standardized term or exit examinations will be dismissed from the program. Students on academic probation will be required to repeat any coursework where a GPA of 2.8 was not achieved. Students have one term to improve their GPA. Students who cannot achieve a minimum GPA of 2.8 one term after being placed on academic probation will be dismissed from the program. Students on academic probation are required to meet with an academic advisor prior to registering for subsequent terms. Academic probation is noted on the student’s permanent record.

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