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2012-14 Online Course Catalog


The grades that can appear on a student’s transcript are as follows:

Academic Letter Grades

Letter grades carry grade points used to calculate GPAs.

A:  Honor grade; indicates comprehensive mastery of the required work.
B:   Indicates high level of performance in meeting course requirements.
C:  Indicates satisfactory level of performance.
D:  Indicates lowest passing grade; may not be acceptable to satisfy requirements in certain majors and in graduate programs.
F:   Indicates failure. Must be repeated with a satisfactory grade to receive credit toward graduation.

Non-Academic Grades

These grades do not carry grade points and are not used to calculate student GPA’s. However, CR, NC, P, and NP grades may be used to determine satisfactory academic progress.

CR:  Credit; indicates credit received for course.
NC:  No credit; indicates no credit received for course.
DF:  Deferred; temporary grade which indicates course requirements cannot be completed by end of semester.
I:      Incomplete; grade which indicates additional coursework must be completed to receive final grade. An incomplete may be used at the discretion of the faculty member and may be given for unavoidable absence or other conditions beyond the control of the student where work already completed is a grade of “C” or better.
NB:  No basis; indicates there is insufficient progress or attendance for evaluation to occur.
P:     Pass; indicates passing work.
NP:  Indicates work that is not passing.

Other Designations

These designations do not carry grade points and are not used to calculate GPA’s.

AU:  Audit; indicates enrollment for information only, no credit received.
W:    Indicates withdrawal from a course.

Grade Change

Grades submitted by the faculty, other than incomplete (I) or deferred (DF), are assumed to be final grades. A grade may not be changed unless a legitimate error has been made on the part of the faculty member. Corrections of grading errors must be made by the end of the semester following the one in which the grade was originally assigned. A change of grade form, available in Student Services or the KPC website, must be submitted to Admissions and Records by the appropriate faculty member, not by the student. Grades cannot be changed to audit since the “AU” designation is a registration status. Grades cannot be changed to no credit since the “NC” designation is a registration status.  Incompletes, “I” grades, are submitted for work not completed by the student. Work must be completed and the change submitted within one year from the time the “I” was awarded if the “I” is to be changed to a letter grade on the permanent record. If the “I” is not removed during the one-year period, it will remain as an incomplete on the student’s permanent record.  Incompletes may be changed to letter grades: A, B, C, D, F, P, or NP. They cannot be changed to a W.

GPA Computation

KPC uses the 4-point system as a measure of scholastic success. The Grade Point Average (GPA) is computed by dividing the total cumulative quality grade points earned (Q pts) at KPC by the total quality hours (Q hrs). Credits accepted in transfer are not used to calculate the student’s KPC GPA, however they are used to calculate the students’ overall GPA for graduating with honors. Academic letter grades carry the following grade points:

A = 4.0
        B = 3.0
        C = 2.0
        D = 1.0
        F = 0.0

The number of credits (e.g., three) is multiplied by the grade-point value of the grade (e.g., A = 4) to give the total grade points (e.g., 12) for each course. The total number of grade points is then divided by the total number of credits attempted.

Non-academic grades do not carry grade points and are not used in calculating the GPA: CR, NC, DF, I, P, and NP. In addition, AU and W are not grades and are not used in GPA calculations (see grade change). All grades (original and any repeated courses) will be shown on the transcript. Only the last grade achieved for a course will be computed in the grade point average for graduation certification.

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