Grading System

The grading system will be applied fairly and consistently from student to student in a section, from section to section within a course and from program to program. Academic Standing will be indicated according to our policy.

The grading system will provide a reliable indication of your performance to future instructors, employers, transfer institutions, etc. It will provide information for decisions on eligibility for financial aid, taking honors or special programs, acceptance into professional or graduate schools, scholarships, and further study at RDC. Refer to the Academic Standing Policy for more information.

GRADE

GRADE POINTS

DESCRIPTION

A+

4.0

 

A

4.0

Excellent Performance

A-

3.7

  

B+

3.3

  

B

3.0

Good Performance

B-

2.7

  

C+

2.3

  

C

2.0

Satisfactory Performance

C-

1.7

  

D+

1.3

  

D

1.0

Pass

F

0.0

Fail

*NOTE: A grade of A will generally be the top grade in a course, with A+ being reserved for recognition of exceptional achievement.

Example:

COURSE

GRADE

POINTS

COURSE CREDIT WEIGHT

TOTAL GRADE POINTS

CHEM 211

B+

3.3

3.00

9.90

CMPT 214

A

4.0

3.00

12.0

ENGL 210

C+

2.3

6.00

13.8

HIST 209

C

2.0

3.00

6.0

PSYC 260

B

3.0

3.00

9.0

SOCI 260

D

1.0

3.00

3.0

ZOOL 220

F

0.0

3.00

0.0

TOTAL

   

24.0

53.7

The TOTAL GRADE POINTS earned is then divided by the TOTAL COURSE CREDIT WEIGHTS to equal a GRADE POINT AVERAGE (G.P.A.): 53.7/24 = 2.24 G.P.A.

Grade Point Average (G.P.A.)

Your grade point average is arrived at as follows:    

  • Your grade for a course is converted to a grade point
  • Each grade point is multiplied by the course’s weighting factor, to give a total grade point for that course
  • The sum of your total grade points is then divided by the sum of the weighting factors to give your grade point average (G.P.A.)

Grades Not Included in G.P.A.

Audit (AU)
You may audit courses and be charged an audit fee but no credit will be given for audited courses. You are allowed to attend and take part in course activities, but you are not evaluated in any way.

Credit (CR)
You have completed the course requirements. CR is not an acceptable letter code for university transfer courses.

Continuing Status (CS)
You are in good standing but have not met all course requirements. CS is not an acceptable letter code for university transfer courses.

Deferred (DEF)
A grade of DEF will be granted if you have been given permission to write the final examination at a later date. This grade will change when the final grade is complete.

Incomplete (IN)
You will receive a grade of IN if you have not met all the course requirements at the end of an academic term. This code may be assigned only if you have expressed an intention to complete the course requirements and your instructor has agreed to this arrangement. The code of IN must be converted to a final grade within one academic term from the date of being assigned. Within one month of receiving the grade of IN, you and your instructor must agree on the requirements to be met to finish the course, as well as when this work will be finished. A copy of this agreement must be submitted to the Registrar to be put into your student file. The grade of IN will be removed one month after it is assigned if there is no agreement. The final grade assigned at that time will be based on the work completed.

No Credit (NCR)
You have not met the course requirements and are denied credit for the course. NCR is not an acceptable letter code for university transfer courses.

Repeated Courses (I/E)
If you repeat a course for credit, you will receive the credit for the highest grade only and that will be calculated in the GPA.   Repeated courses are noted by an I - Include or an E - Exclude.

Withdrawal (WD)
You may withdraw from an individual course up to the date stated in the Academic Schedule and receive a grade of WD.

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