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Grade Key

A = Excellent, 4.0 grade points per semester credit
B = Good, 3.0 grade points per semester credit
C = Average, 2.0 grade points per semester credit
D = Unsatisfactory, 1.0 grade points per semester credit
F = Failure (no credit), 0.0 grade points per semester credit
I = Incomplete
IP = In Progress – The IP designation appears on your transcript when you are currently enrolled in a class and will stay until a final class grade has been given for the semester.
P = Pass (credit awarded), does not affect the Grade Point Average
W* = Withdrawal (no credit), does not affect the Grade Point Average
AU* = Audit (no credit and no letter grade), does not affect the Grade Point Average
TR = Transfer Credit (credit, no letter grade) does not affect NPC Grade Point Average
NC = No Credit, not computed in NPC Grade Point Average
AS = Assessed Credit, not computed in NPC Grade Point Average
IB = International Baccalaureate, not computed in NPC GPA
CL = CLEP, not computed in NPC Grade Point Average.

A student with a grade of less than ‘C’ in any subject should not expect to continue advanced work in that field unless there is other evidence indicating possible success.

* Veteran benefit recipients are not eligible for a ‘W’ or ‘AU’ grade unless they officially withdraw from a class using a Course Change Form. This form must be signed by the instructor indicating the last day of attendance. (This procedure complies with the guidelines recommended by the federal Veterans’ Administration.)

Audit (‘AU’) Grades

A student may choose to register for an Audit grade in a course. The Audit grade allows a student to take a course without affecting the student’s grade-point average. A student taking a course for Audit may fully participate in all aspects of the course, but will not be given any graded assignments. The Audit grade does not count for credit and does not factor into a student’s grade-point average. Completion of a course with an Audit grade does not count as successful completion of the course for prerequisite purposes. An Audit grade may not be used in any degree or certificate program. Students may not switch from a letter grade (including ‘P’) to an Audit grade for a course once they have registered for a letter grade. Students registering for an Audit grade may not file for a change of grade to a letter grade at the end of the course. Courses taken for an Audit grade do not appear on the official transcript. Students are cautioned that courses taken for an Audit grade will not be accepted for transfer at other postsecondary institutions. When a student registers for an Audit, Records and Registration assigns the final grade as ‘AU.’ Students taking courses for Audit grades pay regular tuition and fees for audited courses.

The Audit grade option is not available for one-day workshops, dual enrollment or The Learning Cornerstone (TLC) courses and all courses offered through Community Services (typically courses with a 099 designation).

To register for an Audit grade for a course, a student must take the following steps:

  1. Beginning with the day instructor approval is required for course entry a student must see an academic adviser to obtain a course Registration Form and an Audit Request form. The student signs the Audit Request form indicating that student understands the limitations of auditing a course.
  2. The student checks with the instructor to see if the instructor will allow the student into the course as an auditing student. If so, the instructor signs the Registration Form and the Audit Request form.
  3. The student then takes the forms to the campus/center office. The campus/center office makes sure the course has space availability and, if so, registers the student for the course. The student receives a student copy of the Audit Request form. The remaining copies of the Audit Request form are attached to the Registration Form copies and sent to the Records and Registration Office.

    Pass (‘P’) Grades

    In certain classes it is possible to obtain a ‘P’ or Passing grade. The following information should help the student decide when considering the ‘P’ option:

    • A ‘P’ grade is NOT available in any courses designated as general education courses.
    • A ‘P’ grade MAY not be accepted for transfer credit to postsecondary institutions, nor does NPC accept ‘P’ grades from other institutions for credit at NPC.
    • No ‘P’ credits are allowed for the following degrees: AA, AAEC, AAEE, ABUS or AS.
    • For AGS or AAS degrees, the maximum number of ‘P’ credits allowed by NPC is 12.
    • Because ‘P’ grades will satisfy course prerequisites as a “‘C’ or better,” the minimum requirements for a ‘P’ grade are those regularly required for a ‘C’ grade in any class in which the ‘P’ grade option is allowed.
    • A ‘P’ grade cannot be later changed to a letter grade, nor can a letter grade be later changed to a ‘P’ grade.


    If a student wishes the ‘P’ grade option in a class where the option is available, the student must make a written request to the instructor to take the course on the “pass/fail” basis prior to the second class meeting of the semester. If the instructor agrees to the request, s/he shall sign and date the request and forward to the Records and Registration Office. The request may not later be rescinded.

    Incomplete (‘I’) Grades

    An incomplete grade may be given for reasons deemed legitimate by the instructor but only when a student has satisfactorily met 85 percent or more of the course requirements. A student receiving an incomplete grade has the responsibility of initiating the procedure for removal of the incomplete grade.

    The work to be accomplished for the incomplete to be removed will be submitted by the instructor on an Incomplete Grade Information Sheet to be forwarded with the final grades to the academic dean. If an incomplete is not removed within one semester from the end of the semester in which it was awarded, it is automatically converted to a grade of ‘F.’

    Withdrawal (‘W’) Grades

    A student or an instructor can initiate a grade of ‘W.’ Withdrawal from classes during the first two weeks of the semester (for semester length classes) will not be reflected on the student’s transcript. The grade of ‘W’ will appear on the student’s transcript for each class withdrawn from after the end of the second week of the semester. All nonsemester-length classes (usually identified as short-term classes) will show a ‘W’ regardless of when the withdrawal occurs after the class begins.

    The course instructor may initiate an administrative withdrawal for a student after the 45th day of the semester and up to the final day of the semester by submitting the appropriate form and assigning a ‘W,’ which will be reflected on the student’s transcript at the end of the semester, with the exception of veteran benefits recipients.

    Whether initiated by the student or instructor, the last date of attendance (LDA) must be written on the withdrawal form.

    Withdrawal from All Class(es)

    Any student wishing to withdraw from classes on or after the first day of class must contact an academic adviser in order to complete the process.

    Grading Procedure

    The instructor is responsible for assigning grades. Grades are based on academic performance, class participation and attendance. Academic dishonesty will not be tolerated. An instructor may lower a grade based on academic dishonesty or other forms of student misconduct. Academic dishonesty or other forms of student misconduct may also be referred to the vice president for learning for further action. Grade changes can be made only by the instructor with approval of the dean and/or the vice president for learning. Changes must be submitted within one semester from the end of the semester in which the grade was awarded. After that time, the student must follow the Appeal of Grade process. Students who disagree with a grade may file a grade appeal as outlined in the Students Rights and Responsibilities section of this catalog.

    Raising Grades

    The student may repeat a course to raise a grade. The higher grade will be credited and counted in computing the student’s grade-point average. The lower grade will not be used, but will still appear on any transcript.

    SPECIAL NOTE: Students receiving financial aid are limited to the number of times a class may be repeated for benefit purposes.

    Repeating Courses

    Credit courses at NPC may only be counted once toward fulfilling the credit requirements for any degree or certificate, except in the case of music performance, art studio or HPE courses, which can be repeated up to four times for graduation credit.

    A student may repeat, without limit, any course offered by NPC to meet the mission and institutional goals adopted by the District Governing Board and listed in the current NPC catalog.

    Reporting of Grades

    Instructors post final grades after each semester. Students may view their grades by using the Student Log-in link on the MyNPC website. Grades will only be mailed to students upon special request. Contact the Records and Registration Office, 524-7459 or (800) 266-7845, ext. 7459, for the appropriate form. Transcripts and grades will not be released until all financial obligations to the college have been met.

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