Grades

Grades are awarded in all college, vocational, and developmental courses, as well as in certain non-credit courses. NWFSC maintains permanent records for all students registering for courses. A cumulative record of the student's grades appears on the transcript. Final grades for the current term can be viewed in RaiderNet.

Because the awarding of course grades is the responsibility of the instructor, it is essential that faculty members keep students informed of their progress in each course by providing students regular and timely feedback. A student has a right to a course grade that represents the instructor's professional judgment of the student's performance in the course, without personal prejudice. An instructor has a right to expect that the work presented for evaluation or submitted as classroom projects is that of the student acting alone without benefit of any aids or practices that are generally considered academically dishonest.

 

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The student's permanent record also contains grade point average (GPA) calculations. The student's GPA is used in determining academic standing, graduation readiness, eligibility for the President's and Dean's Lists, and in other academically related decisions. Your semester grade point average represents the average of your grades for only one semester. Your cumulative grade point average represents the average of the grades of all courses you have taken at NWFSC. Only grades for courses at 1000 level or above are used to compute GPA for graduation.

To determine the grade point average, multiply the number of quality points for each grade received by the number of Credit hours for that course. Then divide the total number of quality points by the total number of Credit Hours attempted excluding courses with W, I, and Audit grades. A GPA calculator is available on RaiderNet.

Credit hours pursued is defined as those credits in which a grade of A-F has been awarded. Grades of S, P, U, I, V, N, W, and X, do not carry grade quality points. In general, credits for these grades do not count in hours pursued. However, in certain other circumstances, such as determination of repeat enrollments, and in computation of certain specialized GPA's, credits which carry these grades may be included in the GPA computation.

Grade

Grade Quality Points

A

4

B

3

C

2

D

1

F

0

 

 

 

Example Course

Grade

Grade Points

 

Credit Hours

Quality Points

Speech

C

2

x

3

6

Algebra

C

2

x

3

6

American Literature

B

3

x

3

9

Chemistry

D

1

x

4

4

Health Science

A

4

x

2

8

Total Points

 

 

 

 

33

Total Semester
Credit Hours

 

 

 

15

33/15=

GPA

 

 

 

 

2.20

 

Incomplete Grades

 

At the instructor's discretion, a grade of "I" may be given when a student is unable to complete the required work because of clearly documented extenuating circumstances and if the student has demonstrated through successful completion of a significant portion of the course requirement that he/she has a reasonable chance of making a passing grade. The instructor files with the department chair, and with the student concerned, an outline of the work that must be completed, including an estimate of the student's grade standing for work already completed during the term. Work for the removal of the "I" must be completed prior to the LAST CLASS DAY in the next 16-week term immediately following except where course requirements mandate otherwise. Students completing course work to remove the "I" must do so outside the regular classroom setting. The grade will revert to an "F" on the official transcript if not removed by that time. A student will not be permitted to re-enroll in a course which he/she has an outstanding grade of "I" or for a class that has that course as a prerequisite.

In extraordinary circumstances, a deferred incomplete grade of "V" may be awarded when approved absences preclude satisfactory course completion by the end of the next 16-week term of enrollment.

 

Repeating Courses

Repeating a Course to Improve the Grade

If a student receives a grade of D, F, W, or U in a college credit, vocational or developmental course, he/she may repeat the course to improve the grade. Students are permitted a maximum of two enrollment attempts in such courses. A third and fourth attempt may be allowed only through an academic appeal process based on major extenuating circumstances. Any attempt to enroll in a course for a third/fourth attempt should be directed to the Registrar. On the third attempt, and any subsequent attempts, the student will be awarded the letter grade earned (A, B, C, D, F, S, U, or P) and will not be allowed to withdraw from the course. If a course withdrawal (drop) is processed prior to the close of the schedule adjustment period, or if audit status is declared prior to the end of the schedule adjustment period, the enrollment will not count as one of the attempts. Once a student has successfully completed a course (received a grade of A, B, C,) he/she will not be permitted to repeat the course. In certain special or compelling circumstances, it may be possible to re-enroll after successful completion, but advance written approval must be obtained from the Vice President of Academic Affairs. Such circumstances include, for example, NWFSC program requirements, teacher recertification, license renewal, and mandated professional development. Grades earned in this manner will not replace grades earned in prior enrollments but will appear on the transcript.

For any course repeated, whether at NWFSC or elsewhere, only credit from the last attempt will be used in the computation of the student's grade point average and for meeting program requirements. Repeating a course results in an adjusted grade point average; however, if a course is repeated after the student has earned his/her A.A. degree, the student's grade point average will not change. Students should be aware that some private colleges and universities, as well as out-of-state institutions, and some Florida public universities (depending on the student's major) may not accept the revised GPA or treat the repeated course in the same manner.

Per Florida statute 1009.285, after the second attempt in a developmental course, college credit or vocational course, a student will be required to pay the full cost of instruction (approximately four times the usual matriculation fees) to repeat the course. In documented cases of financial hardship or extenuating and compelling circumstances, the full cost requirement may be appealed through the Registrar's Office. Students receiving financial aid or veterans benefits should consult with a financial aid advisor before repeating a course; benefits and aid may not be available for certain repeat enrollments.

Repeating a Course for Credit Towards Graduation

Certain courses, such as those in the fine and performing arts areas, physical education, and communications areas, may be repeated for credit toward graduation. The specific courses and the number of allowable repeat enrollments are provided in the course description section of this catalog. Only those courses designated as repeatable for credit fall into this category.

When a course is repeated under these circumstances, the full cost of instruction rule is not applicable until the maximum number of creditable repeats has been reached. All grades and credits associated with the allowable number of repeats will be considered in the student's GPA and will be considered in determining the credits for program completion. Once the maximum number of enrollments has been reached, additional enrollments will be treated as specified in the previous section on course repeats and may be subject to the full cost rule.

Repeating Non-credit Courses

Courses taken through Continuing Education, PRIME Time, the Institute for Professional Development, Kids on Campus, or Adult Education courses, including ABE, GED, and ESOL, are not subject to repeat rules.

 

Grade Changes/Errors

If a student believes there is an inadvertent error in the recording or the computation of his/her final course grade, the student should contact the instructor or the appropriate department office immediately. If an error has occurred, an adjustment to the student's permanent record (transcript) will be made within approximately ten (10) working days. The student is responsible for reporting such concerns within thirty (30) days of the close of the term in which the grade was awarded.

If a student has documentation of extraordinary or emergency circumstances which warrant recording a course withdrawal ("W") after the usual deadline, he/she must submit a written request for such change to the Office of Academic Affairs. If an adjustment is warranted, the change will be made within approximately ten (10) days. The student is responsible for requesting such changes within thirty (30) days of the term in which the original grade was awarded.

 

Grade Grievances

If a student believes that he/she has not been graded fairly in a course, an appeal may be filed. The grade grievance process applies only to final course grades. Any appeal must be initiated within thirty (30) days of the date the grade was issued by the Registrar's Office. The student should first make an informal appeal to the instructor. If a complaint is not resolved to the student's satisfaction, an appeal without prejudice to the student's position may be made to the department or division chairperson. The next level of appeal is to the Vice President of Academic Affairs who may, if it is deemed advisable, refer the matter to an ad hoc hearing committee to assist in evaluating the appeal. Any further appeal may be made to the President, whose decision shall be final. In the event a hearing is needed, the membership of the hearing panel shall be: two full-time college faculty members appointed by the Vice President of Academic Affairs, one full-time student services employee appointed by the Vice President of Academic Affairs, and two students appointed by the Dean of Students in consultation with the SGA President. The faculty members shall be selected from a different department than that of the faculty member who awarded the grade in question. The student members shall not be enrolled in the same program of study or courses as the student filing the grievance. The Dean of Students or his/her designee will serve as the recording secretary and facilitator for the hearing, but shall have no vote. Hearing procedures and time limits parallel those of the Student Services Disciplinary Hearing and Grievance Process.

A student has a right to protection against the improper disclosure of information concerning grades, beliefs, or character which an instructor acquires in the course of the professional association with the student. An instructor has a right to deal with what is perceived to be academic dishonesty and such behavior may result in disciplinary action.

 

Academic History Grade Relief Option

A student who has been unsuccessful academically (i.e. grades of "D's" and "F's") and whose credits are ten or more years old may seek relief from the effect of those credits on his/her grade point average at NWFSC by submitting a written request to the Vice President of Academic Affairs. If the request is granted, it will apply to all credits and grades earned prior to the date specified, and the student will not be permitted to count any of those credits toward graduation or program completion. The courses and grades will remain on the student's permanent record (transcript), but will not be considered in grade point average computations at NWFSC.

A student requesting this option should be aware that the relief may not be honored by other colleges and universities; other institutions may continue to consider the older credits and grades in evaluating the student's work. Relief through this process does not excuse the student from restrictions related to repeating courses or from compliance with other applicable college policies.