Grading Guidelines

PCC uses the traditional graded system of A, B, C, D, and F. In addition Degree or certificate requirements may designate certain courses as pass/no pass only, and Continuing Education uses marks such as SC and NSC. Select an item from the Grade Definitions list below for an expanded explanation of each grade and mark.

A student may repeat a course for a higher grade under certain conditions. If a student feels they received the wrong grade, they should follow the instructions in Grade Disputes.

Read the Academic Standards and Practices Handbook: Grading Guidelines for the complete grading policy.

Grade Definitions

A: Superior

Honor grade indicating excellence. Earned as a result of a combination of some or all of the following as outlined by the instructor in the course handout: superior examination scores, consistently accurate and prompt completion of assignments, ability to deal resourcefully with abstract ideas, superior mastery of pertinent skills, and excellent attendance. Probable success in a field relating to the subject or probable continued success in sequential courses.

B: Above average

Honor grade indicating competence. Earned as a result of a combination of some or all of the following as outlined by the instructor in the course handout: high examination scores, accurate and prompt completion of assignments, ability to deal well with abstract ideas, commendable mastery of pertinent skills, and excellent attendance. Probable continued success in sequential courses.

C: Average

Standard college grade indicating successful performance earned as a result of a combination of some or all of the following as outlined by the instructor in the course handout: satisfactory examination scores, generally accurate and prompt completion of assignments, ability to deal with abstract ideas, fair mastery of pertinent skills, and regular attendance. Sufficient evidence of ability to warrant entering sequential courses.

D: Substandard but receiving credit

Substandard grade indicating the student has met only minimum requirements as outlined by the instructor in the course handout. Earned as a result of some or all of the following: low examination scores, generally inaccurate, incomplete or late assignments, inadequate grasp of abstract ideas, barely acceptable mastery of pertinent skills, irregular attendance, insufficient evidence of ability to make advisable the enrollment in sequential courses. Does not satisfy requirements for entry into courses where prerequisites are specified.

F: Failure

Non-passing grade indicating failure to meet minimum requirements as defined by the instructor in the course handout earned as a result of some or all of the following: non-passing examination scores, inaccurate, incomplete or late assignments, failure to cope with abstract ideas, inadequate mastery of pertinent skills, repeated absence from class. Does not satisfy requirements for entry into courses where prerequisites are specified.

Pass - No Pass

P: Pass

Acceptable performance. A grade of "P" represents satisfactory achievement which would have been graded "C" or better on the regular grading scale, but is given instead of a letter grade. By the end of the eighth (8th) week of class (or equivalent) students shall choose the graded or pass option. If they don't choose the pass option, the class will be letter graded. By the end of the eighth (8th) week of class (or equivalent), students may rescind an earlier request of the pass option. Instructors who deny a grading systems option request through the eighth (8th) week (or equivalent) must provide reasons in writing to their Dean for the denial.

Important note: There is a limited number of Pass (P) credits that can apply towards a degree or certificate - check with an academic advisor on the limit set for your degree or certificate.

NP: No Pass

Unacceptable performance or does not satisfy requirements for entry into courses where prerequisites are specified. This grade may be used in situations where an instructor considers the "F" grade to be inappropriate. An "NP" mark is disregarded in the computation of grade point average.

Mark Definitions

SC: Satisfactory completion

Mark used when a student satisfactorily completes continuing education units (CEUs).

NSC: Not satisfactory completion

Mark used when a student does not satisfactorily complete Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

I: Incomplete

When the quality of work is satisfactory, but some minor, yet essential, requirement of the course has not been completed, and for reasons acceptable to the instructor, a report of "I" may be made and additional time granted for completion of the work. If no replacement grade for an "I" mark shall have been provided by the course Instructor within one calendar year, the "I" mark shall automatically be changed to and "F" or "NP" depending on the grade system option (chosen by the Student) in affect at the time the "I" mark was originally recorded. The conditions for completion of work should be stated in writing, signed by the instructor and the student, and kept on file in the department or program office. An "I" may not be assigned as a withdrawal. An "I" does not entitle a student to repeat a course without paying tuition. It may be impossible to receive an "I" in some courses where, for example, equipment usage is required.

Incomplete (I) Mark Process and Form

W: Withdrawal

This mark is to be used only by the student records office when the student has followed established school policies and procedures for properly withdrawing from class within the specified time limits.

CIPR: Course In Progress Re-Register

A mark used only for designated classes. To receive credit, students must re-register because equipment usage is required. This may include courses in modular or self-paced programs. This mark may also be used in a skills-based course to indicate that the student has not attained the skills required to advance to the next level. If the course is not completed within a year, the "CIPR" changes to an "AUD" (Audit) on the transcript unless the course was repeated and a grade earned.

CIP: Course In Progress

A mark used only for designated classes in modular programs or in self-paced programs that do not conform to the normal academic calendar. If the course is not completed within a year, the "CIP" changes to a "NP" (No Pass) on the transcript unless the course was repeated and a grade earned. A student does not need to re-register for the course.

AUD: Audit

A mark used when the student is allowed to attend without receiving a grade or credit for the course. Instructor permission must be obtained. Instructors are expected to state their expectations and requirements of auditing students in their course handouts. Does not satisfy requirements for entry into courses where prerequisites are specified.

Repeated Courses

All grades earned will appear on the transcript. The most recent grade earned for a course will be calculated into the GPA and the total credit hours earned; all other grades earned for that course will be excluded from the GPA and the credit hours earned. If a course can be taken more than once for credit, the oldest grade for that course will be excluded only when the repeat limit is exceeded. Read more at Repeat Policy FAQs.

Grade Disputes

If you feel there has been a mistake in a grade your instructor assigned, contact your instructor immediately. If a grade dispute cannot be resolved with your instructor, follow the grade appeal procedure within one year after receiving a grade. Note that requests for grade changes after one year will not be considered unless your instructor agrees. You can also download the Grade Appeal Procedure.

Forms