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Staff Policy D-104.02
Institutional Effectiveness Criterion: Scholarship

Grading System

  1. Standard Grades

    The following are standard grades at Northwestern Michigan College.

    4.0 - outstanding
    3.5 - excellent
    3.0 - good
    2.5 - above average
    2.0 - average
    1.5 - below average
    1.0 - deficient
    0.0 - failed

    S - satisfactory
    U - unsatisfactory
    I - incomplete
    W - withdrawn
    FA - failed to attend
    AU - audit

    "I" (incomplete) may be given in unusual cases and at the discretion of the instructor if it is believed that the student has a valid reason for not having completed the course work and can fulfill the requirements of the course during the next semester. An incomplete not made up by the end of the next semester automatically becomes a 0.0. Incompletes may be extended one additional semester at the discretion of the instructor.

    "W" (withdrawn) will be given to students who are officially withdrawn from their class after the add period and before the last twenty-five percent of the session.

    "FA" (failed to attend) may be given by an instructor if a student registered for a course but did not attend and did not officially drop.

    "AU" (audit) may be issued at the time of registration upon full payment of tuition and fees if a student wishes to attend a class without college academic credit or a grade. Changing from audit to credit may take place during the period allowed for adding a class at the beginning of the semester. Changing from credit to audit may take place before the last twenty-five percent of the session. All pertinent dates are listed in the class schedule.

  2. Grade Point Average
    Grade point average (GPA) is a weighted average of academic grades. A grade for a course is multiplied by the credit hours for that course to obtain honor points. Total honor points are then divided by total credit hours to determine the grade point average. The semester GPA is the weighted grade point average for the most recent semester. The accumulated GPA is the total of all honor points earned at NMC divided by the total credit hours earned at NMC.







    Honor Points























    For questions, contact the Records and Registration Office at 995-1048.

    When a course is repeated, both the last grade and the previous grade for the course will appear on the transcript (official academic record). However, only the last grade will be counted in the cumulative grade point average.

    Grades of I, W, S, U, FA, and AU are not used in the computation of grade point averages.

The Vice President for Educational Services, in conjunction with the appropriate faculty and staff, is responsible for the development and publication of any procedures or guidelines that may be necessary to administer this policy effectively.

If any provision(s) of this policy or set of bylaws conflicts with laws applicable to Northwestern Michigan College, including the Community College Act of 1966, the Freedom of Information Act, or the Open Meetings Act, as each may be amended from time to time, such laws shall control and supersede such provision(s).

Initially adopted as D-304.01 December 5, 1996
Revised October 6, 2000
Revised January 27, 2004
Renumbered D-104.02 December 20, 2006
Reviewed without revision May 8, 2009
Revised September 18, 2009
Revised February 17, 2012
Revised April 21, 2017
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