Courses within the SMCCD are graded by means of the grading system established by the California Education Code (Title V).
Skyline College utilizes two types of grading methods or grade modes : Letter Grade and Pass/No Pass.
Grades are averaged on the basis of the point equivalencies to determine a student's grade point average. The highest grade shall receive 4 points and the lowest grades shall receive 0 points using the following evaluative symbols:
|D+||Passing, less than satisfactory||1.3 points|
|D||Passing, less than satisfactory||1.0 points|
|D-||Passing, less than satisfactory||0.7 points|
Each division of the College may designate course(s) in which a student is evaluated on a Pass/No Pass basis only. There are no grade points assigned to this grade mode, as units are not calculated towards GPA. Evaluative symbols are as follows:
|P||Pass (Satisfactory – C or better)||0 points|
|NP||No Pass (Less than satisfactory or failing)||0 points|
Some courses offer both Letter Grade and Pass/No Pass grade mode options. Grade mode options allow students to explore various fields of study and broaden their knowledge, particularly outside their major field, without jeopardizing their grade point average. Courses in which such an option exists will be designated by the Division Dean in consultation with appropriate members of the division faculty.
Students selecting a Pass/No Pass option must select this grade mode at the time of registration or one day prior to Census, through their WebSMART account.
The use of courses graded on a Pass/No Pass basis to satisfy major or certificate requirements must be approved by the Division Dean in consultation with appropriate members of the division faculty. A maximum of 12 units toward an Associate Degree, or 6 units toward a Certificate, may be applied from courses in which the student has elected a Pass/No Pass option.
Important: Four year colleges and universities vary widely in the number of units of Pass/No Pass courses they will accept. Students should consult the catalog of the college to which they plan to transfer for its regulations before selecting this option.
Appears in the grade column, along with a default grade, and indicates incomplete academic work for unforeseeable, emergency, and justifiable reasons. Conditions for the removal of the “Incomplete” shall be set forth by the faculty member in a written record which also indicates the default grade (grade assigned in lieu of removal). A final grade will be assigned by the faculty member when the stipulated work has been completed and evaluated. In the event that the work is not completed within the prescribed time period, the default grade previously determined by the faculty member will be entered in the permanent record. The Incomplete must be made up no later than one year following the end of the term in which it was assigned. Established College procedures may be utilized to request a time extension in cases involving unusual circumstances. The I symbol is not used in calculating units attempted nor for grade points.
The IP symbol indicates courses which extend beyond the normal end of an academic term. It indicates that work is In Progress, but that assignment of the evaluative symbol (grade) must wait its completion. The IP symbol shall remain on the student’s permanent record in order to satisfy enrollment documentation. The appropriate evaluative symbol (grade) and unit credit shall be assigned and appear on the students permanent record for the term in which the course is completed.
The RD symbol indicates that there has been a delay in reporting the grade due to circumstances beyond the student's control. It is to be replaced by a permanent symbol as soon as possible. The RD shall not be used in the calculation of grade point average.
The W symbol indicates withdrawal from a course beyond the last day to drop without a notation appearing on the student record.
The MW symbol indicates military withdrawal.
Appears with a grade and indicates a non-degree applicable course.
As a result of procedures such as Grade Alleviation, Academic Renewal and Course Repetition, a notation of E may appear in the right column of the student academic record to indicate that the course is to be Excluded from the GPA calculation.
As a result of procedures such as Grade Alleviation, Academic Renewal and Course Repetition, a notation of I may appear in the right column of the student academic record to indicate that the course is to be or Included in the GPA calculation.
GPA (Grade Point Average) is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of letter graded (GPA) units attempted (See Academic Standards Policy ).
A student's grade point average for a degree will not include grades earned in non-degree applicable credit courses.
Courses transferred to Skyline College, Credit by Exam, and Advanced Placement are not included in the District GPA.
Credit units earned through the Advanced Placement Test (AP), College Level Examination Program (CLEP), Credit by Examination (CBE), or the International Baccalaureate Examination (IB) do not satisfy unit load requirements for enrollment status for programs such as financial aid, athletics, veterans benefits, or for graduation residency requirements.
Skyline College accepts the following types of test scores:
Advanced Placement Test (AP): Please see the Advanced Placement Exam Credit Policy chart to determine use of test scores.
College Level Examination Program (CLEP): Credit may be used to meet requirements for an Associate Degree. A maximum of 15 units can be earned 3 units for each of the tests within the five examination areas: English Composition, Social Sciences and History, Humanities, Natural Sciences, and College Mathematics. Upon receipt of official examination results, CLEP units will be posted to a student’s Skyline College transcript by the Office of Concurrent Enrollments and Records. Should students transfer to a university, CLEP credit will be granted according to the policy of the receiving institution. Students are advised to meet with a counselor regarding CLEP credit. CLEP Credit cannot be applied to IGETC.
Credit by Examination (CBE): A currently enrolled student in good standing may be permitted to take a test for credit for courses, if qualified, because of previous training or instruction. By completing an examination approved by the faculty of the appropriate division, credit will be recorded. Testing is not allowed for a course for which credit has previously been granted or if credit has been earned in a more advanced course in the same sequence. Credit by Examination may not be used in order to improve a grade already received for a course. A maximum of 12.0 units toward an Associate Degree or 6 units toward a certificate may be earned through Credit by Examination, however, may not be counted in deter- mining the 12.0 semester units in residence. The student’s academic record shall be annotated to reflect that credit was earned by examination. A student may complete any course through Credit by Examination procedures only once.
To pursue the Credit by Examination option, obtain a Credit by Examination form from the Office of Concurrent Enrollments and Records. The Office of Concurrent Enrollments and Records approves eligibility. The student must submit the approved form to the division offering the course. If the course is available using the Credit by Examination option, a faculty member will arrange for the examination(s) to be administered and graded. All grades issued upon completion of Credit by Examination will be used in the calculation of the student s grade point average and for determining scholarship awards.
International Baccalaureate Examination (IB): See the International Baccalaureate Examination Credit Policy chart on pages 23-24 to determine use of test scores.