Grading Procedures

Oregon Coast Community College Grading Definitions      

Students will be provided with a course syllabus for each credit class in which they are enrolled. The course syllabi will provide required and recommended course syllabus components established in the Office of Instruction Syllabus Template. The clear objectives and grading explanation stated on the course syllabus enables students to understand how they are graded for a class. 

Traditional Graded System
 
If available, students may select this grade system option at registration or change to this grade system option at any time during the first 80% of a course's term.
 
Degree or certificate requirements may only allow specific grade system options. 
 
Pass/No Pass System
 
This grade system uses P and NP as defined under “Grade Definitions.” 
Transfer Students should be aware that four-year institutions limit the number of pass/no pass credits that may be applied to a degree and frequently recalculate the student's grade point average by weighting each P as if it were a C or D and each NP as if it were an F from the traditional graded system. 
If available, students may select this grade system option at registration or change to this grade system option at any time during the first 80% of a course's term.
 
Subject Area Committees may specify whether this grade system option is unavailable for each course in its control. 
Degree or certificate requirements may only allow specific grade system options. 
 
Students who stop attending and who fail to drop or withdraw from a class by the published deadlines may earn a grade of F or NP according to the grade system option selected by the 
student. 
 
Students having excessive absences and who fail to drop or withdraw from a class by the published deadlines may earn a grade of F or NP according to the grade system option selected by the student.  
 
 
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, and repeated absence from class. 
 
Does not satisfy requirements for entry into courses where prerequisites are specified. 
 
Faculty must record the last date attended for students that earn an F. 
 
P (Pass) 
 
Acceptable performance. 
 
A grade of P represents satisfactory achievement which would have been graded C or better under the traditional grading system. 
 
The P grade is disregarded in the computation of the OCCC grade point average. 
 
This grade is available only when a student has selected the pass/no pass grade system option during the first 80% of a course's term. 
Some courses are not available for a P/NP, and if that is the case, it will simply default to the standard grade mode.
If P/NP is allowed for a course, you are permitted to change the grade mode selected up until the Withdraw deadline.  You will need to make that change via MyOCCC as described above.
 
NP (No Pass) 
Unacceptable performance. 
A grade of NP represents unsatisfactory achievement which would have been graded D or lower under the traditional grading system. 
The NP grade is disregarded in the computation of the grade point average. 
 
Faculty must record the last date attended for Students that earn an NP. 
 
This grade is available only when a Student has selected the pass/no pass grade system option during the first 80% of a course's term. 
 
Some courses are not available for a P/NP, and if that is the case, it will simply default to the standard grade mode.
 
If P/NP is allowed for a course, you are permitted to change the grade mode selected up until the Withdraw deadline.  You will need to make that change via MyOCCC as described above.
 
Incomplete (I)
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. 
 

Honor Roll Designations

OCCC recognizes academic excellence in students who have earned a 3.25 or higher grade point average (GPA) on a minimum of six graded credits in a given term.

 
Honor's List 3.25 - 3.49
Dean's List  3.50 - 3.74
President's List 3.75 - 4.00
*Highest Honors 3.75 - 4.00
*Awarded at graduation based on cumulative GPA 


Grade Assignment

Instructors may use only the grades of A, B, C, D, F, and the marks of I (for incompletes). P, NP (for approved courses), and AUD (for audits) may be used if the student has selected this option for approved courses. 

Withholding Grades

Oregon Coast Community College reserves the right to withhold issuance of grades, transcripts, or diplomas to students who have not met their obligations to the college.
 

Grade Discrepancies and Changes

In order to correct a recording error or grading discrepancy, students must notify their instructor within 90 days of the receipt of the grade report. If a student has repeated a course, it is the student’s responsibility to notify Enrollment Services so that it will be properly recorded.