Kellogg Community College

Grading System


  • A/4.00
  • A-/3.67
  • B+/3.33

Above average

  • B/3.00
  • B-/2.67
  • C+/2.33


  • C/2.00
  • C-/1.67
  • D+/1.33

Below average

  • D/1.00
  • D-/.67

* Programs may have an alternative grading scale due to program-specific accreditation requirements. Contact your program director for specific grading scale information.

Additional marks

  • F/0 (Failure)
  • G (Progress)*
  • X (Audit)*
  • I (Incomplete)*
  • W (Withdrawal)*
  • P (Pass, “C” grade or better)*
  • N (No credit)*

* This grade is not computed in either the semester or cumulative grade point averages

Information concerning Calculating a Grade Point Average and Academic Appeals can be found below.

More information on the Dean’s List or Graduation with Honors is on the Awards webpage.

Calculating a Grade Point Average

Grades “A” through “F” have associated grade points as indicated above. To determine the total number of points earned in a class, the points (as indicated in the table above) are multiplied by the semester hours of credit for the class. For example, a grade of “A” earned in a 3 credit hour class would produce 12 grade points (4 points x 3 credits).

Both the semester and cumulative grade point averages are determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of semester hours of credit attempted. In this calculation, grades of “G,” “X,” “I,” “W,” “P” and “N” are excluded.
The student’s grade report and academic record reflect the following semester and cumulative totals:

  • credit hours attempted
  • credit hours earned
  • credit hours used in calculating the grade point average
  • grade point average

The Grade of “G” (Progress)

In the Transitional Study Courses (TSRA 40, 45, 50; TSMA 10, 15, 20, 25), a grade of “G” may be awarded. The grade of “G ” is not computed in semester or cumulative grade point averages. The grade means the student has made progress in skills development, but are advised to take another semester of work in transitional courses to be prepared for the next level class or general associate degree course work.

The Grade of “X” (Audit)

You may audit a class for enjoyment, personal exploration, gaining insight into a new subject, or for other reasons. Auditing students are expected to participate in the class by attending and completing all assignments. Those who do not wish to complete daily assignments may be required to develop an “audit contract” with the course instructor. Audited courses receive no academic credit and therefore do not apply toward graduation requirements, financial aid eligibility or athletic team eligibility.

A change from audit to credit status must be made before seven-eighths (7/8) of the duration of the course has elapsed. Course requirements must have been completed prior to the request for this change and must have the consent of the instructor.

The Grade of “I” (Incomplete)

The Grade of “I” (Incomplete)

Students who are unable to complete course requirements by the end of the semester may request that their instructor(s) assign a grade of “I.” The grade of “I” may be awarded only when the instructor has determined that illness, unavoidable absence, or extenuating circumstances will prevent the student from completing all course requirements. At minimum, the student must have completed more than 50% of the coursework and have a passing grade at the time the “I” is requested. The instructor may state in the course syllabus a more stringent requirement for the amount of coursework completed to qualify for an “I.”

Before assigning the “I” grade, the instructor will develop an Incomplete Contract stating how and when the remaining coursework (including laboratory work) is to be completed. Students should give serious consideration to the requirements for making up the incomplete coursework before requesting an “I” grade. The Incomplete Contract will need to be signed by the instructor and the student, and signed copies provided to the student, instructor, and academic Chair/Director.

Remaining coursework requirements must be completed within one calendar year with an expiration date noted. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange for completion of remaining course requirements with the instructor issuing the grade. If course requirements are not completed by the expiration date, the “I” grade on the transcript will be converted to the grade earned based on work completed toward meeting the total requirements of the course.

An “I” grade provides an opportunity for the student to submit remaining materials and have his/her learning assessed; it does not ensure a course seat in a subsequent semester.

The Grade of “W” (Withdrawal)

The academic record of a student who drops a class after registering, but prior to the refund deadline, will not be affected. After the refund period, but prior to seven-eighths (7/8) of the duration of a class, a grade of “W” (withdrawal) will be entered on the student’s academic record for each class withdrawal.

During the final one-eighth (1/8) of the duration of a class, a grade of “F ” (failure) will be entered on the student’s academic record for each class withdrawal.

If a student discontinues class attendance and does not formally submit a Course Withdrawal form or letter of withdrawal to the Records and Registration office, the instructor will assign a final grade based upon progress toward completion of the course objectives.

Grades of “P” and “N”

The grade of “P” or “N” is an option in the following courses: English 120, 151, 152, and 153; Human Services 185 and 186; all physical education-activity; and Political Science 200, 201, and 202. If you select the “P” or “N” option, you must notify the instructor before the midpoint of the course.

The following courses shall be graded on a “P” or “N” basis: Criminal Justice 110, 207, 212, 213, and 299; Music 170; Physical Therapist Assistant 221, 224, 225, and 226; course work in Industrial Trades; and selected courses in Emergency Medical Technician and lifelong learning.

Students are advised that an “N” grade on their academic record may jeopardize their ability to transfer, since many colleges and universities consider this grade a failure.

Academic Appeals

Any questions concerning the receipt of a grade should be directed to the instructor. If a satisfactory solution to a questioned grade is not received, you are encouraged to discuss your concern with the chair of the department or the manager of the program which offers the course and/or the dean of the division which sponsors the course. Individuals are urged to attempt to resolve their concerns at this level.

Academic Fresh Start Policy

The Academic Fresh Start policy is designed to allow a student who has not performed well academically to have credits and grades excluded from the transcript calculations. The policy contains the following points:

  1. The student determines the semester to begin their Academic Fresh Start. A period of two years or more must have passed since the Academic Fresh Start point.
  2. All grades, favorable or unfavorable, received prior to the Academic Fresh Start point decided upon by the student, will be excluded from computation of grade requirements for transcript purposes.
  3. While the affected grades and credits are excluded from transcript calculations, they remain as part of the official transcript.
  4. The Academic Fresh Start policy is a Kellogg Community College policy and does not affect the considerations of transfer institutions.
  5. This is a one-time request that cannot be reversed.
  6. Courses for which grades have been excluded under this policy are not counted toward meeting graduation requirements for a KCC degree or certificate.
  7. Semesters containing courses which have been applied to an awarded degree or certificate may not be excluded as part of this policy.

Application forms for Academic Fresh Start are available by clicking here (PDF) or from the Registrar’s office; the Grahl, Fehsenfeld and Eastern Academic centers; and the RMTC office.

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