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Grading System


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TCL operates on a quality point system that is dependent on grades earned. Grades assign a rating for the quality of work in a course. Semester hour credits represent the number of credit hours for which the student registers for the semester. The grade earned determines the number of quality points per credit hour. Each grade has a grade-point equivalent. The Grade Point Average (GPA) equals the sum of quality points earned divided by the number of credit hours carried. Any prerequisite course must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher.

The following grades are recorded on transcripts and grade records at TCL.

A Excellent “A” indicates achievement of distinction and generates 4 quality points.
B Above Average “B” indicates above average achievement and generates 3 quality points.
C Average “C” indicates average achievement and generates 2 quality points.
D Below Average “D” indicates below average achievement and generates 1 quality point.
F Failure “F” indicates unsatisfactory achievement and generates 0 quality points.
I Incomplete The grade “I” represents incomplete work. “I” does not affect GPA calculation; however, an “I” defaults to “F” automatically after one semester (See “F”) if course requirements are not satisfactorily completed. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements to complete the course requirements within the prescribed time limit. The instructor must submit a grade change form to Student Records.  The instructor must provide documentation including record of attendance, current grades, and record of any communication with the students about the assignment of the incomplete grade. The Dean must approve the assignment of an incomplete grade.
W Withdrawal “W” indicates a withdrawn course status and earns no credit hours or grade points (non-punitive).
WF Withdraw Failing “WF” indicates withdrawal with unsatisfactory progress. Student earns no credit hours and generates no grades points (punitive).
WP Withdraw Passing “WP” indicates withdrawal with satisfactory progress. Student earns no credit hours and generates zero grade points (non-punitive).
CF Carry Forward “CF” indicates that a grade will be assigned in a subsequent term. It earns no credit hours and zero quality points.
S Satisfactory “S” indicates satisfactory progress in externships, internships, and/or Continuing Education courses. It earns credit hours or Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and does not generate quality points.
U Unsatisfactory “U” indicates unsatisfactory progress in externships, internships, and/or Continuing Education courses. It does not earn credit hours or CEUs and does not generate quality points.
E Exempt “E” indicates an exemption course status and is awarded for TCL courses which students have been permitted to exempt as a result of testing, equivalent work experience or other educational experience. It earns credit hours but no quality points.
AU Audit “AU” indicates an audit course status, earns no credit hours or quality points. Audit status in a course must be declared when the student registers for that course or during the schedule change (add/drop) period. Audited courses do not qualify for financial aid.
TR Transfer “TR” indicates a transfer course status and is given for allowable comparable TCL credits earned at other colleges or universities. It earns credit hours but no quality points.
NR No Report “NR” indicates a no report status for grades. On receipt of grades, the NR will be replaced with the earned grade. It earns no credit hours or quality points.
NC No Credit “NC” indicates insufficient mastery of content in developmental studies (“0” level courses) to progress to subsequent levels. It earns no credit hours or quality points (non-punitive).