Academic Information and Regulations

The Grading System and Grade Point Average (GPA)

GRADE Quality Points
A (Outstanding Achievement) 4.0
A- 3.7
B+ 3.3
B (Above Avg Achievement) 3.0
B- 2.7
C+ 2.3
C (Average Achievement) 2.0
C- 1.7
D+ 1.3
D (Below Avg Achievement) 1.0
F (Failure) 0.00
I (Not Completed) No Credit No Quality Points
W (Withdrawal) No Credit No Quality Points
U (Audit) No Credit No Quality Points
CR (Adv Placement/ by Exam) Credit No Quality Points
P (Pass) Credit No Quality Points
R (Repeat Until Proficient) No Credit No Quality Points
FS (Renaissance Program) No Credit No Quality Points
N (With letter grade-remedial) No Credit No Quality Points

W - Withdrawal: A "W" grade shall be used when a student withdraws from a course no later than the end of the tenth week of the regular semester, or after the tenth week, with instructor permission. The "W" grade may also be given at the discretion of the instructor, to indicate involuntary withdrawal from a course when a student stops attending class without completing the official withdrawal process.

I - Incomplete: Faculty member discusses the requirements for completing the course with the student and completes the "I" grade form at that time. Faculty member and student sign the "I" grade form. Faculty member gives student a copy of the form. Faculty member submits "I" grade form to Registrar. The "I" grade should never be used at midterm.

In the event of student illness or other emergency, the faculty member may explain the requirements for completing the course to the student via phone or e-mail. The faculty member must make a notation on the "I" grade form in lieu of the student's signature, and a copy of the form must be sent to the student. If the "I" grade is not complete by the end of the following semester (summer semester not included), the grade will be converted to an "F".

P - Pass/Fail: May be given as a midterm grade at the discretion of the instructor. As a final grade, may only be given at the discretion of the instructor with the approval of the Department Chairperson. In order to take a course pass/fail, a student must file a pass/fail form within the first week of instruction. Students should be aware that some colleges may not accept a grade of "P" for transfer credit and that taking a course pass/fail may affect financial aid.

R - Repeat Until Proficient: The "R" grade is an optional grade which may be used in certain specific courses at the discretion of the instructor for the student who is unable to achieve the quality of work necessary to pass the course in one semester. The student who receives the "R" grade must re-register for the same course the next semester that course is offered (summer/winter sessions excepted); otherwise, the "R" grade will become an "F" automatically. To re-register for the course, the student must follow the standard course registration procedure, and pay the regular tuition fee. Use of the “R” grade is restricted to MAT 098, MAT 098S (MAT 090/ MAT 098), MAT 100, MAT 100Q, RDG 095, and all ESL courses.

U - Audit:  Students who do not need or want credit for a course may enroll in that course as an auditor. Auditing allows the student to attend all lectures and discussion of the course, but the student normally does not take examinations or prepare papers or other outside work for the course, and cannot be required to do so.

To enroll as an auditor, the student registers for the course as an auditor and pays the same tuition and fees charged to students enrolling in that course for credit. The auditor does not receive a grade or credit hours for the course, but his/her record will show that he/she did audit the course. Please note: This does not apply to senior citizens auditing courses free of charge.

For more information, see the CCC Catalog.

Mid-term Grades - Midterm grades are issued at midterm and are provided to inform the student of his/her progress to date. The midterm grade is not calculated as part of the final grade and is not entered into the student's official record.

Computing your Quality Point Average (GPA) -  Grade Point Average (GPA) indicates the student's level of achievement. It is the average number of quality points earned per credit hour.

The GPA is calculated by multiplying the number of credit hours assigned to each course by the quality points earned in the course and then dividing the total number of quality points by the total number of credit hours. "CR" grade credit and "P" grade credit are not included in calculating the GPA.

Dean's List - A student must achieve a grade point average of 3.25 to 3.749 with a minimum of 12 credit hours earned.

President's Academic Honors List - A student must achieve a QPA of 3.75 or higher with a minimum of 12 credit hours earned.

Part-time Student Academic Achievement - The method for recognizing the academic excellence of Clinton students who are enrolled for six credit hours but less than 12 credit hours is described CCC catalog.

Graduation Requirements - In order to receive an Associate's degree from Clinton Community College, a student must have completed the required number of credit hours and courses, according to the curriculum in which he or she is enrolled, must have a cumulative quality point average of 2.00 or better, and must have completed a minimum of fifteen (15) credits at Clinton Community College. Only students who have completed all the requirements for their degrees or certificates shall participate in the  graduation ceremony. Under certain circumstances, a student lacking 6 or fewer semester hours may participate. Forms and procedures for obtaining permission to do so are available in the Registrar's  Office. The deadline for submitting degree applications is established and announced by the Registrar's Office. Applications for the degree submitted after the deadline will be on file for the following graduation.

Satisfactory Academic Progress and Program Pursuit -  In order to avoid academic probation, dismissal from the College or loss of financial aid, students must demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress and they must also show Program Pursuit, which is defined as receiving a percentage of earned credits vs. attempted credits. A complete description of the College's Academic Policies and Standards and corresponding Appeals Procedures are stated in the current College catalog. Please read and be familiar with this information or see your advisor for assistance.

Change of Course - (Add/Drop) - Students are expected to complete the courses for which they register.

If a change is necessary, either from or into a different course or section, the student must complete an  'Add/Drop Form ' obtained from the Registrar's Office. Approval must be secured from the student's advisor and the Financial Aid Office. The form is then turned in to the Registrar's Office no later than the last day to add a course stated in the college calendar, and the change is affected. After the college's designated add/drop period, students must also get instructor approval before changing their courses. The college may limit the time and dates during which students can drop and add courses.

Withdrawal from the College - Students who wish to withdraw from the College during a semester should contact the Career and Transfer Office to complete the necessary paperwork and discuss their reasons for withdrawal and possible options. (Complete statements regarding the circumstances of withdrawal are frequently required by other institutions and by employers.)

Students that officially withdraw and receive Federal or State Financial Aid will be ineligible to receive financial aid for an upcoming semester unless an appeal has been approved. Students who do not formally withdraw from College and are not attending class will jeopardize their academic status and their ability to receive financial aid. The official withdrawal date is based on the completion of the withdrawal form.

Attendance Requirement - Regular attendance is considered essential for successful study and is expected at all lecture and laboratory periods for which the student is registered. If, for some unavoidable reason, a student should miss a class, it is the student's responsibility to contact the instructor as soon as possible to determine what measures can be taken to make up the missed work to maintain the continuity of the course. However, the instructor is not obligated to give make-up work, quizzes, examinations or extended due dates for work because of student absence.

When a student misses more than 15 percent of the class meetings for a particular course, his or her absence will be considered excessive. Excessive absence may result in a student being involuntarily withdrawn from the course by the Registrar upon recommendation of the instructor and may in turn affect financial aid. In such cases, the student will receive a grade of "W."

Reading and Writing - Credit-bearing courses at Clinton Community College require college-level reading and writing skills. Credit courses require placement into ENG 101 or successful completion of ENG 101S (ENG 099 and 101). In addition, credit courses require successful completion of RDG 095 or placement scores that indicate the student has college-level reading skills.

The following courses have been approved by the academic divisions as exceptions to the policy:

  • ART XXX Topic Courses
  • ART 101 Introduction to Design
  • ART 103 Introduction to Drawing
  • ART 104 Introduction to Painting
  • ART 108 Introduction to 3D design
  • ART 111 Traditional Photography
  • ART 112 Photography II
  • ART 113 Digital Photography
  • ART 114 Introduction to Illustration
  • ART 115 Art of the Western World: Ancient through Medieval
  • ART 116 Art of the Western World: Renaissance through Modern
  • BUS 101 Business Organization and Management
  • COM 100 Communication and Life Skills
  • CRI 101 Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CSC 100 Keyboarding
  • CSC 101 Computer Orientation
  • CSC 102 Microcomputer Applications
  • CSS 101 College Success Seminar
  • ETE 101 Electrical Circuits I
  • FCS 101 Foundations for College Success
  • FRE 101 Elementary French I
  • HPE: All 1-Credit HPE Activity Courses
  • HPE 100 Health Career Pathways
  • HPE 101 Personal Health
  • HPE 102 Safety and First Aid
  • HPE 124 Career Fitness
  • HPE 146 Athletics/Education
  • HPE 147 Care and Prevention of Athletic Injuries
  • HPE 148 Theory and Techniques for Coaching Soccer
  • HPE 149 Theory and Techniques of Coaching Basketball
  • HUM 110 Introductions to the Arts
  • HUS 101 Introduction to Human Services
  • HUS 103 Introduction to Early Childhood Care and Education
  • HUS 104 Observation of Childhood behavior
  • HUS 110 Critical Issues of Chemical Dependency
  • HUS116 Overview of Developmentally and Mentally Disabled Populations
  • MAT 080/098S Prealgebra Supplement
  • MAT 098 Prealgebra
  • MAT 100 Introductory Algebra
  • MEC 100 Introduction to Engineering Technology
  • MEC 101 Technical Drawing/CAD
  • MEC 102 Blue Print Reading & Technical Schematics
  • MEC 207 Industrial Maintenance
  • MEC 209 Industrial Health and Safety
  • MUS 101 Music Appreciation
  • MUS 102 Music Theory
  • MUS 110 College Chorale
  • MUS 115/THE 115 American Musical Theater
  • SPA 101 Elementary Spanish I
  • SWK 101 Introduction to Social Work
  • THE 110 Theater and Performance

College Policy on Writing - In all courses, students' written work is evaluated for effectiveness, as well as content. The writing must express ideas clearly, logically, and maturely, using standard written English sentences, structure, grammar, and spelling. Students must acknowledge all sources of information by following a standard citation format.

Technology Statement - A CCC student should expect that any class may require some course activity that uses a computer and the internet. Activities could include, but are not limited to, accessing the course syllabus, schedule, or other handouts on the website, completing homework online, taking quizzes or submitting written work, participating in a discussion or sending/receiving e-mail.

Annual Notice of Student Privacy Rights - Annually, Clinton Community College informs students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This Act, with which the institution intends to comply fully, was designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Acts Office (FERPA) concerning alleged failures of the institution to comply with the Act.

Local policy explains in detail the procedures to be used by the institution for compliance with the provisions of the Act. Copies of the policy can be found in the Registrar's Office.

Questions concerning the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act may be referred to the Registrar.