Grading Policies

GRADING SCALE

Grades will be determined by some or all of the following:

  • The student's participation in class discussion
  • The student's attitude toward the class and class work
  • Quizzes
  • Collateral reading
  • Projects and term papers
  • Occasional examinations and written tests
  • Final examination

The course syllabi may indicate the exact formula to be used for calculating the grades in each course.

The following grade system prevails:

Letter Percentage GPA   Code Description
A 95-100% 4.0 FW Failure because of withdrawal for excessive absences
A- 92-94% 3.7 I Incomplete Grade (temporary)
B+ 89-91% 3.3 W Withdrawal (plus grade at that time)
B 86-88% 3.0 A Cumulative grade point average of 2.0 is required for earning a degree
B- 84-85% 2.7  
C+ 81-83% 2.3
C 78-80% 2.0
C- 76-77% 1.7
D+ 73-75% 1.3
D 70-72% 1.0
D- 68-69% 0.7
F 0-67%  

GRADE REPORTS
To help students and teachers track students' progress, the semester is divided into two grading periods. At the end of the first grading period, a grade report with mid-semester grades is distributed to each student. A few weeks after the close of the semester, the final grades are sent to the students.

Official transcripts cannot be sent as long as any charges remain unpaid.

LATE OR INCOMPLETE WORK

All work in fulfillment of course requirements is due according to the schedule indicated by the instructor. Late work is generally not accepted by a professor.  Some professors may allow late work, subject to a substantial grade penalty for lateness. Students who know they will miss a test or an assignment due date because of a college-related absence should inform their instructor, in advance, of the absence.  Assigned work is due at the time set by the professor.

If a course has a major assignment which has not been completed, a student may fill out a Petition for Incomplete form and ask the instructor for an incomplete grade.  This grade of “I” counts as a zero towards the student’s semester GPA.  The student is charged $50 if approved for an incomplete.  If permission to make up incomplete work is received before the end of the semester, all such work must be submitted no later than four weeks after the close of the semester.  After that, all incomplete work receives a grade of zero and the final grade is calculated and included in the student’s academic record.

REPEATING A COURSE

A student may repeat a course in a later semester. The grade for a course retaken at Central will replace the earlier grade earned, to a limit of four such courses.  If the course is passed, only the higher grade is for GPA calculations, although both grades will appear on the student’s transcript.  Any student desiring to take a course again after failing it twice must have the approval of the instructor. 

Students who fail a course are encouraged to retake it as soon as possible. Students are charged the Course Retake Fee the second time a course is taken. The fee is not charged if a student had an earlier approved withdrawal from all courses in a semester for extenuating circumstances.

Registering to repeat a previously passed course is only allowed after pre-registration to preserve space for students who have not yet taken the course.