Evaluation and Grading

Grading System: A single, final grade is recorded for each scheduled course at the end of each term. Academic standing at Berkeley is based upon the grading system shown below.

GRADING SYSTEM

A
B+
B
C+
C
D*
F
P
I
W
WP
WF

4.00
3.50
3.00
2.50
2.00
1.00
0
None
None
None
None
None

90-100%
85-89%
80-84%
75-79%
70-74%
60-69%





Excellent
Very Good
Good
Above Average
Average
Lowest passing grade
Failing
Passing
Incomplete
Withdrawal/Nonparticipation
Withdrawal/Passing
Withdrawal/Failing

 

*Note: Students enrolled in College Skills courses must receive a grade of C or better in each College Skills course in order to complete their programs and graduate from the College.

Computation of Grade Point Average (GPA): To compute the GPA for the term, each letter grade is converted to the grade point equivalent listed above. Then, that grade point is multiplied by the number of credits designated for the course. This procedure is followed for each course. Next, the number of grade point equivalents for all courses is added. That total is then divided by the total number of credits attempted for the term. The result is the term GPA. To compute the cumulative GPA, the grade point equivalents for all courses taken in all terms are added. That total is then divided by the total number of credits attempted in all terms. The result is the cumulative GPA.

Course Withdrawal: Students who wish to drop a course must do so in writing and must have the approval of the Academic Advisement Department. Courses dropped during the add/drop period (first week for seven-week courses and first two weeks for all other courses) do not appear on the student’s transcript. Withdrawal from a seven-week course between weeks two and four will result in a grade of WP or WF, and withdrawal from a 15-week course between weeks three and 12 will result in a grade of WP or WF, which indicates whether the student was passing or failing the course at the time of withdrawal. A grade of W will be assigned to students who enrolled in, but did not participate in, a course. Students who do not officially withdraw from a course will receive a letter grade that reflects their achievement.

Incomplete Grades:

  1. An Incomplete (“I”) is a temporary grade which may be assigned by a faculty member to a student who, for reasons beyond their control, cannot finish the assigned course work by the end of the term as defined in the course syllabus.
  2. The following conditions apply to this grade:
    • The student’s work to date is passing (D or better)
    • Required work may be reasonably completed in the agreed upon time frame
    • The “I” is not assigned as a substitute for an “F” or other such failing grade
    • The “I” is not used as a means of raising a grade by doing additional work after a final grade has been assigned.
    • The student initiates the request for the grade before the end of the term.
  3. Students must initiate the process using the Contract for an incomplete grade and obtain the approval of their instructor and the instructor’s Department Chair or Division Director. This contract will specify what work remains, how it is to be completed, the grades earned in all assignments to date and the deadline. It will remain in the student’s record, with finalized copies to the student, instructor and the appropriate Department Chair or Division Director.
  4. Faculty who have agreed to this process may assign an “I” before the grade deadline; the contract is due in the student’s record within two weeks of this date. Contracts which are not received within two weeks will result in an “F” grade being assigned.
  5. The deadline for initiating the process is 24 hours before the final exam for that course, absent any exigent circumstances which would prevent a student from making the request. However, students are encouraged to engage in dialogue with their instructor as soon as they are aware that circumstances may delay completion of course work.
  6. The faculty and student will determine a mutually agreeable deadline for completion of the course work; however, this cannot be later than the last day of the subsequent semester in which the course was taken. The student should be encouraged to complete work as soon as reasonably possible.
  7. A student, upon consultation with their faculty member, may appeal to extend the deadline for the “I,” however, this extension may not be longer than the final day of the subsequent term in which the course was taken.
  8. Failure to meet the agreed upon deadline will result in an “F” grade being recorded on the students’ academic record. Absent exigent circumstances, this action is not subject to appeal.
  9. When the work is turned in to the satisfaction of the faculty member, a Change of Grade form should be submitted with the appropriate final grade.

Students enrolled in the Practical Nurse program are permitted to withdraw from one NUR course during the length of their Practical Nurse program; students enrolled in the Surgical Technology program are permitted to withdraw from one SUR course during the length of their Surgical Technology program. Students enrolled in these programs should refer to their respective Student Handbook Supplements for additional information.

Repeating Courses:

An undergraduate student who has achieved a grade of D or below; or a graduate student who has received C- or below; a grade that does not satisfy the requirement of the major, or a grade of W may repeat the course at the current tuition rate. Students in the School of Health Studies have varying accreditation and course requirements. Students in those majors should consult with their program handbooks and Academic Advisor to determine which courses may be repeated.

  1. The student is expected to repeat the course at Berkeley College. If a student wishes to repeat a course at a different institution, the student must obtain written permission from the Chair/Director of the department/division in which the course is offered at Berkeley College.
    • The student must provide rationale for why the course cannot be repeated at Berkeley College.
    • Repeated courses taken at other colleges fall under the current regulations for courses taken at other colleges.
    • Courses taken elsewhere must be evaluated under the current transfer credit policy. A student must earn a grade of “C,” or higher and only the credits will be accepted into the Berkeley College program requirements.
  2. Eligible courses may be repeated once (2nd attempt) in consultation with an Academic Advisor.
  3. A student wishing to take a course for a third time, regardless of whether the repeated grade is passing or failing, must obtain written permission from the Dean of the School/Division in which the course is offered. The student will also document an Academic Plan with their Advisor that includes support from The Center for Academic Success, and a statement which details their plans for success.
    • Except in extreme circumstances, a course may not be attempted more than three (3) times.
    • Students who do not pass a required course after three (3) attempts will be subject to a change of major, or Academic Dismissal from The College.
  4. The repeated course and the new grade for the course will be entered on the student’s permanent record. The cumulative GPA reflects only the most recent grade for the repeated course, even if it is lower than the original grade. The attempted credit hours will reflect each attempt at the course.
  5. The repeated course must be the same as the original course. Substitution for courses will only be allowed if the course is no longer offered at Berkeley College or will not be offered again in a timely manner for the student to complete the repeat.
  6. The repeat of a course must be completed before graduation.
  7. If a grade of “W” was received for a course, re-registration for the same course is not considered a repeat of the course.
  8. The repeat of a course may affect financial aid awards and completion of major requirements. The student should consult with Financial Aid for advice related to these issues.

Change of Major: All courses remain on the transcript and continue to be included in the cumulative GPA when students change their majors.

Course Syllabus: Students receive a syllabus for each course during the first week of the term. The syllabus contains the instructor's name and office hours, a general description of the course and its contents, a statement of learning outcomes, descriptions of the instructor's attendance and grading policies, the academic integrity policy, arranging for disability accommodations, and a list of major assignments.