The instructor, at the conclusion of each term, assigns official course grades. Students go to CampusWeb (campus.mpcc.edu) to view their final grades. Access to grades and transcripts may be withheld if students have not met financial obligations to the college.
Coursework attempted at Mid-Plains Community College is evaluated according to the following letter grading system
|Letter Grade||Grading System|
|WIP||Work in Progress|
|CE||Credit by exam|
“P” (Passing), “NP” (Not Passing), “I” (Incomplete), “WIP” (Wok in Progress),“AU” (Audit), “W” (Withdrawal), CE (Credit by Exam) grades are not included in the GPA (Grade Point Average). GPA is calculated by multiplying the semester hours of credit for each course by the grade point value to determine quality points, then dividing the sum of the quality points by the total number of GPA credits. Classes numbered below 1000 are not included in the GPA.
The temporary grade of “I” is a faculty prerogative and may be issued when a student has completed a majority of the course requirements, but is unable to complete the remainder due to circumstances clearly beyond his/her control (i.e., serious illness or an emergency). An incomplete grade request (available from Registration and Records) must state the requirements to remove the “I” and a date by which the remaining requirements must be completed. If approved, an “I” must be completed by the date specified on the Incomplete Form, but never more than one term after the course has concluded (ie…fall/spring, spring/fall, summer/fall). If course work is not completed during this time, the “I” will be changed to an “F” on the student’s permanent transcript.
Students who wish to attend a course without taking examinations or receiving credit for a course may request to audit from an instructor during the first week of class only. Students who audit a course pay the regular tuition rate and fees. Audited courses do not count toward graduation requirements nor do they satisfy prerequisite requirements for other courses. An audit student may not change from audit to credit status once the course has started.
Audited courses are not considered when establishing the full-time or part-time status of a student receiving financial aid or veteran’s benefits.
Change of Grade
Final grades are unalterable except when explanation is made in writing by the faculty member involved that shows that a grade was reported incorrectly as the result of an error in recording or in computing. Changes must be recorded before the next semester ends.
Grade Appeal Procedure
Each student has the right to appeal the final grade in a course in accordance with the procedure outlined below. A grade appeal must be initiated by the student before the end of the following semester (excluding summer) after the assignment of the grade in question.
A student who questions a final course grade must adhere to the following procedure in the order presented:
- First level: Discuss the matter with his/her instructor. Clerical errors are usually handled in this manner, with the instructor signing the correction of official records. If the student believes the problem is not resolved, the student shall then go to the second level.
- Second level: Visit with the appropriate division chair to discuss the issue. If the concern still remains unresolved, the student may continue to the third level.
- Third level: Elect to file a written Grade Appeal. Appeal forms are available from the Area Vice President for Academic Affairs. The decision of the Grade Appeal Committee is final.
A Grade Appeal may not be filed until the first and second levels have been completed.
Once a Grade Appeal is filed with the Area Vice President for Academic Affairs the following procedure takes effect:
The Grade Appeal Committee consisting of a Division Chair (outside of the division in which the course grade is in question), the Area Vice President for Academic Affairs or Area Vice President for Student Affairs, two faculty members from within the division, one from another division, and the Area Dean of Student Life (or representative) will meet to consider the appeal.
At the meeting of the Grade Appeal Committee:
- The instructor shall be given the opportunity to personally explain the evaluation of the student’s performance and its relation to the final grade.
- The student shall be given the opportunity to personally present the evaluation of his or her performance and its relation to the final grade, and any other extenuating circumstances.
- The chair of the division in which the grade appeal is occurring may also be present to provide any relevant information.
- The committee shall thereafter confer privately to reach a decision which shall be either to uphold the original course grade, to assign a new course grade, or to allow the student to withdraw from the course in question, if the committee feels that the student lacked information upon which to base a withdraw earlier, or if the committee feels there are other appropriate reasons for the withdraw.
The decision of the Grade Appeal Committee is final.
For more information concerning grading systems, visit our site: www.mpcc.edu/student-resources/grading-systems