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Grade Point Averages

Office of Origin: Academic & Student Services
Date Adopted:
Date Reviewed: 02-10-09
Last Date Modified & Approved: 06-29-10

Policy Statement:
Grade Point Averages (GPA) are often used to determine your eligibility for university entrance, standing on the honor roll, and minimum graduation requirements.

Semester GPA
To calculate your semester GPA, set up four columns. In the first, list your credits. In the second column, list your subjects. In the third column, write your letter grades. In the fourth column, record your points, i.e. A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1, E=0. Multiply the point value of each grade by the credit value of the subject.

Add up the points of the fourth column, and divide this by the number of credits listed in the first column.

EXAMPLE:

Credits Subjects Grades Calculation Points
3 English 101 B 3X3 9
3 Math 101 C 3X2 6
3 Political Science 101 A 3X4 12
3 Chemistry 101 A 3X4 12
3 Computer Science C 3X2 6
15 Total 45
45/15=3.00 GPA

Cumulative GPA
To compute your cumulative grade point average, add up the total number of points earned and divide by the total number of credits. This is your cumulative GPA.

Dean’s List
A Dean’s List is published at the completion of Fall and Winter semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must complete a minimum of 12 semester hours of 100-level courses or above with a 3.50 or higher grade point average for that semester. Grades for remedial course (099 or below), W, S, and U will not be computed in the Lake Michigan College grade point average. President Scholars are those students who earn a GPA of 4.0 during a semester.

Grading Policies
• Students who have completed all course requirements as defined by the instructor will be issued grades of A, B, C, D, or E. Students who do not complete the semester, but whose standing in the course is passing, whose extenuating circumstances are beyond their control, and whose unfinished work is minimal, may be issued a grade of “I” (Incomplete). Such a grade must be removed as arranged with the instructor, but not later than the last day of classes one year later, or it will be treated as a grade of “E”. An “I” is computed in the GPA as an “E” and may affect financial aid eligibility. An “IP” (In Progress) grade will be assigned to students who are enrolled in open entry/open exit (oe/oe) classes and other classes that cross semesters, and have not completed their assigned work at the end of the semester in which they are enrolled. Work must be completed by the end of the following semester excluding Spring and Summer and a grade will be assigned. An IP grade will not be computed in the student’s GPA.

• All other grade changes must be made within one semester of their issuance.

• Students who withdraw from class(es) through 80% of the semester will be assigned a grade of “W.”

• Grade Point Average (GPA).
A, B, C, D, E, and I will be computed by dividing GPA points by GPA hours. Grades for remedial courses (099 and below), IP, W, S and U will not be computed in the Lake Michigan College grade point average.

Contact the Office of Records & Registration for more information.

Reporting and Availability of Grades
Student’s grades will be available approximately three weeks after the close of each semester electronically through WaveLink if their financial account is in proper order.

Student’s grades are available for their own review at any time. However, grades will not be reported over the telephone. Students who are seeking employment and who wish their grades released to personnel offices or prospective employers must contact the Office of Records and Registration to request a transcript. No grades will be released at the end of the semester nor will transcripts be issued if student bills are unpaid. This applies to Business Office accounts, Library materials, parking fines, or other expenses incurred while attending Lake Michigan College.