Grading Policies


College-Wide Grading Policy Statement

At LaGuardia Community College, all students are encouraged to achieve their highest potential by acquiring knowledge and developing skills that lead to success both in the classroom and in the modern workplace. Academic progress is measured by the students’ mastery of the course as demonstrated by their ability to write clearly and accurately, discuss, compute, analyze, and draw logical conclusions among concepts. All students are expected to abide by the College attendance policy, complete all assignments and examinations thoroughly and on time, and participate thoughtfully and constructively in class discussions. Further information on grading is contained in the College-wide attendance policy, plus and minus grading policy, departmental grading policies, and course syllabi.

Grade Point Average (GPA)

The GPA is a numerical computation of a student’s academic record and is used to determine graduation eligibility, graduation honors, inclusion on the Dean’s List, probation, and suspension. The GPA is also used to determine continued eligibility for some financial aid programs. The GPA is calculated per semester by using the following criteria:

A-, A = 90-100
B-, B, B+ = 80-89
C-, C, C+ = 70-79
D-, D, D+ = Lowest passing grade (see Repeat Grade policy, p. 207)
F = Failure (see F grade policy, p. 207)
FIN = Failure from incomplete (see note, p. 206)
WN = Unofficial Withdrawal (see below)
WU = Unofficial Withdrawal (see below)

The following grading symbols are included in the calculation of Grade Point Average (GPA):

How to Compute Your Grade Point Average

Grade Earned

Numerical value

A

Excellent 96-100

4.00

A-

90-95

3.70

B+

87-89

3.30

B

Good 84-86

3.00

B-

80-83

2.70

C+

77-79

2.30

C

Satisfactory 74-76

2.00

C-

70-73

1.70

D+

67-69

1.30

D

Passing 64-66

1.00

D-

60-63

0.70

F

Failure 0-59

0.00

The grades of WU and FIN are computed as an F in the GPA and carry a numerical value of 0.00 (see grade of F, above).

To calculate your GPA, list all the courses you have taken at LaGuardia and write the grade you earned. Using the chart above, write the numerical value for each grade. Next write the number of credits each course is worth. Using a calculator, multiply the value and credits and write the answer in the quality points column. Take the total number of credits and divide them into the total number of quality points to reach your correct GPA.

Sample Calculation

LIST ALL COURSES

GRADE EARNED

NUMERICAL VALUE

X

CREDITS POINTS 

=

QUALITY

ENG 101

A-

3.70

x

3

=

11.1

MAT 200

C

2.00

x

4

=

8.0

SSS 100

B-

2.70

x

3

=

8.1

HUC 101

D+

1.30

x

3

=

3.9





13


31.1

Divide 31.1 by 13 for the answer of 2.39. This student’s GPA is a

2.39 and a total of 13 credits.

Academic Standing & Retention Policy

CREDITS ATTEMPTED

GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING

MINIMUM CUMULATIVE GPAFOR

0.0-12.0

1.50

12.5-24.0

1.75

24.5-or more

2.00

All students must achieve a minimum cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) to remain in good academic standing.

Dean's List

The Dean’s List is established every semester to honor those degree or certificate students who have achieved academic excellence. To be eligible for inclusion on the Dean’s List in a given semester, a student must have:

  1. Earned 9.0 credits or more;

  2. Achieved a grade point average (GPA) of 3.50 for the semester;

  3. Not received grades of F, FIN, D+, D, D-, INC, R, WU, or Z; and

  4. Maintained a cumulative GPA of 2.00.