ERIC Number: ED187349
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Feb
Reference Count: 0
Community College Grading Policies. Agenda Item 5.
Background information and a discussion of major issues accompany recommended state minimum standards for grading as presented by an ad hoc Grading Policy Study Group to the Board of Governors of the California Community Colleges. The report first notes the diversity of grading policies among the colleges and then outlines the Group's recommendations: (1) that standardized grading symbols be implemented in a uniform statewide grading scale; (2) that the same grading symbols, definitions, and grade points be used by all community college instructors; (3) that there be a standardized meaning for the "W" (withdrawal) symbol; and (4) that probation based on excessive "NC,""I," and "W" grades be evidence of lack of academic progress. Issues considered in the development of the recommendations are then identified, including the effect of state grading standards on local school autonomy, and a discussion is presented of the use of the "W" symbol and the four withdrawal policies that were considered by the group; i.e., authorized withdrawal through the twelfth week, through the last day of classes, through the second census week, and at the discretion of the local college district. The report provides six appendices containing a summary of the group's recommendations, a minority report regarding the suggested withdrawal policy, and a roster of the study group members. (JP)
Descriptors: Academic Probation, Administrative Policy, Community Colleges, Credit No Credit Grading, Definitions, Grades (Scholastic), Grading, Policy Formation, School District Autonomy, State Boards of Education, State Legislation, State Standards, Statewide Planning, Two Year Colleges, Withdrawal (Education)
Publication Type: Legal/Legislative/Regulatory Materials; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: California Community Colleges, Sacramento. Office of the Chancellor.
Identifiers: California; Course Repetition
Note: Report prepared for the Meeting of the Board of Governors (February 28, 1980, Upland, CA, and February 29, 1980, Alta Loma, CA)