ERIC Number: ED401972
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1995-Jun
Reference Count: N/A
Matriculation Research Report: Incomplete Grades; Data & Analysis.
The policy on incomplete grades at California's College of the Canyons states that incompletes may only be given under circumstances beyond students' control and that students must make arrangements with faculty prior to the end of the semester to clear the incomplete. Failure to complete an incomplete may result in an "F" grade. While incompletes represent less than 1% of the over 16,000 grades awarded each semester at the college, they can play an important role in students' academic histories. An analysis of the incomplete grades awarded at the college between fall 1992 and summer 1994 reveals the following: (1) over the period, 625 incompletes were awarded at the college, with the highest numbers awarded in fall 1993 (n=189) and spring 1994 (n=157); (2) in fall 1993, 169 students received 1 incomplete, 17 students received 2, and 3 students received 3; (3) over the period, less than 30% of the students successfully completed their incomplete with a passing grade; and (4) students who successfully completed their work had a median grade point average (GPA) of 2.88, while students who did not had a median GPA of 1.81. Based on the analysis, it appears than students and faculty are following the intent and spirit of the college's incomplete grade policy. (HAA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: College of the Canyons, Santa Clarita, CA. Office of Institutional Development.