ERIC Number: ED411013
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Reference Count: N/A
Toward Accurate Student Performance Evaluation: Symbol for Unofficial Withdrawal. Adopted Spring 1997.
Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.
Under the California Community Colleges' (CCC's) current grading policy, a symbol of W is permitted to designate that a student withdrew from a course before a locally determined drop deadline. There is no allowance for a symbol, however, that accurately denotes that students have ceased to participate at a point in the term beyond which they are allowed to withdraw. In an effort to improve accountability at the colleges by more accurately documenting student outcomes, the Executive Committee of the CCC's Academic Senate was charged with developing a symbol other than an F to indicate that a student had separated from a course without officially withdrawing. The Committee originally considered two proposals: assigning the symbols WP or WF to designate that the student was passing or failing at the time of withdrawal, or assigning WA, WB, WC, WD, or WF to designate the actual letter grade the student was receiving. Since the last day that withdrawals are allowed varies substantially from college to college, it was determined that neither the pass/fail nor graded withdrawal symbols would provide a consistent reflection of student progress. The Committee subsequently recommended that FW be assigned to students not completing courses and that it be assigned the value of zero in calculating students' grade point averages. (HAA)
Publication Type: Guides - Non-Classroom; Opinion Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Academic Senate for California Community Colleges, Sacramento.