Grades and Scholastic Honors

Grades & Grade Point Average (GPA)

The grade is the evaluative symbol awarded to the student and is determined by the instructor. In calculating the grade, the instructor has the option of using plus/minus grades indicated in the table below. The grading criteria (for example if the instructor will use the plus/ minus grades or not) will be listed in the course syllabus.

The Grade Point Average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of units attempted. Grades earned in non-degree applicable courses are not counted in calculating a student’s grade point average. Non-degree applicable course are identified with a # next to the grade on the transcript.

Grade Definition Grade Points
A Excellent 4.0
A Excellent 3.7
B+ Good 3.3
B Good 3.0
B- Good 2.7
C+ Satisfactory 2.3
C Satisfactory 2.0
D+ Passing, less than satisfactory 1.3
D Passing, less than satisfactory 1.0
D- Passing, less than satisfactory 0.7
F Failing 0.0
*P Pass, (Credit “C” or better) 0
*NP No Pass (No Credit “D” or below) 0

*P/NP are used in courses in which grades of Pass or No Pass are given or the option is selected by the student. The units earned with a grade of Pass count as units completed. No Pass means the student is not charged with units attempted and is not credited with units completed. The P/NP grades are not used in the calculation of the GPA.

The determination of the student’s grade by the instructor shall be final in the absence of mistake, fraud, bad faith, or incompetency. Procedures for the correction of grades given in error shall include expunging the incorrect grade from the record.

The following non-evaluative symbols are used at Cañada College:


This symbol is used if academic work is not completed by end of term, where unusual circumstances were a factor for the student not completing the coursework, and the instructor agrees to provide an extension for when that work can be submitted. The work to be completed and the time allowed for its completion shall be set forth by the instructor in a written record. The record indicates the grade to be assigned in lieu of removal. The student will receive a copy of the record. A copy of the record will also be fled with the Admissions and Records Office. A final grade will be assigned by the instructor when the outstanding academic work has been completed within the required period. The grade determined by the instructor will be entered in the permanent record. In the event that the work is not completed within the prescribed time period, the grade previously determined by the instructor will be entered in the permanent record by the Office of Admissions & Records.

An “Incomplete” must be made up within one year following the end of the term in which it was assigned. Established College procedures may be utilized to request a time extension in cases involving unusual circumstances. The “I” shall not be used in the computation of grade point average.

IP-In Progress

This symbol is used in the permanent record of the student to confirm current enrollment and/or to indicate that the course extends beyond the normal end of the term. It indicates that work is in progress and that unit credit and a grade will be assigned when the course is completed. The “IP” shall not be used in the computation of grade point average.

RD-Report Delayed

This symbol is used by the Admissions and Records Office to indicate a delay in reporting the grade due to circumstances beyond the control of the student. It is replaced by a permanent symbol as soon as the grade is made available. The “RD” shall not be used in the computation of grade point average.