Grading System

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College Accreditation and Calendar

Kalamazoo Valley Community College was initially accredited by the Michigan Commission on College Accreditation, and is currently accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. Kalamazoo Valley currently operates on a semester calendar with three fifteen week semesters (Fall, Winter and Summer). Beginning with the 2011-12 fiscal year (July 1 - June 30) all Continuing Education courses are offered within a year long term. From 1968 until 2000 the Winter semester was titled Spring.

Grading System

These definitions are provided to assist you in interpreting our grading scale. Because of the variety of grading scales used by other educational institutions, Kalamazoo Valley does not provide a direct conversion to other grading systems such as alpha grades.

Grades that Affect GPA

  • 4.0 Outstanding
  • 3.5 Much better than average
  • 3.0 Better than average
  • 2.5 Slightly better than average
  • 2.0 Average
  • 1.5 Less than average
  • 1.0 Poor
  • 0.0 Failing

Prior Grade Options

  • 0.5 Failing
  • 4.5 Better than Outstanding

Grades that Do Not Affect GPA

  • CR Credit for satisfactory completion
  • NC No Credit
  • S Successful completion of non-credit course
  • NS Non-successful completion of non-credit course
  • I Incomplete; course objectives not yet met
  • IP In Progress course
  • ID Ungraded course*
  • W Withdrawal from class
  • V Audit

* Grade was not available at posting time, the earned grade will be posted to the transcript when it is submitted.

Prior Grade Options

  • WP Withdrawal from class w/ a passing grade
  • WF Withdrawal from class w/ a failing grade
  • X No Credit

* Grade was not available at posting time, the earned grade will be posted to the transcript when it is submitted.

A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for graduation. The GPA is determined by dividing the total number of quality points earned by the number of GPA credit hours attempted. Quality points are awarded by multiplying the grade point value received by the number of credits for the particular course.

Excluded Courses

All registrations in a course are indicated on the transcript. Courses excluded from the GPA under the forgiveness or repeat course policies are designated by an E in the final column (R). If this column is blank or contains an I, the course is included in the GPA calculation. Credit for repeated courses is granted only once toward graduation and the highest or most recent grade is used in the GPA calculation.

Continuing Education Units

Continuing Education Units (CEU) are printed on a separate transcript from credit courses. Each CEU is equal to 10 contact hours.

Disclosure Statement

Student transcripts contain confidential information which is protected by federal law. These educational records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. §1232g) and may not be released without the consent of the student.

Security Statement

Kalamazoo Valley Community College uses an official transcript paper with a security pattern created in the blue background ink which displays the word VOID when copied. A black and white transcript is not official.