Student Records: Grades
Grade reports are not mailed. Students may access their grades online by logging in to their MyGWC site. Students also have the option of printing their own GWC unofficial transcript from their MyGWC. Semester grades are available online approximately 10 working days after the end of the semester (excluding holiday periods).
Student performance in courses is indicated by one of 10 grades. Grades which carry point value, and which are used in determining the grade point average (GPA), are as follows:
- A - Excellent - 4 grade points per unit
- B - Good - 3 grade points per unit
- C - Satisfactory - 2 grade points per unit
- D - Passing, less than satisfactory - 1 grade point per unit
- F - Failing 0 - grade points per unit
To determine your GPA, divide the total number of grade points by the total number of units attempted for the grades of A, B, C, D and F (P and NP are not used in this calculation).
Pass/No Pass classes are not computed into GPA, but successful completion gives additional units of credit.
The following grades are not part of the GPA computation:
- P - Pass, at least satisfactory - Unit credit granted (See Grading options)
- NP – No Pass, less than satisfactory or failing - No units granted (See Grading options)
- W - Withdrawal - No units granted
- I - Incomplete - No units granted
- IP - In Progress - No units granted
- MW - Military Withdrawal - No units granted/No penalty
- NG - Non-Graded - No units granted
- RD - Report Delayed - No units granted
1. GRADE OPTION SELECTION DEADLINE HAS CHANGED EFFECTIVE FALL 2012
The deadline for the selection of the Pass/No Pass option in courses designated with an optional grading method has changed. In accordance with Title 5 of the Education Code and the policy of the Coast District Colleges, students must select the pass/no-pass option no later than the end of the second week of a semester length course or before the completion of the first 20% of other length courses. For specific course deadlines, students should refer to their “Student Class Program, Web Schedule Bill”. This can be printed by via a student’s MyGWC account, on the student tab in the “Other Student Resources” channel.
2. "Pass/No Pass" grading option: Students selecting this grading option must submit the Pass/No Pass Option Request Form to the Records office by the specified deadline for each course. Requests can be submitted in-person or by mail. If mailing, make sure the request is postmarked on or before the deadline date. Requests received after the deadline will not be processed. Once the Pass/No Pass grading option has been requested, it can’t be reversed. Therefore, before selecting this option, students should consult with a counselor.
NOTE: In classes graded on this basis, students are held to attendance regulations and academic standards expected in the standard graded courses.
Students are advised to read the following statements before deciding to pursue a course on a graded ("A" to "F") or Pass/No Pass basis.
- A grade of "Pass" or "No Pass" does not affect a student's grade point average at Golden West College.
- "NP", "W", and "I" grades are utilized by Golden West College in the determination of academic probation and disqualification. (Refer to college regulations concerning "Probation/Disqualification.")
- Courses taken at Golden West College to remedy an admissions deficiency for the University of California due to poor or incomplete high school preparation are not acceptable if completed on a "Pass/No Pass" basis.
- Students required to complete 60 units of course work with a grade point average of 2.4 prior to transfer to a University of California campus, such as Irvine , must complete at least 42 of these units on a graded ("A" through "F") basis.
- Some universities may specify that courses required for a major be completed on a standard grade basis ("A" through "F").
- Some universities specify that courses taken to satisfy general education breadth requirements be completed on a standard grade basis ("A" through "F").
Some institutions limit the number of units completed on a "Pass/No Pass" basis which are accepted toward the bachelor's degree. Students planning to apply to competitive admissions programs such as the health professions are usually advised to complete the specified preparation on a graded basis ("A" through "F")