Lower Columbia College’s grading system provides a method to indicate a student’s
performance and achievement in a variety of skills and programs. The system provides
for a permanent record of grade evaluations, which reflect successful course and program
completion. The College operates on a quarter system. The quarter hour of credit equals
one unit of instruction.
Instructors shall distribute a written course grading plan to all enrolled students
at the beginning of each quarter. Instructors are not obligated to use grading options,
such as + or – in any specific course.
Grades at Lower Columbia College are reported in numerical fractions to the nearest
tenth. The numerical grades are based on the letter grade system and general equivalents
are as follows:
These standards are used to identify students who experience academic difficulty and
to provide additional support and assistance to improve academic standing. The policy
also determines academic suspension in cases where students are unable to achieve
Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher in the courses required for a
degree or certificate in order to earn a credential at Lower Columbia College. Students
must also maintain a quarterly GPA of 2.0 or higher each quarter. Students who fall
below this minimum quarterly GPA will be alerted at the end of the quarter regarding
their academic standing. As necessary, additional information about resources and
support for improving academic standing will be provided. If a student is academically
suspended, they will receive information about academic reinstatement.
Students not in good academic standing may be required by the college to enroll in
College Success or other courses as determined by the college to assist with academic
Students on academic suspension shall not be allowed to enroll in credit-bearing courses
at the college for two consecutive quarters. Students who are academically suspended
must petition for reinstatement to the Vice President of Student Services at least
six weeks prior to the quarter the student is eligible to re-enter the college. Students
returning from academic suspension who earn a quarterly GPA above 2.0 will return
to good standing. Students returning from academic suspension who earn a quarterly
GPA below 2.0 will return to academic suspension and must follow the academic standing
policy to request reinstatement.
NOTE: Individual college programs and services, including but not limited to high
school completion, financial aid, veteran programs, College and Career Preparation,
Running Start, and certain professional/technical programs may have different academic
standard requirements and appeal procedures. Students in these programs should contact
their program advisor or specific department for information regarding those requirements.