A student's standing in his or her work is expressed by grades obtained from class
work and examinations. College grades are important because they become a part of
the student's permanent record and may be used as the basis for many decisions related
to the student during his or her lifetime. The student's grade point average (GPA)
is significant in determining eligibility for continued financial aid, for continuance
in school, for acceptance at a transfer institution, for graduation, and eventually
for employment after completion of a formal education. A system of point values exists
to convert alphabetical grades into a numerical system. The following grades have
the indicated number of points assigned for each semester hour of credit earned:
A (excellent work)..............4 grade points
B (above average).............3 grade points
C (average work)...............2 grade points
D (passing)........................1 grade point
F (failure)...........................0 grade points
I (incomplete).....................0 grade points
*Q (must repeat)................0 grade points
Online Grade Calculator
The grade point average (GPA) is determined by dividing the total number of grade points earned by the total number of semester hours attempted.
*Developmental Studies Only: Receiving a "Q" can only occur once per developmental class. If the student fails to retake the class the following semester, the "Q" remains on the transcript and is treated as a "W" for state reporting purposes and Financial Aid. If a student is awarded a "Q", he/she must repeat the same course the next long semester or retake and pass a TSI assessment before the next long semester begins. The repeated class will receive the grade earned, but the "Q" from the previous semester will not be amended. Students who are TSI deficient in two or more areas may not skip a semester if a grade of "Q" is attributed. If a students who received a "Q" decides to retest rather than take the course again, the existing TSI policy in regards to retesting will hold true. His/Her "Q" from the previous semester will remain on his/her transcript. In the case where a student has been given an "I", after the 6 week completion period the "I" may be changed to an "F" or "Q" if the student meets the criteria.
Grade reports are no longer mailed to students. Semester grades are available to students through the college's online services. Mid-semester deficiency grades of "D" or "F" are filed by instructor for semester length classes. These grades are assigned to the students and are also available online, but they do not become a part of the student's permanent record. Students may obtain specific information about mid-semester grades on an individual basis from their instructors.
**Fall 2016 Graduation Ceremonies will be held on December 8, 2016 in the Arthur Johnson Gymnasium at 5:00 pm & 7:30 pm. Students must apply in the Student Success Center to know what Ceremony to attend.
To be considered as a candidate for a degree or certificate, the student must submit a formal application for graduation. It is the responsibility of the student to make certain that all requirements for graduation are completed. Graduation exercises are held twice a year at the end of the fall and spring semesters. Application for graduation is made in the Admissions/Records Office in the semester prior to anticipated graduation.
REPEATING A COURSE TO IMPROVE A GRADE
Grades cannot be changed. The only way a course grade may be raised is by the student's repeating the course and making a higher grade. If a course is repeated, both grades will remain on the transcript but the highest grade* becomes the grade of record and is used in calculating credit and overall GPA. The student is cautioned, however, that all colleges do not follow this practice. Taking the course at another college in an attempt to improve a grade will neither change a grade nor figure into the GPA at Panola College. (*Effective Fall 2015)
INCOMPLETE COURSE WORK
Incomplete ("I" ) is a temporary grade indicating that a student has satisfactorily completed the requirements of a course with the exception of a final examination or other work delayed by illness, emergency, or authorized absence. In the meantime, the grade of "I" is non-punitive and is not used in computing the GPA. Before awarding an "I", the instructor must secure the permission of the Vice President of Instruction. The student must complete work within six weeks after the end of the semester in which the grade was issued or receive an "F" for the course. Any exceptions must be approved by the Vice President of Instruction.
If it becomes necessary for a student to withdraw from a course, the student must contact the Admissions/Records Office. The grade of "W" (withdrawn) is given during the first 12 weeks of the semester. The grade of "W" has no negative affect on the student's GPA. If the student does not contact the Admissions/Records Office and exits a class unofficially, a grade of "F" will be award by the instructor.
CHALLENGING A GRADE
Challenging a grade must occur before the end of the fall or spring semester immediately following awarding of the grade. Students with questions concerning grades should contact the Admissions/Records Office.
Probation occurs when the quality of a student's work falls below the accepted standard of satisfactory progress. Scholastic probation is a conditional permission for a student to continue in college. A student must maintain a cumulative "C" (2.0 GPA) on all course work completed and/or accepted in transfer at Panola College. A student who fails to achieve a 2.0 GPA after accumulating 12 semester hours will be notified of his/her probationary status. The student should visit with a counselor concerning recommendations for improvement. A student on probation may not register for more than four academic courses and two one-hour courses without the approval of the Vice President of Instruction. Students will have their status reviewed after the completion of each additional 12 semester hours. Should a student fail to achieve a cumulative 2.0 GPA at the end of the second consecutive evaluation, the student will receive notification that he/she must report for counseling before being allowed to register and continue on a probationary status. If a student fails to achieve a cumulative 2.0 GPA at the end of the third consecutive evaluation, he/she will be placed on academic suspension. Students on probation who achieve a "C" (2.0 GPA) for any given semester will be allowed to continue on probation for the next semester even though the cumulative average is below 2.0. Students on probation for the third consecutive semester who do not have a "C" average for the immediately preceding semester will not be allowed to attend Panola College for the next long semester. A grade of "I" will be considered a failing grade in computing averages for removal from probation.
A student on Scholastic Suspension is denied the privilege of registering for one spring or fall semester, as appropriate. Following the semester of suspension, the student may re-enroll on a probationary status. The student remains on probation until a cumulative 2.0 or better GPA is earned. Students who have been on suspension from Panola College or another college, who are allowed to register, must earn a "C" average on courses attempted that semester, or they will be suspended for one year. NOTE: Exceptions to this policy may be made through written appeal to the Vice President of Instruction. Students may enroll in the summer sessions without restriction. Students who are on scholastic suspension or probation may attend summer school for the purpose of raising their grade point averages.
Only full-time students (minimum of 12 semester credit hours) with a grade point average between 3.5 and 3.79 will be included on the Dean's List. Only courses which apply toward an associate degree or a certificate are included in this computation.
Only full-time students (minimum of 12 semester credit hours) with a grade point average between 3.8 and 4.0 will be included on the President's List. Only courses which apply toward an associate degree or a certificate are included in this computation.