Grading & Academic Progress

Grading System

Rockford Career College uses the following grading system:

Grade Numerical Value Quality Point Rank
A 90-100 4.0
B 80-89 3.0
C 70-79 2.0
D 65-69 1.0
F Below 65 0.0
P Pass*  
* Externships only are pass/fail

An incomplete grade is issued only in cases where the student has made satisfactory progress throughout the course, but is slightly deficient in skills or lacking a few assignments. The grade is changed to "F" if the course is not completed within a reasonable period of time, usually two weeks.

GPA Calculation
The grade point average (GPA) is calculated at the end of each quarter. The accumulative grade point average (AGPA) is calculated at the same time and combines the grades earned during the current quarter and all previous quarters. To determine the grade point average, the quality point rank is multiplied by the credit hours for each course to determine the quality points. The total number of quality points is divided by the total number of credit hours completed during the quarter.
Honor Students
In recognition of scholastic achievement, full-time students (minimum of 12 credits per quarter) who earn a grade point average of 3.5 or above will be classified as follows:

Highest Honors 4.0
High Honors 3.75-3.99
Honors 3.5-3.74

Grading System

A Excellent 4 quality points per quarter
B Above Average 3 quality points per quarter
C Satisfactory 2 quality points per quarter
D Unsatisfactory 1 quality point per quarter
F Failed 0 quality points per quarter

Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress In order to continue at Rockford Career College, students must make satisfactory academic progress toward completion of their course of study. A student's progress is evaluated at the end of each quarter using three factors: Successful course completion; cumulative grade point average; and maximum timeframe. Basically, students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 at the end of each quarter, and must demonstrate continuous movement toward completion of their degree. Academic Probation Students who fail to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 2.0 will receive an academic warning or be placed on academic probation. An ongoing pattern of such grades will result in suspension from the college. Probation or warnings may also be issued for violation of policies regarding attendance, conduct, dress, and other behavior deemed inappropriate by the college.

A Student who has lost Title IV eligibility cannot be reinstated until he/she has successfully completed the requirements needed to regain eligibility
Reinstatement can be accomplished as follows:

  • By raising your CGPA and/or CCCP by taking additional course work without receiving financial aid.