Catalog  –  2013 - 2014


Classification of Students

A freshman student is one who has earned less than 30 credits. A sophomore student is one who has earned 30 or more credits of college work. A full-time student is one enrolled in 12 or more credits. A part-time student is one enrolled in less than 12 credits and at least six credits. The general definition of a full-time student during the summer intersession is six units; however, this definition may not be applicable to all programs to which you may be applying. The veteran’s program requires four units during the summer intersession.

Repeating a Course

Certain Porterville College courses are identified in the course description sections of the catalog as repeatable, with the number of times they may be repeated indicated.

Other courses may be repeated once for credit if a grade lower than “C” or its equivalent has been earned. A student who has repeated a course under this condition may file a petition with the Office of Admissions and Records to have the previous grade and credit disregarded in the calculation of the GPA. Only second attempts will replace the first substandard grade. The original and subsequent grades will remain a part of the student’s permanent record.

If a student earns any combination of “D,” “F,” or “W” on two attempts in a course taken in the Kern Community College District, that student can only register for a third time with the signature of the faculty chair of the department on a Prerequisite Admission and Records Repetition of Course approval form.

In compliance with Title 5 California Code of Regulations Section 56029, certain course repeats may be authorized for students with disabilities following DSPS policies and procedures.

Courses may also be repeated if the previous grade is at least in part a result of extenuating circumstances such as verified cases of illness, accidents, or other circumstances beyond the control of the student. Approval to repeat under these circumstances should be obtained prior to registration in the Office of Admissions and Records. In these circumstances, the previous grade will not be disregarded in the calculation of the GPA.

A student may repeat a course to meet a legally mandated training requirement as a condition of continued paid or volunteer employment. The course may be repeated for credit any number of times, regardless of whether or not substandard work was previously recorded, and the grade received each time shall be included for purposes of calculating the student’s grade point average.

The college can provide no assurance that repeated courses will be treated in a similar manner by other educational institutions.

Auditing a Course

Students who have been admitted to the college may enroll in courses as auditors with the permission of the instructor and subject to the following provisions:

  1. Priority shall be given to students who wish to take the course for credit.
  2. A student in a course shall not be permitted to change from audit to credit status nor from credit to audit.
  3. The cost to audit a class is $15.00 per credit. (Students enrolled in 10 or more units will not be charged this fee.)
  4. Course Audit forms are available in the Office of Admissions and Records beginning on the first day of class.

Remedial Coursework Limitation

Remedial coursework refers to precollegiate basic skills courses defined as courses in reading, writing, computation, learning skills and English as a Second Language, which are designated as non-degree credit courses. No student shall receive more than thirty (30) semester units of credit for remedial coursework within the Kern Community College district, except for the following: 1) students currently enrolled in one or more courses of English as a Second Language, 2) students identified by the College as having a qualifying disability.