FAQs

Questions that Porterville College students often ask...   and the answers.

Academic Progress

Can I repeat a class to improve my grade or academic standing?

Yes, you can repeat a class in which you received a sub-standard grade in an effort to improve your grade point average. You do not have to take the same instructor again, but you do have to take the same class.

What forms do I need to complete in order to have my grade changed?

Once the class has been repeated, you need to complete a “Petition for Grade Forgiveness/Academic Renewal” that is found in the Admissions and Records office. Taking the class over does not automatically change the grade. The grade will not changed in your records until after you submit the petition form and providing you passed the class with a higher grade.

How can I remove poor grades I received in the past in classes I don’t need anymore?

Under certain circumstances, the college may disregard previous substandard grades without having to take the course over again. This is called “Academic Renewal.” To change a grade this way, five years must have elapsed and 12 credits completed with a 2.0 grade point average or higher since the most recent work to be disregarded was completed. Stop by the Admissions and Records office to complete the necessary forms for renewal.

What is “academic” probation?

A student who has attempted at least 12 units shall be placed on academic probation when he/she has earned a cumulative grade point average below 2.0.

What do I need to do to get off academic probation?

One of the quickest ways to get off probation is to successfully repeat classes in which you received a “D” or “F” grade. The other way is to make sure you receive “A” or “B” grades in your subsequent classes. If you do repeat a class, make sure you check with the Admissions and Records office to complete the necessary paperwork to have the previous grade removed.

What is “progress” probation?

A student who has attempted at least 12 cumulative semester units shall be placed on progress probation when the percentage of all units for which entries of “W”, “I” and “NP” reaches or exceeds 50 percent.

What do I need to do to get off progress probation?

Once you have successfully completed 50% or more of your classes with a letter grade then you will be removed from progress probation. So you need to avoid withdrawing or not completing classes, and focus on making sure you are able to complete the courses you enroll into.

What is academic disqualification?

Any student who is placed on academic probation for three consecutive semesters of enrollment shall be disqualified for admission to classes the following semester unless, during the last semester of enrollment, the student earned a grade point average of 2.0 or higher, in which case the student shall be placed on continued probation. Any student who is placed on progress probation for three consecutive semesters of enrollment shall be disqualified for admission to classes the following semester, unless during the last semester of enrollment, the percentage of units with entries of ‘W,’ ‘I,’ and ‘NP’ was less than 50 percent, in which case the student shall be placed on continued probation.

How do I get reinstated if I have been disqualified?

A student who is disqualified is ineligible to attend Porterville College; however, he/she may be conditionally readmitted the following semester upon petition to the Readmission Committee. A readmitted student may be restricted to specific courses or programs and a limitation will be placed on the number of units attempted. Reinstatement application forms may be obtained in the Counseling Center in AC-126.

Do “W” or “NP” grades affect my grade point average or academic standing?

They will not affect your grade point average, but they may affect your academic standing. If you received a “W” or “NP” grade in 50% or more of your classes, you will be placed on progress probation.

Can I repeat some courses regardless of the grade I got the other time I took it?

Most classes you only can take once, unless you received a substandard grade the first time and are repeating it for a better grade. There are some classes that you can repeat up to three times, such as PE courses and other skill or performing classes. These are listed in the college catalog.

When I tried to add a class it said “Repeat Exceeds” – what does that mean?

That means that you have exceeded the number of times you can take the class. Therefore, you are not able to enroll into the class again.

What if I fail the repeated class again, can I repeat it again?

Yes, but first you will need to obtain permission from the Admissions and Records office to repeat the class again and you can only have one substandard grade changed, not both of them.

If I pass the class on the third attempt, are both previous poor grades removed?

No. Only the previous term’s substandard grade is changed.