FAQs

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

Academic Renewal

What is "academic renewal"?

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. See the Admissions and Records office to complete the necessary forms for renewal.

What is "grade forgiveness"?

This is repeating a class you may have received a substandard grade in an effort to improve your grade point average or academic standing. You do not have to take the same instructor again, but you do have to take the same class. 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.

What is a "substandard grade"?

This is a grade of a "D", "F", or "NP".

Can I repeat a class to improve my grade?

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.

Can I repeat a class in which I got a "C" or better?

Generally no. There are certain situations in which a student may be allowed to enroll into a course in which the student had received a "C" grade, but the grade cannot be changed through "Grade Forgiveness" since it was previously passed.

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

You must complete the "Grade Forgiveness/Academic Renewal" form found in the Admissions and Records office. The grade is not automatically changed, and will not be processed until you pass the class and submit the form.

When I repeat a class, do I have to take the same instructor I had before?

No, but you do have to take the exact same class.

Is there a time period on when I have to repeat the class?

No, but you should repeat it as soon as you took the class the first time. The longer you wait the more information from the previous class you will forget.

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, you cannot change both substandard grades only the one from the previous term in which you received a substandard 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.

Is there a maximum number of credits/units that can be forgiven?

Yes. A maximum of 20 credits of substandard grades may be forgiven.

Do I have to pay the enrollment fee for the class I am repeating?

Yes. You enroll into and pay the fees like any other class.

Are there some courses I can take more than once without permission?

Yes. There are certain PE, skill or performing classes that a student can repeat for a maximum of four enrollments. Those 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.