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GRADE OPTIONS - FACTORS WHICH MAY AFFECT YOUR CREDITS

AUDIT

Students may seek to audit a course because they want to review a subject or to learn without the pressure of having to fully participate in the class.

If you want to audit a course, you must first obtain written permission from the instructor using the “Permission to Audit a Course” form. The form is available at the Admissions & Records Office.


The extent of the classroom participation is at the option of the instructor. No credit is given for an audited course and an “L” will be posted on the grade report to indicate the audit. STUDENTS MUST COMPLETE ALL REGULAR ADMISSION AND REGISTRATION PROCEDURES IN ORDER TO AUDIT A COURSE, AND REGULAR TUITION AND FEES MUST BE PAID.


Audit carries no credit and does not contribute towards full-time student status (required for Veterans' benefits and Financial Aid).


BALANCING WORK WITH COLLEGE COURSES

It is important for students to balance their time requirements of classes, study time, employment and other commitments. The following table is recommended as a guide to students in balancing work with school.

Total Credit hours taken
Maximum number of hours per week employment
3-7
40 hrs
6-9
30 hrs
9-12
20 hrs
12-15
10 hrs
15-18
none

CREDIT BY ARTICULATION

Credit by articulation is a time-shortened program available at Kaua`i Community College for high school students from Kaua`i’s high schools to receive college credits for equivalent courses completed in high school.

To obtain credits by articulation, students must submit a Credit by Articulation Form with their UH System Application Form and high school transcripts to the Admissions & Records Office.

Specific information and application procedures may be obtained at the Counseling & Advising Office.


CREDIT BY EXAMINATION

Credit by examination is available in a few courses at the college. The purpose of awarding credit by examination is to enable students to complete degree and certificate programs more rapidly and without repetition when they have already acquired knowledge or skills relevant to their program of study. The examination is more comprehensive than the usual “final examination” and is designed to serve as the scholastic equivalent of the course.


To be eligible to earn credit by examination, students must apply for credit by examination and be officially enrolled in the course. Credit by examination is permitted only with the consent of the instructor.


Students will not receive letter grades for credits granted through credit by examination, but will receive the grade designation of “CE,” which indicates that the equivalent of a grade of “C” or higher was achieved on the examination.

The credit by examination process must be completed within the first quarter of the scheduled class meetings.

Credit by examination carries no credit and does not contribute towards full-time student status (required for Veterans' benefits and Financial Aid).


CREDIT LOAD

The normal credit load for a student is 15-17 credits per semester.


CREDIT/NO CREDIT OPTION

The major purpose of the credit/no credit option is to encourage students to broaden their education by venturing into subject areas outside their fields of specialization without risking a relatively low grade.


Under the option, a student will be granted a “CR” grade (credit) which indicates that a grade of “C” or higher was achieved, or an “NC” grade (no credit).


If you intend to transfer to a four-year institution, you should check that school’s catalog to find out whether it accepts “CR” grades.


CREDIT NO/CREDIT OPTION AT THE UH MANOA CAMPUS

The Credit/No Credit option at the UH-Manoa is limited to elective courses: the CR/NC option is not allowed for any course taken to fulfill a University or College core requirement nor a Department requirement, with the exception of those courses designated Credit/No Credit only. Students planning to transfer to Manoa should follow this Manoa policy when taking courses at KCC.


REPEATING COURSES

If you received a grade of “D” or lower, you may repeat the course and receive the higher grade and grade points. Credit is allowed only one time. You do not need instructor approval to repeat the course.


TRANSFER CREDITS FROM ANOTHER INSTITUTION

A student transferring from a regionally-accredited college or university may be allowed credit for previous academic work. It is the student’s responsibility to have official transcripts of previous work sent to the Admissions & Records Office by the institutions previously attended, to apply for evaluation of transcripts for advanced standing, and to provide course description information from the catalogs of the previous colleges attended. Request forms for transcript evaluation are available at the Admissions & Records Office. Official transcripts become the property of the college and will not be forwarded to any institution outside of the University of Hawai`i System or individual or copied for students.


VARIABLE CREDIT

Some courses are offered with variable credit. After the title of a course in the Course Description section, there will be a credit range; (1-3) is a common listing. Credit is given for course work completed and may not exceed the credits for which you are registered.

 


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