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Academic renewal, the little-known hack that can save your GPA

Kathleen Quinn, Staff Reporter

October 22, 2019

Academic renewal is a way for students who have been with the college for over two years to wipe out Ds and Fs from the calculation of their GPA. Ian Balene, 20, criminal justice, said he believes the policy would be helpful to students trying to transfer.  “I know that some classes you just...

New W grades for students who withdraw

Abhiram Rishi Prattipati and Maryam Golkar

February 21, 2019

If you are planning to drop a class because of an emergency or any other circumstance, a W grade can potentially help you out. The California Board of Governors passed the EW, or “Excused Withdrawal,” in January 2018 to help students withdraw from courses for reasons beyond their control. “One...

Pluses and minuses vital to fair grading

Pluses and minuses vital to fair grading

Rika Kumar, Freelancer

October 6, 2014

Even though only 9 percent of California Community Colleges use a plus and minus grading scale, De Anza College should keep using plus/minus grades because a majority of students benefit from the higher GPA points awarded to plus grades. Using the scale also prepares students for transfer because...