Academic Information

Grading System

 

The quality of your work is measured by a system of grades and by computed grade-point averages. All assigned courses, regardless of curriculum, are included when determining a cumulative grade-point average while attending BMCC.
 
The grading system consists of the following:
Grade   Points
A Superior 4
B Above Average 3
C Average 2
D Inferior 1
F Failure 0
FA Failure - Attendance 0
P Pass 0
NP No Pass 0
INC Incomplete 0

 

Only grades of A, B, C, D, F, and FA are considered in the computation of grade point averages. All other grades will be disregarded in the calculation of your GPA; however, other grade marks and enrollment status will affect financial aid and athletic eligibility.
 
Grade Point Average (GPA)
Your grade point average (GPA) is calculated as follows: take the number of points from the table above for each grade that you received and multiply it by the number of credits for that course; then repeat the process for each course in which you received a grade of A, B, C, D, F, or FA. Add all of the results together and then divide by the total credit hours in which grades A, B, C, D, F, or FA were received. Note: If a course is repeated, only the most
recent grade is used in computing the GPA unless the course is designated as repeatable in the Course Descriptions section of this catalog.
 
Grade Definitions:
A/4: Superior: An indication that the student has met the state outcomes and course criteria at the highest level, demonstrating mastery of required knowledge and skills.
 
B/3: Above Average: An indication that the student has meet the stated outcomes and course criteria at a high level, demonstrating mastery of most required knowledge and skills.
 
C/2: Average: An indication that the student has met the stated outcomes and course criteria with sufficient mastery of enough of the required knowledge and skills to be capable of success in other courses that require this course as a prerequisite.
 
D/1: Below Average: An indication that the student has only minimally met the stated outcomes and criteria of the course but may not have sufficient mastery of enough of the required knowledge and skills to be capable of success in other courses that require this course as a prerequisite.
 
F/0: Failure: An indication that the student has participated in the course but, has not adequately met the stated outcomes and criteria of the course.
 
FA/0: Failure-Attendance: An indication that the student did not participate (either by attendance or by online participation) in a significant amount of the course and, as a result, has not adequately met the stated outcomes and criteria of the course. Instructors assigning this grade must provide a Last Date of Attendance (LDA) to satisfy Federal Title IV aid requirements.
 
INC (Incomplete): Your instructor(s) may assign an incomplete grade when the quality of your completed work is satisfactory but the course has not been completed for reasons acceptable to the instructor. At least sixty percent (60%) of your course work must be completed for an incomplete grade to be given. An incomplete grade must be made up within a maximum of one calendar year from the date that the incomplete appears on the grade report; however, you and your instructor may choose a shorter time in which to complete the course work. Incomplete Grade Contracts are submitted by the instructor of the course at the time grades are submitted and do not require your signature. The Registrar’s Office will maintain and monitor INC contracts for the college. If your instructor does not return your completed INC contact to the Registrar’s Office providing your final grade earned by the contract deadline date, the alternative grade indicated on the contract will automatically be entered into your permanent record. It is your responsibility to complete the work agreed upon and the instructor’s responsibility to submit the final grade earned in a timely manner to the Registrar’s Office. Grade
changes after the end of the contract will not be processed
without prior approval from the vice president of instruction.
 
P/NP (Pass/No Pass): If you wish to use the P/NP option you must: Elect to do so by the end of the fourth week of the term. Once you declare the P/NP grading option, no changes in grading can be made. 
 
Submit an application for the P/NP grading option to the Registrar’s Office. Before submitting this form to the Registrar’s Office, you must first collect the signature of the instructor of the course for which you are exercising this option. 
 
You may apply a maximum of 12 program or elective credits with a grade of P toward a degree at BMCC. This number would include pass grades earned in regular BMCC classes and those earned from another college or university. This number does not include pass grades earned in course work with obligatory pass grades or advanced placement credits transcribed as pass.
 
The P/NP option is not available in courses being repeated by the student, in courses required for a degree, or in courses in the core area required for an AAOT/AS degree (pass grades would be accepted in advanced placement test credit.).
 
The P grade denotes a level of accomplishment of C or better.
 
Pass grades from other institutions will be examined on an individual basis. If the registrar determines that the course meets or exceeds BMCC requirements, then credit may be granted.
 
If you are planning to transfer to a four-year institution, you should determine the policy of that school before electing the P/NP option at BMCC.
 
When computing credits earned and GPA, the Registrar’s Office treats the P/NP credits as follows:
  • The pass credits will be transcribed as credits earned and will not be computed in the grade point average.
  • The no pass credits will show on the transcript as credits attempted and will not be computed in the grade point average.
R (Repeat): Assigned when you have repeated a course that is not repeatable for credit. If you repeat a course, the college will count the grade received for your most recent attempt. All other attempts at the course where a grade of A, B, C, D, F, FA, or INC was given will be changed to a grade of R on your transcript.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)
 

 

Enrollment Status

In addition to the previously listed grades, other enrollment-status indicators may be entered on your grade report or transcript. These include AU (audit), CIP (course in progress), MSG (missing grade), and W (withdrawal). 

AU (Audit)
This is NOT a grade. It is an enrollment status and must be declared at the time of registration for the course. See the Audit Policy section for more information. 
 
CIP (Course in Progress)
CIP is an enrollment status used when a course is scheduled to continue from one academic term into the next. The CIP is not a terminal grade but is, rather, a state of progress used until the ending date of the class. At the time a course is scheduled to conclude, the CIP status will be replaced by a grade.
 
H (High School Diploma)
The designation of H indicates that the variable-hour course was taken as part of a student’s adult high school diploma program and that was not completed in a particular term.
 
W (Withdrawal)
A grade of W indicates that you followed the formal withdrawal procedure and withdrew from the course during the term after the 100% refund period for the term or course. This designation is not used in computing GPA. A W is not punitive. It simply indicates that you withdrew from the course and therefore received no grade.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

 

Audit Policy

If you do not wish to earn college credit, you may audit a course and pay a reduced tuition rate as long as the course is not full. Students who audit are not required to meet any specific academic requirements, but they may participate fully in the activities of the class. If an audit is desired, you must elect this option at the time of registration. Should you wish to take the course for a grade, you must drop the course within the defined drop period and then add the class back as a graded course. You may not change to audit status after the end of the drop period.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Grade Changes

College procedures allow for grade changes up to one year after the end of the term in which the course or courses were taken. Once a grade has been assigned other than an INC, the only acceptable reason for a grade change is instructor or college error. The instructor/student relationship in a given class concludes at the end of the term with the assignment of a grade unless the student receives a grade of INC to allow for the submission of late course work. If you cannot complete all of the course work before the end of the term, you should work with the instructor before the term ends to request a grade of INC. Otherwise, the only way that an instructor can agree to change your grade is for you to submit a grade appeal (see the section on grade appeals). All grade appeals are reviewed by the vice president of instruction and, if approved, sent to the registrar’s office for final processing.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Grade Appeal Process

The responsibility for assigning grades rests with the individual instructor, who uses his or her best judgment in accordance with what is deemed fair, given the requirements of the course and the work performed by the student.
 
If you believe that you have been awarded an inappropriate grade by an instructor, you may fill out a grade appeal form and submit it to the Office of Instruction. This will initiate the grade appeal process as outlined in the Student’s Rights and Responsibilities Handbook. The vice president of instruction will forward appeals to the registrar’s office once a decision has been made. If the appeal results in a grade change the registrar’s office will process the change and notify the student by email once the change has been made.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Grade Point Average (GPA) Renewal Policy

Students who have previously attended BMCC and have earned poor grades often feel discouraged about trying again. In order to encourage these students, Blue Mountain Community College has established a GPA renewal policy.
 
If you have returned to BMCC after an absence of at least two years and have subsequently passed two academic quarters of work of at least 12 credit hours each quarter with a 2.00 GPA or better, you may petition the registrar to implement the GPA renewal policy. If the petition is accepted, grades for the term chosen, and for all prior terms, will be changed to no credit (NC). All courses previously taken will remain on the transcript, but the grade point average will be adjusted. A notation will appear on your transcript indicating that the GPA renewal policy was implemented. All courses included in the GPA renewal policy will still be counted as attempted for the purposes of federal financial
aid eligibility.
 
This policy may be used only once. You must be enrolled in at least one credit hour at the time that the policy is implemented. Once the grade renewal process has taken place the student may not request to have the process reversed. Any courses taken at another college and transferred to BMCC are not subject to the provisions of this policy and are not included in this policy.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Final Examinations

Final examinations are given at the close of each term. You are required to take final examinations at the regularly scheduled time. Final examination schedules are available online or on the academic calendar found in the academic catalog. If circumstances warrant taking final examinations at another time, you must make prior arrangements with your instructor.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Academic Achievement Recognition

Blue Mountain Community College recognizes exceptional academic achievement of students at the end of each term and at graduation.
 
Honor Roll, Dean’s List, and President’s List
You may attain honor status each term by qualifying for the Honor Roll, the Dean’s List, or the President’s List. In all cases, you must have completed 12 or more BMCC credits during the term with grades of A, B, C, or D. Only courses taken at BMCC will count towards academic achievement recognition. Only term GPAs, not cumulative GPAs, are counted for these recognitions.
 
Levels of achievement are:
  • Honor Roll: term GPA of 3.00 to 3.39
  • Dean’s List: term GPA of 3.40 to 3.84
  • President’s List: term GPA of 3.85 or higher
Grades of P, NP, and INC do not count toward recognition of academic achievement.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Institutional Academic Progress (IAP)

Institutional Academic Progress (IAP) is the institution’s policy regarding a student’s academic progress. IAP is not the same as Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP), which is the status that students using financial assistance must maintain in order to receive funding from financial aid. A student is considered in good academic standing when they are making satisfactory academic progress, such as maintaining a 2.0 GPA each term and passing the required number of credits based on his/her enrollment level, which is 66.67% of the credits they are enrolled in for that term. IAP requires a student to maintain satisfactory academic progress every term of attendance. If a student does not maintain good academic standing he/she will be placed on Academic Alert Status, Academic Warning Status, or Academic Suspension Status. More information about IAP can be obtained by viewing the IAP policy at http://www.bluecc.edu/cat_IAP or by contacting the registrar at 541-278-5757.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Credit for Prior Learning/Certification

The purpose of awarding credit for prior learning is to acknowledge and validate knowledge, skills, and competencies acquired by students through experience. With the exception of cooperative work experience (CWE) credits (see page 32), students receiving alternate credits are not eligible for state or federal aid for those credits.

The maximum credits that may be earned through a combination of credit by examination, advanced placement (AP), and military credit are no more than 25 percent of the credits needed for a certificate or degree. See degree checklists for more information.
 
Credit by Examination (CBE): To obtain credit for certain courses, you must be enrolled as a BMCC student taking at least one course for credit and satisfactorily pass a comprehensive examination or series of examinations. You may not obtain credit by examination (CBE) for a course at a lower level than one in which you have already demonstrated competency. Some courses are not eligible for this program. If you wish to obtain
credit in this manner, you must pay a fee in addition to any other tuition and fees that you may have paid in that term. Contact the Office of Instruction, at 541-278-5969, for more information. Students are limited to 15 CBE credits. CBE credits are reflected on BMCC’s transcripts with the exam identifier of (CH) next to the course title. Example: ART204 (CH)
 
Credit for Prior Certification/Learning (CPL): Up to 10 credits may be awarded for certifications received in the Early Childhood Education field. Documentation is required. If awarded, these credits are reflected on BMCC’s transcripts with a grade of “P” and with the identifier of (CPL) next to the course title. Example: ECE226 (CPL). For more information about this option contact our ECE Department at 541-278-5921 or 541-278-5957. 
 
Advanced Placement (AP) Test: You may earn credit for certain courses by taking tests administered by the Advanced Placement (AP) program sponsored by the College Board. Below is a list of approved AP courses, AP minimum scores, and advanced placement action. AP credits are reflected on BMCC’s transcripts with a grade of P and with the exam identifier of (AP) next to the course title. Example: ART204 (AP).
 
To receive AP credit you must:
  • Request that your AP scores be sent from the College Board to BMCC. Scores are accepted for up to three years after the exam date.
  • Be enrolled at BMCC in at least one credit course.
  • Pay the AP course transcription fee of $10 per course.
  • Complete and return an advanced placement credit form to BMCC.
Please contact the Registrar’s Office at 541-278-5757 or email getinfo@bluecc.edu for additional information.
Subject AP Score Advanced Placement Action BMCC
Credit
Art - History

4+

ART 204, 205 8
Art - Studio 4+ ART 101 4
Biology 4+ BIO 101, 102, 103 12
Calculus AB 3 MTH 251 4
Calculus AB 4+ MTH 251, 252 8
Calculus BC 3 MTH 251, 252 8
Calculus BC 4+ MTH 251, 252, 253 12
Chemistry 3+ CH 104, 105, 106 15
Computer Science A 4+ CS 161 4
English Language - Composition 3+ WR 121 4

English Language - Literature

3+ ENG 104 4
Environmental Science 3+ GS 142 4
Government - U.S. 4 PS 201 4
History - U.S. 3+

HST 201, 202

8
History - World 3+ HST 104, 105 6
Human Geography 3+ GEOG 103 4
Macro Economics 3+ EC 202 4
Micro Economics 3+ EC 201 4
Music Theory 4+ MUS 111, 112 8
Physics B 4+ PHY 201, 202, 203 15
Physics C - Electricity & Magnetism 4+ PHY 201 5
Physics C - Mechanics 4+ PHY 201 5
Psychology

3+

PSY 201 4
Spanish Language 3+ SPAN 101, 102, 103 12
Statistics 4+ MTH 243 4

College-Level Examination Program (CLEP): You may earn College-Level Examination Program (CLEP) credit for certain courses by taking the CLEP exams sponsored by the College Board. Below is a list of BMCC's approved CLEP exams, minimum scores, number of possible credits granted, and corresponding BMCC course equivalencies. CLEP credits are reflected on BMCC’s transcripts with a grade of P and with the exam identifier of (CL) next to the course title. Example: ART204 (CL).

To receive CLEP credit you must:

  • Request your CLEP scores be sent from the College Board to BMCC. Scores are accepted for up to three years after the exam date.
  • Be enrolled at BMCC in at least one credit course.
  • Pay the CLEP course transcription fee of $10 per course.
  • Complete and return a CLEP credit form to BMCC.

Please contact the Registrar’s Office at 541-278-5757 or email getinfo@bluecc.edu for additional information.

Exam Subject
Min.
Score
Credit BMCC Course Equivalency
Business
Infomation System & Computer Applications  -  - No credit awarded
Principles of Management 50 4 BA 206
Principles of Accounting 50 12 BA 211, 212, 213
Introductory Business Law 50 4 BA 226
Principles of Marketing 50 4 BA 223
Composition and Literature
Composition and Literature 50 12 ENG 253, 254, 255
English Literature (with essay) 50 12 ENG 204, 205, 206
History and Social Sciences
American Government 50 4 PS 201
History of the U.S. I 50 4 HST 201
American History II 50

4
or
12

HST 203
or
w/Part 1 test HST 201, 202, 203
General Psychology 50 8 PSY 201, 202
Human Growth and Development 50 4 PSY 237
Principles of Microeconomics 50 4 EC 201
Principles of Macroeconomics 50 4 EC 202
Introduction to Sociology 50 4 SOC 204

Military Credit (MIL): Military credit will be evaulated according to American Council of Education guidelines. In most cases, credit will only be considered when it is equivalent to a course offered by BMCC. Military credits are reflected on BMCC’s transcripts with a grade of “P” and with the identifier of (MIL) next to the course title. Example: PE184 (MIL).

(Information based on the 2013-14 BMCC Academic Catalog)

Transfer Credits

Transferring Credits to BMCC
To have credits earned from other colleges evaluated towards your certificate/degree intent at BMCC, you will need to complete BMCC’s Transcript Evaluation Request form. You will also need to request that official transcripts be sent from other colleges to BMCC’s Registrar’s Office. Official transcripts must include both a
signature from the issuing institution and its authorized seal and be delivered to BMCC in a sealed envelope.
 
In general, BMCC accepts college-level credits earned at regionally-accredited colleges or universities. Your accepted credits will become a part of your permanent academic record at BMCC and will be noted on your official grade transcript at the time a certificate or degree is earned. Grades earned from BMCC and other colleges that are applied towards a specific certificate or degree will be used to compute your grade point average for that specific program only. In all other cases, only grades earned at BMCC are used to compute your
cumulative GPA.
 
If you have taken the College Level Examination Program (CLEP) or the Advanced Placement (AP) test, request that your scores be forwarded to the registrar’s office. Exams must have been taken within 3 years of the date you are requesting credit. Credits received for AP, CLEP, or military experience at other colleges and universities will not be accepted. You must have your exam scores and or official military transcripts sent directly to BMCC. For more on CLEP and AP information see this link
 
Transferring Credits from BMCC
Up to 120 lower division transfer credit hours earned at a community college may transfer and be accepted toward graduation requirements by colleges and universities of the Oregon University System (OUS): University of Oregon, Oregon State University, Portland State University, Eastern Oregon  University, Western Oregon University, Southern Oregon University, and Oregon Institute of Technology. In order to facilitate a smooth transition from BMCC be sure to discuss transferability of courses with your academic advisor and the school to which you wish to transfer to.
 
(Information based on the 2013-14 BMCC Academic Catalog)

Appeal of Graduation Requirements

If you are pursuing an associate of applied science degree and would like to request a course substitution to meet program requirements, you must discuss this request with your advisor. If the advisor considers the request appropriate, he/she will complete the necessary paperwork, and then obtain the approval and signature of the vice president of instruction. The registrar’s office will process the information, once approved, and it will become a part of your permanent record.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)

Graduation

You are responsible for fulfilling the requirements for graduation and should work with your advisor to ensure that you have or will complete the degree and/or certificate requirements. 

As a candidate for graduation, you are required to complete and return an Application for Certificate/Degree Completion. You are encouraged to submit your application at least two terms prior to the term in which you expect to complete your program requirements (refer to the academic calendar in the catalog for specific deadline dates). This allows your academic advisor to assist you in selecting coursework necessary to meet
your graduation requirements. Completed applications may be submitted to any BMCC location.
 
Upon the college’s receipt and processing of your application form, the registrar will notify you and your advisor mail and or email that your official degree audit has been completed. Should there be any discrepancy, you and your advisor will be asked to notify the registrar as soon as possible. A graduation file will be established for you at that time. Your degree audit becomes your official degree check-off for degree completion purposes. 
 
If you do not complete and return the Application for Certificate/Degree completion and the registrar finds that you have completed all coursework necessary to complete your indicated program of study, the college will grant degrees and/or certificates upon completion of those requirements. Opting out of an institutional award requires completing the appropriate request through the registrar’s office. Multiple credentials may be institutionally awarded within your program of study.
 
Degrees and certificates become official when recorded on your transcript. Certificates and diplomas will be mailed to the address listed on your application within two months after final grades have been posted and reviewed.
 
If you do not complete your degree requirements in the term and year identified on your application, the registrar will identify and notify you and your advisor of your final graduation requirements. Your application be considered active for a period of one (1) year from your intended date of graduation.
 
If you have not graduated after one year, your application will be considered inactive and you will be required to reapply for graduation and pay any fees in effect at the time of reapplication.
 
If you graduate with more than one degree, you must complete a separate application form for each degree you plan to complete. 
 
Computer Literacy Requirement
All students completing a one-year certificate or two-year degree program are required to meet our computer literacy requirement prior to graduating. There are two options to meet this requirement. They are:
  • Take and pass the IC3 Exam: score an average of 75% or higher on IC3 exams OR
  • Take and pass one of the following courses with a grade of “C” or better: AGR111, CS120, BA131, or ED235.
  • Students completing the IC3 Exam with a score of 85% or higher are eligible to request the Credit-By-Exam (CBE) option. Students must complete and return the CBE form along with payment to the Pendleton Service Center.
  • Students with an average score of 85-90 percent will receive a grade of B and those with an average score of 91-100 percent will receive a grade of A. CBE credits are reflected on BMCC’s transcripts with the exam identifier of (CH) next to the course title. Example: CS120 (CH)
Additional Guidelines:
BMCC reviews and updates degree requirements annually. Please note that some of the requirements for graduation may change if your studies are interrupted by one or more years and/or if a course of study extends beyond five years. Depending upon the college certificate or degree, you may be asked to complete updated requirements.
 
The following table outlines which catalog you may use in determining degree requirements for graduation.
Situation
Catalog of year started
Catalog of year re-started Catalog of year Graduating

1. Attend concurrently for less than five academic years;
AND
2. Break of enrollment of no more than one academic year.

X  X X
Re-attend after a break of enrollment of more than 1 academic year.   X X

1. Attend concurrently for no longer than five academic years;
AND
2. Have no breaks of enrollment of more than one academic year.

X   X
1. Attend for longer than five academic years;
AND
2. Has break of enrollment of more than one academic year
  X X
 
Honors at Graduation
Students with exceptional academic qualifications may participate in our commencement ceremony with honors or high honors designation. This designation appears on thecommencement program and applies to all of BMCC’s degrees and certificates for academic, career, and technical programs. To qualify, you must have attended at least two terms and have earned at least 24 credit hours at BMCC (may be less for programs of less than two years in length). Honors designations are:
  • Honors: cumulative GPA of 3.40 to 3.84
  • High Honors: cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher
Only the courses used to meet your certificate or degree requirements will be counted in the cumulative GPA calculation which may include courses accepted for transfer from other colleges. The calculation is performed on all courses completed the term prior to your stated term of degree completion. 
 
Example 1: If the anticipated term of graduation is spring term 2014, your GPA will be calculated at the end of winter term 2014. If you meet one of the above-referenced GPA requirements, you qualify to walk in the spring commencement ceremony with an honors designation.
 
Example 2: If the anticipated term of graduation is summer term 2014, you will not qualify to walk in the 2014 commencement ceremony with an honors designation as spring grades will not have been posted prior to the commencement ceremony.
 
Example 3: If you plan to complete your requirements no later than summer 2014, you may walk in the spring 2013 commencement ceremony but will not qualify to walk with either honors designation. If, however, you believe that you may qualify for honors designation by the end of summer 2014, you may want to consider walking in the 2015 commencement ceremony.
 
Commencement Ceremony
BMCC’s commencement ceremony is held each year in June on the last day of spring term. Our spring 2014 ceremony will be held on Friday, June 13, 2014 at 7 p.m. on the Pendleton campus. Students who have completed or will complete all of their certificate and/or degree requirements during or prior to summer 2014 are eligible to participate in our 2013 ceremony. Those completing requirements as of fall 2014 or later are invited to
participate in the following year’s ceremony.
 
Final Honors Distinction on Official Transcript
Students with exceptional academic qualifications may qualify to complete their designated program of study with honors or high honors designation. This designation appears on your official grade transcript and may apply to all earned degrees and certificates for academic, career, and technical programs.
 
To qualify, you must have attended at least two terms and have earned at least 24 credit hours at BMCC (may be less for programs of less than two years in length). Honors designations are:
  • Honors: cumulative GPA of 3.40 to 3.84
  • High Honors: cumulative GPA of 3.85 or higher
Only those courses used to meet your certificate or degree requirements will be counted in the cumulative GPA calculation which may include courses accepted for transfer from other regionally accredited colleges. The calculation is performed on all courses completed through your final term of program completion.
 
Suspended Programs of Study
If BMCC suspends your program of study and if you are eligible for “teach-out” assistance as determined by the college, BMCC will work with you to help you complete the program within three years. Methods and types of assistance will vary by individual circumstance and will be available only to eligible students. Following the three-year period, if you have not satisfied your degree requirements for that certificate/degree but still wish to obtain a certificate/degree, you must either apply your earned credits to a different BMCC program or transfer them to another institution. Contact the registrar to determine eligibility.
 
(Information based on the printed 2013-14 Academic Catalog)