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Academic Policies

Academic Renewal

Substandard grades may be excluded from GPA calculation if they do not reflect your demonstrated academic ability– this is called “Academic Renewal”.

If Academic Renewal is approved, your permanent record will be noted with Academic Renewal comments and the renewed units will be removed. The renewed course(s) will remain on the record, as the district is required to show the student’s complete and accurate academic record.

Students must meet with a counselor to review the Academic Renewal policy and options since the process is not reversible.  Courses that have been academically renewed cannot be used for graduation purposes.  Additionally, courses used to graduate cannot be academically renewed.

For more information please schedule an appointment to meet with your counselor.

Alpha Gamma Sigma

Alpha Gamma Sigma is the California community college honor society. All life members of the California Scholarship Federation and those who graduated with a minimum grade point average of 3.5 at the high school level are eligible for temporary membership during their first term at Contra Costa College.

Initial membership is attained by completing 12 term units in a maximum of three terms with a cumulative grade point average of 3.0. Permanent status is achieved by maintaining membership and a high grade point average.

Dean’s List

Full-time students who achieve a term grade point average of 3.0 or above in 12 or more units of graded courses are placed on the Dean’s List as a recognition of academic achievement.

Graduation with Honors

Students who earn an associate degree are recognized as graduating with honors as follows:

  • Honors Graduate: A student who earns a cumulative grade point average between 3.25 and 3.74 in all degree-applicable courses.
  • President’s Scholar: A student who earns a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or higher in all degree-applicable courses.

Privacy Rights of Students

Family Educational  Rights  and  Privacy  Act  requires that educational institutions provide students with access to their education records.  Students also have the right to challenge the accuracy  of such records and control to whom these records are released.

Education records include documents and information related to admissions, enrollment in courses, grades and related academic information.

For information on how to access your records contact the Admissions & Records Office.

Probation + Dismissal

Students are placed on probation for failing to meet standards of academic achievement.

Academic probation: Once you have attempted 12 or more cumulative units, if your grade point average drops below 2.0, you will be placed on academic probation.

Progress probation: Once you have enrolled in a total of at least 12 cumulative semester units, you will be placed on progress probation if you received grades of W, IP, and NC and they account for 50 percent or more of all units enrolled.

Dismissal: You will be dismissed from college if you fail to meet standards of academic achievement, which are 3 consecutive semesters of either academic or progress probation. Consecutive terms shall be those consecutive terms in which you enrolled, even if you skip a term or more.