Grading System

In general, most noncredit courses are not graded, however, the North Orange Continuing Education has two areas where students are awarded an evaluative symbol at the conclusion of the course; High School Diploma courses and courses in the category of Career Development and College Preparation (CDCP).

Grading for High School Diploma

Student performance in High School Diploma courses is indicated below. Grades which carry point value, and which are used in determining the grade point average (GPA), are as follows:

High School Academic Grading Scale

A — Excellent 4 grade points
B — Good 3 grade points
C — Average 2 grade points
D — Below Average 1 grade point

The GPA is the total completed grade points divided by the total attempted credit amount.

Credits Indicated by the Below Evaluative Symbols Are Not Counted Toward GPA

F — Fail 0 grade point
P — Pass Satisfactory, C or better 0 grade point
NP — No Pass 0 grade point
CR — Credit 0 grade point
NC — No Credit 0 grade point
IP — In Progress 0 grade point
NG — Not Graded 0 grade point
U — Ungraded 0 grade point

Grading for Career Development and College Preparation Courses

Students enrolled in a Career Development and College Preparation (CDCP) course are advised that they will be issued a grade that will appear on their NOCE transcript and permanent academic history. The following grading system is used:

CDCP Grading Scale

P — Pass (No grade point)
NP — No Pass (No grade point)
RD — Report Delayed (No grade point)
SP — Satisfactory Progress (No grade point)
W — Withdrawal (No grade point)

Students enrolled in a Career Technical Education (CTE) Program course are advised that if they do not wish to be graded, they must drop the course prior to the eighth hour of instruction. While an instructor may drop a student for excessive absences, it is the student's responsibility to officially withdraw from a class. If a student withdraws after the eighth hour of instruction, but prior to the last quarter of instruction, the student will receive a "W" grade on their transcript, regardless of whether the drop was initiated by the student or instructor. Students may not drop a course after the start of the final quarter of the course. 

Auditing Classes

If a student has received a passing grade in a Pharmacy Technician Program or a Medical Assistant Program course and wishes to repeat the course, the student should submit an audit request form to the CTE Program Director. For more information about auditing a Pharmacy Technician or Medical Assistant course, please contact 714.808.4915. There is a $15 fee charged for auditing a course. Fees charged for auditing a course is subject to change. Auditing other NOCE courses is not permitted. 

Grade Appeal Policy 

NOCE recognized the legal right of faculty to set standards of performance and to apply them to individual students. Therefore, the instructor is the final authority in determining grades that are assigned to students and that appear in their permanent academic records. Students have a right to inquire how their grade was determined and have a right to formally appeal the final grade earned. Appeals are limited to the situations in which students believe the grade is prejudicially, capriciously, or arbitrarily assigned. Grade appeal requests should be initiated by the student during the next term but no later than one year following the award of the original grade. All grade appeal requests should be directed to the NOCE Registrar at 714.992.9502. For additional information, you may refer to Board Policy 4231 at     

Course Repetition

No limits are imposed on the repetition of most noncredit courses. However, in the case of special noncredit courses, such as those for students with disabilities, restrictions on repeatability may be imposed when students are judged to have met the objectives of a course and/or are no longer making measurable progress. For additional information, you may refer to Board Policy 4225 at   

Credit by Exam

The purpose of credit by examination is to allow credit for prior or advanced knowledge of class material by the student. Currently, enrolled students may be permitted to obtain Credit by Examination in subject areas in which they are specially qualified through previous training or experience for which credit has not previously been given. Examinations will be sufficiently comprehensive to determine that the student has essentially the same knowledge and skills as a student who successfully completes the course. Only those courses approved for Credit by Examination will be eligible. Students may discuss credit by exam with an NOCE counselor or for additional information, refer to Board Policy 4235 at   

Course Substitution

A request for a Course Substitution may be discussed with an NOCE counselor.

Disciplinary Dismissal

The standards of student conduct and disciplinary action for violation of Board Policy 5500 are drawn in compliance with the State Education Code.

Students are expected to respect and obey civil and criminal law and shall be subject to the legal penalties for violation of the city, county, state, and national law(s). A student who violates the standards of student conduct shall be subject to disciplinary action including, but not limited to, the removal, suspension or expulsion of the student. For additional information on disciplinary dismissal, you may refer to Board Policy 5500 at   

Student Records and Transcripts

The California Administrative Code, Title V, and NOCCCD policy states that students can review their student records at any time. All NOCE student records are located at the Wilshire Continuing Education Center located at 315 E. Wilshire Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92832

Transcript of Record - Verification of Enrollment and Attendance

Students are entitled to two (2) free copies of their student record in the form of an Official Transcript or a Verification of Enrollment/Attendance. Subsequent copies are $5 per copy. Requests are accepted in person or by mail and both request forms may be accessed at  Rush transcripts can be obtained for an additional fee of $10. (Note: Fee is subject to change at any time.)

We are unable to provide rush Verification of Enrollment/Attendance letters on a “rush order.”  Requests will not be processed until the completion of the third (3rd) week of the current term.

With the exception of High School Diploma courses, transcripts include a notation of the number of hours attended for each course of record. 

Classification of Students

Students are classified as full-time when enrolled and attending 12 hours or more of instruction per week. Students enrolled in fewer than 12 hours per week of instruction are considered part-time students. Enrollment and attendance can be confirmed after the student has attended two consecutive weeks of instruction. 

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and Release of Student Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  They have a right to:

  • Inspect and review their education records
  • Have some control over the disclosure of information
  • Seek to amend incorrect education records

In accordance with FERPA, NOCE may release or publish, without the student's prior consent, items in the category of public (directory) information. The NOCCCD Board of Trustees has identified the following as public (directory) information:

  • Degrees and awards received by students, including, honors, scholarships, athletic awards, and Dean's List recognition
  • Student participation in officially recognized activities and sports including weight, height and high school of graduation of athletic team members
  • Dates of attendance

Students who wish to restrict this information must submit a written request to the NOCE Registrar's Office at the NOCE Wilshire Center. Requests must be filed within 15 calendar days from the beginning of each term a student is in attendance. For more information, call 714.992.9502. 

Student Identification Policy

Students are required to show a valid form of identification to obtain any form of non-directory information. Valid forms of identification accepted by NOCE include:

  • State-issued driver's license,
  • State-issued identification card, or
  • A government identification with photo issued by the U.S. or other countries.

For additional information on what is considered non-directory information, you may refer to Board Policy 5040 at