Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Transferring students and spring semester grades

Quite a few students have contacted me lately to ask what happens if they make a D or F in an essential class for transfer this semester. First of all, I want to make one thing very clear: YOUR SPRING SEMESTER GRADES ARE JUST AS IMPORTANT AS THE GRADES YOU HAVE EARNED FROM PREVIOUS SEMESTERS. Even though it is your last semester at DVC, you need to work just as hard to make acceptable grades in your spring classes. Do NOT believe the rumors from your friends that "your spring grades don't matter." They do. Very much. Some students in the past have had their admissions offer revoked because they did not complete the coursework acceptably. However, if you are facing an unexpected difficulty in making a C or better in an essential class, your only option is to contact the schools to which you have applied and ask them if you can repeat the class this summer. Considering the current budgetary crisis and the unprecedented number of students trying to attend CSU and UC campuses, I am skeptical that you would get permission to do that. However, you can ask, and if you do get permission to repeat the failed class this summer, then you are lucky. Refer to www.universityofcalifornia.edu or www.csumentor.org for the contact information for UC and CSU campuses, respectively.