3210 Academic Renewal

Original Date: 2/28/2006 * Last Revision Effective: 4/24/2019
Policy Contact: Provost for Academic and Student Affairs


Students returning to Bellevue College after a break in taking credit classes or those who have completed all of the coursework and requirements for a degree or certificate may petition for academic renewal. Academic renewal replaces all original grades students earned in select quarters with a grade of “X,” which is not included in the calculation of their Bellevue College grade point average (GPA). By enabling returning students to improve their GPA, academic renewal supports student success and completion of students’ academic goals. The college allows this as a one-time irreversible option for students who meet the following criteria:

  • The student took a minimum one-year (four consecutive quarters) break in taking classes and earns at least a “B-“ quarterly and cumulative GPA in three (3) consecutive quarters starting immediately upon the student’s return to the college; or
  • The student has completed all coursework and requirements necessary for degree or certificate completions, and has applied for graduation.

Students may designate any quarter or quarters for academic renewal under the following conditions:

  • In the case of students returning after a minimum one-year break, the quarter or quarters selected must predate their return to the college.
  • If multiple quarters are selected, they must be consecutive.
  • The quarter or quarters selected may not include classes previously used to meet the requirements of an awarded degree or certificate.

Academic renewal permanently removes the original grades from a student’s transcript; the college does not keep a record of those original grades. Students cannot choose individual class grades for academic renewal as it is implemented on a quarter basis only. Students planning to transfer to other institutions should note that the original class names and associated credits remain on the transcript after academic renewal and may be considered as attempted credits or they may be assigned a default grade by the receiving institution.

Relevant Laws and Other Resources

Revision History

Original 02/28/2006
Revision 5/21/2009; 4/7/2015; 4/24/2019

Approved By

President’s Cabinet

Board of Trustees

Last Updated April 26, 2019