It is imperative that students make satisfactory academic progress toward graduation and the acquisition of their baccalaureate degree. The college provides a variety of academic support services to assist students who are having - or wish to avoid - academic difficulties. To learn more about these services, please contact the Office of Academic Services (398-4028).
Students who do not continue to make satisfactory academic progress are subject to being placed on probation, being suspended from the college, or being dismissed from the college.
The following material states the college’s criteria for judging satisfactory academic progress and the conditions which result from a student’s failure to maintain satisfactory progress. Some academic programs have requirements in addition to those below. Students pursuing such programs must satisfy the additional requirements as determined by the relevant program director. Students who sign academic contracts as a condition of admission to the college and who do not fulfill the conditions of the contract may be placed on probation, suspended, or dismissed independent of the following criteria.
Satisfactory Academic Progress:
Full-time students (and equivalent part-time students) are considered to be making satisfactory progress toward graduation and their degree if they have achieved:
● A semester grade point index in the most recently completed semester of at least 1.8, and
● A cumulative grade point index of at least: 1.8 upon completion of one academic year of full-time college enrollment (24 credit hours for part-time students);
● 2.0 upon completion of two academic years of full-time college enrollment (48 credit hours for part-time students) and thereafter.
Unsatisfactory Academic Progress:
Full-time students (and equivalent part-time students) who do not fulfill the conditions for satisfactory academic progress are judged to be making unsatisfactory progress toward graduation and are subject to the following conditions:
Probation - Students on academic probation may not carry more than 12 credits a semester, and they may be further limited in their college activities. Students on probation must attain a semester grade point index of at least 2.0 for the current semester or be subject to suspension or dismissal.
Students may be placed on probation if:
The cumulative grade point index falls below 1.8 but not below 1.5 during the first year of full-time enrollment; or if:
The cumulative grade point index falls below 2.0 but not below 1.8 during the second and subsequent years of full- time enrollment.
Students on academic probation must attend the Center for Academic Excellence on a weekly schedule (typically 2 hours per week) determined either by the student's academic advisor or the Provost & Vice President for Academic Affairs. In addition, students on academic probation must make an appointment with their academic advisor within the first week of the term, in order to arrange a schedule of periodic meetings with the advisor throughout the semester.
Suspension - Students placed on suspension at the end of an academic semester may not attend the college for the subsequent semester. Suspended students may attend summer and inter-session courses.
Readmission to the college following the semester of suspension may normally be gained by appealing in writing to the Director of Academic Advisement and indicating evidence of greater academic maturity. Students may be suspended from the college if, while on probation, the student achieves at least a 1.8 semester grade point index but less than a 2.0 grade point index; or if the semester grade point index falls below 1.5;
or if the cumulative grade point index falls below 1.5 during the first year of full-time enrollment;
or if the cumulative grade point index falls below 1.8 but not below 1.5 during the second and subsequent years of full-time enrollment.
Dismissal - Students dismissed from the college may not register to attend it. There is no expectation that a dismissed student will be successful in appealing to return. Students may be dismissed from the college if while on probation, the student does not achieve at least a 1.8 semester grade point index;
or if the cumulative grade point index falls below 1.5 in any semester of full-time enrollment after the second semester;
or if a student is eligible for suspension for the second time.