Standards of Academic Progress

Purpose
To assist students in attaining their educational goals, it is important to establish standards of academic progress that provide students a scale by which to measure their movement toward graduation.

Requirements
A student enrolled in curriculum classes and pursuing an associate degree or diploma must achieve a minimum grade point average (GPA) each term. The minimum GPA required at the end of the term is dependent upon the student's cumulative earned hours at the beginning of the term, including exempted or transfer hours, as follows

Cumulative Earned Hours Minimum Term GPA
(at beginning of term) (at end of term)
0-20 1.5
21-35 1.8
Over 35

2.0

Students enrolled in curriculum classes and pursuing a certificate must achieve a minimum GPA of 2.0 each term.

If a specific academic program has more stringent requirements that are externally mandated, students enrolled in that program must meet the program standards. Such requirements are published in the College Catalog in the section for the specific academic major. In addition, students receiving financial assistance may be bound by mandated standards that are also more stringent. Information on the standards of progress required for aid programs (VA, Federal, State, and institutional) can be obtained in the Student Aid Office.

Standards of Academic Progress do not apply for the semester in which a student is officially designated as having graduated with a certificate, diploma, or associate degree. The Office of the Vice President of Academic Affairs will notify students of the exemption for the term of graduation; but should they register for subsequent terms, the student will once again be subject to the Standards of Progress policy and must achieve the minimum required GPA at the end of that term or be placed on Warning for the next term of enrollment.

Academic Standing

1. Good Standing: To maintain Good Standing, a student must meet the minimum term GPA requirements as stated above.
2. Warning: A student previously in Good Standing who falls below the minimum term GPA requirements as stated above will be placed on Warning for his/her next term of enrollment and until he/she achieves a term GPA sufficient to restore Good Standing.
3. Probation: A student who has been on Warning for the preceding semester and whose term GPA does not meet the minimum requirements will be placed on Probation for his/her next term of enrollment and until he/she achieves a term GPA sufficient to restore Good Standing.
4. Suspension: A student whose term GPA, at the end of the term of probation, does not meet the minimum requirements will be placed on Suspension and will not be permitted to register for the following academic term. A student who returns after one term of absence will remain on suspension status until he/she achieves a term GPA sufficient to restore Good Standing.
5. Second Warning: A student who has been on Suspension for the preceding semester or term of enrollment and whose term GPA does not meet the minimum requirements will be placed on Second Warning until he/she achieves a term GPA sufficient to restore Good Standing.
6. Second Probation: A student who has been on Second Warning for the preceding semester and whose term GPA does not meet the minimum requirements will be placed on Second Probation for his/her next term of enrollment and until he/she achieves a term GPA sufficient to restore Good Standing.
7. Second Suspension: A student who has been on Second Probation for the preceding semester and whose term GPA does not meet the minimum requirements will be placed on Second Suspension and may register only with the approval of an Appeals Committee.

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