Academic Standing & Progress

The college is committed to the academic success of every student. The college will monitor a student's grades and issue an appropriate warning if grades are inadequate. Academic standing is determined by the standards for academic progress listed below. Eligibility to graduate with a certificate or degree requires a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in all course work applicable toward graduation. Courses with "F" grades do not count toward graduation, but are used in calculating the GPA.

Student with grades of "F", "I", "W", "Y", or "Z"" will not be considered for Dean's List, with the exception of those students who withdraw within the first three weeks and are assigned a grade of "W" to the Dean's List policy on the website.

Note: There are exceptions to this policy in some of the health care sciences programs which require a higher standard than 2.0.

Academic Progress Table:

GPA Credit Hours Suspension Probation Alert Good Standing
1-10 - .00-.99 1.00-1.99 2.00
11-20 .00-.99 1.00-1.49 1.50-1.99 2.00
21-30 .00-1.49 1.50-1.74 1.75-1.99 2.00
31 and up .00-1.74 1.75-1.99 < 2.00* 2.00

*Students who had maintained satisfactory progress through 30 credits will be placed on Academic Alert the first time their GPA goes below 2.00.

A. Dean's List
Credit students completing at least six credits may be named to the Dean's List upon achieving passing final grades in all subjects and earning an average of 3.5 or higher. Students with grades of "W," "Y," "F," "I," or "Z" will not be considered for Dean's List.

B. Academic Alert
Students who fail to make satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Academic Progress Table will be placed on academic alert. Additionally, students who are exhibiting poor academic achievement by receiving an excess of "W," "Y," "Z," "F," or "I" grades may be placed on Academic Alert, as determined by the Academic Record Review Committee. Students placed on Academic Alert receive a letter from the Dean of Students informing them of their academic standing and suggesting the use of college services to improve academic performance.

C. Academic Probation
Students who fail to meet satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Academic Progress Table will be placed on academic probation. Additionally, students who are exhibiting poor academic achievement by receiving an excess of "W," "Y," "Z," "F," or "I" grades may be placed on Academic Probation, as determined by the Academic Record Review Committee. Students placed on Academic Probation receive a letter from the Dean of Students informing them of their academic standing and the requirements that must be met in order to register for the next semester.

D. Academic Suspension
Students who fail to make satisfactory progress as defined by the Academic Progress Table will be placed on academic suspension. Additionally, students who are exhibiting poor academic achievement by receiving an excess of "W," "Y," "Z," "F," or "I" grades may be placed on Academic Suspension as determined by the Academic Record Review Committee. Students placed on Academic Suspension receive a letter from the Dean of Students informing them of their academic standing. Students placed on Academic Suspension will be academically suspended from the college for a period of one semester, or they may participate in the Alternative to Academic Suspension Program. Students may appeal the length of the suspension ruling by petitioning the Academic Record Review Committee.

E. Alternative to Academic Suspension Program
The Alternative to Academic Suspension Program is a one-semester option available to students placed on Academic Suspension. To participate, students must contact the Director of Academic Advising and Counseling to develop an academic contract for the upcoming semester. The contract may include part-time status, repeating failed courses, enrolling in a study skills course and other requirements deemed necessary for success. When finalized, the contract must be approved by the Dean of Students. Students must successfully complete all credits attempted and achieve a semester grade point average of at least a 2.0 to continue enrollment at the College.

F. Academic Dismissal
Students who fail to make satisfactory academic progress as defined by the Academic Progress Table will be placed on academic dismissal. Additionally, students who were not successful in the Alternative to Academic Suspension program or did not achieve a semester GPA of at least 2.0 after the first semester following one semester of academic suspension will be placed on academic dismissal. Students placed on Academic Dismissal will receive a letter from the Dean of Students informing them of their academic standing and dismissal from the college.

G. Reinstatement
Students who have been academically dismissed may apply for reinstatement after one year, if they can demonstrate that the circumstances that contributed to their past poor academic performance have been eliminated or managed so as to promote academic success. To apply for reinstatement, the student must submit a completed Application for Reinstatement to the Director of Enrollment Services, prior to the following dates:

  • July 15 - for Fall Semester reinstatement
  • November 15 - for Spring Semester reinstatement

The student is required to appear before the Academic Record Review Committee to present the application and the changed circumstances. The student will be notified of the reinstatement hearing date one week after receipt of the completed application.

Academic Record Review Committee
This is a group that convenes at the close of each academic semester to consider the petitions of students placed on probation, suspension, or academic dismissal and the academic records of students who received "W," "Y," "Z," "F," or "I" grades in 40% or more of the coursework they have attempted. The committee consists of the Dean of Students, the Dean of Academic Services, the Director of Enrollment Services, the Director of Academic Advising, the Director of Advising and Counseling, the Director of Financial Aid, the Director of Educational Support Services, two service faculty including the Learning Specialist for Students with Disabilities, and three teaching faculty from different divisions. The chair of the committee is the Director of Enrollment Services. All petitions submitted for review by the Academic Records Review Committee should be addressed to the Director of Enrollment Services.