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08/24/2020

Fall 2020 Academic Standing Decision-Making

Introduction

APC continues to be supportive and understanding of individual student circumstances in the current COVID climate. To the best of our ability we will balance that position with any concerns that the student is not making satisfactory academic progress.

As in previous years, students who are suspended or dismissed will be able to appeal and provide information which would allow APC to consider factors in addition to grades and earned units.

Basic Information

APC will only make decisions after the end of the fall semester (a.k.a. end of the second mod, not after the first mod).

Earned units have a more significant role than in the past in determining probation, suspension, and dismissal because students may have selected the CR/NC grading option for two semesters. Although the CR/NC grades do not affect their semester or cumulative GPA, NC grades can still have a major impact on their academic progress.

Credit (CR) will be an option for the Fall 2020 term if a student earns a C or better grade in the course. (No Credit for C- and below). CR and NC will not be calculated into the GPA of the student. Students will have the option of selecting CR/NC after the grades have been posted. APC will obtain a copy of student grades before changes to CR/NC are made to assist us in our decision-making.

Students who are suspended or dismissed will have the opportunity to appeal.

Basic Decision-Making Parameters

  1. Placing Students on Probation or Warning
  2. Continuing Students on Probation or Warning
  3. Removing Students from Probation or Warning
  4. Suspending Students
  5. Dismissing Students

Placing Students on Probation or Warning

For students who started in good standing in the Fall 2020 semester.

If the semester GPA of the student is below a 2.0 but at or above a 1.9 and/or the student has any No Credit courses which result in an equivalent 2.0 but at or above a 1.9 semester GPA, they will be placed on warning.

If the semester GPA of the student is below a 1.90 and/or a student has two No Credit courses which result in an equivalent of below a 1.90 GPA for the semester, they will be placed on academic probation.

Cumulative GPA, Attempted/Earned Units, and Incompletes will be considered in decision-making for placing on probation and warning as well.

In essence, no student who began the Fall 2020 semester in good standing will be considered for suspension or dismissal unless they earn all Fs and/or NCs that are F equivalents.

Continuing Students on Probation or Warning

Students who were on probation or warning during the Fall 2020 semester will need to earn a 2.0 and/or all Credit grades for the Fall 2020 semester and have a cumulative GPA at or above a 2.0 to be removed from probation or warning. If a student does not meet these criteria, and also does not meet the criteria for suspension or dismissal, the student will be continued on probation.

Students who were on warning and earned a 1.90 or above but below a 2.0 semester equivalent grade point average and/or have a cumulative grade point average of at or above a 1.90 but below a 2.0 will be continued on warning. If the student on warning earns below these cut offs, they will be placed on probation, be suspended or dismissed, depending on which criteria they meet.

Removing Students from Probation or Warning

Students who were on probation or warning for the first time during the Fall 2020 semester will need to earn a 2.0 and/or all Credit grades for the Fall 2020 semester AND have a cumulative GPA at or above a 2.0 to be removed from probation or warning. If the students do not meet these criteria, they will be either continued on probation or warning, suspended, or dismissed, depending on their grades and earned units.

Suspending Students

Students who were on academic probation during the Fall 2020 semester (and the previous semester) and do not earn all Credit and/or C and above grades during the Fall 2020 semester will be eligible for suspension or dismissal. In arriving at this decision, the committee will also consider how many semesters the student has been on academic probation, the cumulative GPA, the grades in the courses that students elected to change to CR or NC, and the earned cumulative credits per number of semesters enrolled.

Dismissing Students

Students who were on academic probation during the Fall 2020 semester (and the previous semester) and do not earn all Credit and/or C and above grades during the Fall 2020 semester will be eligible for dismissal. The committee will also consider how many semesters the student has been on academic probation, the cumulative GPA, the grades in the courses that students elected to change to CR or NC, and the earned cumulative credits per number of semesters enrolled in arriving at this decision.

Students who meet the criteria listed below in the specified semester will be considered for dismissal.

Semester Cumulative GPA Number of earned credits
Student’s 1st semester < 1.0 <= 1 unit
Student’s 2nd semester < 1.5 <= 3 units
Student’s 3rd semester < 1.65 <= 6 units
Student’s 4th semester < 1.8 <= 9 units
Student’s 5th semester < 1.85 <= 12 units
Student’s 6th semester < 1.9 <= 15 units

Seniors, those students enrolled in more than their 6th semester, will be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.

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