Standards of Academic Progress (SAP)

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Satisfactory Academic Progress

The institution must monitor student’s academic progress in their program of study. Students who are not meeting the minimum satisfactory academic progress (SAP) standards will be subject to sanctions. Evaluation periods for measurement of Satisfactory Academic Progress are

Standards

  1. Quantitative Progress - Credit Completion: The total number of credit hours the student has earned divided by the credit hours the student has attempted. The student must pass a certain percentage of cumulative credits attempted, which can be found in the SAP Matrix (Appendix B).
  2. Qualitative Progress - Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA): The minimum standard is determined by program and number of attempted credits and can be found in the SAP Matrix (Appendix B). The minimum CGPA required to graduate is 2.0 for all programs.
  3. Maximum Timeframe: A student must complete his or her program within 1.5 times the normal program length in credit hours. For example, a student enrolled in a program totaling 80 credits must complete all program requirements within 120 attempted credits. If at any point, it becomes mathematically impossible for the student to complete the program within the maximum timeframe of 150% (e.g. student has attempted 100 credits but only earned 50), the student will be withdrawn from the program.

Sanctions

If a student does not meet the minimum SAP standards, the student will be placed on a warning status for the following term.

  • If at the end of the warning term, the student meets the minimum SAP standards, the student will be returned to active status. A student may not have two consecutive warning terms.
  • If the minimum SAP standards are not achieved by the end of the warning term. The student may continue taking classes for one additional term but will be placed in a status of probation.
  • If the student does not meet the minimum SAP standards after the additional term (probation). the student will be dismissed from the college.

The student will be notified in writing of each change in their SAP status.

A student who has been dismissed may appeal for reentry as described in the appeals section of the catalog (page 20); however, s/he may not appeal the SAP status. If granted reentry, the returning student will retain the same SAP status that was in place when s/he was dismissed. Course withdrawals (W), incomplete grades (I), non-credit and/or remedial courses, and non-punitive grades (pass/fail) do not affect credit completion and cumulative grade point average (CGPA). While transfer credits (TC) do not count toward the CGPA, they will count toward earned/completed credits and the maximum allowable (150%) timeframe. Course retakes will be calculated into a student’s CGPA and count toward total attempted and earned credits and the maximum allowable (150%) timeframe.</p>

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