Academic Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress

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Two Standards

PCC has established two standards that students must meet to demonstrate Satisfactory Academic Progress: Students must achieve a cumulative 2.0 or higher GPA and successfully complete two-thirds (66.67%) of attempted credits each term.

There are both academic impacts and financial aid impacts on students not achieving satisfactory progress.

Changes Starting Fall 2011

The new standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress take effect fall term. Review the Levels of Academic Standing for specific information on what you are responsible for doing if not meeting academic standards.

PCC implements many strategies to aid student success. The Academic Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress provide a standardized pathway for the college to assist students in maintaining successful academic progress.

The Academic Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress policy pertains to currently enrolled degree-seeking students who have declared a major.

The policy defines four levels of Academic Standing and procedures for each that the student is responsible for. Each level represents an escalating level of concern and responsibility.

Students not making satisfactory academic progress may be denied early registration opportunities or continued admission.

Levels of Academic Standing

Good Standing

Students are expected to meet this minimum level of academic progress.

  1. Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher
  2. Successfully complete 2/3 (66.67%) of attempted credits each term

Academic Warning

This is the level occurring the term after you do not meet standards.

  • You will receive an email notifying you of your Academic Warning status.
  • Read this email carefully and follow directions to access resources.

Good Standing can be regained the following term if standards are met.

Academic Probation

This level is reached after a term on Academic Warning if you fail again to meet the standards.

  • A hold will be placed on your account preventing you from registering for the next term.
  • You will receive an email notifying you of your Academic Probation status.
  • You will be instructed to work with your academic advisor or counselor to develop a Learning Contract.
  • You must work with your instructors to obtain a mid-term progress report that will be shared with your advisor or counselor.

Good Standing can be regained the following term if standards are met.

Academic Suspension

Academic Suspension occurs if you fail to meet standards for a third term in a row.

  • If you have already enrolled for classes for the next term, you will be automatically dropped.
  • You will receive an email and written letter notifying you of your Academic Suspension status.
  • You will be suspended from PCC for one term.
  • If you wish to return to PCC you must:
    • Complete the Re-Entry Process, or
    • Appeal for Exception due to extenuating circumstances.
Re-Entry Process

Students who have been placed on Academic Suspension and wish to return to PCC must make an appointment before the deadlines listed below with their academic advisor or counselor. At this appointment, your academic standing will be reviewed and your advisor or counselor will discuss specific strategies for your success. If you do not complete the re-entry process by the deadline listed below for each term, you will need to wait until the next term to start the process. In general, the deadline for re-entry is one month prior to the start of the term you wish to re-enter.

Instructions for Re-entry:
  1. Make an appointment by the re-entry deadline for the term you wish to enroll
  2. Fill out a re-entry form and bring it with you to your appointment
Appeal for Exception

A student placed on Academic Suspension due to extenuating circumstances may appeal to the Dean of Students Office. Extenuating circumstances that may be considered for an appeal include: documented personal illness or accident, serious illness or death within immediate family, or other circumstances beyond the reasonable control of the student.

Instructions for Appeal for Exception:
  1. Fill out the Appeal for Exception Form
  2. Attach a copy of your Learning Contract
  3. Attach any appropriate documentation in support of your extenuating circumstance (examples could be: an obituary notice, divorce decree, or a letter from a physician, attorney, social service agency, employer, etc.)
Key Dates
Summer Term 2013
June 24 Summer Term Begins
June 28 For students on Academic Suspension - Deadline for Appeal for Exception.
July 19 For students on Academic Probation - Deadline to Establish a Learning Contract with an Advisor or Counselor.
July 22 thru end of term For students on Academic Probation - Meet with an Advisor or Counselor for Mid-Term Check.  Bring copies of mid-term grade reports from Instructors.
August 23 For students out on Academic Suspension - Last day to meet with an advisor or counselor to discuss returning next term.  Complete Re-Entry process.
September 9 (Monday) Summer Term Grades Due from Instructors
September 13 (Friday) Students notified of Academic Warning, Probation or Suspension status by PCC email. Suspended students will be dropped from classes.
Fall Term 2013
September 23 Fall Term Begins
September 27 For students on Academic Suspension - Deadline for Appeal for Exception.
October 18 For students on Academic Probation - Deadline to Establish a Learning Contract with an Advisor or Counselor.
October 21 thru end of term For students on Academic Probation - Meet with an Advisor or Counselor for Mid-Term Check.  Bring copies of mid-term grade reports from Instructors.
December 6 For students out on Academic Suspension - Last day to meet with an advisor or counselor to discuss returning next term.  Complete Re-Entry process.
December 16 (Monday) Summer Term Grades Due from Instructors
December 20 (Friday) Students notified of Academic Warning, Probation or Suspension status by PCC email. Suspended students will be dropped from classes.
Winter Term 2014
January 6 Winter Term Begins
January 10 For students on Academic Suspension - Deadline for Appeal for Exception.
January 31 For students on Academic Probation - Deadline to Establish a Learning Contract with an Advisor or Counselor.
February 3 thru end of Term For students on Academic Probation - Meet with an Advisor or Counselor for Mid-Term Check.  Bring copies of mid-term grade reports from Instructors.
February 28 For students out on Academic Suspension - Last day to meet with an advisor or counselor to discuss returning next term.  Complete Re-Entry process.
March 24 (Monday) Winter Term Grades Due from Instructors
March 28 (Friday) Students notified of Academic Warning, Probation or Suspension status by PCC email. Suspended students will be dropped from classes.
Spring Term 2014
March 31 Spring Term Begins
April 4 For students on Academic Suspension - Deadline for Appeal for Exception.
April 25 For students on Academic Probation - Deadline to Establish a Learning Contract with an Advisor or Counselor.
April 28 thru end of term For students on Academic Probation - Meet with an Advisor or Counselor for Mid-Term Check.  Bring copies of mid-term grade reports from Instructors.
May 23 For students out on Academic Suspension - Last day to meet with an advisor or counselor to discuss returning next term.  Complete Re-Entry process.
June 16 (Monday) Spring term Grades Due from Instructors
June 20 (Friday) Students notified of Academic Warning, Probation or Suspension status by PCC email. Suspended students will be dropped from classes.