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Academic Standards Procedure - 10.14.01

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Howard Community College (HCC) has established the following academic standards to encourage student success and progress and define the results of exceeding, meeting, or falling below expected outcomes.

Dean's List for Full-time Students

Students who have completed at least 12 credit hours in a term at HCC with a term grade point average of 3.50 or better are eligible for nomination to the Dean’s List. Students cannot receive an F, L, or W grade during the term and qualify for the Dean’s List. Students who have met the qualifications will be recognized as outstanding students by the college.

Dean’s List for Part-time Students

Part-time students who have completed 12 or more cumulative credit hours at HCC and earn a term grade point average of 3.50 or better are eligible for nomination to the Dean’s List for Part-Time Students. Students must complete a minimum of six credits in the term under consideration and cannot receive an F, L, or W grade during the term to qualify for the Dean’s List for Part-Time Students. Students who have met the qualifications will be recognized as outstanding students by the college.

Academic Standards

Students are expected to make satisfactory progress each term they are enrolled. Satisfactory academic progress (good standing) is demonstrated when students successfully maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least a 2.00 or as defined below. At the end of the fall and spring terms, the progress of each student will be reviewed. If a student’s cumulative GPA is below a 2.00, the student’s standing is determined by both attempted credits and a minimum cumulative GPA earned at HCC:

  • 12 – 15 attempted credits, a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.00 is required;
  • 16 – 30 attempted credits, a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.50 is required;
  • 31 – 40 attempted credits, a minimum cumulative GPA of 1.75 is required;
  • 41 or greater attempted credits, a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 is required.

Financial aid recipients are subject to additional standards of academic progress as required by federal Title IV regulations. Students using Veterans Administration education benefits or tuition assistance are subject to additional standards of academic progress as determined by the Veterans Administration or the U.S. Department of Defense.

A student who has not achieved minimum cumulative GPA standards after 12 or more cumulative attempted credits will be placed on either academic warning or academic probation as described below.

Academic Warning

After attempting 12 credits, a student who is not making satisfactory academic progress is placed on academic warning. Students on academic warning receive notification of their status and are required to follow the intervention procedure outlined for them in their notification. Students who achieve at least a 2.00 term grade point average remain on academic warning until reaching good standing. Students who fail to meet this requirement are placed on academic probation.

Academic Probation

Academic probation results when a student on academic warning fails to reach the prescribed minimum standard for cumulative GPA. It is recommended that students on academic probation meet with an academic advisor at least once prior to registration for the next term. Students on academic probation are limited to registering for eight credit hours in the next term. Students who achieve at least a 2.00 term grade point average remain on academic probation until reaching good standing. Students who fail to meet this requirement are placed on academic suspension.

Academic Suspension

A student on academic probation who fails to reach the prescribed minimum standard for cumulative GPA and does not achieve at least a 2.00 term GPA during the next term of enrollment is placed on academic suspension. When placed on academic suspension, the student may not attend HCC during the next major term.  Students have the right to appeal the first academic suspension.

Suspension Appeal – Details of the appeals process are included in the notification about the student’s suspension. If a student’s appeal is granted, the student is reinstated and placed on academic probation. A student placed on academic suspension a second or subsequent time is not permitted to register for any courses for one full calendar year.

Reinstatement After Suspension – A student who has been suspended and has not been enrolled for one major term or one full calendar year must contact completion services. Upon reinstatement, the student is placed on academic probation, the course schedule is restricted to eight credit hours, and the student must meet the satisfactory progress standard as stated above. If satisfactory progress is not met, the student is suspended and may not register for any credit courses for one full calendar year.

Effective Date: 03/08/19

President's Office Use: VPAA/VPSS - CAT

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