All students must maintain satisfactory academic progress in order to remain enrolled at the University. Additionally, satisfactory academic progress must be maintained in order to remain eligible to continue receiving Federal financial assistance. Satisfactory academic progress is determined by measuring the student’s Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) and the student’s rate of progress toward completion of the academic program. These are outlined below.
Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) Requirements
Students must maintain a minimum CGPA of 2.0 throughout their enrollment in order to be considered making satisfactory academic progress toward their degree completion. A student’s CGPA will be reviewed at the end of each semester after grades have been posted to determine if the student’s CGPA is in compliance.
Rate of Progress at Mid-Point
A formal evaluation of academic progress for each undergraduate student occurs when they reach the mid-point of their program. At the mid-point review, students should have attended 80% of their scheduled hours. Any student who has not attended minimum required hours at the scheduled mid-point is placed on probation for attendance until they bring their attendance to 80% of their scheduled hours. It they do not meet this attendance requirement after 6 weeks students will be dismissed from the University.
Each undergraduate program has a specific number of exams and lab assignments (if applicable). A specified number of exams and labs are due by specified times throughout the duration of the program. At the scheduled mid-point, students must have grades posted on their Academic Progress Report for all courses completed. If students have not completed at least 80% of the required number of exams, they are placed on probation for a period of six weeks. At the end of this time period, students must have at least 80% of the required grades posted. If this requirement is not met, students may be dismissed from the University.
Maximum Time Frame in which to Complete
A student is not allowed to attempt more than 1.5 times, or 150%, of the number of credits in their academic program of study. The requirements for rate of progress are to ensure that students are progressing at a rate at which they will complete their programs within the maximum allowable time frame. As an example:
- Academic Program
= 60 hours required for graduation
- MaxTime Frame = 60
x 150% = 90 hours allowed to complete the program
Courses repeated during a student’s program of study due to non-satisfactory grades will be indicated as a repeated course with the highest grade calculated into the CGPA. The course indicated as a repeated course is not calculated in the CGPA, but both original and repeated credits will be counted as attempted credits in rate of progress calculations. Students who are required to repeat courses in order to qualify for academic program requirements may incur additional charges to do so. Students who repeat courses are encouraged to consult their Academic Advisor on how repeated courses may adversely affect their satisfactory academic progress. Students are required to contact the Office of Finance regarding repeated courses that have extended the length of a program resulting in additional charges.