Academic Standing Policy
Minimum cumulative grade-point requirements will be measured at the end of each term.
Credits completed is defined as receiving one of the following grades: A, B, C, D, F, FA, NC, NR or P. Credit hours completed with audits (X), withdrawals (W), academic withdrawal (AW), incompletes (I), work in progress (IP), missing (M) grades will not be considered as credits completed.
Class repeats. Any class that can be repeated for credit will count toward full-time or half-time status. Please also see the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Policy and the Financial Aid Eligibility and Policies page on repeat coursework relative to financial aid.
Incomplete grades. Academic standing decisions will be postponed until the Incomplete Grade is resolved and a letter grade has been issued (See Incomplete Grades). Students who do not meet the criteria for continued enrollment once the grade is assigned will be asked to withdraw from the institution at that time. Refunds will be based on the withdrawal policy. Students may not graduate with an Incomplete on their record.
In-progress grades. Academic Standing decisions will be postponed until the In-Progress grade is resolved and a letter grade has been issued (See In-Progress Grades). Students who do not meet the criteria for continued enrollment once the grade is assigned will be asked to withdraw from the institution at that time. Refunds will be based on the withdrawal policy. Students may not graduate with an In-Progress on their record.
Withdrawals. Course withdrawals are not used in calculating the grade-point-average (GPA). They are, however, considered in financial aid academic progress decisions (see Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Policy) and for registration limits per term and for the year (see Course load).
Good standing. The C or 2.00 GPA is the mark of acceptable work and good standing.
Academic probation (AP). Students will be placed on Academic Probation if the Augustana Cumulative GPA is below 2.00, but at or above the minimum required for continued enrollment (see table). Students on Academic Probation will be allowed to continue the following term.
Suspended for Academic Reasons (SAR). Students will be placed on Suspended for Academic Reasons if the Augustana Cumulative GPA is below the minimum required for continued enrollment (see table below). The student will be suspended for the next full term and the term "Suspended for Academic Reasons" will be placed on the student's official college permanent record.
Suspended for Academic Reasons Deferred (SARD). Students who are attending Augustana as their first college experience and:
• Have fewer than 28 credits
• Have not previously been on any form of Academic Probation
• Drop below the minimum GPA required for continued enrollment
are placed on Suspended for Academic Reasons Deferred (SARD). This action is an alternative to Suspension, and allows students who precipitously fall below college academic standards to remain enrolled under the supervision of the Dean of Students Office. SARD is assigned on a one-time basis, and allows an opportunity to recover without being separated from the college environment. Students on SARD are required to obtain a term GPA of higher than 2.00 until their cumulative Augustana GPA is at or above 2.00.
Dismissed for poor scholarship. Students who re-enroll after being suspended for academic reasons are required to obtain a term GPA of higher than 2.00 until their cumulative Augustana GPA is at or above 2.00. Failure to achieve the higher than 2.00 GPA for any term prior to re-establishing a 2.00 cumulative GPA will result in the student being Dismissed for Poor Scholarship. This notation will be placed on the student's official permanent record.
Continued academic probation. Students who re-enroll after being Suspended will be placed on Continued Academic Probation and are required to obtain a term GPA of higher than 2.00 until their cumulative Augustana GPA is at or above 2.00.
Minimum grade-point averages (GPA) required for continued enrollment
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An exception is made for transfer students completing their first term of enrollment. Transfer students with 59 credits or fewer must achieve a 1.50 GPA in their first term of enrollment. Transfers with 60-89 credits completed must achieve a 1.80 GPA and transfer students with 90 or more credits completed must achieve a 1.90 GPA. After the first term at Augustana, transfer students are required to meet the minimum GPA required for continued enrollment (see table). All transfer credits posted to the transcript will be used to determine academic standing while only the Augustana cumulative GPA will be used for this determination. Half-time students will be expected to maintain the appropriate cumulative GPA for the number of credits completed.
Re-applying after Suspension. Students Suspended for Academic Reasons may reapply for enrollment after completing the following steps:
- Successfully complete a minimum of 6 pre-approved credits at another accredited institution earning a 2.50 cumulative GPA or better for all coursework attempted. One-credit courses will not be counted towards the six credit requirement.
- Obtain pre-approval for the coursework by submitting the institutions name, a description of the course and the number of credits to the Dean of Students for approval.
Students may not enroll concurrently at another institution and Augustana. Transferred courses and grades must be completed and reported to Augustana College prior to re-enrollment.
*Updated 11-8-11 to reflect change in federal financial assistance policy
Maximum time frame to complete degree
For information on Financial Aid satisfactory progress toward a degree please see the Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Policy.