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Satisfactory Academic Progress

St. Norbert College expects a student to pass courses and maintain a minimum grade point average in order to complete degree requirements in four years. Because deviation from the norm is inevitable for a few students, the following criteria are used in considering whether a student is making acceptable progress toward a degree. A student may be placed on academic warning, probation, continued probation or dismissed from the College for either unsatisfactory GPA or for withdrawing from and/or failing courses.

Good Academic Standing
A student is considered to be in good academic standing if their cumulative grade point average is above 2.00 and they are making credit progression.

Unsatisfactory Grade Point Average
The minimum satisfactory grade point average is 2.00. All students whose grade point average falls below a 2.00 will be placed on academic probation. Any student who does not achieve a 1.0 grade point average in his or her first semester at St. Norbert will be dismissed from the college.

Academic Warning
Any student who has a cumulative GPA between 2.00 and 2.29, who earns a semester grade point average below 2.00 and is otherwise in good academic standing, shall receive an academic warning. An academic warning signals that a student is heading for probation or dismissal if continued academic performance does not improve. Students can be placed on probation or dismissed without receiving an academic warning first.

Credit Probation
First semester students are expected to complete two-thirds of their attempted courses if enrolled in fewer than 16 credits, or 75 percent of their attempted courses if enrolled in 16 or more credits. Thereafter, a student is expected to have completed 75 percent of all attempted credits until their junior year. During the junior year a student is expected to have completed a cumulative 83 percent (20 of 24 full courses) and during the senior year 87 percent (28 of 32 full courses) of attempted credits to be making satisfactory academic progress. Students who fall below this level can be placed on credit probation.

Semester Credits Attempted Required Minimum Percent Complete
1.00-15.99 66%
16.00-67.99 75%
68.00-99.99 83%
100 or more 87%

Credit Progression and Withdrawal

Students who are in otherwise good academic standing for two consecutive semesters, yet fail to meet the credit progression standards due to a full semester withdrawal from the College in an earlier semester, will be reviewed for a credit progression waiver. Students having withdrawn from the College may be placed on credit probation upon readmittance.

Probation and Continued Probation
A student who has not made satisfactory progress in terms of GPA or credit progression will be placed on probation. Students on probation will be expected to complete a minimum of 75 percent of all attempted credits with a semester GPA of 2.00 in the next semester of attendance. Students who reach this probation requirement but have not reestablished good academic standing may be placed on continued probation until they reach good academic standing. Students on continued probation must complete 100 percent of all attempted credits with a minimum semester GPA of 2.00 and/or regain good academic standing to continue their enrollment. Failure to meet probation or continued probation requirements will result in dismissal.

Academic Dismissal and Appeals
All students dismissed from the college may appeal their dismissal. To appeal, a student must submit to the academic action committee a signed and dated letter of appeal explaining why he or she should not be dismissed. Some mitigating circumstances that may cause a student to fail to meet academic progress standards include family difficulties, such as divorce or illness; death of a parent or relative; interpersonal problems with friends, roommates or significant others; difficulty balancing work, athletics and family responsibilities; or financial difficulties.

Students who do not demonstrate a mitigating circumstance who successfully appeal their dismissal are not eligible for any institutional, state, or federal financial aid. Students may enroll with the registrar’s approval for the winter (J-Term) or summer semesters as a non-degree student in order to improve their academic standing or to appeal a dismissal.

Maximum Time Frame
Students will not be eligible to receive financial aid if they attempt more than 150 percent of the normal credits required for a degree. At St. Norbert, this means that a student in a degree program requiring 128 credits for graduation will be eligible for financial aid during the first 192 credits attempted as a degree-seeking student. All attempted courses are counted, including transfer courses, whether or not financial aid was received or the coursework was successfully completed.

The full 128 semester credits must be completed by the end of the ninth semester, unless special arrangements have been approved by the Dean of the College. Unless exceptions are made for significant reasons, students who fail to meet the minimal progress requirement will have their cases referred to the dean of the college for action, which may take the form of probation, continued probation, or dismissal. If either probation or continued probation is granted, the student will have continued financial aid eligibility.

Additional Information
The following are considered when evaluating a student’s academic progress:

  1. Withdrawals, incompletes, and failures are considered attempted but not earned courses.
  2. Passing grades received for satisfactory/ unsatisfactory graded courses are considered attempted and earned courses; failing grades in these courses are considered attempted but not earned courses.
  3. Repeated courses are included in the calculation of both attempted and earned courses.
  4. Audit courses are not considered courses attempted or earned.
  5. Remedial courses are included in the calculation of both attempted and earned courses.
  6. Transfer credits, including those received through approved study abroad programs or consortium agreements, do not count in the calculation of the GPA but they are included in the calculation of both attempted and earned courses.
If a student changes majors, he or she may petition the academic dean for a waiver of progress requirements, so that only the hours from the previous major(s) that will count towards the student’s new degree requirements are included in the calculation of attempted and earned hours.
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