Oct 25, 2020  
2020-2021 Student Handbook 
    
2020-2021 Student Handbook

Satisfactory Academic Progress


Educational Services Procedure, ES 4560

I. Institutional Regulations

  1. To define the requirements for academic progress and establish the procedures necessary to enforce those requirements, no program of study at Des Moines Area Community College may establish academic progress standards lower than those specified in this procedure.
  2. A program of study at Des Moines Area Community College may establish academic progress standards higher than those specified above, but such standards must first be recommended by the respective academic dean or campus executive dean, approved by the Academic Standards  Commission, and approved by the Senior Vice President, Academic Affairs.

II. Procedures

  1. Academic Progress
    1. The following requirements only apply to credit enrollment at Des Moines Area Community College.
    2. Students who have attempted 1 or more credits with any of the grades or marks listed in Procedure ES 4552 at DMACC are subject to the following satisfactory academic progress standards:
      1. Earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.00 or higher.
      2. Successful completion of 67% of attempted credits. Successful completion is defined as achieving a grade of “D-” or better.
  2. Guidelines for placing a student on “ACADEMIC WARNING”:
    1. A student whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.00 at the end of any term will be placed on ACADEMIC WARNING for the next term of enrollment.
    2. A student whose cumulative credit completion rate falls below 67% at the end of any term will be placed on ACADEMIC WARNING.
    3. A student on ACADEMIC WARNING will return to a status of “good academic standing” when his/her cumulative GPA is raised to 2.00 or higher and his/her cumulative credit completion rate is 67% or above.
    4. A student on ACADEMIC WARNING will continue on academic warning status if his/her term GPA for the term following his/her placement on academic warning is 2.00 or higher but the cumulative GPA remains below 2.00 and/or their cumulative credit completion rate is 67% or lower. This rule will also apply for subsequent terms of enrollment.
  3. Guidelines for placing a student on “ACADEMIC CONDITIONAL ENROLLMENT”:
    1. A student on ACADEMIC WARNING who earns a term GPA of less than 2.00 and/or has not completed 67% of credits attempted for the term will be placed on ACADEMIC CONDITIONAL ENROLLMENT for the following term of enrollment. Students who receive federal financial aid may be subject to financial aid suspension. See ES 4300 Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress  policy.
    2. If the student is registered for the following term and is placed on ACADEMIC CONDITIONAL ENROLLMENT for that term, he/she will be required to meet at the campus of their choice with a counselor or advisor no later than the fifth day of the ACADEMIC CONDITIONAL ENROLLMENT term to review his/her course selections and to complete an Academic Improvement Plan (AIP). Failure to comply will result in the student’s being administratively dropped from all courses.
    3. If the student placed on ACADEMIC CONDITIONAL ENROLLMENT is not yet registered for the next term, he or she must meet with a counselor/advisor and complete an Academic Improvement Plan (AIP) prior to registering for any credit coursework.
    4. A student on ACADEMIC CONDITIONAL ENROLLMENT who earns a term GPA of 2.00 or higher but whose cumulative GPA remains below a 2.00 and/or has not completed 67% of credits attempted for the term will be remain on ACADEMIC CONDITIONAL ENROLLMENT.
    5. A student on ACADEMIC CONDITIONAL ENROLLMENT who earns a term GPA and a cumulative GPA of 2.00 or higher and has completed 67% of cumulative credits attempted will be placed in good standing.
  4. Guidelines for placing a student on “ACADEMIC DISQUALIFICATION”: A student on ACADEMIC CONDITIONAL ENROLLMENT who earns a term GPA of less than 2.0 and/or does not complete 67% of term credits attempted will be placed on ACADEMIC DISQUALIFICATION and will not be allowed to enroll in credit coursework for a period of one semester (or one summer term plus one Fall semester in the case of a suspension at the end of the Spring semester).
  5. Guidelines for reenrollment of DISQUALIFIED students:
    1. After nonenrollment for a minimum of one semester, as defined above in Guidelines for placing a student on “Academic Disqualification,” a student on ACADEMIC DISQUALIFICATION may reenroll after completing an updated AIP.
    2. In all instances, a reenrolled student will be placed on ACADEMIC CONDITIONAL ENROLLMENT.
    3. Individual programs of study may impose additional reenrollment requirements.
  6. A student placed on ACADEMIC DISQUALIFICATION may appeal that placement before the deadline to the Academic Reinstatement Committee chaired by the Director of Student Development. The appeal must be made in writing and must at a minimum explain the reasons for the past unsatisfactory academic performance and how the student proposes to improve his/her performance. The committee may grant or deny the appeal based on the written statement or the committee chairperson may choose to conduct a personal interview with the student or require the student to undergo counseling or academic assessment before making a decision. If the appeal is granted, the committee chairperson is authorized to impose reasonable restrictions on the student’s subsequent enrollment.
  7. Students may appeal an ACADEMIC DISQUALIFICATION status only one time. Subsequent appeals will not be accepted.