Academic Standards Policy

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The College develops and enforces academic standards for all credit students. The purpose of academic standards is to quickly identify and alert students with low academic achievement and to provide those students assistance for improving their academic performance, such as advising them to utilize student support services. In some cases, students who fail to make satisfactory progress will not be allowed to enroll.

Visit Clark's Academic Standards Policy website for up-to-date information on the policy, procedures, and a flowchart.

Academic Standards Procedure

Academic Concern

The first time the term grade point average (GPA) falls below 2.0, students will be placed on Academic Concern.

  • The college will send an e-mail to students' Clark e-mail accounts that offers information about the Academic Standards process and explains what happens at each stage.
  • Students will receive a listing of college resources and a recommendation to take advantage of services.

Academic Intervention

The second time the term grade point average (GPA) falls below 2.0, students will be placed on Academic Intervention.

  • By the third week of the subsequent term, students must attend a group workshop or meet with a designated staff member.
  • Students must complete an academic success plan that outlines steps for improving academic performance.
  • Students may lose the ability to carry a full course load.
  • If students do not attend the workshop or meet with a designated staff member, they will be blocked from registering for classes.

One (1) Term Academic Dismissal

If students have previously been placed on Academic Concern and Academic Intervention statuses, and both their term and cumulative grade point averages (GPA) are below 2.0, they will be placed on One-Term Academic Dismissal.

  • Students will be blocked from registering for classes while on One-Term Academic Dismissal status.
  • Students may appeal One-Term Academic Dismissal.
    • Students may appeal to the Academic Standards Committee for immediate reinstatement.
    • The college will send an e-mail to students’ Clark e-mail accounts that outlines the appeal process. The Appeal Form for One-Term Dismissal is available online.
    • Students must submit a personal statement and all documents requested, and any documentation that supports their statements. The Academic Standards Committee’s decisions will be made and communicated to students before the first day of classes.
    • Factors considered in determining an appeal may include academic aptitude, change of major, extenuating circumstances, lapse of time, and relevant experience since suspension that will predict academic success.
  • If students do not appeal, or if their appeals are denied, they will be administratively dropped from classes and paid tuition will be refunded.
  • Students will receive information about how to return from One-Term Academic Dismissal. They must complete a Request to Return to College Form no later than three weeks before the first day of classes for the term in which they plan to return. Students will be notified about the process, expectations, and timeline to make an appointment with a designated staff member. Students must prepare a written plan in advance that includes the following items for discussion with the staff member:
    • Short-term educational goals;
    • Specific plans to overcome barriers and improve academic progress;
    • A proposed course schedule.
    • The designated staff member will review the plan with the student and outline specific conditions he or she must meet for return from One-Term Academic Dismissal. Once the plan is finalized, the student will be placed on Return from One-Term Academic Dismissal status.
  • Upon returning from One-Term Academic Dismissal, students must earn a term  grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher in order to be approved to register for the subsequent term. If they do not earn a term  grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher upon return from One-Term Academic Dismissal, they will be placed on Four-Term Academic Dismissal.

Four (4) Term Academic Dismissal

If students have previously been placed on Academic Concern, Academic Intervention, and One-Term Academic Dismissal statuses, and both their term and cumulative grade point averages (GPA) remain below 2.0, they will be placed on Four-Term Academic Dismissal.

  • Students will be blocked from registering for classes while on Four-Term Academic Dismissal.
  • There is no appeal process for Four-Term Academic Dismissal.
  • Students will be administratively dropped from registered classes and paid tuition will be refunded.
  • Students will receive information about how to return from Four-Term Academic Dismissal. They must complete a Request to Return to College Form no later than three weeks before the first day of classes for the term in which they plan to return. Students will be notified about the process, expectations, and timeline to make an appointment with a designated staff member. Students must prepare a written plan in advance that includes the following items for discussion with the staff member:
    • Short-term educational goals;
    • Specific plans to overcome barriers and improve your academic progress;
    • A proposed course schedule.
    • The designated staff member will review the plan with the student and outline specific conditions he or she must meet for return from Four-Term Academic Dismissal. Once the plan is finalized, the student will be placed on Return from Four-Term Academic Dismissal status.

Upon returning from Four-Term Academic Dismissal, students must earn a term grade point averages (GPA) of 2.0 or higher in order to be approved to register for the subsequent term. If they do not earn a term grade point averages (GPA) of 2.0 or higher upon return from Four-Term Academic Dismissal, they will be placed on One-Term Academic Dismissal.

Academic Standards for Professional/Technical Programs

Students in certain professional/technical programs must receive grades of "C" or better in program core courses to advance in the program class sequences. Students should refer to the department description in Section C of the catalog for further information.