Satisfactory Academic Progress

Because the college wants each student to have successful learning experiences, students are expected to participate fully in instructional activities.

Instructors will assess your progress in completing course objectives. Academic progress will be measured during the term and throughout your enrollment.

The college academic progress policy establishes specific standards that must be met by all persons enrolled in credit courses at the college. If you do not maintain satisfactory progress, the college will restrict the number of credit hours that you may enroll in during a semester. The college may establish other special conditions under which students may enroll, including, but not limited to:

  1. regular meetings with counselors;
  2. enrollment in developmental courses;
  3. completion of assessment tests.

Students placed on academic warning or probation are required to meet with a college counselor before enrolling in the next semester and will be limited to 12 semester hours. Students who are on suspension may appeal their academic status to the dean of students. If you have already enrolled for more than 12 credit hours and you are placed on warning or probation after enrolling, you will be required to meet with a counselor and you will be limited to 12 credit hours for the semester following the semester you were placed on warning. If a student in this situation does not speak to a counselor and does not drop his or her load to 12 credit hours, then an administrative drop will be done to limit the student’s credit hours to 12. If you experience academic difficulty, you will be required to meet with a counselor to discuss the cause of academic difficulty and to determine the best course of action for you to follow to improve your academic performance.

Components of Satisfactory Academic Progress

Students are not subject to academic standing sanctions until they have attempted 12 hours of 100 level or above courses.

Academic Warning You are placed on academic warning when your grade point average falls below satisfactory academic progress for the first time.

Academic Probation You are placed on academic probation the second time that your grade point average falls below satisfactory academic progress.

Academic Suspension You are placed on academic suspension the third time your grade point average falls below satisfactory academic progress. You will not be allowed to register for classes for the semester after being placed on suspension.  When you return, you must meet with the dean of students each semester. If you have returned from suspension and bring your cumulative GPA up to a 2.25, you will be placed on a less restrictive status. This status will allow you to register without the mandatory meeting with the dean of students. Students can continue to self-advise and register as long as their cumulative GPA remains above 2.0. If the cumulative GPA falls below 2.0, the student will be dismissed.

Academic DismissalYou will be dismissed if you do not maintain a 2.0 or greater grade point average (GPA) after returning from academic suspension. A student earning a 2.0 or greater GPA each semester after returning will be considered making satisfactory academic progress. Failure to maintain a 2.0 GPA in any given semester after being suspended will result in academic dismissal.

Academic Reinstatement If you have been academically dismissed from SCC, you may apply to the vice-president for academic and student affairs for consideration of academic reinstatement.  To be considered, you must: wait for a minimum of one semester (summer session excluded) after having been academically dismissed from the college; submit a letter indicating the reasons why you should be considered for reinstatement; and be interviewed by the vice-president. Consideration for reinstatement may be based on an evaluation of life changes and circumstances that would merit reinstatement or an official transcript from another college or university indicating that you have been academically successful since being dismissed from SCC. For a detailed list of procedures to apply for academic reinstatement, see the office of the vice-president for academic and student affairs.

Credit Hours on RecordCumulative GPA
 12  1.5
 13-24  1.6
 25-36  1.7
 37-48  1.9
 48+  2.0

Review of Academic Status

The college recognizes that extenuating circumstances occur from time to time that may warrant further review of a student’s academic progress. Contact the Enrollment Services Department for more information.
NOTE: Students with concerns about course requirements, class procedures, teaching styles or grades should follow the procedure outlined in the Procedure for Addressing Student Concerns section of the catalog.

Grade Grievance Policy

Students with concerns about grades should, whenever possible, first approach the instructor for clarification/resolution. Concerns about final grades must be expressed by the end of the next regular semester. If, after contacting the instructor, you still have concerns, you should address them to the appropriate program coordinator and/or department chair who will work with you and the instructor to resolve the matter. If the department is unable to remedy the situation, you should address your concerns to the division dean. If resolution still is not achieved, you may then appeal in writing to the Office of Academic and Student Affairs, SSB 2110. Anonymous calls or unsigned letters will not be acknowledged. Only concerns expressed by the individual student involved will be addressed.

Grading System

Grading symbols and corresponding grade points are listed below. Some symbols are not grades but designations of administrative action regarding course work.

A (Excellent) Student has demonstrated outstanding proficiency in mastering course objectives. (4 grade points per credit hour in computation of grade point average.)

B (Above Average) Student has demonstrated above-average proficiency in mastering course objectives. (3 points)

C (Average) Student has demonstrated average proficiency in mastering course objectives. (2 points)

D (Below Average) Student has demonstrated below-average proficiency in mastering course objectives. (l point)

F (Failing) Student has not demonstrated a minimum passing proficiency in mastering course objectives (O points)

I (Incomplete) Due to extenuating circumstances, a student may be given an extension of time by the instructor to complete course objectives. The “I” can be issued only at the discretion of the instructor. Once you are issued an “I,” you may not withdraw from the course in which the “I” was issued. The “I” must be made up by the midterm of the following semester or it will become an “F” grade. The incomplete must be completed with the instructor who originally issued the “I.” The “I” does not count in computation of grade point average.

P (Pass) Student has completed the course work satisfactorily. This mark is used for most developmental courses and other courses at the discretion of the college. (Does not count in computation of grade point average.)

R (Re-enroll) The student has made satisfactory progress but should re-enroll until the course objectives are completed.  This mark is used for developmental courses only. (Does not count in computation of grade point average.)

V (Audit) Student’s final registration in the course was on an audit basis (no credit). (Does not count in computation of grade point average.)

W (Withdrawal) A “W” is not a grade, but an indication of administrative action requested by the student. You must officially withdraw from a course before the end of the 10th week of classes. For courses shorter than the normal semester, the withdrawal period will be prorated. A “W” may not be changed to a grade. (Does not count in computation of grade point average.)

Z Administratively unable to give a grade at this time

Scholastic Honors

Full-time students who earn a 3.50 or above semester grade point average in 12 or more semester hours of credit and part-time students who earn at least a 3.50 GPA for each cumulative 12 credit hours will be named to the Dean’s List.  Developmental courses, pass/fail courses, transfer credits, and courses in which incomplete grades were received do not count toward the credit hours.

The Associate of Arts, Associate of Arts in Teaching, Associate of Science, and Associate of Applied Science degrees and certificates will be granted with the following designations to candidates of superior academic achievement:

Cumulative GPA of at least 3.50-3.74 – Honors

Cumulative GPA of 3.75-3.99 – High Honors

Cumulative GPA of 4.0 – Highest Honors

Indication of scholastic honors at the commencement ceremony will be based on the previous fall semester cumulative GPA.

Transcript and Grade Reports

To Request a Transcript

You can request a transcript in person or in writing.  We do not accept FAXED requests.  Use the Transcript and Enrollment Verification Form.

Getting Your Grades

Final grades (and midterms) are available on SCC Connection. Grades will be available for viewing approximately three to five days after the last day of classes for the term.

  • An SCC Connection account allows you to view and print an unofficial transcript of your grades.
  • For technical support, contact the SCC Help Desk.
  • Report cards are no longer mailed.

Variable-Credit Course

Consult with the instructor before you register so you know what number of hours to declare when you register for the class. The range of credit available is shown with the course in college class schedules that are available online before each registration period.