The College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) policy is for both academics and financial aid.
Good academic standing means making steady progress towards degree completion and achieving at least a 2.0 each semester. A 2.0 cumulative and major GPA are required for graduation. If a student fails to achieve a satisfactory grade point average in any given semester the student’s record will be reviewed by a committee consisting of academic administrators, student affairs administrators, academic advisors, and financial aid.
This record review can result in one of three statuses being assigned: Academic Warning, Academic Probation, or Academic Dismissal. Students on any academic status may be restricted from leadership opportunities and athletics.
General guidelines for record review, keeping in mind extenuating factors may be considered, include:
- A Cumulative GPA above 1.6 but below 2.0 may result in a status of Academic Warning
- A Cumulative GPA of 1.6 or below may result in a status of Academic Probation or Dismissal
- A Term GPA below a 1.0 for any given semester will automatically be reviewed and may be subject to Academic Dismissal.
While on Academic Probation the student must work with his/her academic advisor and the Collaborative Learning Center to earn a 2.0 or higher and regain good standing. Students on Academic Probation may not register for more than 15 credits and are not permitted to withdraw from a course. Please note – Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation can take summer mods 1 and 2 at Becker and will be reviewed prior to the start of the fall semester. Coursework from summer mod 3 will not be reviewed.
Students who are academically dismissed are ineligible for readmission for one full semester (fall or spring) and must reapply through Admissions. The reapplication packet must include a letter from the student explaining the circumstances of his/her departure from the college, his/her reasons for requesting to return, and how his/her circumstances have changed since the dismissal. In addition to the letter, students will further be required to submit an official transcript of academic work (transferable credits with grades of C or better) completed since leaving Becker, and letters of recommendation from professors, employers, and other relevant persons who support their return to the College. Other materials may be required in order to demonstrate that all issues leading to the student’s academic dismissal have been addressed by the student during his/her time away. Students will be notified by Admissions if their application for readmission has been accepted or denied. If readmitted, students will be placed on Academic Probation and will be required to meet regularly with their academic advisor and be prepared to meet all requirements of their readmission.