Academic Warning and Probation

Academic Warning

Academic warning occurs the first semester that your grades or completion rate go below the college standard: Cumulative GPA is below 2.0 or your completion of credits is less than 67%.

During the warning semester, you must complete all your credits for the semester and earn a term GPA of 2.3. You will remain on probation until you have achieved the Satisfactory Progress requirements. For some students, this may take several semesters.

Although you are on warning, you will be able to access financial aid (if you qualify) and it will continue as long as you meet your success plan goals.

Get off Warning or Probation!

Get back on track! You have this semester to earn your way back to "good standing," which includes the cumulative 2.0 GPA AND the cumulative 67% credit completion. Follow these steps, and success begins now!

  • Complete the Self-Assessment
    • User Name: PINE
    • PW: Probation
  • Review "Strategies to get Off Warning or Probation," below.
  • Contact your college counselor for help in setting up your success plan for the semester.
  • Earn a 2.3 GPA or higher and complete all of your credits this semester.

Strategies to Success

Retake Courses

Your GPA will bounce back quickly if you earn a passing grade in a course you previously failed. If your problem is a low grade-point average, this is the first strategy you may want to use. Only the second grade will be factored into your GPA; the previous grade will still appear on your record, but it will be held out of the GPA calculations once the new grade is posted.

Reduce Your Credit Load

Less is more! Take fewer credits and earn higher grades -- spend your energy on a few courses rather than spreading yourself thin over many courses. If you got into academic trouble by taking a full load of 12 credits, try taking only six to eight credits during the probation semester. Don't worry about your timeline to finish your education in xx years... if you don't do well now, suspension will delay you further. By doing well with a few courses, work your way off probation, and keep moving forward.

Convert Credits to Hours per Week

You might want to know how many hours per week of class time and study time it will take you to be in the ballpark with time. A well-used strategy is to take the total number of credits for the semester and multiply by three hours. If you have 12 credits, you will need to reserve at least 36 hours/week for courses. This includes seat time and study time; some difficult classes may take more time, but this figure will serve as a planning tool.

Balance Work and Schoolwork

If you work and go to college, you might need to use this strategy to prevent yourself from burnout. To balance work and credit load, add the total hours you work each week and the total credit hours (see the previous section). For a typical student, a successful range is from 50 hours/week to 60 hours/week. If your have children, other responsibilities, or if your commute is over an hour, 50 hours/week is recommended.

Choose Success!

The courses you take, the amount of time you put in, and the resources and support you access is your choice. Take time to problem-solve and determine what may be getting in the way of your academic success. Plan to be successful this time. If you feel you are doing everything you can and still not making the grade, talk to the Counselor, your instructor or other support people on campus. Take charge of your education!

Withdrawing while on Warning or Probation

If you must withdraw from a course during the warning or probation semester, promptly contact the college Counselor for assistance. While this may lead to eventual suspension, in some cases it does not.