Academic Standards Policy
Pierce College is committed to student academic success. The primary purpose of the Academic Standards Policy is to quickly identify and alert students who have not met academic standards in order to provide students resources and the opportunity to improve their academic success. This Academic Standards Policy is not the same as the Satisfactory Academic Policy (SAP) for Financial Aid recipients.
Pierce College will review academic progress each quarter to identify and support students who may be struggling and congratulate those who are improving. Students will remain in the categories identified below to ensure continued student support through their academic journey and to monitor student progress.
Good Academic Standing
Students who earn a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better will be considered in Good Academic Standing.
The first quarter in which the quarterly grade point average falls below 2.0, students will be notified and placed on Academic Concern.
Students on Academic Concern whose quarterly grade point average is less than a 2.0 in any subsequent quarter will be notified and placed on Academic Alert.
Academic One-Quarter Dismissal
Students on Academic Alert whose quarterly and cumulative grade point averages are below 2.0 in any subsequent quarter will be notified and may be dismissed for one quarter subject to a Dean review.
Students may not appeal the Academic One-Quarter Dismissal.
Academic Four-Quarter Dismissal
Students returning from an Academic One-Quarter Dismissal whose quarterly and cumulative grade point averages are below 2.0 in any subsequent quarter will be notified and may be dismissed for four quarters subject to a Dean review.
Students may appeal the Academic Four-Quarter Dismissal.