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Standards for Academic Progress (Academic Warning, Probation, and Suspension Policy)

The College has established this standard to:

  • Provide students with a warning when they fail to meet satisfactory academic performance standards;
  • Limit scheduling when a student’s academic performance indicates the necessity for intervention; and
  • Provides a means for preventing prolonged academic failure.

This policy applies to all curriculum students, classified and unclassified.

Students whose semester grade point average (GPA) falls below 2.0 are subject to academic warning, which may be followed by probation and suspension. GPA will be calculated using the current official grade for each course taken that semester at Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

Academic Warning

Students failing to meet the minimum GPA during any semester will receive an academic warning. The warning is posted on the student grade report for that semester, and the student’s Academic Program Dean, Department Chair, and Academic Advisor are notified by the Registrar. To assist students in improving their GPA, the following steps are recommended:

    1. Student meets with student’s assigned Academic Advisor within the first eight days of the semester to develop strategies for academic success;
    2. Student completes the one-hour “What it Means to be a Successful Student at A-B Tech” session prior to next registration; and
    3. Student meets again with his or her assigned Academic Advisor to review student’s academic progress prior to next term’s registration.

Students whose semester GPA is:

  • 2.0 and above will be considered in good academic standing.
  • Below 2.0 will be moved to academic probation.

A student remains on academic warning until student’s GPA in the next term of enrollment is 2.0 or above.

Academic Probation

Students whose semester GPA falls below 2.0 for two successive semesters will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation have restricted scheduling and must meet with their assigned Academic Advisor to complete an individualized Academic Probation/Suspension Success Contract which may include the following:

  • A limitation on the number of hours attempted;
  • Scheduling developmental courses as needed;
  • Scheduling a repeat of courses;
  • Referral to other College resources, such as the Financial Aid Office, to receive further guidance.

Academic Probation is posted to the student’s official transcript. Students will be notified of their status by a Student Services representative.

A student remains on Academic Probation until his or her GPA in the next term of enrollment is 2.0 or above.

Academic Suspension

Students whose semester GPA falls below 2.0 for three consecutive semesters will be placed on academic suspension for one semester. Students on academic suspension are not allowed to register for curriculum courses for the subsequent semester. Continuing Education courses may still be taken. Academic Suspension is posted to the student’s official transcript.

Academic Appeal

Academic Suspension may only be appealed through the Vice President for Instructional Services or his or her designee. Appeals will be considered by the Academic Appeals Committee prior to the first day of class of each semester.

Registration after Academic Suspension

  • An individualized Academic Probation/Suspension Success Contract must be completed and may include the following:
  • A limitation on the number of hours attempted;
  • Scheduling developmental courses as needed;
  • Scheduling a repeat of courses, and
  • Referral to other College resources, such as the Financial Aid Office, to receive further guidance.

Students may re-register after one semester of academic suspension (excluding summer semester). They must meet with the chair of their program or their assigned academic advisor to develop strategies for academic success.

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