Standards of Progress

Standards of Progress

Our mission

The mission of Alpena Community College is to meet lifelong learning needs by providing educational opportunities through effective stewardship of resources.

A student enrolled in credit course work at Alpena Community College is responsible for maintaining certain academic standards of progress by earning a specified minimum grade point average (GPA) or higher after completing a certain number of semester hours. This shows that he/she is benefiting from enrollment or moving successfully toward completion of a program of study. If the required GPA is not achieved, academic probation results to provide the student with counseling assistance and a specified time frame in which to reach the required GPA. Failing at this point to satisfy the academic standards of progress results in academic dismissal, which means the student cannot enroll in further credit course work at Alpena Community College.

Academic Probation

It is the academic policy of Alpena Community College that a student will be placed on academic probation when he/she:

  • fails to attain a 1.5 grade point average* during his/her first semester of enrollment;
  • completes less than 30 credit hours and his/her grade point average at ACC falls below 1.5;
  • completes 30 credit hours and his/her grade point average at ACC falls below 1.6;
  • completes 45 credit hours and his/her grade point average at ACC falls below 1.7;
  • completes 60 credit hours and his/her grade point average at ACC falls below 2.0.

    * "hours attempted" does not include withdrawals

A student may be removed from academic probation by completing a minimum of six (6) credit hours in one semester or summer session and

  • earning a minimum GPA of 2.0 during that semester or summer session and
  • achieving the required cumulative GPA that will maintain the minimum required grade point average for hours attempted as specified above.

A student on academic probation should meet with a member of the counseling staff, by appointment, to develop an academic plan. The development of this plan is encouraged prior to the next semester registration. The academic plan will specify the student's current course selections and may include referrals for appropriate support services.

Academic Dismissal

It is the academic policy of Alpena Community College that a student who has been on academic probation for two successive semesters or combination of a semester and summer session will be subject to academic dismissal if he/she:

  • fails to earn a minimum of six credits
    AND
  • fails to earn a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in the second academic period (semester or summer session) of probation or fails to earn a cumulative GPA that will maintain the minimum required GPA for hours completed (see "Academic Probation" for minimum GPA requirements).

Any student who has been dismissed may appeal that action to the Academic Standards Committee and may present any mitigating circumstances that may have contributed to the student's failure to satisfy the academic standards of progress.

Upon the recommendation of the Academic Standards Committee, a student who has been academically dismissed may be allowed to enroll for one additional semester or summer session on continued academic probation.