You may not be aware that academic probation is part of a process that could have serious consequences. You could be in jeopardy of being dismissed from college on Academic Dismissal if your situation does not improve. Dismissal for scholastic reasons may also severely restrict your choices of universities and programs in the future. If you are on financial aid, veteran’s assistance, or a family health insurance policy, you run the risk of losing the assistance unless you take steps to improve your academic standing.
What is Academic Probation?
- Students who begin any semester term in Good Academic Standing but fail to maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher are placed on Academic Probation. Students are notified via their ACES email to inform them that they have been placed on Academic Probation and should schedule an appointment to meet with their academic advisor as soon as possible.
What happens if I am placed on Academic Probation?
Students may re-enroll for one semester after meeting with their Academic Advisor. Once on probation, students are limited to a maximum course load of 12 credit hours. A registration hold is placed on your account, and you may need to submit mid-term progress reports if your advisor asks you to.
- Student status is evaluated after each semester. Students must earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher to remain enrolled while on Academic Probation. If students on Academic Probation fail to earn a 2.0 or higher, they will be placed on Academic Dismissal. See Academic Dismissal for more information.
It is the Advising Services team's sincere desire to help you be successful. We highly encourage you to complete the Probation Self - Assessment that is emailed to you and bring that assessment with you when you meet with your academic advisor. Together, you will develop a plan to help you get back in Good Academic Standing.
What is Continued Academic Probation?
- After the first (1) semester term of Academic Probation Status, students may re-enroll at the colleges of the Alamo Colleges District on a Continued Academic Probation status after meeting with their academic advisor.
- Students eligibility for enrollment may be limited to less than 12 credit hours based on the advisor's recommendation.
- Student status is evaluated after each completed semester/session. Students must meet minimum academic (2.0 GPA) standards for each subsequent semester term until the student has a cumulative GPA of 2.0. If students on Continued Academic Probation fail to earn a 2.0 or higher, they will be placed on Academic Dismissal. See Academic Dismissal for more information.
- The Continued Academic Probation status is removed when students earn both a term and cumulative 2.0 GPA.
Is there anyone that can help me while I am on Academic Probation?
It is our sincere desire to assist you in reaching your educational goal. Some areas of assistance we strongly recommend that you utilize are:
- Speak with your instructor(s) during their posted office hours or before/ after class. Make sure you understand the course expectations and requirements.
- Tutoring Labs located at each respective department(s).
- Complete the Probation Self - Assessment and work with your advisor to develop an action plan.
- Academic Advising for assistance in developing a plan to improve your academic standing; Meeting with your Academic Advisor regularly ensures that you stay on the correct path.
You advisor will also be able to help you with career and major exploration.
- The Access Office for disability-related services.
We strongly recommend that you utilize these resources as soon as possible to develop a positive plan of action. All resources are free!
What happens if I am not academically successful while on Academic Probation/ Continued Academic Probation?
If at the end of the semester your semester GPA is not at least a 2.0, you will be placed on Academic Dismissal. If placed on Academic Dismissal you will have the following options:
- Sit out for at least one semester
- If you do not wish to sit out, you may be considered for enrollment in the following semester by submitting an Academic Dismissal Petition for review by an advisor. Advising sessions for Dismissals begin on the first day of registration and must be completed by the deadline indicated on the Dismissal webpage.