Academic Standing is a measure of a student's academic achievement relative to their degree requirements, and determines their eligibility to proceed in their academic plan/ and/or qualify for graduation. If a student falls below Good Standing for more than one semester it may stop them from being able to continue attending classes for up to one full academic year.
Academic Standing is determined by assessing both semester and overall institutional GPAs at the end of every fall, spring and summer term.
Good Academic Standing
Acceptable scholastic performance, also known as Good Academic Standing, is based upon a student's progress towards successful course and program completion. Good Standing means that a student has maintained a minimum overall institutional GPA of a 2.0, including developmental courses. Good Standing is affected if your overall institutional GPA falls below 2.0 at any time, which may place you on Probation, and potentially Academic Dismissal. Classes taken at your home institution are used to calculate your semester and overall institutional GPAs.
Northwest Vista College honors the academic standing in place at the last institution you attended. Official transcripts showing your academic standing are required to be submitted for review.
What is my Academic Standing?
Everyone at Northwest Vista College has a sincere desire to help you succeed. We encourage you to review the information and resources on these pages to gain a better understanding of Academic Standing. If you are unsure of your academic standing we recommend that you visit with your assigned Certified academic advisor as soon as possible. Please take advantage of the assistance and guidance that can be provided so that you can avoid situations that will inhibit you from achieving your goals.
Academic Probation and Academic Dismissal
You may not be aware that dismissal for scholastic reasons may severely restrict your choices of universities and programs in the future. Academic Probation and Academic Dismissal are part of a process that could have serious consequences. If you are on financial aid, veteran’s assistance, or a family health insurance policy, you run the risk of losing that assistance. Please take advantage of the opportunity for assistance and guidance that can be gained from academic advisors and faculty so you can avoid a more serious situation in the future.
What is Academic Dismissal?
If students on Academic Probation or Continued Academic Probation do not earn a semester GPA of 2.0 as well as an overall institutional GPA of 2.0 in the semester following their probationary status, they will be placed on Academic Dismissal. In accordance with the Alamo Colleges' District policy, students placed on Academic Dismissal are required to sit-out one full fall or spring semester. Students placed on Academic Dismissal will receive ACES email notification informing them of their status at the end of the semester. You may view the Academic Standards policy online at: Academic Standing and Probation.
What happens if I am placed on 1st Academic Dismissal?
The Academic Standards policy at Northwest Vista College states that students who are placed on Academic Dismissal must sit out one (1) full sixteen (16) week semester before they are considered eligible to return. After the sit-out period, students are required to complete the petition process to be considered eligible for registration. Petitions are reviewed with an academic advisor by appointment only.
Students who wish to enroll and not remain out a full fall or spring semester may submit a completed dismissal petition to be considered for an exception. Students granted an exception are able to enroll in classes with the understanding that they must comply with all requirements indicated on the Contract for Students on Academic Dismissal. Petitioning does not guarantee approval. It is at the discretion of the academic advisor to determine if it is the student's best interest to enroll or sit out the 16-week requirement as stated in the policy.
What happens if I am placed on 2nd Academic Dismissal?
The Academic Standards policy at Northwest Vista College states that students who are placed on 2nd Academic Dismissal will be required to sit out one (1) full 16 week semester (Spring or Fall). After the sit-out period, students are required to complete the petition process to be considered eligible to return. Students placed on 2nd Academic Dismissal do not have the option to petition without sitting out.
Petitions are reviewed with an academic advisor by appointment only. Petitioning does not guarantee approval. It is at the discretion of the academic advisor to determine if it is in the student's best interest to return at this time.
What happens if I am placed on 3rd/ Permanent Academic Dismissal?
The Academic Standards policy at Northwest Vista College states that students with three or more Academic Dismissals are not eligible to petition or enroll for a minimum of one full Academic Year (Fall, Spring, Summer). After sitting out the required length of time, students will be required to complete the petition process and submit a completed petition packet to the Academic Standards Appeals committee by email at email@example.com (see deadlines to the right). The committee must receive the dismissal packet by email 7 business days prior to the deadline to be able to review and schedule an appointment with students who's petitions are approved prior to the submission deadline. Late petitions packets are not accepted, and there is no option to submit a packet in person or on a walk in basis.
If minimum academic standards (Good Standing) have been met at another accredited college or university during the period of dismissal, students may re-enroll in Good Standing after visiting with Advising Services and providing official transcript showing they are in Good Standing (2.0 or higher Cumulative GPA).
To learn more about the requirements to be considered for re-admission after an Academic Dismissal, please view the information on the links below:
- Academic Dismissal : First
- Academic Dismissal : Second
- Academic Dismissal : Third & Permanent
- Academic Dismissal : Non-Alamo Colleges District
- Academic Dismissal : Strategies for Success modules
If you are not sure which level of dismissal you are on, you may send an email request to review your record to the Academic Standards team at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full name and banner id in the message.
Academic Probation / Dismissal Forms & Documents
- Academic Dismissal Petition Packet
Progress Reports are required to be submitted every semester by students on Academic Dismissal until you are back in Good Academic Standing. You will submit your progress report to your assigned academic advisor during an advising session. Progress reports must be completed by each of your instructors before submission. If progress report is not submitted by the deadline you will not be eligible to register for any subsequent semester until final grades post. No progress reports will be accepted or reviewed after the deadline.
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Academic Standards Team
Walk-In Services are available:
Fall 2018 Hours
General Hours of Operation
Fall 2018 Hours
Note: Appointments are not available the same day, they must be scheduled a minimum of 24 hours in advance.
The Advising Services office may be reached by phone at 210-486-4100. Please be able to provide your full name, and banner ID when requesting specific information.
The Academic Advising Services are located in Cypress Campus Center (CCC) in the first floor hallway, directly past Student Financial Services. Please visit the Advising Services Check-in Window for assistance.
Attention Students: We are no longer accepting petitions for the fall semester at this time. The priority deadline to submit was August 6th, 2018. We encourage you to check back in November for information about the Spring petitioning semester.
Note: All petition packets must be submitted by email at email@example.com by the deadline. Please read all information regarding submission of your packet carefully. Dismissal Interviews are limited - once all sessions and SDEV 0171 course offerings are full, petitions will no longer be accepted - regardless of the deadline date.