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 an overall GPA of 2.0 or higher are placed on Academic Probation. Students are notified via their ACES email regarding their academic standing. They may also have a registration hold placed on their account which will require them to speak with their academic advisor before being able to register for classes. Students are encouraged to schedule an appointment with their academic advisor as soon as possible to discuss ways to improve their GPA and return to good standing.
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 every semester. A registration hold is placed on your account, and you may need to submit mid-term progress reports to be eligible to enroll for a following semester. A students' academic standing is evaluated after each semester. In order to continue attending, students must earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher. 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. Academic Probation status is removed once a student earns both a semester and overall institutional 2.0 GPA.
What is Continued Academic Probation?
Students on Academic Probation may continue enrollment if they earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher. They will be enrolled under the status of Continued Academic Probation after meeting with their academic advisor. Students on Continued Academic Probation are limited to a maximum course load of 12 credit hours every semester. A registration hold is placed on your account, and you may need to submit mid-term progress reports to be eligible to enroll for a following semester. A student's academic standing is evaluated after each semester. In order to continue attending, students must earn a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher. 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. Continued Academic Probation status is removed once a student earns both a semester and overall 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. We highly encourage you to complete the Probation Self-Assessment and bring that with you when you meet with your assigned advisor. Together, you and your advisor will develop a Student Success Action plan to help you get back on track! Some additional 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).
- 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. Upon completion of the sit-out period you will need to complete the Academic Dismissal petition process to be able to discuss your enrollment eligibility.
- 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 for fall or spring and must be completed by the deadline indicated on the Dismissal webpage.
Academic Standards Team
The NVC Advising Offices will be closed on Friday, February 22. We will reopen regular hours on Monday, February 25.
Walk-In Services are available:
Spring 2019 Hours
General Hours of Operation
Spring 2019 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.
Please check back April 1st for Fall 2019 petition information. Northwest Vista College does not accept Spring Flex 2 or Summer petitions