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Academic Standards

Academic Standards Workshop Online

Access the Online Workshop for students who are on academic warning.

For information about on-ground workshops, please contact Carmen Green at Carmen.Green@scc.spokane.edu or (509) 533-7195

Community Colleges of Spokane's Academic Standards Policy is intended to support a successful learning experience for all students.

Academic Standards requires students to maintain a quarter grade point average of 2.0.

ACADEMIC WARNING (A1) = First quarter achieving a grade point average below 2.0.
You are blocked from registration and unable to add or drop a class until you complete an ACADEMIC STANDARDS STUDENT SUCCESS WORKSHOP on-ground or online.

If you need a computer to view the online workshop, students may use the computers located in the media lab – Assessment Center on a walk-in basis during the first week of school.

After the block to register has been removed, you may add a class the second through the fifth day of the quarter by submitting an ISAC form online: "Instructor Signature to Add a Class". Navigate to myBigfoot student portal, click on the ISAC link in Personalized Tools, log in, and follow the prompts.

ACADEMIC PROBATION (A2) = Quarter grade point average below 2.0 for TWO consecutive quarters.
You are blocked from registration until you meet with a counselor and complete a student success workshop. Here is a list of the available workshops.

To add a class the second through the fifth day of the quarter requires a counselor and instructor signature on a paper registration form to be submitted at the Registration Desk in Building 15. You will be unable to submit an online ISAC form "Instructor Signature to Add a Class".

ACADEMIC SUSPENSION (A3) = Quarter grade point average below 2.0 for THREE consecutive quarters.
You are blocked and cannot attend classes for the next quarter until you apply for continued enrollment and meet with the Dean of Enrollment Services.

  • Deadlines to Apply for Continued Enrollment
    • Winter Quarter 2014 - January 2, 2014
    • Spring Quarter 2014 - April 3, 2014
    • Summer Quarter 2014 - June 27, 2014
    • Fall Quarter 2014 - September 8, 2014
  • Fill out the Spokane Community College Continued Enrollment form
  • Bring the completed continued enrollment form to your meeting/appointment with the Dean of Enrollment Services prior to the deadline listed above. If you have questions about your suspension status, or to schedule an appointment with the Dean, call (509) 533-7431.

ACADEMIC FINAL SUSPENSION (A4) = Quarter grade point average below 2.0 for FOUR consecutive quarters. You are blocked and cannot attend classes for a minimum of one calendar year.

After one year, if you choose to reapply, an application/petition for reinstatement must be submitted no later than six weeks prior to the start date for the quarter in which you intend to return.

Fill out the Spokane Community College Application for Reinstatement form. After submitting the application for reinstatement, you will be required to meet with an Academic Reinstatement Committee. If you have questions about your final suspension status, or to schedule an appointment with the committee, call (509) 533-7431.

Students enrolled in degree or certificate programs are expected to demonstrate satisfactory academic progress as defined by the following three general policy requirements:

  • Minimum Grade Point Average: A degree-seeking student or student enrolled in a certificate program must maintain a grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 or better in all coursework. Students are encouraged to consult with instructors, counselors or faculty advisors, and student services staff for assistance in achieving their academic goals and objectives. A student whose GPA falls below 2.0 is notified of progressive action - to include warning, probation, and suspension.
  • Credits Earned/Credits Attempted: A student in a degree or certificate program must successfully complete at least 75% of attempted credits. Repeated courses and courses in which the student receives a Special Withdrawal (Z), a Withdrawal (W) or an Incomplete (I) are included in the total of attempted credits. A student receiving these alternative grades may not meet credit completion requirements. A student who fails to complete 75% of attempted coursework is notified of progressive action - to include warning, probation, and suspension.
  • Degree/Certificate Completion: A student who is enrolled in a degree or certificate program must complete the program in at least 125% of the program's credit requirements. A student in a degree or certificate program may not take college-level courses in excess of 150% of the credits needed to complete the degree or certificate. For the purposes of this policy, 90 credits will be assumed to be the program length unless otherwise indicated. To assist the student in meeting this standard, the college will monitor local college-level credits leading to degree/certificate completion. A student who does not meet this standard will be subject to corrective actions.

Academic Standards Workshop Online

Access the Online Workshop for students who are on academic warning.

For information about on-ground workshops, please contact Carmen Green at Carmen.Green@scc.spokane.edu or (509) 533-7195

Suspension and Reinstatement

Apply for Reinstatement

Students suspended for failure to meet GPA requirements under the Academic Standards Policy must apply for reinstatement.

Probation (A3) - Application for Continued Enrollment

Suspension (A4) - Application for Reinstatement

Community Colleges of Spokane recognize the unique and diverse backgrounds and needs of students, and while all students are held to the same level of academic excellence, students with special circumstances may petition for special consideration. Students enrolled in special programs are also required to follow the requirements specified by their funding agency. In addition, students receiving federal and/or state financial aid must follow the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policies (as revised 11-16-04).

This information is subject to change without notice and is drawn from the CCS Board of Trustees Policy Manual, Policy 4.40.02 as of 12/22/2004.

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