Academic Policies ABAC 1000 Academic Policies • If you want to be successful at ABAC, you should be familiar with the college’s academic policies. • The most reliable source for academic policy information is the college catalog. • You are responsible for knowing and understanding the information contained in the catalog. Three Areas of Academic Policy • Grade Point Average (GPA) • Academic Standing • Graduation requirements Grade/Quality Points • A=4 • To determine your • B=3 GPA, you need to know the point • C=2 value of each grade. • D=1 • These are the only • F=0 grades that influence GPA. • WF = 0 Grade/Quality Points • These grades have no effect on any GPA: – W (Withdrawal) – I (Incomplete) – IP (In Progress) Withdrawal • A grade of W is assigned when you withdraw from a course before the mid-term deadline. Incomplete • If the term is almost over and a circumstance arises that keeps you from finishing a course, you may be able to receive an Incomplete. You will need to discuss this with your individual instructors, and if they agree, you will need to make up the work at a later time. • If you receive an I, there are two things you need to remember. – First, do NOT sign up for the class in the next term; you will make up the work and your instructor will send in a grade change. – Second, you must make up the work within an academic year or your “I” will automatically change to an “F.” In Progress • An IP will be assigned usually in a Learning Support class. This means you have not failed the course, but you have not met the requirements to exit the class. Determining Quality Points • The quality points earned in a particular class are determined by: – Hours Credit X Grade Quality Points • EXAMPLE: C in ENGL 1101(3 hrs. credit) 3 hrs. X 2 pts. (C) = 6 Quality Points • EXAMPLE: B in PHED 1106 (1 hr. credit) 1 hr. X 3 pts. (B) = 3 Quality Points GPA Calculation • GPA is calculated using the following computation: Total Quality Points Earned divided by the Total Number of Hours Attempted Sample GPA Course Grade Credit X Points = Quality Hours Value Points ENGL 1101 B 3 X 3 = 9 MATH 1111 C 3 X 2 = 6 HIST 2112 D 3 X 1 = 3 ABAC 1000 A 1 X 4 = 4 PHED 1100 A 2 X 4 = 8 TOTALS 12 30 30 pts./12 hrs. = 2.5 GPA Grade Point Averages A student can have as many as four different GPAs Types of GPAs • 1. INSTITUTIONAL GPA - calculated by using the grades from all classes, including Learning Support. If a course is repeated, only the MOST RECENT grade is used. If you earn a lower grade on the latest attempt, it will still be the grade used. – This GPA is used to determine Academic Standing Types of GPAs • 2. REGENTS’ GPA - calculated using all grades for courses numbered 1000 or higher. If you repeat a course, it includes ALL attempts. – This GPA is used by many receiving institutions for transfer students Types of GPAs • 3. GRADUATION GPA - This GPA includes only the grades earned in courses satisfying degree requirements. – If a course is repeated, only the MOST RECENT grade is used. – You must have at least a 2.0 Graduation GPA in order to graduate from ABAC. It is possible that your institutional GPA is a 2.0 or higher but your graduation GPA is below a 2.0. Your graduation GPA will also be the GPA used to determine your graduation honors. Types of GPAs • 4. HOPE GPA - This GPA includes all post-secondary grades, including transfer grades. If a course is repeated, all attempts count. Academic Standing: Levels • GOOD • ACADEMIC PROBATION • ACADEMIC SUSPENSION – Academic Standing is based on each student’s cumulative Institutional GPA Academic Standing • Academic Standing is based on the Institutional GPA relative to the number of credit hours attempted. • As total hours attempted increase, the minimum IGPA for Probation and Suspension increases accordingly Academic Probation • Total Hrs. Attempted • Min. Cum. IGPA • 0 - 12 • 1.5 • 13 - 24 • 1.6 • 25 - 36 • 1.7 • 37 - 48 • 1.8 • 49 - 60 • 1.9 • 60+ • 2.0 Conditions of Academic Probation • Enrollment limited to 14 hrs. maximum • Required to seek assistance through the Academic Intervention Management (AIM) program – In the AIM program, you will be assigned to an AIM advisor with whom you will meet to discuss your academic progress. • Students on Academic Probation may be in jeopardy of losing financial aid Academic Suspension Total Hrs. Attempted Min. Cum. IGPA • 0 - 24 • No minimum • 25 - 36 • 1.5 • 37 - 48 • 1.6 • 49 - 60 • 1.7 • 60+ • 1.8 Academic Suspension • The minimum cumulative GPA for academic suspension also increases as the number of attempted hours increase. • The first time you are suspended you will have to sit out one term. • The second or subsequent time you will have to sit out one academic year, which is three terms. • You should be aware of the fact that if you are suspended from ABAC, you will not be allowed to enter any other University System of Georgia institution. Graduation Requirements • Graduation papers should be completed and turned in to the Registrar’s Office during the first weeks of the term you plan to graduate. Follow http://www.abac.edu/registrar/Graduation/application% 20process.cfm for graduation application instructions. • All graduation requirements can be found in the college catalog. Consult Banner Web or your advisor to determine your appropriate catalog term for your graduation requirements. • Each major has different course requirements. • With a few exceptions, there are some graduation requirements that apply to all students. These requirements are… Additional Graduation Requirements • PHED 1100 Health & Wellness (except Nursing majors) • 2 Activity PE’s • Computer Competency • Speech Competency • Regents’ Exam Regents’ Test • All transfer programs require the Regents’ Test • Several of the career-technological programs at ABAC require Regents’ Test • You should take the Regents’ Exam while enrolled in ENGL 1102 or as soon as possible after earning a C or better in ENGL 1101. • If you fail any or both parts of the exam, you will be required to take the appropriate remediation course before attempting the exam again. • Don’t wait until your last term to take this exam; if you fail, you will not be able to graduate as planned. If you have a question… • Any time you have a question, research it until you find the answer. The college catalog is an excellent source of information. • Your advisor can help you and there are several offices all over the main campus that can assist you as well. • Ultimately, you are the one that will determine whether or not you are successful.
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