GOOD DIRECTIONS IN SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESSMASFAANovember 16, 2006 Allene Begley Curto Associate Director FA School of Human Services
Satisfactory Academic Progress • What is Satisfactory? • To US ED? • To the School? • To the Student? • What is Academic? • To FAO? • To the Registrar/Academic Affairs? • To the Student? • What is Progress? • To US ED? • To the School? • To the Student?
The Standards • Qualitative must be minimum 2.0 GPA after two years of academic study • Quantitative must be maximum of 150% of program • FA standards must be at least as stringent as school’s academic policies • FA standards must be sufficient to meet graduation requirements
MISDIRECTIONS • Contradictions between academic transcript and FA eligibility • Student notification comes too late to correct and regain eligibility (or complete program?) • Ineligibility (or FA probation) does not include any corrective action or support services
Getting Back on Course • Registrar/Academic Affairs/FAO standards do not have to be the same – but they should not contradict or confuse • Policies and procedures need to establish a path to success (not just identify failure!)
Institutional Policy Who Needs to be Involved? • Academic Affairs • Registrar • Student Services • Admissions • Enrollment Management • Financial Aid
Springfield College • FA Qualitative Standard (GPA) mirrors Academic Policy • FA Quantitative Standard stands alone • Traditional - minimum # credits earned • Nontraditional - minimum ratio of credits earned • Published Policies indicate Academic Standards and FA standards • Academic Standards are progressive: Warning, Probation, Dismissal • FA standard for GPA: Warning = Eligible, Probation = Ineligible, Dismissal = Ineligible
Springfield College (cont.) • FA standard for Quantitative is more complex • Academic Good = Eligible if Quantitative meets standard or if first term not meeting either standard. If not, Good = Ineligible! • Academic Warning = Eligible if Quantitative meets standard or if first term not meeting either standard. If not, Warning = Ineligible!
Financial Aid ProbationSchool of Human Services • Student completes form at campus indicating the exceptional circumstances and requesting FA Probation • Campus academic counselor develops academic plan with student, both sign and approve the plan • SHS Academic Officer reviews, approves and submits to FAO
Communications/Notifications • Published Policies online and hard copy in catalogs, student handbooks and FA brochures • Warning letters sent by FAO and Academic Department (if applicable) • Ineligible letters sent by FAO and Academic Department (if applicable) • Letters on removal from Academic Probation sent by Academic Department • Letters on FA Probation sent by FAO
Academic Counseling • Each term, every campus reviews report of students who failed to meet the standards cumulatively or just for the term • Campus academic counselor contacts student to review and recommend support services, change to enrollment, recommendation for FA probation
Benefits of Collaboration • Early Warning System for academic support • Integrity of FA probation process • Greater consistency in communication to student • Increased opportunity to achieve academic success • Identification of students who may not be able to succeed at the current school/program