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Academic Standards

Academic standards are established to identify and intervene with students who are having academic difficulty, and/or are not making satisfactory academic progress, to encourage students to assume responsibility for their own formal education, and to ensure that the resources of the college are used in the best interest of all its current and potential students.

The following procedures are established in accordance with the Pierce College Academic Policy (3.07.0000)

Academic Honors

Quarterly Honors:
A student will be placed on the quarterly Dean's List if he/she completes 12 or more credits and earns a 3.5 to 3.89 grade point average.

Any student who completes 12 or more credits for the quarter and earns a 3.9 to 4.0 grade point average will be placed on the quarterly President's List.

Honors Graduate:
A student will qualify as an honors graduate if s/he has earned a cumulative college-level grade point average of 3.5 or above for all work (Pierce College and any credits transferred toward degree or certificate program), with a minimum of 25 credits earned at Pierce College.

Academic Standards Procedures

Statement of Good Academic Standing
Any student who earns 5 or more credits for each quarter in which they are enrolled, and maintains a 2.0 or better cumulative grade point average will be considered in "good academic standing" at Pierce College (excluding ABE, GED, ESL, HSC).

Academic Deficiency (Low Grades)

Academic Alert: The first quarter in which a student is enrolled in 5 or more credits and earns a quarterly grade point average of less than a 2.0, s/he will be placed on Academic Alert.

  • Students placed on academic alert will be notified in writing and given information about available resources to support their success.

Academic Probation: Any student who is enrolled in 5 or more credits and whose quarterly grade point average falls below 2.0 for a second consecutive** quarter will be placed on academic probation. Student will remain on academic probation until their cumulative grade point average is 2.0 or above.

  • Students placed on Academic Probation will be notified in writing, and informed of the required interventions that may include an Academic Early Warning/Student Engagement Report and mid-quarter Academic Progress Report. Student will be given information about available resources to support their success.

** Consecutive quarter is defined as the next quarter of enrollment whether or not it immediately follows the chronological dates of the previous quarter of enrollment.

Academic Dismissal: Students who are enrolled in 5 or more credits and begin a quarter on academic probation and earn less than a 2.0 grade point average for a 3rd consecutive quarter will be placed on Academic Dismissal status and may be dismissed from the college. Students will be given an option to appeal the dismissal to an academic dismissal appeal hearing.

  • Students placed on Academic Dismissal will be notified in writing and given instructions related to the dismissal and appeal process.

Academic Dismissal Appeal: Students who are dismissed from the college for academic reasons may petition for conditional reinstatement and appeal the dismissal at a dismissal appeal hearing. Students who choose to appeal dismissal, and are reinstated on academic probation must comply with the conditions and recommendations established at the appeal hearing.

Any student who does not appeal will be dismissed and will not be permitted to enroll for any credit bearing courses at the college for four (4) quarters.

Reinstatement: Students dismissed from Pierce College for academic reasons will be allowed to enroll at the college after they have served their dismissal, without appealing. Students who re-enroll after being dismissed for academic reasons will remain on academic probations until they earn a 2.0 or better cumulative grade point average.

Early Reinstatement: Students dismissed from Pierce College for academic reasons who wish to be reinstated before the four (4) quarter time frame must submit a written appeal to the Vice President for Learning and Student Success. The Vice President or designee will consider the request and respond within two weeks.

These standards are not intended to supersede academic standards imposed by special academic or professional/technical programs (i.e., Dental Hygiene, Veterinary Technology, Running Start), or district contracted programs.

Student Services Council: 2/27/07