Presentation on theme: "GOOD DIRECTIONS IN SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS MASFAA November 16, 2006 Allene Begley Curto Associate Director FA School of Human Services."— Presentation transcript:
GOOD DIRECTIONS IN SATISFACTORY ACADEMIC PROGRESS MASFAA November 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!
Quantitative OK Quantitative Not OK Academic Good = Eligible First time not meet either standard = Eligible Previous FA “Warning” = Ineligible Academic Warning = Eligible First time not meet either standard = Eligible Previous FA “Warning” = Ineligible Academic Probation = Ineligible Ineligible Dismissal = Ineligible
Financial Aid Probation School 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
Questions? FA Eligibility Academic Eligibility Student Success