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Grades

A grade and corresponding grade points are assigned after the completion of each class. Grade points are used to determine term and cumulative GPA.

The term GPA indicates academic progress for the term.

The cumulative GPA is an average of all term GPAs and is used to determine scholarship eligibility, status and recommendation for degrees and honors.

A studentís GPA is calculated beginning with the first term of study. Classes taken prior to enrollment are not included in this calculation.

Faculty members use the following grading system:

A 4.00 points
A- 3.75 points
B+ 3.50 points
B 3.00 points
B- 2.75 points
C+ 2.50 points
C 2.00 points
C- 1.75 points
D+ 1.50 points
D 1.00 points
D- 0.75 points
F 0.00 points (Fail)
C 0.00 points (Credit)
I 0.00 points (Incomplete)
M 0.00 points (Missing)
NC 0.00 points (No Credit)
P 0.00 points (Pass)
W 0.00 points (Withdrawal)
 

Satisfactory Progress

Each term, students must complete four or more classes totaling a minimum of 12 units to assure satisfactory fulfillment of such requirements prior to graduation.

Students must also attain grades sufficient to achieve the 2.50 cumulative grade point average required for graduation.

Any failed required class must be repeated successfully by the end of the next consecutive term.

Students must complete their degree requirements within the equivalent of five cumulative years as full-time students to maintain a satisfactory rate of progress.

At least 40 percent of all requirements must be completed by the end of the fourth term.

Failure to make satisfactory progress can result in loss of financial aid or dismissal.

Academic Dismissal

Art Center reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to dismiss students for violations of academic or disciplinary policy.

ACADEMIC PROBATION AND ACADEMIC DISMISSAL: FOR UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS
Undergraduate degree students must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.50 or higher. Students will be placed on academic probation when their cumulative GPA drops below 2.50. Students will be removed from academic probation when their cumulative GPA returns to 2.50 or higher.

Students will have two terms to raise their cumulative GPA to 2.50 or higher. Students who do not raise their cumulative GPA to 2.50 or higher within the required two terms will be placed on academic suspension. Students on academic suspension may not apply for readmission for one year (i.e., they cannot be enrolled for at least three complete terms).

Students will be placed on extended probation after two terms on academic probation if their term GPA is 3.00 or higher but their cumulative GPA remains below 2.50. They may remain on extended probation while maintaining a term GPA of 3.00 or higher until their cumulative GPA is raised to 2.50 or higher.

Academic suspension is a one-time action. Readmitted students who do not attain the required cumulative GPA of 2.50 in the allotted time will be placed on academic dismissal. Academic dismissal is considered a terminal action, and students given academic dismissal are not eligible for readmission.

All academic suspension and academic dismissal actions are considered final on the Friday before the start of the next term. Grade changes occurring after the Friday before the start of the next term will not alter the academic suspension or academic dismissal action for that term.

All academic probation, academic suspension and academic dismissal actions will be permanently noted on the studentís transcript.

Students on academic probation or extended probation may not receive an Incomplete grade in any of their courses.

ACADEMIC PROBATION AND ACADEMIC DISMISSAL:†FOR GRADUATE STUDENTS
Students in a graduate program may be placed on academic probation for failing to maintain the required cumulative GPA of 3.00 or higher. Students will be removed from academic probation when their cumulative GPA returns to 3.00 or higher.

Students will have one term to raise their cumulative GPA to 3.00 or higher. Students who do not raise their cumulative GPA to 3.00 or higher within the required one term will be given academic suspension. Students who are given academic suspension may not apply for readmission for one year (i.e., they cannot be enrolled for at least three complete terms).

Academic suspension is a one-time action. Readmitted students who do not attain the required cumulative GPA of 3.00 in the allotted time will be placed on academic dismissal. The academic dismissal action is considered a terminal action, and students given academic dismissal are not eligible for readmission.

All academic suspension and academic dismissal actions are considered final on the Friday before the start of the next term. Grade changes occurring after the Friday before the start of the next term will not alter the academic suspension or academic dismissal action for that term.

All academic probation, academic suspension and academic dismissal actions will be permanently noted on the studentís transcript.

Students on academic probation may not receive an Incomplete grade in any of their courses.

Change of Major

Change of Major requests must be approved by the Department Chair of the new major.

Students are required to submit their portfolio to the Chair of the new department.

A change of major may require additional terms of study to complete a degree.

The deadline to submit a Change of Major form is prior to the first day of a new term.

F-1 Visa international students who change their major must meet with the International Student Advisor to have a new SEVIS I-20 issued to them.

Change of Major forms are available from the Enrollment Services Office.

Portfolio Review Policy

To help ensure that all students make appropriate progress in their studies while at Art Center, the College has instituted a mandatory portfolio review process for all students.

Each department has established its own system of portfolio review, specifying at which points in a studentís program the review process will take place.

The review process identifies areas of needed development so that a program of remedial coursework and activities can be designed to help students achieve their objectives.

Portfolio reviews serve as important developmental milestones for students; a studentís failure to participate fully in the review process may result in dismissal.

Students should check with their Department Chairs for scheduling and procedures for portfolio review.

   
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