Standards for Satisfactory Academic Progress

Portland Community College degree-­seeking students who are not making satisfactory academic progress will be provided the opportunity to access services and resources designed to support learning and achievement of academic goals.

Individuals not making satisfactory academic progress, as defined in this policy, may be denied early registration opportunities or continued admission. Students failing to meet the Standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) shall be alerted by the College and provided information regarding resources, as well as procedures designed to support improved academic performance.

Academic Standards and Satisfactory Academic Progress

Levels of Academic Standing

Good Standing

Students are expected to meet this minimum level of academic progress.

  1. Maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) of 2.0 or higher
  2. Successfully complete 2/3 (66.67%) of attempted credits each term

Academic Warning

This is the level occurring the term after you do not meet standards.

  • You will receive an email notifying you of your Academic Warning status.
  • Read this email carefully and follow directions to access resources.

Good Standing can be regained the following term if standards are met.

Academic Probation

This level is reached after a term on Academic Warning if you fail again to meet the standards.

  • A hold will be placed on your account preventing you from registering for the next term.
  • You will receive an email notifying you of your Academic Probation status.
  • You will be instructed to work with your academic advisor or counselor to develop a Learning Contract.
  • You must work with your instructors to obtain a mid-term progress report that will be shared with your advisor or counselor.

Good Standing can be regained the following term if standards are met.

Academic Suspension

Academic Suspension occurs if you fail to meet standards for a third term in a row.

  • If you have already enrolled for classes for the next term, you will be automatically dropped.
  • You will receive an email and written letter notifying you of your Academic Suspension status.
  • You will be suspended from PCC for one term.
  • If you wish to return to PCC you must:
    • Complete the Re-Entry Process, or
    • Appeal for Exception due to extenuating circumstances.

For details about implications of not meeting satisfactory academic progress, appeals for exception and the re-entry process, please visit www.pcc.edu/resources/student-records/academic-progress/academic-standards.html.