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Academic Counseling


All students, after completing a minimum of six credit hours, are expected to make satisfactory academic progress. To be in good standing, students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher. To help students achieve and maintain satisfactory GPAs, counselors can assist with the following:

  • Setting educational goals 
  • Planning course selections 
  • Adjusting to college 
  • Managing time 
  • Accessing campus resources 
  • Reducing test anxieties 
  • Developing transfer plans 
  • Increasing self-awareness 
  • Learning skills to achieve success

Students who fall below the 2.0 GPA should refer to the following terms for how to proceed with their education: Academic Probation, Restricted Academic Probation, Suspension, and Appeal.

Academic Probation

  • Cumulative GPA is below 2.0.
  • Students will not be allowed to self-advise, but will need to see an academic advisor or a counselor to register for classes. 
  • Once placed on probation, a student must achieve a cumulative GPA of 2.0 in the next academic semester in which s/he is enrolled.

Restricted Academic Probation

  • Second semester (or more) with cumulative GPA below 2.0.
  • Students must see a counselor to register for classes.
  • Students are required to complete a restricted academic probation contract which stipulates the conditions for remaining enrolled in college. The Counseling department will direct the development of the contract. 


  • Students on restricted academic probation will have two semesters in which to raise their cumulative GPA to 2.0. If they fail to do so, they will be suspended from the college for one calendar year.
  • Students on restricted academic probation who do not raise their cumulative GPA to at least a 2.0, but who achieve a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher will not be suspended; they will remain on Restricted Academic Probation.
  • Students on suspension can still take advantage of counseling services and must see a counselor after reinstatement to register for classes.
  • Students who return following the suspension year will continue on restricted academic probation and will be expected to achieve a 2.0 cumulative or semester GPA during that first semester or they will again be suspended from the college for one year.


Students who wish to appeal their probation or suspension status must notify the campus vice president for academic affairs in writing no later than five working days before the first day of class of the semester in which they wish to enroll. The student should explain his/her reasons for the appeal and why the probation/suspension should be rescinded.