Learner Support Services

Academic Progress Policy

All NWACC students are expected to make satisfactory progress in all courses taken and are subject to the Academic Progress Policy.

A student’s academic standing is determined at the end of each fall and spring semester on the basis of credit hours completed and cumulative and/or semester grade point average. A student’s academic standing determines re-enrollment status and establishes conditions associated with re-enrollment or denial of re-enrollment.

Good Standing

A student whose cumulative grade point average (GPA) is 2.0 or above is considered to be in good academic standing at NorthWest Arkansas Community College.

Students completing 9 or more credit hours in a fall or spring semester who do not achieve a 1.75 cumulative GPA in one fall or spring semester will be issued a letter warning them that a second consecutive semester with similar performance will lead to their being placed on Academic Probation. A student completing 9 or more credit hours in the fall or spring semester and whose cumulative grade point average falls below 1.75 for two consecutive semesters (summer terms excluded) will be subject to Academic Probation.

The College has established two types of probation: Academic Probation Recovery I and Academic Probation Recovery II.

Academic Probation Recovery I

A student completing 9 or more credit hours in the fall or spring semester and whose cumulative grade point average falls below 1.75 for two consecutive semesters (summer terms excluded) will be placed on Academic Probation Recovery I status for one semester. The student will receive notification of this probationary status from the NWACC Advising Center. The student’s registration will be blocked until he or she complies with the following Recovery I requirements:

  • a meeting with a College Advisor to review the student’s academic history
  • development of an Academic Improvement Plan by the College Advisor

The Academic Improvement Plan will include selected courses and/or non-credit activities approved by the College and will be aimed at improving the student’s skills, readiness, or college work habits.

For the Academic Probation Recovery I semester, the student must achieve a minimum semester GPA of 2.0 and must complete the Academic Improvement Plan. Students who do achieve these goals and who have raised the cumulative GPA to 2.0 will be reinstated to good standing. Students who do not achieve the 2.0 semester GPA or who do not complete the Academic Improvement Plan will be suspended from the College for the next full fall or spring semester. A suspended student wishing to take summer courses must apply to the Chief Academic Officer who works with the academic dean of the student’s course area.

Academic Probation Recovery II

Students on Academic Probation Recovery I status who achieve acceptable academic progress (2.0 semester grade point average) and who complete the Academic Improvement Plan but whose cumulative grade point average is still less than a 2.0 will be placed on Academic Probation Recovery II status until their cumulative grade point average is at least a 2.0. The student will be subject to all guidelines and goals as stated in the Academic Probation Recovery I description shown above, i.e., a meeting with an Academic Advisor and development of a new Academic Improvement Plan by the Academic Advisor is required. During each Recovery II semester, the student must continue to maintain a 2.0 semester GPA. As with the Recovery I status, Recovery II, students who do not achieve the 2.0 semester GPA will be suspended from the College for the next full fall or spring semester. A suspended student wishing to take summer courses must apply to the Chief Academic Officer who works with the academic dean of the student’s course area.

Reinstatement from Suspension

Following the one fall or spring suspension, a returning student will be reinstated on Academic Probation Recovery I status. Registration will be blocked until the student complies with the Recovery I requirements of a meeting with an Academic Advisor and development of a new Academic Improvement Plan by the Academic Advisor. The student will be subject to all guidelines and goals as stated in the Academic Probation Recovery I description shown above. If the student meets the semester GPA 2.0 requirement and completes the Academic Improvement Plan, he or she will move into Academic Probation Recovery II status and will remain in that status until the cumulative grade point average is 2.0, at which time the Academic Probation status will be removed and the student will be in good standing.

A student reinstated from suspension who does not achieve the semester grade point average of 2.0 will be suspended again for a period of 12 months. A student suspended in December could return 12 months later to begin a new spring semester. A student suspended in May could return 12 months later to begin a summer semester. A student dismissed for 12 months must petition for reinstatement to studies and must meet with the Senior Vice President and Provost or his or her designee for consideration of the petition for reinstatement.

Students who have chosen to enroll at another college during their suspension period may ask to have their transcript reviewed by the NWACC Registrar’s Office. All approved credits for transfer will be placed on the student’s transcript.

Minimum Grade Point Average Requirement

A student completing 9 or more hours in a semester whose grade point average falls to 0.00 will be immediately dismissed from the College for the following full semester. After that semester, that student must petition for reinstatement to studies and must meet with the Senior Vice President and Provost or his or her designee for consideration of the petition for reinstatement.

Appeal

Students who believe that their placement in the Recovery I probation status deserves further review may appeal to the Academic Standards Committee. A student who believes he or she has demonstrated sufficient improvement in the Recovery I status but has still been denied advancement to Recovery II status may also appeal. The Academic Standards Committee will review the appeal and make their decision within 30 days of the date the appeal is received by the committee. The committee’s decision will be final.