Your academic success is important to us. If at any time, your academic achievements indicate difficulties in demonstrating mastery or making progress toward reaching your academic goals, we get concerned.
Occasionally a bump in the road may occur. And when it does, it is important to understand how, if not addressed, this can lead to bigger challenges ahead.
At the conclusion of each subscription period, a letter grade is assigned for each competency set to indicate your progress or reflect your level of mastery. As in traditional learning, this grade will result in a grade point average, or GPA. You will earn both a subscription period grade point average and a cumulative grade point average, which is the culmination of all grades received for your work at your institution. To learn more about mastery and grades in UW Flexible Option, see Mastery, Grades and Grade Point Average.
It is important to know that grade point averages are institutionally based; that is, they are calculated only on those competency sets taken at a particular institution. This means that if you are enrolled in more than one institution at the same time, you will earn a subscription period GPA and cumulative GPA for each institution through which competency sets are being completed.
Grade point averages are calculated and transcripted separately for each institution attended. For example, if you are enrolled in a UW Flexible Option degree program with UW-Milwaukee and are also completing competency sets with UW Colleges, you will have one subscription period and cumulative GPA for UW-Milwaukee, and another similar set of GPAs for UW Colleges. In this case, because your UW-Milwaukee record and UW Colleges record are separate, GPAs also remain separate and are not averaged together in any way.
If your grade point average falls below minimum university-wide standards for any subscription period, you will be subject to academic action. Formal academic actions may include such things as Warning, Academic Probation, Final Probation, or Academic Drop or Suspension for a period of time. The actions and associated GPA thresholds are dependent on your academic record and the institution through which you are completing your competency sets.
We want you to have a good understanding of what the world of academic action is all about at your campus, so that you can enjoy success and remain in good standing. That is your goal!
The following information describes basic academic actions for UW Colleges. To learn more, you are also encouraged to visit the campus website by clicking on the link included below. Of course, your Academic Success Coach is always happy to assist!
University of Wisconsin Colleges
You are said to be in good standing when the subscription period and cumulative GPA is 2.0 or better.
If, at the end of your subscription period, your subscription period GPA falls below 2.0, you will be placed either on academic probation (1.5-1.9 GPA) or final probation (if less than 1.5 GPA). In following subscription periods, if your subscription period GPA is 2.0 or better, you will be permitted to continue on your current probationary status (academic probation or final probation).
This action may be taken if you are already on probation or final probation:
- If on probation, a subscription period GPA of less than 1.5 will result in suspension.
- If on final probation, a subscription period GPA of less than 2.0 will result in suspension.
The first-time suspension period is one subscription period.
If you have been suspended for any period and are then permitted to reenroll, you will return on final probation*. In subsequent subscription periods, if your subscription period GPA is 2.0 or better, you will be permitted to continue on final probation.
*If you are returning after an absence of at least three years, the probationary status based on prior work is waived. This means that you will once more be in good standing. Your previous GPA remains, however.
Second or Subsequent Suspension
If you have returned after suspension and again fail to earn a subscription period GPA of 2.0, you will be dismissed for a period of one year.
You will return to good standing following any subscription period in which your subscription AND cumulative GPAs increase to 2.0 or above.
Further information about UW College’s academic actions policies can be found on the UW Colleges website by clicking here.