Satisfactory Academic Progress

For more information about Satisfactory Academic Progress, visit Policy 02:24:00 Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) which establishes, publishes and applies reasonable standards for measuring whether an otherwise eligible student is making satisfactory academic progress (SAP) in their educational program. 

Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is defined as progression through the academic program within a prescribed time frame while maintaining a sufficient grade point average to demonstrate growth in knowledge and skills.  Lack of satisfactory progress may jeopardize the student’s ability to complete their program of study.  Platt College expects students to progress through the program based on satisfactory academic progression standards.  The School of Nursing at Platt College individually determines the criteria requirement for SAP.  All students will be considered to be in a state of satisfactory progress at the time of initial enrollment.

Federal regulations require that a student receiving financial assistance from a state or federal aid program must make SAP as determined by the institution from which such aid is received.  Platt College’s standards for determining SAP are the same for all students enrolled in the same educational program, regardless of financial aid recipiency. Platt College students, regardless if they are receiving financial assistance, will have their satisfactory academic progress measured. Consistent application of standards exists to all students regardless of category (i.e., full time, part time, receiving financial aid, not receiving financial aid) and educational program. 

Step-by-Step Discipline (Warning/Probation/Temporary Suspension/Termination)

  • Step One: The student is placed on academic warning the subsequent quarter after a student fails to meet satisfactory academic progress; time period is two consecutive quarters.
  • Step Two: The student is placed on academic probation the subsequent quarter after a student fails to meet satisfactory academic progress and is already on academic warning for two consecutive quarters; time period is one quarter.
  • Step Three: The student is placed on temporary suspension the subsequent quarter after a student fails to meet satisfactory academic progress and is already placed on academic warning for two consecutive quarters and academic probation for one quarter; time period is one quarter. After the student has been temporarily suspended for one quarter, he/she is eligible to return to Platt College. If a student continues to not meet satisfactory academic progress upon return, he/she will return to step one.
  • Step Four: Termination is issued when a student is placed on temporary suspension and fails to return to the College after the temporary suspension time period elapses. After a student is terminated from the College, the student must reapply for entry.

Students’ academic progress, both the qualitative (grade-based) and quantitative (time-based and credit-based) SAP measures, are reviewed quarterly. A student on academic warning or probation may continue to receive financial assistance for one payment period despite a determination that the student is not making satisfactory academic progress. However, while a student is on academic warning or probation, Platt College may choose to require that the student repeat a failed course and/or take a reduced course load.  Course repeats count towards the pace of completion.

Notification: Student Progress and Progress Reports

Student progress is evaluated through daily assignments, hands-on assessments, quizzes, written examinations, and other methods as determined by the course faculty. Student progress is measured by the use of a 4.0 grade scale.

Students are entitled to a regular accounting of their academic status. Students may monitor their SAP on My Platt College. Students placed on academic warning, probation, or temporary suspension are informed in writing at the time the action is taken. Students are strongly encouraged to receive advising from the appropriate faculty member or administrator in an effort to improve their academic performance. Further, students are informed by the Financial Aid Office in writing how their financial assistance may be affected by not meeting satisfactory academic progress.

Maximum Time Frame

Students must complete their programs within a prescribed time frame. The maximum time frame is limited to 1.5 times the normal length of the program in duration or credit hours required to complete the program. Students who fail to complete their programs within the maximum time frame will be dismissed.  

Temporary suspensions, breaks, and leaves of absence (LOAs) are not factored into maximum time frame calculations.

The Office of the Registrar at Platt College calculates the pace at which a student is progressing by dividing the total number of hours the student has successfully completed by the total number of hours he/she has attempted. The Office of the Registrar at Platt College calculates the pace by duration at which a student is progressing by counting the number of months less LOAs, less temporary suspension, less breaks.

Course incompletions, withdrawals, and repetition of courses can affect a student’s pace of completion.  Credit hours from another institution (transfer credits) that are accepted toward a student’s educational program count as both attempted and earned hours. 

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