The Academic Standing policy guides undergraduate students to maintain enrollment eligibility and to stay on track for college degree completion. You can find the full policy in the Undergraduate Catalog.
Academic Standing considers both qualitative (GPA) and quantitative (percent completion) measures. Students are considered in Good Academic Standing with the University if they meet both of the following criteria:
Academic Standing is updated at the conclusion of each semester. Students who are not in good academic standing are notified via their Catamount email of their updated status. Notifications are sent on the Tuesday after finals for Fall and Spring semesters and at the conclusion of the nine-week summer session for Summer semesters. Students enrolled in a full-term summer course or last-eight-week summer course will be notified at the conclusion of those courses.
Defined: Students in good academic standing maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 and successfully complete (earn) at least 67% of their attempted hours.
Defined: Students in good academic standing may receive a completion rate notice if their semester completion rate falls below the 67% required completion rate. New students whose first semester completion rate falls below the 67% required completion rate will recieve a status of good academic standing with a completion rate notice.
Next Steps: Students who recieve the completion rate notice should take the necessary steps to ensure they can complete the credits in which they enroll for the next semester. This can include:
Defined: Continuing students are placed on academic warning if the student’s cumulative Western Carolina University grade point average (GPA) falls below 2.0 or if the student fails to complete 67% of their attempted hours in their two most recently completed terms of enrollment or if the student fails to complete 67% of their overall WCU attempted hours.
New students are placed on academic warning if the student's first semester GPA falls between 1.0 and 1.999, and these students will be required to complete the learning contract program.
Next Steps: Students on academic warning have one semester (including summer) to regain good academic standing. They will be required to complete the following:
During the semester of academic warning, we want to partner with students to develop better study habits, to plan an appropriate courseload, and to utilize all of their campus resources to enhance their success. We ask that students accept this partnership and work with the Office of Student Retention from the beginning of the academic semester!
Defined: Continuing students who are on Academic Warning and who fail to meet the criteria necessary for continued enrollment (listed under Academic Warning next steps) will be suspended. New students who earn a first-semester GPA below 1.0 will be academically suspended. Students who are suspended are not eligible to enroll at the University during the next semester. (See Temporary Summer Status for the exception to enrollment eligibility).
The Office of Student Retention encourages students serving an academic suspension to spend their time away from WCU focusing on their educational, professional, or personal goals. This can include:
Defined: An Academic Action Plan is a signed committment for a student to achieve their academic goals. Students who have returned to the University after an academic suspension or dismissal or students who have successfully appealed to continue enrollment will be required to sign an academic action plan to continue enrollment.
Academic action plans require the student to achieve the following:
As long as the terms of the academic action plan are met, students can continue enrollment on a semester-by-semester basis until the student regains good academic standing or until their graduation.
Next Steps: Once approved for an academic action plan, students must:
Students with an academic action plan are encourage to partner with Student Retention to develop better study habits, to plan an appropriate courseload, and to utilize all of their campus resources to enhance their success. We ask that students accept this partnership and work with the Office of Student Retention from the beginning of the academic semester!
Defined: A student who fails to meet the terms of their academic action plan will be academically dismissed from the University. Students who are dismissed must sit out for two years before they will be eligible to reapply for future enrollment.
The Office of Student Retention encourages students serving an academic dismissal to spend their time away from WCU focusing on their educational, professional, or personal goals. This can include:
Defined: Students who were suspended at the end of the Spring semester may be granted temporary summer status and allowed to continue their enrollment during the summer. Students who choose this option to continue their enrollment during the summer are not eligible for any federal, state, or institutional financial assistance. If at the end of summer, a student fails to regain good academic standing, then the suspension remains in effect and enrollment will cease except as might be allowed through the appeals process.
Next Steps: Students considering temporary summer status should consult with the Office of Student Retention and will be required to sign an agreement before continuing summer enrollment. Summer course offerings are limited, and students are not guaranteed enrollment.