At FCC, we value our students’ success! It is important for students to know the College’s policies on academic progress and how those policies affect their academic standing.
Click on the links below to get the answers you need about academic success:
Academic Progress Review
Academic Progress Review and Academic Standing
|Academic Progress Review
|How does the College review my progress and what determines my academic standing?
|What are the definitions of Good Standing, Academic Alert, and Academic Probation?
|Academic Standing vs
Financial Aid Standing
|What are the differences between Academic Standing and Financial Aid Standing?
|How is my Grade Point Average determined? Is there an easy GPA calculator I can use to figure it out?
|Student Success Alerts
|What is the Early Alert system used by my professors and how will it help me be successful?
|What steps should I take if I am struggling in a course and need help to be successful?
– how does the College review my progress and what determines my academic standing?
Students who are working toward a degree or certificate, or who are enrolled as Open Campus, will have an Academic Progress Review after attempting a total of 12 cumulative credits to determine their current Academic Standing and to identify and help students who are making little or no progress.
courses attempted by a student – including developmental courses and courses in which the student earns a grade of withdraw, audit, incomplete, or in progress – are included in Academic Progress Review.
Two indicators are used in Academic Progress Review:
earning a 2.0 GPA and having 50% successful completion of credits
|Grades of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,” “S,” or “P”
are considered successful completion of credit
|Grades of “W,” “F,” “AU,” “I,” “Z,” or “U”
are considered unsuccessful completion of credit
Definitions for each Academic Standing are provided below. Click on each one to learn how GPA and completed credits count toward your Academic Standing.
If you have questions about your Academic Standing, contact your Advisor!
Students will be considered to be in good academic standing when their cumulative GPA is 2.0 or higher and when they have successfully completed at least 50% of their cumulative credits attempted.
Students are placed on Academic Alert when their cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 and/or they have successfully completed less than 50% of their cumulative credits attempted.
Academic Alert with Progress
- While on Academic Alert, students will be required to meet with an advisor to develop an Academic Success Plan designed to provide the student with academic support to facilitate their success.
- While on Academic Alert, students will be required to have their registration approved by an advisor.
- While there is no credit restriction while on Academic Alert, students on Academic Alert at the time of pre-registration for a subsequent semester can only pre-register for six credits until final grades for the current semester have been posted; students who have made academic progress are then able to add additional credits to their semester schedule.
- Students who demonstrate academic progress while on Academic Alert, as evidenced by achievement of a minimum 2.0 semester GPA and successful completion of at least 50% of semester credits attempted, will be allowed to continue even though their cumulative GPA has not reached the required 2.0. Students will be assigned a standing of Academic Alert with Progress.
Students who demonstrate academic progress while on Academic Alert, as evidenced by achievement of a minimum 2.0 semester GPA and successful completion of at least 50% of semester credits attempted, even though their cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 and/or they have successfully completed less than 50% of their cumulative credits attempted.
- While on Academic Alert with Progress, students are not required to have their registration approved by an advisor.
- There is no credit restriction while on Academic Alert with Progress. Students on Academic Alert with Progress at the time of pre-registration for a subsequent semester can pre-register with no credit restriction.
Students on Academic Alert or on Academic Alert with Progress who fail to achieve a 2.0 semester GPA and/or who fail to successfully complete at least 50% of semester credits attempted are placed on Academic Probation.
- While on Academic Probation, students will be required to meet with an advisor to develop an Academic Success Plan designed to provide students with academic support to facilitate their success.
- Students who are on Academic Probation must have their registration approved by an advisor and will be limited to enrollment in six credits.
- Students who are on Academic Probation will not be allowed to pre-register for the subsequent semester until final grades for the current semester are posted.
- Students who demonstrate academic progress while on Academic Probation, as evidenced by achievement of a minimum 2.0 semester GPA and successful completion of at least 50% of semester credits attempted, will be allowed to continue even though their cumulative GPA has not reached the required 2.0. Students will be assigned a standing of Academic Alert with Progress.
Students on Academic Probation who fail to achieve a 2.0 semester GPA and/or who fail to successfully complete at least 50% of semester credits attempted will be academically suspended for one fall or spring semester (and any preceding Jan term/summer session).
Students are subject to Academic Dismissal when:
Academic Standing vs. Financial Aid Standing
- satisfactory progress is not made in the first semester upon his/her re-enrollment following Academic Suspension.
- the student has been placed on Academic Suspension for a second occurrence. Students who are subject to Academic Dismissal will be dismissed for a period of two semesters and any preceding Jan term/summer session.
The standards for Academic Standing are different than those for Financial Aid Standing. In general, Financial Aid is more strict, as it involves free or reduced tuition. Therefore, a student might be in good standing academically, but could be on Financial Aid Probation or Suspension. If you are receiving Financial Aid, you are responsible for knowing the criteria for keeping your aid, which may vary depending on the type of aid you are receiving. See the Financial Aid eligibility webpage
for more information.
What's your Grade Point Average (GPA)?
Use our online GPA Calculator to find out!
|Here's how GPA works:
*Grades of "S", "Z," "U", "AU", and "W" are not included in GPA.
Quality points are the numerical equivalent of grades. Grade Point Average is computed by multiplying the numerical value of the grade, by the number of semester credit hours attempted; then, dividing the total number of quality points, by the total number of credits attempted.
The example below represents five courses, three semester credit hours each, with the following grades: Two A’s, one B, two C’s
||Numerical Value of Grade
||Semester Credit Hours per Course
||x 3 credits =
||x 3 credits =
||x 3 credits =
||x 3 credits =
||x 3 credits =
||15 total credits attempted
||45 total quality points
Total of 45 quality points, divided by 15 credit hours attempted, equals a 3.0 GPA
Student Success Alerts
Early Alerts are email notices you may receive from your instructor when there is a concern about your performance in class. Instructors send Early Alerts to students through their myFCC email when students have frequent absences, missed assignments or exams, or are handing in late work. Your instructor will list specific actions you should consider, and will provide information about a variety of support services to help you. Don’t ignore Early Alerts!!! They are intended to be an early warning system so you can take the steps needed to be successful in the course. If you receive an Early Alert, talk to your instructor right away to get back on track.
What steps should I take if I am struggling in a course and need help to be successful?
• Talk to your instructor about the problem
as soon as possible to get recommendations for how to improve in the course.
• Seek help through the many academic support services
available to all students (Tutoring
, Writing Center
, Math Learning Center
, Study Skills Support
, and Services for Students with Disabilities
). All college services and resources are provided FREE of charge to students.
• Meet with your advisor
to help you identify possible options, including:
change your class status from credit to audit to remove the grading pressure. It would avoid a bad grade and would be advised if you plan to retake this course again for credit.
withdraw from the course in order to salvage your grade point average and free your time so you can do better in your remaining classes.
Remember that the last day to withdraw (or change from credit to audit) is listed in the Academic Calendar each semester. BE AWARE that both actions could affect your financial aid status. All students receiving financial aid should consult with the financial aid staff in J-301 (301.846.2480) prior to withdrawing or switching to auditing a course. Athletes!!!! BEFORE making changes to your schedule, all student athletes should check with the athletic director to discuss the impact of withdrawing or switching to audit as either action could affect your eligibility!
If you need help to determine your best course of action, contact your advisor
, or the Counseling & Advising Office to arrange an appointment at 301.846.2471, or 301.846.2625 TDD.