Satisfactory Academic Progress

Minimum Standards

All students must maintain at least a 2.0 institutional grade point average (GPA) and earn two-thirds of the credits they attempt.

Maximum Time Frame

Students must meet the program requirements within 150% of the published length of the program. For example, a student can attempt a maximum of 135 credits in order to complete the required 90.

The following can have a negative impact on satisfactory academic progress:

  • Course grade below C: Course grades below C count as credits attempted and complete, but negatively impact GPA. This impacts minimum standards.
  • Failed course: A failed course counts as credits attempted but not complete, and has a negative impact on GPA. This impacts minimum standards and maximum time frame.
  • Incomplete: Incompletes count as credits attempted but not complete. This impacts minimum standards and maximum time frame. Incomplete grades are automatically replaced with the final course grade at the conclusion of the subsequent quarter. The course grade is calculated as points earned divided by total course points. The resulting letter grade will impact credits earned and GPA accordingly.
  • Withdrawal: Withdrawals count as credits attempted but not complete. This impacts minimum standards and maximum time frame.
  • Repeated Course: Credits from both course attempts are counted as credits attempted. Completed credits will count toward credits complete. Only the highest grade received will be included in GPA.
  • Transfer Credit: Accepted transfer credits count as attempted and complete credits. This impacts maximum time frame.

Evaluation Point

Academic progress is evaluated at the end of each 10-week quarter, after grades are official.

Warning, Ineligible, Probation, Disqualified, Appeal

Warning: Students who do not meet minimum standards will be placed on Warning until the next evaluation point. Students are notified in writing via email.

Students on Warning must complete an Academic Meeting with a Program Advisor. Requesting and scheduling an Academic Meeting is the student’s responsibility. Failure to complete an Academic Meeting may result in a hold on future registration.

Students on Warning may remain eligible for federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs for one payment period (until the next evaluation point).

Students are eligible to be removed from Academic Warning if they are able to meet the minimum GPA and earn the required credits by the end of the Warning period.

Ineligible: Students who do not meet minimum standards by the end of the Warning period (second evaluation point) become ineligible for all federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs, pending successful appeal. Any received tuition benefits will be adjusted according to governing regulation.

Appeal: On occasion, serious circumstances such as injury, illness, or death of a relative can cause a major disruption in a student’s ability to successfully complete coursework. If students believe that they can present mitigating circumstances for failing to meet minimum standards, they must make an appeal in writing. To appeal, students must complete an Appeal to Continue Study questionnaire and submit the questionnaire to studentaffairs@issaonline.edu. The Appeals Committee will review the appeal, make a decision, and send a written response to the student via email. Students who are reinstated through the appeal process will be reinstated on Probation.

Probation: Students who successfully appeal ineligibility will be permitted to take courses on Probation. Students on Probation must complete an Academic Meeting with a Program Advisor and follow an Academic Recovery Plan, which may require the student to fulfill specific terms and conditions such as taking a reduced course load or enrolling in specific courses. Requesting and scheduling an Academic Meeting is the student’s responsibility. Failure to complete an Academic Meeting and Academic Recovery Plan may result in a hold on future registration.

Students on Probation may remain eligible for federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs for one payment period (until the next evaluation point). To qualify for further Financial Aid and/or outside financial assistance, the student must meet minimum standards or be making progress on an Academic Recovery Plan.

Students are eligible to be removed from Probation if they are able to meet the minimum GPA and earn the required credits by the end of the Probation period.

Disqualified: Students who do not meet minimum standards by the end of the Probation period (third evaluation point) and are not making progress on an Academic Recovery Plan are subject to disqualification and the student’s eligibility for federal, state, and institutional financial assistance programs is terminated. Disqualified students may be prohibited from enrolling in classes for one term.

Disqualified and ineligible students who choose not to appeal or who fail an appeal are permitted to take courses at their own expense until they are able to meet minimum standards. Admission as a regular student is subject to availability at the time of academic recovery