Satisfactory Academic Progress
Central Lakes College and the MnSCU Board Policy 2.9 require that all students make satisfactory academic progress toward a degree, diploma or certificate to remain in good academic standing. The College also believes that students are responsible for their own academic progress and for seeking assistance when experiencing academic difficulty. Central Lakes College’s Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy impacts students’ Financial Aid and Registration status. The summary of the Policy is as follows: students must maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 and a cumulative completion percentage of all courses (including transfer credits) of 67%. Students who do not maintain both of these cumulative averages are placed on Academic Warning status after one semester and Suspension status the next semester if they are not able to meet Central Lakes College’s cumulative standards. The entire policy may be viewed here (pdf). To determine whether you are meeting Central Lakes College Satisfactory Academic Progress standards, please visit the GPA and Academic Progress Calculator.
Central Lakes College has developed an appeal process for students that occasionally experience failure to make satisfactory academic progress due to extenuating circumstances. A student may submit one appeal per semester. The deadline to appeal for Fall semester and Spring Semester is usually three business days prior to the start of the particular semester in which the student would like to be reinstated to enroll. More information on appeal deadlines may be found on the registration calendar located on the main Registration page.
The following criteria will be used as the basis for an appeal:
- Student injury or illness that required a prolonged absence (A doctor’s statement is required as documentation).
- A death in the immediate family (Documentation required).
- Military call for active duty.
- A change in circumstance for those returning to college after an extended absence.
- A well developed academic plan for success.
When submitting an appeal, the following questions must be answered within the appeal and written at the College Level (no spelling, grammatical, or punctuation errors):
- What were the circumstances that caused your suspension?
- What is your career plan or why are you attending college?
- Please provide a detailed plan for your academic success along with support systems you have in place to ensure that success.
- What will you do differently to ensure your success?
All appeals must be submitted electronically. If you have questions related to your appeal or are in need of assistance, please contact the Central Lakes College Student Services at (218) 855-8031.
Appeal Evaluation:All Appeals must meet standards in all areas for the appeal to be approved:
- Reason for Suspension/Infraction: The student has a clear understanding of why he/she were not successful in the past and what circumstances led to their violation of college policy. Extenuating circumstances are present.
- Request: The student’s request and time frame are reasonable. If a student has been suspended, adequate time has transpired for the student to make appropriate preparations for a return to school.
- Plan for Success: The student has a clear plan provided which is likely to lead them to success. Clear academic and career goals are provided which are reasonable.
- Support: Student has demonstrated that he/she have the support of instructors, support staff, family, friends, and other professional contacts in his/her life to be successful.
- Documentation: Adequate documentation is provided which supports the student’s assertions and or claims in their appeal. If a PSEO student, or a transfer student, necessary transcripts are attached.
- College Level Writing: The Appeal is written at the college level; this means that there are no grammar, punctuation, or spelling errors.
- Complete Appeal: All sections of the appeal are completed and there are no sections with missing information or data. All documentation is attached.
Students will be notified via email by firstname.lastname@example.org of their appeal results. If a student’s appeal is approved, the student will be placed on continuing probation and be expected to meet their academic plan requirements of maintaining a 2.5 grade point average and 100% completion rate each term until their cumulative grade point average is a above a 2.0 and their cumulative completion rate is above 67%. Students who fail to attain a 2.5 grade point average and 100% completion rate each term while on continuing probation will be suspended again from Central Lakes College and required to re-appeal. If a student’s appeal is denied, the student may re-appeal for the next semester. Central Lakes College has established a secondary appeals process for students to use in the event they wish to contest the outcome of their original appeal.
Click here to go to the Central Lakes College Satisfactory Academic Progress Appeals Form