Academic Standards
Academic Load
The normal academic load for a student in a semester is 15 or 16 semester hours credit, exclusive of physical education and musical groups. Students with considerable responsibilities in addition to their college work are strongly advised to carry a reduced course load. Students who wish to take more than 21 credit hours during a specific term must possess a 3.0 GPA and petition the appropriate Dean.

Grading System
The grades A, B, C, D, F and CR are employed to evaluate the quality of a student's work. They are defined as follows:

Grade Quality Credits
A Excellent 4
B Above Average 3
C Average 2
D Below Average 1
F Failing 0
CR Credit, no grade
There are certain non-credit marks which are also issued by instructors. They are as follows:
Non-Credit Explanation
W Withdrawn
AUD Audit
I Incomplete
NP No Pass

Academic Standing
Three Rivers expects students to fully participate in instructional activities in order to have successful learning experiences. While students achieve at different levels, all Three Rivers students are expected to make satisfactory academic progress.

A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for graduation and is considered by Three Rivers as good academic standing. The following criteria are used to determine academic standing status:

Total Credit Hours Attempted GPA Required
0 - 15 1.50
16 - 30 1.70
31 - 44 1.90
45+ 2.00

Academic Warning
A student whose cumulative GPA is less than the required minimum GPA for the number of hours attempted will be placed on Academic Warning. A student on Academic Warning may be required to meet with an advisor to alter their educational plan. Students on warning may be required to reduce their credit load. If a student fails to meet satisfactory academic progress at the end of their warning period, they will be placed on Academic Suspension.

Academic Suspension
A student on Academic Suspension is unable to register for coursework at Three Rivers for one academic semester. (Excludes Winter session.) After sitting out a semester, the student regains eligibility to register for courses; however, said student will once again be placed on Academic Warning. Students have the right to appeal their Academic Suspension to the Admissions and Scholastic Standing Committee.

Appeals Process
Students have the right to appeal their academic ineligibility by completing the Application for Appeal with the Financial Aid Office. The Financial Aid Office will evaluate and decide upon all financial aid issues prior to the Admissions and Scholastic Standing Committee reviewing the appeal for Academic Suspension. Students must explain any mitigating circumstances concerning their academic performance. Documentation of circumstances must be attached to the appeal. Students must submit a typed one-page letter explaining why they are currently not meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) standards and what has changed that will enable them to be successful in the future. Include relevant dates, names, and relationships when possible.

Exceptions to the college's SAP policies are not made lightly and will generally be considered only for extenuating circumstances. Decisions are based upon an individual's extenuating circumstances, supporting documentation, and the student's academic history. Both pages of the appeal form must be completed and the required documentation attached before the appeal will be considered. Failure to provide all requested documentation will result in the appeal not being reviewd. Appeals forms are available online here.

Students who are granted an appeal of their Academic Suspension are required to meet with an advisor to evaluate their educational plan. Students may be required to reduce course load, eliminate online course work, or repeat failed course work.

Academic Fresh Start
A student who has not attended an institution of higher learning for at least five years, has gained maturity through extended experience outside a higher education setting, and has demonstrated better than average academic performance upon his/her return to college, may seek special permission for an Academic Fresh Start. The grade point average of a student granted an Academic Fresh Start will be calculated based only on current work completed at Three Rivers.

Requirements for Academic Fresh Start are as follows:
  • A student must have been separated from all institutions of higher learning for at least five years prior to current enrollment at Three Rivers and have a cumulative grade point average of less than 2.0.
  • After enrolling at Three Rivers the student must complete all course work as determined by test scores and earn at least 15 semester hours in college level courses with a minimum overall grade point average of 2.50 before making application for Academic Fresh Start. These 15 hours must be courses earning college credit and a letter grade. All grades earned since the student’s return to college will be averaged to determine eligibility for Academic Fresh Start.
  • An application for Academic Fresh Start, describing educational objectives, must be made in writing to the Admissions and Scholastic Standing Committee of the College. This application is available in the Registrar’s Office. In the event an Academic Fresh Start is denied, the student must submit a new application for future consideration.
  • A student granted an Academic Fresh Start forfeits the use of any college credit earned prior to the five- year separation period stated previously.
  • A student may only request an Academic Fresh Start starting from the most current return to college.
  • Students will not be granted an Academic Fresh Start after an application for graduation has been submitted or a degree conferred.
Upon approval by the Admissions and Scholastic Standing Committee, the student will be granted an Academic Fresh Start. The student’s permanent record will retain a record of all academic work from all institutions attended. However, the record will note the date a Fresh Start was made, and the student’s grade point average and credit totals will be based only on work beginning with that date. Permission for an Academic Fresh Start will be granted only once.

Students are reminded the best way to improve a grade point average is to repeat classes in which a D or F grade was earned.

Academic Fresh Start is a Three Rivers procedure/policy and may not be recognized by another college upon transfer.
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