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. A student may carry 17 or more credit hours the second and successive semesters if a "B" average the preceding semester is maintained. Engineering and music students may enroll for 17 or more hours initially and maintain this load unless placed on probation. Superior high school graduates may carry an initial load of 17 or more hours with the approval of the Vice President for Learning.

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 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W Withdrawn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. The policies of the College are intended to encourage the sincere, conscientious student.

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/Accepted Academic Suspension Academic Probation Minimum Acceptable Standing
9 - 15 .0 - 1.28 1.29 - 1.49 1.50
16 - 30 .0 - 1.49 1.50 - 1.69 1.70
31 - 44 .0 - 1.69 1.70 - 1.89 1.90
45+ .0 - 1.89 1.90 - 1.99 2.00

Academically suspended students can appeal to the Admissions, Credit, and Academic Standing Committee requesting permission to enroll for the next semester. Students who do not appeal academic suspension or who were denied a waiver of academic suspension will be eligible to enroll after sitting out one full semester (fall or spring).

If the committee waives academic suspension, the student may be restricted to limited hours, specific courses or requested to meet with a counselor/advisor. The purpose of the procedure is to provide recommendations for improving grades and successfully completing the semester.
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