Academic Standing FAQs

What is academic standing?

Academic Standing is a measure of a student’s academic achievement according to established college standards and (in some cases) the additional requirements of the student’s particular program of study. Academic standing determines a student’s ability to continue in a program and to qualify for graduation. Wake Tech recognizes the following levels of academic standing: Good Standing, Academic Warning, Academic Suspension, and Academic Probation.

How is academic standing determined?

A student’s academic standing is determined at the end of each fall and spring semester based upon previous academic standing and cumulative grade point average (GPA).

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What is Good Standing?

Students with a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher are considered to be in Good Academic Standing.

What is Academic Warning?

Students will be placed on Academic Warning the first fall or spring semester their cumulative GPA is below 2.0.

What is Academic Suspension?

Students will be placed on Academic Suspension the second consecutive fall or spring semester their cumulative GPA is below 2.0.

What is Academic Probation?

After a one-semester suspension, students that are reinstated will be placed on Academic Probation for the enrolled term immediately following the suspension. Students on Academic Probation must adhere to the success contract developed with their Academic Advisor. At the conclusion of the probation period, students whose cumulative GPA improves to a 2.0 or higher move to Good standing. Students whose cumulative GPA remains below 2.0 return to Academic Suspension.

What is the difference between semester (or term) GPA and cumulative GPA?

Semester GPA is your grade point average for a specific semester. Cumulative GPA is your grade point average for all attempted courses at Wake Tech.

What will happen if I’m on Academic Warning?

Students on Academic Warning will have a restriction placed on their record to prevent access or continued access to the registration system. Upon successful completion of College Strong, an online academic support course, the restriction will be lifted and access to the registration system will be restored.

Where can I find the College Strong course?

The College Strong course is located in Blackboard.

How long will it take me to complete the College Strong course?

The College Strong course is self-paced and consists of 5 modules. Most students will complete the entire course in 2-6 hours.

What will happen when I finish the College Strong course?

Upon successful completion of the College Strong course, defined as a score of 80% or higher, the restriction will be lifted from the student’s account within 2 to 3 hours to restore access to the registration system.

What will happen if I’m on Academic Suspension?

Students on Academic Suspension will not be allowed to enroll in courses for one full semester and will not be allowed to participate in college functions during that time. Students on Academic Suspension will be blocked from registering for classes and may not remain in any classes for which they have pre-registered. A refund of any tuition and fees paid will be authorized, and any applicable financial aid will be canceled for the term.

How long will my suspension last?

The length of a suspension is one semester (fall, spring, or summer).

May I appeal my suspension?

Yes. Students on Academic Suspension may submit a written appeal in order to continue their enrollment. The appeal will be considered if the student’s transcript indicates that while the cumulative GPA of 2.0 has not been achieved, significant progress has been made. Significant progress is defined as a minimum 2.0 GPA for the most current term and/or a grade of C or better in all pre-curriculum courses for the current term.
If the appeal is approved, the student must meet with an Academic Advisor to develop an Academic Success Contract; the registration hold will then be removed to restore the student’s access to the registration system. Course availability may be limited.

What if my appeal is denied?

If the appeal is denied, the student will not be able to take any classes for one semester (fall, spring, or summer) and must follow the reinstatement process as outlined below.

What if I want to return to Wake Tech after being on Academic Suspension?

After a one-semester suspension, a student will be reinstated by completion of the following steps:

  1. Attend a success workshop sponsored by Academic Advising.
     
  2. Meet with an Academic Advisor to develop a contract for success.

Upon completion, the restriction will be lifted, and access to the registration system restored.  The reinstatement steps must be completed no less than one month prior to the start of the term the student wishes to be reinstated.  Following reinstatement, a student will return on Academic Probation status.


Does Academic Suspension differ from Financial Aid Suspension?

Yes, Academic Suspension is different from Financial Aid Suspension.  For more information about Financial Aid Suspension, please contact Financial Aid at finaid.waketech.edu or 919-866-5410.