Academic Standards of Progress

Academic Standards of Progress

I. Grade System

The final semester grades are determined by the instructors, according to the grades the student earns in all phases of class work: class discussions, tests, daily work, laboratory work, reports, term papers, and the semester examinations. Final grades should reflect consistent improvement as well as averaged grades.

Grade reports are issued by the Records Office at the end of each semester. Mid-semester grades are posted by individual instructors.

A student may file notice and repeat any unsuccessfully completed course, and the higher grade earned will be used to compute the cumulative grade point average.

Note: The Office of Financial Aid has a separate and stricter Satisfactory Progress Standard (SAP). They re-view the academic history of all attempted credit hours of all applicants prior to the awarding of Title IV Federal Student Aid and/or Illinois State Student Aid. These standards have components of a Quantitative Measure (the Pace at which the student must be completing their Program of Study) and a Qualitative Measure (the grades a student must be obtaining in their coursework) and be reviewed at stated intervals. DACC reviews SAP at the end of each semester.

The letter system of grading is employed as follows:

A Excellent 4 grade points per semeter hour
B Above Average 3 grade points per semester hour
C Average 2 grade ponts per semester hour
D Below Average 1 grade points per semester hour
F Failed 0 grade point per semester hour

The following grades do not affect grade point average.

W Official Withdrawal of a student within the Withdrawal Policy guidelines.
I Incomplete - This is a temporary grade. All incomplete work involved with a temporary “I” grade must be performed within 30 calendar days after the end of the term so that a grade may be recorded. If an "I" grade expires without progress, the student will receive an "F.” If an extension beyond 30 days is needed due to extenuating circumstances (such as an illness/accident, natural disaster, pandemic, etc.), it may be considered by the Instructor and Dean. The Registrar shall be consulted regarding the extension length for procedural guidance on consequences affecting financial aid, State reporting, and other related circumstances.
P Completed/Passed grade used for successfully completed labs and orientations.
AU Audit - Student auditing a class will receive an “AU” grade.
S/U Satisfactory and Unsatisfactory are used in some courses.

II. Minimum Satisfactory Grade Level

A student will be considered on academic probation if he or she fails to maintain the cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) required for good standing as follows:

Semester Hours Earned at DACC Minimum GPA for Good Standing
0-17 credit hours 1.40
18-31 credit hours 1.60
32-48 credit hours 1.80
49+ credit hours 2.00

III. Academic Probation

A student placed on academic probation will be limited to a maximum of twelve (12) credit hours of enrollment for the next term. The following criteria also apply:

  1. The student must earn a 2.00 Grade Point Average (GPA) or higher for the term.
  2. The student will remain on probation until he/she attains a cumulative GPA for good standing (see above chart).

In the event that the student does not achieve either of the above criteria, the student will be placed on academic suspension for one term.

IV. Academic Probation "Grace Period"

The rapid pace of change in today's society requires everyone to be engaged in lifelong learning. Realizing that personal circumstances and attitudes change over time, returning students who have been absent for five years or more and who have had an unsuccessful academic experience will not be placed on academic probation during their first term of re-enrollment with the College. It is hoped that this "Grace Period" will support students who have an unsatisfactory academic record, but who desire to return to DACC and seriously pursue a course of study.

The returning student's cumulative GPA will be examined following the first term of re-enrollment, and DACC Standards of Progress will apply. Students may wish to explore the possibility of a grade exclusion at that time if appropriate. Please be advised that this "Grace Period" is not relevant to a previous financial aid warning, suspension or ineligible status which is governed by federal and/or state regulations.

V. Readmission

Before a suspended student will be readmitted he or she must prepare a Probation Contract which will identify the measures to be applied to improve the student’s GPA (e.g. change of program, remedial classes, tutorial or other academic support services, etc.). Enrollment for the next semester will be limited to a maximum of twelve (12) credit hours. The student must earn a 2.00 grade point average (GPA) or higher for the term. The student will remain on probation until he/she attains a cumulative GPA for good standing (see above chart). In the event that the student does not achieve either of the above mentioned criteria, the student will be placed on academic suspension for one term.

VI. Appeals

The student enrolled at DACC may appeal an academic suspension through the Dean of Student Services by completing an Appeals Form. The student's appeal will be reviewed with respect to past/current academic standing and/or demonstrated ability to achieve academic success. Submission of an appeals form does not guarantee or suggest automatic reinstatement. The Dean's office is located in room 104 of Lincoln Hall.