Academic Progress Standards
Yakima Valley Community College is committed to the educational success of students. The college recognizes that individual student success requires a clear educational goal, careful course selections and a substantial commitment of student time and effort. In support of student success, the college provides programs and services to assist students with their educational choices and their learning processes. The college has the additional obligation to support and require academic progress for enrolled students. This is essential both for the wellbeing of the student and for the responsible management of the public higher education resources.
In order to maintain satisfactory progress while enrolled at YVCC, students are expected to maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or higher on a quarterly and a cumulative basis. Financial aid students must successfully complete all of the credits they were awarded for and earn at least a 2.0 quarterly GPA to remain in satisfactory progress. Please see specific financial aid academic requirements at http://www.yvcc.edu/Financialaid/ or visit the financial aid office for a printed policy. Students may not always be able to maintain these academic standards, so the college provides the following rules, supports, and procedures:
Determining an Academic Plan
All new certificate or degree-seeking students must establish that they are prepared to succeed in their chosen educational program. Upon completion of 30 college-level credits, students who have not declared a program or a major area of study will be required to meet with their advisor, to declare a program or a major and prepare a degree audit.
Commitment to Academic Goals
Upon completion of 60 credits toward a Transfer Associate Degree or an Associate of Applied Science Degree, students must apply for graduation. Certificate students must apply for graduation one or two quarters prior to graduation, depending on the certificate requirements. This timeline is intended to allow sufficient time for necessary adjustments to a student’s course schedule and to better support timely program completion. Students will receive a postcard reminding them to apply for graduation.
Students will be placed on academic probation when their GPA falls below the minimum standard of 2.00. Students placed on academic probation will receive a letter informing them of their probation status and how they can obtain assistance in achieving their educational goals.
Students who have been placed on academic probation and who fail during the next quarter to make satisfactory progress shall be suspended for one academic quarter. Students placed on academic suspension will be notified by mail and may appeal by the deadline stated in their suspension letter. Students who do not appeal will be dropped from their classes (tuition will be refunded, if warranted) and will be blocked from registration until evidence of their degree audit is submitted to the registration office.
Students who return from prior suspension and fail to earn a minimum 2.0 GPA for the quarter shall be dismissed from the college, subject to appeal. If dismissal is upheld, the student will not be eligible to return until the fourth quarter following the dismissal. Students will be blocked from registration until evidence of their degree audit is submitted to the registration office.