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Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Satisfactory Academic Progress

Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) consists of both a GPA component (qualitative) and a course progress component (quantitative) and is checked at the end of every term. To maintain good standing, students must earn a minimum GPA of 3.0 or final course grade of B. Students who do not earn a B or above are subject to the Academic Probation and Dismissal Policy. A course grade of W on an official transcript counts against a student’s satisfactory academic progress.

Credit hour completion is the quantitative measure of SAP whereby a student must complete their program within 150% of the published credits of the program. For example, the master’s degree program is 36 credits, which requires students to  satisfy all requirements of the program without having to attempt more than 54 credits. In order to ensure that students are meeting satisfactory academic progress during their program, the following SAP thresholds apply. Students who are not meeting this SAP standard are subject to the Academic Probation and Dismissal Policy.

Course Workload 

Coursework at The Art of Education University requires graduate-level reading, writing, and assignment submissions. When registering for courses, students should take these guidelines into consideration to ensure that they can uphold the requirements of the course and institutional policies. 

  • Courses are weighted using semester credit hours. 
  • One to four semester credit hours is considered a regular course load. 
  • Course workload calculations are determined using the Carnegie unit. The expected student workload is 45 hours per semester credit.
  • A student enrolled in six or more semester credit hours at The Art of Education University in a 16-week timeframe is considered full-time.
  • Degree-seeking students enrolled in more than four semester credit hours in one term are advised to design a plan with their academic advisor to ensure academic success. 

Academic Probation Policy

Master’s degree students must earn a B (80%) or higher, or a minimum of a 3.0 GPA, upon completion of each course to earn graduate credit toward program completion. Students placed on academic probation for failing to meet SAP standards are given a two-term probation period to remedy their progress and return to good standing. If they are still not in good standing at the end of the warning term, they are placed on academic probation and given a final term to remedy their standing. Students should meet with their academic advisors for guidance. Students who are unable to remedy their standing within the term may be withdrawn from the program.

Inactive Program Student 

Students who do not start a course term for one year will be marked inactive. The student may continue the degree program at any point within the five year maximum by enrolling in a course. Inactive students can reestablish active status after the successful completion of a course term. 

Capstone Readiness Exam 

Once started, the exam must be completed within seven calendar days. Successful completion of this proctored exam is required to enroll in the 600-level core courses. 

Students who do not pass the exam must complete another Capstone Readiness Checkpoint and retake the exam. All fees apply.

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