ACADEMIC STANDING AND PROGRESSION

Academic standards for all programs at ACPHS are developed and adopted by the faculty and are administered by the College administration.

College-wide academic standards apply to all ACPHS students.

Individual programs may have additional academic standards and policies with enhanced stringency that will supersede the respective college-wide academic standards.

Academic Standing

The academic standing of students is designated as one of the following at the end of each academic term: fall, spring, summer session I and summer session II.

Good Academic Standing

Students who have successfully completed all coursework with grades, semester and cumulative GPAs that meet or exceed the minimum college-wide and programmatic academic standards, and/or are making appropriate progress on thesis or capstone work are designated as being in good academic standing.

Note:  Good academic standing does not assure progression into the professional years of the College’s programs. Students are not officially informed of this status unless they are being removed from academic probation imposed in the previous semester.

Grades and Grade Point Average (GPA)
  • Faculty are responsible for assigning grades in each course. In the event of an unresolved conflict between an instructor and a student over a course grade, the student should refer to the “Course Concerns” procedure below.
  • At the discretion of the instructor and department chair, a grade of “I” (Incomplete) may be assigned when a student does not complete the requirements of a course within the semester of enrollment due to extenuating circumstances.
    • Instructors may request that a grade of I be assigned to a student using the Incomplete Grade Request Form found on the Registrar’s intranet site. Unless the faculty member submits a final grade, the Registrar’s Office will change an incomplete grade to the grade indicated on the request form when the deadline established by the faculty (no longer than one semester) has passed.
    • An incomplete grade does not satisfy the prerequisite of another course.
    • Students cannot graduate from the college with an incomplete grade on their record.
    Some courses are graded on a pass/fail basis. Grades of “P” are not calculated into the GPA.
  • Earned quality points for each course are calculated by multiplying the number of credits for that course by the GP equivalent. For example, a student taking Physiology/Pathophysiology I (4 credit course) receiving a grade of B+ (GP=3.3) would earn 13.2 quality points (4 credits x 3.3 GP=13.2). The total (semester, cumulative, or professional) quality points earned is determined by adding the quality points of all courses.
  • To determine academic standing, GPAs are rounded to the nearest tenth of a point (0.1).  Semester, cumulative and professional GPAs are calculated by dividing the total quality points earned by the total credits.

Numerical Grades, Letter Grades, and Grade Point Equivalents *

Numerical Grade

Letter Grade

GP Equivalent

> 97

A+

4.0

93-96

A

4.0

90-92

A-

3.7

87-89

B+

3.3

83-86

B

3.0

80-82

B-

2.7

77-79

C+

2.3

73-76

C

2.0

70-72

C-

1.7

67-69

D+

1.3

63-66

D

1.0

60-62

D-

0.7

< 60

F

0.0

* The above numerical equivalents are provided as a guideline to faculty and students.  Please consult individual course syllabi for course grading and rounding policies. 

Course Concerns Procedure

Students are encouraged to discuss concerns about grading and other academic issues with faculty according to the following sequence:

  1. Discuss with the faculty member teaching the course or section of the course. The process must be initiated within two weeks of the examination, assignment, or academic incident that is the subject of the appeal.
  2. If the concern is not resolved satisfactorily with the faculty member, consult the course coordinator.
  3. If an acceptable resolution is not achieved with the course coordinator, the student may contact the *Department Chair, who has final say.

*Should the Faculty member or the course coordinator be a Department Chair, students can appeal in writing to the Dean of the College on the Albany campus or Regional Dean on the Vermont campus. The Dean’s decision will be final.

ACADEMIC STANDING & PROGRESSION
 
ACADEMIC PROBATION
 
ACADEMIC DISMISSAL
 
ACADEMIC APPEALS PROCESS