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Standards of Academic Progress
Florida State College is dedicated to providing students with a high quality educational experience in an environment supportive of intellectual and personal development. The purpose of the Standards of Academic Progress (SOAP) is to clearly communicate the College’s minimum expectations of academic progress.
Students Who Will Be Affected
The standards described below went into effect at the beginning of fall semester 2005. These standards supersede the previously published standards and will be applied to all college credit students who have enrolled in a Florida State College with a cumulative total of six or more credits. A student’s cumulative Florida State College coursework (including college preparatory courses) will be used in the determination of academic status.
New and returning students with fewer than six credits of enrollment will be evaluated initially at the end of the semester in which they enroll in a Florida State College cumulative total of six or more credits.
Transfer students entering Florida State College will be evaluated once their records indicate six or more Florida State College credits of enrollment. Transfer credit will not be included in the determination of status.
*Please note that these standards are not the same as those applicable to financial aid. See the Financial Aid section of the catalog for financial aid standards.
In order to maintain satisfactory academic progress, students must maintain the following minimum cumulative standards:
Florida State College Cumulative Enrollment: 6 hours or more credit
Percentage of Semester Courses *Successfully Completed: 50% (“W,” “F” and “FN” count as unsuccessful)
Required SOAP Cumulative Grade Point Average: 2.0
Students who meet or exceed the established cumulative standards will be considered to have satisfactory standing under the SOAP standards. Students who are placed on academic warning or academic probation will be returned to satisfactory standing as soon as they bring their SOAP cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher and successfully complete at least 50 percent of their coursework – also the standard for satisfactory progress during any given semester if on warning or probation.
Standards for Students on Academic Warning, Academic Probation and Academic Suspension
Students who do not meet the standards for satisfactory standing will initially be placed on academic warning. All students placed on warning must meet with a properly credentialed employee during the semester before registering for future semesters. Students who make satisfactory progress during the semester will remain on academic warning until they return to satisfactory standing.
Students who do not make satisfactory progress based on the standard while on academic warning will be placed on academic probation. All students placed on probation must meet with a properly credentialed employee during the semester before registering for future semesters. When an employee deems a student to be in need of in–depth intervention, a counselor will assist the student. Their enrollment will be limited to nine credits per semester (fall, spring or summer). Approval of the nine credits will be at the discretion of the campus student success dean or the dean’s designee. Additional credits may be granted at the discretion of the campus student success dean based only on documented extenuating circumstances (death in the family, illness, family crisis or accident), or educationally sound reasons. The loss of Social Security, financial aid, veterans assistance, insurance or other benefits is not included in the definition of extenuating circumstances. Students who make academic progress will remain on probation until they return to satisfactory standing.
Students who do not make satisfactory progress (i.e., 2.0 SOAP GPA or greater and 50 percent successful semester course completion) while on academic probation will be placed on academic suspension and must wait one semester before reinstatement is possible. Students on academic suspension should seek reinstatement by contacting a student success office approximately two months prior to the beginning of the semester they wish to re–enter Florida State College.
Notification of Status
All students placed on academic warning, academic probation or academic suspension will be formally notified of their status by the College. Students placed on warning, probation, or suspension should meet immediately with a properly credentialed employee to determine what action can be taken to return to satisfactory progress.
- Following the suspension period, students who wish to re–enter Florida State College must complete an application for reinstatement available at any campus student success office. All students requesting reinstatement must meet with the campus dean of student success or the dean’s designee. The campus dean of student success or the dean’s designee will enter the approval for all reinstatements.
- Suspended students who apply for reinstatement will be reinstated on probation and allowed to register for a maximum of nine credit hours.
- Students may be granted additional credits at the discretion of the campus student success dean based only on documented extenuating circumstances (death in the family, illness, family crisis or accident) or educationally sound reasons. The loss of Social Security, financial aid, veterans assistance, insurance or other benefits is not included in the definition of extenuating circumstances. Students must also have shown progress in the probationary period prior to being suspended and the extenuating circumstance must have occurred in the probationary period prior to suspension.
- Students who are approved for reinstatement may register for the subsequent semester if satisfactory academic progress is made. At any time following the first re–enrollment semester after suspension, the campus dean may approve registration for additional credits. Once students return to satisfactory standing, registration will not be limited by this rule.
- Reinstated students who do not make satisfactory progress during a semester of reinstatement will be suspended and restricted from registration for one academic year. At the conclusion of the suspension period, these students may apply for reinstatement as described in paragraph one (1) above.
- Immediate Reinstatements – Students will be immediately reinstated if a grade change restores them to satisfactory standing.