Bakersfield College

Academic Standing

Being on either academic or progress probation can delay achieving your educational goals. Finding solutions begins with knowledge. The more you know about academic standing, what Bakersfield College (BC) expects of you, and the timelines involved, the easier it will be to develop an effective action plan.

This web page is designed to provide an explanation of academic standing for students experiencing academic difficulty. It can serve as a tangible resource you can use to rebuild a pathway to academic success. We are going to begin with definitions of academic standing then review how academic standing progresses through three consecutive semesters. Review the information carefully and make sure you understand your particular academic standing.

What is Academic Standing?

There are the three categories of academic standing.

Academic Standing Categories

Good Standing

Academic standing is not calculated until students have attempted 12 units of Bakersfield College coursework. Then, at the end of every fall and spring semester, the college calculates academic standing.

» A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 in all BC coursework indicates academic good standing.

» When 50% or more of all BC coursework is completed with grades and not withdrawals, incompletes, or no pass notations, satisfactory academic progress (SAP) good standing is achieved.

Academic Probation

Academic probation status is assigned when a cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) falls below a 2.0. The reference to “cumulative” GPA is important. It means that all of the grade points you have accumulated at BC are used to calculate your GPA.

» A cumulative GPA below a 2.0 shows a pattern of academic difficulty.

 

Progress Probation

Progress probation refers to how much progress you are making in completing your classes with grades. Progress probation is determined by the cumulative number of units that have Withdrawal (W), Incomplete (I), or No Pass (NP) notations. Progress probation status is assigned when 50% or more of your cumulative units are Withdrawal (W), Incomplete (I), or No Pass (NP) notations.

» Completing less than half of your classes with grades shows a pattern of difficulty.

How Academic Standing Progresses

The college calculates academic standing twice every year, once after the spring semester and again after the fall semester grades have posted. When your BC cumulative GPA climbs to a 2.0 or above after spring or fall semester grades are evaluated you will automatically be back in Academic Good Standing. Academic standing is always applied in a set sequence with Probation 1 coming first, Probation 2 second, and Dismissal the final stage. In other words, it takes three consecutive semesters for a student to go from being on probation to being dismissed. If you leave college in the middle of the sequence, your academic standing remains the same until you return and earn new grades in fall or spring.

AT THE END OF YOUR FIRST SEMESTER ON ACADEMIC/PROGRESS PROBATION

When your cumulative GPA at Bakersfield College falls below a 2.0, you are on Academic Probation 1.

When 50% or more of your total BC units have Withdrawal (W), Incomplete (I), or No Pass (NP) notations you are on Progress Probation 1.

Result: After fall or spring semester grades are posted, you will receive a notification in your BC e-mail of your probation standing and a hold may be placed on your record that will prevent you from registering for classes. The first action you should take is check your grades from last semester and make sure they are recorded correctly.

Action required before you can continue at Bakersfield College

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Step 1: Student Success Seminar

To release the hold you must complete the online Student Success Seminar.

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Step 2: Registration

Register for classes and pay fees.

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Step 3: Improve Academic Standing

Earn above a 2.0 for the semester and successfully complete more than 50% of all units attempted.

AT THE END OF YOUR SECOND SEMESTER ON ACADEMIC/PROGRESS PROBATION

When your cumulative GPA at Bakersfield College continues below a 2.0 for a second consecutive semester, you are on Academic Probation 2.

When 50% or more of your total BC units have a W, I, or NP notation for a second semester you are on Progress Probation 2.

Result: After grades are posted, a registration hold may be placed on your record which prevents you from registering for classes. You also lose your enrollment priority position. The first action you should take is to check your grades from last semester and make sure they are recorded correctly.

Action required before you can continue at Bakersfield College

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Step 1: Student Success Seminar

The registration hold will remain in effect until you have completed the online Student Success Seminar, and Steps 2 and 3 below.

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Step 2: Attend an onsite Probation Workshop

Probation Workshop Sign-up

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Step 3: Meet with a Counselor or Educational Advisor

Meet with a Counselor to make a personalized plan of success.
Call 395-4450 to make an appointment.

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Step 4: Registration

You will be limited to taking 12 units the following semester.

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Step 5: Pathway to Success Progress Reports

You will be required to complete and submit two Pathway to Success Progress Reports to the Counseling and Advising Center-Probation Program during the semester.

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Step 6: Improve Academic Standing

Earn above a 2.0 GPA for the semester and successfully complete more than 50% of all BC units attempted.

AT THE END OF YOUR THIRD SEMESTER ON ACADEMIC/PROGRESS PROBATION

When your cumulative GPA at Bakersfield College continues below a 2.0 after a third semester, you are dismissed.

When 50% or more of your total BC units have a Withdrawal (W) , Incomplete (I), or No Pass (NP) notation after a third semester you are dismissed.

Result: After fall or spring semester grades are posted, a registration hold is placed on your record which prevents you from registering for classes. You also lose your enrollment priority position. The first action you should take is check your grades from last semester and make sure they are recorded correctly.

Action required before you apply to return to Bakersfield College

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Step 1: Sit Out One Semester

You have the choice to attend another college or not attend college at all. After you sit out for one full semester (summer does not count), you can be readmitted to Bakersfield College.

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Step 2: Student Success Seminar

The registration hold will remain in effect until you have completed the online Student Success Seminar, and Steps 3 and 4 below.

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Step 3: Attend Dismissal/Reinstatement Workshop

Attend an onsite Dismissal/Reinstatement Workshop which will concentrate on different strategies to pick your classes, balance your responsibilities, and take practical steps to maintain your enrollment.

Dismissal Reinstatement Workshop Sign Up
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Step 4: Meet with a Counselor or Educational Advisor

Meet with a counselor or educational advisor and sign a contract for probationary reinstatement. Call 395-4450 to make an appointment.

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Step 5: Registration

Upon reinstatement you will be limited to a 7 unit course load.

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Step 6: Pathway to Success Progress Reports

You will be required to complete and submit three Pathway to Success Progress Reports to the Counseling and Advising Center - Probation Program during the semester.

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Step 7: Improve Academic Standing

Earn above a 2.0 for the semester and successfully complete more than 50% of all units attempted

Appeal the Dismissal

You also have a choice to Appeal the Dismissal: You can fill out the BC Dismissal Appeal Petition Form clearly identifying and explaining the cause(s) of the substandard academic performance and attach outside documentation that proves the causes have been addressed and eliminated. The appeal form is submitted to the Counseling and Advising Center for review and final decision will be rendered by the Program Manager of the Probation Program. The appeal period will typically end ten (10) business days before the new semester begins.

If your appeal is denied, the Program Manager will inform you of the decision via your BC E-mail.

If your appeal is approved, you will be contacted by a counselor or educational advisor to set up an appointment. The counselor or educational advisor will review any conditions on readmission and sign a Contract for Probationary Reinstatement. Your hold will then be released for registration.

SECOND CHANCE - CONTINUED PROBATION

ACADEMIC PROBATION

If your cumulative GPA is below a 2.0 but you achieved at least a 2.00 at the end of last semester then you will be automatically assigned Continued Probation status and given one more semester with your enrollment priority intact. For example, if your GPA for all courses at BC is a 1.5 but your grades at the end of fall or spring are a 2.6 – good to go! One more semester to work at raising your GPA.

PROGRESS PROBATION

If more than half of your cumulative units still show Withdrawals (W), Incomplete (I), and No Pass (NP) notations, but you completed at least 50% of last semester’s units with grades, then you have earned an exception to the rules! You can retain your enrollment priority position, and continue working on progress for one more semester.

Every semester that you meet these conditions, you are automatically extended for one semester at BC. It doesn’t matter how long it takes. Every semester you meet these conditions you keep your enrollment priority and earn one more semester to improve your GPA and show progress.

Frequently Asked Questions

Notification is always sent to students by Bakersfield College E-mail. Students are strongly encouraged to check their academic status at the end of every semester in order to verify their performance levels.

You are encouraged to speak to a counselor or educational advisor in order to determine unit recommendations as well as how you can make up your deficiencies.

A counselor or educational advisor can assist you in many ways! Counselors and educational advisors can help you with:

  • setting up a class schedule
  • creating a student education plan (SEP)
  • provide information about majors
  • transfer planning
  • referral to campus/community resources
  • personal counseling/advising
  • discuss how to develop better study skills and habits
  • career and vocational exploration

Make your appointment early!

Your cumulative GPA is the total average of your grades for all classes attempted. Your cumulative total can go up or down depending on how you do in each semester.

You will return to good academic standing when you raise your cumulative GPA to at least a 2.0 and complete 50% of the units attempted.

Although you have done better academically during your most recent semester it may not have been enough to bring your cumulative GPA up to a 2.00. You will be automatically taken off of probation once you become in good standing with the College. An e-mail will be sent to your BC e-mail address notifying you of your academic accomplishment.

All previous semesters of enrollment are part of your permanent record at BC. Past semesters and new semesters will reveal an accurate history of your cumulative record. Your past academic history may have an effect on current probationary status.

If you registered for classes and failed to officially withdraw, your instructor(s) may have turned in failing grades for you. It is your responsibility to officially withdraw from classes before the deadline published in the most recent college catalog. Go online to the Bakersfield College website and drop the course via the Web Registration System. Be sure to print the screen showing the date of the drop and save it until grades for that semester post.

The computer generated program has no way of determining why a student withdraws from their class or classes. Although you may have officially withdrawn from your classes for good reasons, submitting a drop form after the "W" notation deadline will result in a "W" grade. Failing to complete 50% of your total units for the semester will result in progress probation. Withdrawal deadlines are published in the schedule of classes each semester.

Schedule an appointment with a counselor or educational advisor to discuss personal challenges or to discuss school, work conflicts, course selection, a change in family needs, educational goals, or any concerns you may have regarding your scholastic progress. Services are in place to help you succeed. You may also go to the Health Center for personal/mental health counseling.

At this point it is vital that you schedule an appointment to meet with a counselor or educational advisor. Failure to complete your second semester of probation in good standing may result in dismissal from the College.

Financial aid students must follow the satisfactory academic progress standards established by the Financial Aid Office. Those standards are different that the college's academic standards for all students. You should check your academic status with the Financial Aid Office.

Students may repeat a course in which they received a D or F. By repeating a course with a substandard grade, it will alleviate the initial grade you received. It is recommended to speak to a counselor or educational advisor to determine whether a class is worth repeating. There might be a way to alleviate a substandard grade without having to repeat the course. Ask your counselor or educational advisor about academic renewal.

Students can request an academic renewal for substandard grades (D, F) received. The substandard grade(s) may be disregarded in the computation of a student's GPA if the work was not reflective of the student's present scholastic level of performance. Please speak to a counselor or educational advisor for further details.

Consequences include but are not limited to:

  • You may be unable to register for classes until a Pathway to Success contract is signed by the student and a counselor or educational advisor.
  • Seminar and workshop requirements must be met before you are cleared to register.
  • Financial Aid may be suspended.
  • Expenses incurred for repeating classes to raise GPA.

If you have any further questions contact the Counseling and Advising Department to schedule an appointment: 395-4450 

Unfortunately our computer generated program has no way of determining a student's personal pursuits. We are required to inform all students when they fall into a probationary category. A letter will be sent out for all probation statuses.

WE ARE HERE TO HELP!

This process can be difficult if you are trying to do it on your own. Know all these services are in place to provide you with support which will help you achieve your goals.

Bakersfield College Center for Student Success is designed to assist you with resources and services.

Do not hesitate to ask for help!

General Counseling

(661) 395-4421

At-Risk Counseling

Counselor: Fabiola Johnson
(661) 395-4450
E-mail Fabiola Johnson

Program Manager: Dr. Michael McClenic
(661) 395-4599
E-mail Dr. Mclenic

Counselor: Sarah Villasenor
(661) 395-4421
E-mail Sarah Villasenor

Department Assistant III: Kristina Whitmore
(661) 395-4450
E-mail Kristina Whitmore

Scheduling an appointment

If you have any further questions contact the Counseling and Advising Department, 395-4450, to schedule an appointment.

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