Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

Federal regulations require that Antioch University Santa Barbara establish and apply reasonable standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for the purpose of the receipt of financial assistance under the programs authorized by Title IV of the Higher Education Act. To comply with these regulations, the Registrar’s Office reviews student records each term to verify a satisfactory rate of progress toward the completion of the degree. Learning activities are considered complete only if all course requirements have been met, the evaluation form is present in the Registrar’s Office, and the student has received CREDIT AWARDED for the course. Learning activities for which a student received an INCOMPLETE because the course spans more than one quarter are not included when determining Satisfactory Academic Progress. Units attempted are defined as the total number of units for which a student officially was enrolled on or after the end of the add/drop period.

The standards and guidelines below apply to all students for all academic terms. Students must meet both term-based and cumulative standards to be in SAP compliance.

Term-based Standards
The term-based measure of academic performance compares the number of credits that a student attempts to the number of credits that a student earns within a single term.

Cumulative Standards
The University’s cumulative standard of satisfactory academic progress is a measurement over time, comparing the total number of applicable credits attempted to the total number of credits earned. Credits accepted for transfer are considered credits attempted and credits earned, and are included in the cumulative SAP calculations.

Undergraduate Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards

  • First term – Completion of 50% of term-based and cumulative attempted credits
  • Second term – Completion of 66% of term-based and cumulative attempted credits
  • All subsequent terms – Completion of 75% of term-based and cumulative attempted credits

Graduate Minimum Satisfactory Academic Progress Standards

  • First term – Completion of 50% of term-based and cumulative attempted credits
  • All subsequent terms – Completion of 75% of term-based and cumulative attempted credits

The calculation of satisfactory academic progress is determined at the end of one term for the student’s standing in the upcoming term. Adjustments of student SAP status, in the current term, are allowable only for corrections to SAP miscalculations.

Academic Progress Warning
A status assigned to students who fail to meet SAP at the end of a term. Students continue their
enrollment and receive federal financial aid, but are expected to meet SAP by the end of the term in
which they are put on Academic Progress Warning.

Academic Progress Probation
A status assigned to students who fail to meet SAP at the end of the Academic Progress Warning term and who successfully appeal a suspension of academic and financial aid eligibility (see full policy). Students on this status are eligible to register and to receive federal financial aid.

Academic Plan
A plan developed by the Academic Advisor and the student, and approved by the academic unit head, to ensure that the student is able to meet the University’s satisfactory academic progress standards by a specific point in time.

Academic Withdrawal
A status assigned to students who fail to meet SAP at the end of Academic Progress Warning and who do not appeal or whose appeal is not approved. The Academic Withdrawal process prohibits students from continuing their studies and registering for additional coursework.

Satisfactory Progress and Financial Aid Eligibility
Students must make satisfactory academic progress to be eligible for financial aid. Students who have not previously attended AUSB are considered to be in good academic standing. For students who attended AUSB but did not receive financial aid, the University will determine eligibility by reviewing their past AUSB records.

Antioch University Policy 6.119 Satisfactory Academic Progress

 

 

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