The College of Nursing is committed to your academic success. If you are struggling or find yourself facing consequences for your academic performance, your Academic Advisor can assist you so that you are back on track and successfully completing your courses. The following information documents policies and procedures that will guide you when you may be facing academic difficulty.
Guide for RN-BSN AP Students on Academic Probation
When will I be notified of my probation status? You will be notified by your advisor, via student email, once it has become apparent that your future academic success may be in jeopardy.
What Does This Mean? A student on Academic Probation has a grade point average (GPA) that is within the Table of Standards (which is attached to this notice) for their classification, but still has a GPA that is less than a 2.0. Students on Academic Probation will experience certain restrictions while on probation. For instance:
- Students may be placed on a contract and possibly limit further the credit hours that can be taken or the type of classes to be taken. (This decision is at your advisor’s discretion)
- Students cannot enroll into additional courses for the following semester until the end of the registration period for all current students (which is just prior to open enrollment) for a given term.
What Can I Do About It? There is no appeal process for this academic status; it is simply an indication that you are not in Good Standing with the University. The best course of action is to meet with your academic advisor in the College of Nursing prior to the beginning of classes or very early in the semester and develop an action plan for academic success. Here are some questions that students on Academic Probation may want to consider in developing this action plan:
- Are there environmental factors that are impacting my ability to succeed in college? For instance, am I working too much and cannot devote enough time to my studies? Am I experiencing personal stressors from family, friends, or personal health issues? Is something impeding my ability to attend classes?
- Do I have the academic skills I need to succeed in completing my college coursework to the best of my ability? For instance, do I have the proper time management skills to plan enough study time? Do I know how to prepare for exams? Do I actively take notes and participate in class and read course assignments? Am I receiving poor grades on written assignments and need improvement with my writing skills?
- Do you have the necessary comfort level with using a computer, or taking courses in an online setting? For instance, would you feel more comfortable in a classroom setting, with one-on-one teaching possibilities from the instructor? Are you comfortable or familiar with computer programs such as blackboard, Microsoft office, and chat room forums? Are comfortable with taking a course online?
- Do you have the right attitude and motivation to be in college? For instance, do I think negatively about having to do my school work or do I see it as an opportunity to learn something new? If I say “I am motivated and determined to get a degree,” am I really following through by studying the proper amount and producing quality work? Am I actively seeking the resources on- and off-campus that will help me be a successful student? Is getting a college degree my number one priority? If so, am I following through with behavior that will help me be successful in achieving that degree?
With some self-reflection, students can work with their advisors to consider solutions and plans that will boost future academic performance. For instance,
- Students who find that they are working too much could cut down on the amount of time working or on the credit hours taken in a given semester. In the online program, it is common procedure for a student to take only one course per start date, if other avenues of their life are too demanding. It is better to take fewer credit hours and get good grades than to take more hours and fail or withdraw from courses.
- Students with family members who are sick could cut down on the number of credit hours taken in a given semester or take the semester off altogether, to avoid outside distractions.
- Students struggling with a general prerequisite to the RN-BSN nursing courses may want to inquire about taking a developmental or refresher course to sharpen their skills at that subject. (For example, taking fundamentals of math at a local community college before taking the required College Algebra course for the RN-BSN program). •
- Students may simply need to develop a study schedule to ensure that enough study time is allotted to meet their goals.
While this list of scenarios is certainly not comprehensive, it serves to show that the many student issues that impede academic performance have several potential solutions with a little effort, more proactive thinking, and some careful planning with the long-term goal in mind…to graduate with a college degree.
What University Policies Should I Consider?
Grade Replacement or Grade Exclusion
(For students who entered the program before Fall 2006 through Summer 2013) The University has adopted two policies, grade replacement and grade exclusion depending on the year of student admission to the University, to help students repair their cumulative grade point averages (GPA). These policies can be found in the Academic Regulations – Institutional Grading Policies section of the Undergraduate Catalog at www.uta.edu/catalog/. However, while these policies may repair the GPA, they will not solve the potential underlying causes. Talk with your academic advisor to find out more about these policies and if you would be eligible for their use.
Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)
For students who receive federal financial aid, federal regulations require that institutions monitor the academic progress of students. Eligibility of federal financial aid may be impacted by a student’s grade point average and the number of credit hours completed in a given session. More information about the eligibility requirements can be found at: http://wweb.uta.edu/ses/fao/content/financialaid/satisfactory_academic_progress.aspx. In some cases, appeals are considered by the Financial Aid Office. The appeal can be found at http://wweb.uta.edu/ses/fao/assets/pdf/satisfactory.pdf.
It is very important to note that a SAP Appeal is a separate process from the Appeals for Waiver of the Dismissals. Students must complete both appeal processes independently if necessary. In addition, an appeal granted by the academic department for readmission may not impact your ability to receive federal financial aid. Likewise, an approved SAP appeal does not guarantee that an academic department will grant an appeal for the waiver of a dismissal.
Created by the University Advising Center as a support tool that students can refer to after having received an academic status letter from the Office of Records. While this tool was created by the University Advising Center, students should seek the advising from the academic advisor in their major department. Undeclared and first year freshman students would see an advisor in the University Advising Center. This tool should not be used as a replacement to the Undergraduate Catalog and advisement from your academic department.