Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP)

What is it?

Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) refers to a level of achievement that students must uphold in order to earn a degree at Goodwin and maintain their financial aid eligibility.

Three times per year, after final grades are posted, Goodwin College reviews each student’s record to determine their academic standing. Students are notified if they have not met SAP requirements.

SAP Benchmarks

Making SAP involves getting at least a 1.6 CGPA in the first semester, 1.8 in the second and third, and a 2.0 beyond that. This applies regardless of part-time or full-time status, and applies to Associate degree programs, Bachelor degree programs, or any program three semesters in length. Students enrolled in Certificate programs or earn a 1.6 CGPA in the first semester and a 2.0 CGPA in the second. Any one semester program requires a 2.0 CGPA at the end of the one semester.

If you have taken Foundational courses, you must have passed two of them once you have completed four. Foundational courses are not calculated into the student’s GPA or CGPA, nor do they count in the rate of completion.

Students enrolled in an Associate program, who have attempted more than 30 credits, are required to have a pace equal to or greater than 66.6%. Pace (also known as “rate of completion”) is calculated by dividing the number of credits received by the number of credits attempted. Students who have attempted 30 credits or fewer need at least a 50% pace.

Students enrolled in a Bachelor program, who have attempted more than 30 credits and less than 61, are required to have a pace equal to or greater than 60%. Once the student has amassed between 61 and 180 credits attempted, the pace must be equalt to or greater than 66.6%. Pace (also known as “rate of completion”) is calculated by dividing the number of credits received by the number of credits attempted. Students who have attempted 30 credits or fewer need at least a 50% pace.

Students cannot exceed the Maximum Time Frame (MTF). MTF is one and one half times the normal time frame to complete a degree. For an Associate degree, students may not attempt more than 90 credits. For a Bachelor degree, students may not attempt more than 180 credits. Once MTF is reached, students are no longer eligible for financial aid. Continuation in their program of study is subject to restrictions.

How can this affect me?

Students who do not make SAP risk losing financial aid and getting dismissed from the college.

More information about SAP can be found here.

How can I avoid getting in SAP trouble?

The best thing to do is to commit to passing each course for which you register. Students should do their best to avoid getting “W’s” or “UG’s” on your transcript, or repeating courses. These will negatively impact making SAP.

If you need to withdraw based on a reason under the Family Medical Leave Act, you must file the appropriate paperwork with the Registrar’s office before the end of the semester. Click here to read more about FMLA.

What happens when placed on Warning status?

Academic standing is assessed at the end of each semester. Students are either in good standing, on Warning status, or on Probation.

If a student doesn't make SAP, they are placed on Warning. The Warning status lasts one semester. They must meet with the Academic Progress Coordinator to assess their goals, academic situation, and develop a support plan. This is known as an academic progress meeting.

Students on Warning who do not take part in an academic progress meeting prior to the sixth week of the semester will have a registration hold placed on their account.

If a student cannot restore their academic standing after one semester on Warning, they will be notified that they no longer have eligibility for federal financial aid. If they choose to continue their studies at Goodwin, they will need to find alternative funding. The only way to try to restore eligibility is to submit a letter of appeal.

Information regarding an appeal is available by clicking this link. Students are advised to monitor their Goodwin.edu email accounts as well as mail from the U.S. Postal Service.

If a student doesn't make SAP after being on Warning for a semester, they must file and appeal to attempt to be placed on Probation. There is a very tight deadline for filing appeals. A student on Warning, who knows that they will not meet SAP benchmarks at the conclusion of the current semester, should turn in an appeal letter as soon as possible to Student Services. An appeal form is available here. The ultimate deadline to turn in an appeal for review prior to the next semester is at noon on the last Thursday prior to a new semester start.

Once on Probation, the student must follow an individualized plan to work toward reinstatement of SAP.

The Promoting Academic Success Seminar (PASS)

The Promoting Academic Success Seminar (PASS) is a free program for students on Warning, and it is required for students on Probation. Attendance in the PASS program is strongly encouraged for students on Warning. PASS incorporates the latest in study strategies, time management skills, and knowledge of campus resources to help you make the most of your educational endeavor and regain your focus. It meets once per week, beginning in the second week of each semester. PASS is led by the Student Support Coordinator, who can be reached at 860-727-6773.

Last Modified: 5/2/2014

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