Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy | Minneapolis College of Art and Design

Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy

Each student bears the responsibility of maintaining satisfactory academic progress and seeking help if they are having difficulty doing so. In order to maintain satisfactory progress, students must meet the following criteria:

  1. New students who do not receive a minimum GPA of 2.0 in their first semester will be academically dismissed and must appeal to the Student Appeals Review Board in order to receive a probationary semester.
  2. Continuing students whose cumulative GPA falls below 2.0 will be placed on academic probation for the following semester. The student must achieve a GPA of 2.0 in that following semester to avoid dismissal and then will have one additional semester to bring their cumulative GPA to a minimum of 2.0. If these terms are not met, the student will be dismissed.
  3. Continuing students who have a cumulative GPA greater than 2.0 but earn a semester GPA of less than 2.0 will be placed on academic probation for the following semester. If the semester GPA in the subsequent semester again falls below 2.0 the student will be dismissed, regardless of their cumulative GPA.
  4. In addition to the GPA requirements, students must also complete at least 60 percent of the total (cumulative) credits which they have attempted or they will be dismissed. Credits attempted include those registered credits with grades of "A" through "D" and "P". Incompletes, No Grade reported, Withdrawals and "F"s are also counted as credits attempted, but are not counted as credits earned. To maintain satisfactory progress, students should register for a credit load they believe they can satisfactorily complete.

Students who are not making satisfactory academic progress will be sent a letter from the Registrar. Upon receipt of such a letter, students are expected to arrange a meeting with their advisor. The Vice President of Student Affairs, faculty, Learning Center and academic advising staff are also available to discuss problems and help students develop strategies to deal with unsatisfactory academic progress.

Appeal Procedure

Students who have been terminated from financial aid or from attendance at MCAD have the right to appeal for reinstatement because of:

  1. undue hardship
  2. special circumstances
  3. injury or illness

The appeal and hearing procedure is outlined in the "Student Appeals and Grievances" section. Students who have been readmitted to MCAD through the appeal process will be placed on probation for that semester and will be evaluated at the end of the semester for appropriate academic progress.

Master of Arts Academic Progress Policy

Online master of arts students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 in order to meet academic progress standards. A GPA below 2.0 will result in the student being placed on academic probation the following semester. Students will have that semester to bring their cumulative GPA to a minimum of 2.0 in order to avoid dismissal.