Academic Standards Policy

Clark College is committed to the academic success of its students. The primary purpose of the Academic Standards Policy is to quickly identify and alert students with low academic achievement and provide those students with assistance to improve their academic performance.

This policy applies to all students. Some individual college programs/funding sources may have additional requirements. Students in these programs should contact the appropriate program advisor for information regarding these requirements or check with an academic advisor if they have questions.

Students must earn a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better to remain in good academic standing. The following consequences will be imposed progressively for students who are not in good academic standing.

Academic Standards Procedure

Academic Concern

The first time the term GPA falls below 2.0, students will be placed on Academic Concern.

  • The college will send an e-mail to students' Clark e-mail accounts that offers information about the Academic Standards process and explains what happens at each stage.

  • Students will receive a list of college resources and a recommendation to take advantage of services.

Academic Intervention

The second time the term GPA falls below 2.0, students will be placed on Academic Intervention. 

One (1) Term Academic Dismissal

If students have previously been placed on Academic Concern and Academic Intervention statuses, and both their term and cumulative GPAs are below 2.0, they will be placed on One-Term Academic Dismissal. 

Four (4) Term Academic Dismissal

If students have previously been placed on Academic Concern, Academic Intervention, and One-Term Academic Dismissal statuses, and both their term and cumulative GPAs remain below 2.0, they will be placed on Four-Term Academic Dismissal. 

Academic Standards for Professional/Technical Programs

Students in certain professional/technical programs must receive grades of "C" or better in program core courses to advance in the program class sequences. Students should refer to the department description in Section C of the catalog for further information.