PCVS Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP)
Update: November 2019
Certificate Program Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP) uses the following criteria in defining satisfactory academic progress:
Curriculum and Credit Requirements
Professional Certificate in Visual Storytelling students must earn 48 quarter-hour credits and complete all required courses in the curriculum to receive the certificate. They must earn passing grades (2.0 and higher) in all coursework and complete all written papers and portfolio requirements within four weeks of the term end. Students must register for and complete fall, winter and spring-term curricula. Students must complete all program requirements within two academic years in order to earn the Certificate. In those instances that students are unable to enroll in make-up courses, they may transfer credits earned through the completion of workshops offered at MMC provided that, in the judgment of program faculty and administrators, the workshops fulfill the learning goals and objectives of the courses.
Students present work in Final Reviews to the faculty at the end of each term. In these reviews, faculty evaluate and grade projects for each class, in addition to the requirements as stated in each course syllabus. Evaluations are made based on the criteria in the evaluation rubric.
Students must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 (C) in order to proceed to the following term and be eligible for earning the certificate.
Applicants with prior college experience may have work completed elsewhere accepted for credit in the professional certificate program at Maine Media College, or have certain required courses waived. Any previous course work to be considered for transfer must have a grade level of B-(2.67).
To apply for a transfer of credit, the student must submit, in writing, a request stating the courses completed and the grade earned. Supporting documentation is required in order for a decision to be made. Such documentation includes a transcript from the previous institution and a published description of the course. Any consideration for transfer credit must be submitted in writing no later than the end of the second week of classes.
Academic Warning & Probation
By mid-term, if a student is determined by faculty to be receiving a grade lower than a 2.0 in a course, the faculty member submits a written evaluation of the student to the registrar’s office and the student receives a written Academic Warning. The student is required to consult with the faculty member and an academic advisor to discuss steps to be taken to assist the student in completing the course.
Any student receiving academic warnings in 2 or more classes is placed on Academic Probation.
A student determined to be on academic warning status in two or more classes is placed on Academic Probation for the remainder of the term. A student who completes a term with a grade point average below 2.0 is placed on Academic Probation for the subsequent term, if allowed to progress.
Academic Probation is only lifted when the student has demonstrated the ability to achieve a cumulative minimum GPA of 2.0. If this ability is still in question by the end of the probationary period the college determines whether the student should receive an extended probation period or be dismissed from the School.