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Satisfactory Educational Progress

Satisfactory Educational Progress (SEP)
Students in all degree programs are required to make Satisfactory Educational Progress toward their degree completion. Satisfactory Educational Progress has two components, academic and practice, with the exact terms defined by the program in which a student is enrolled. Progress in practice and in academic courses is tracked through practice assessments and official grades. The below processes identify and track students who demonstrate the need for assistance in moving through their programs.

Foundation Advisory

Students may demonstrate the need to establish better learning processes, both in their academic work and in Practice. Onsite students who have completed their first semester of Foundation at the BAC and whose grade point average falls below the minimum required for their program (see below) without failing a course, will be notified of their identification on an Advisory list, and they will be expected to attend a meeting with either their Academic Advisor or with the Dean of School in which they are enrolled. (Please note that following the completion of subsequent semesters, if students fall below the minimum grade point average—even if they have not failed a course—they will be placed on academic probation.)

Academic Probation

All students must maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) and specific programs require a minimum cumulative Studio GPA (SGPA), as follows:

B.Arch, BS Arch, BIA, and BLA:   2.5 GPA and 2.5 SGPA
BDS: 2.3 GPA*
M.Arch, MIA, and MLA: 2.7 GPA and 2.7 SGPA
MDS and MSIA: 2.7 GPA

If either of a student's grade point averages falls below the minimum program requirement the student will be placed on academic probation (from the second semester of Foundation forward) and be required to sign a probation contract.

Students must also successfully complete each course at a satisfactory rate. If a student withdraws and/or fails the same course two or more times, s/he will be placed on academic probation. The student will be required to sign a probation contract and may also be required to meet with her/his program Dean of School before being permitted to attempt that course again.

*BDS students who entered prior to Fall 2017, and who have not transferred into one of the Fall 2017 BDS curriculums, must maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and a 2.5 major/concentration GPA. 

Practice Probation

Per degree requirements, students must accrue practice hours to progress through the BAC. Once concurrent, a student not collecting these hours (or accruing them at an insufficient pace) can be considered Practice Non-Compliant. While students are not required to sign a non-compliance contract, they are expected to take imediate and appropriate steps to remedy their situation.

     Academic Probation Policy
     Practice Requirements

Satisfactory Educational Progress is checked at the end of every semester. Academic Advising and/or Practice will issue letters informing students who are not in good standing. Educational sanctions and registration limits can be imposed on students not making sufficient educational progress. A permanent note of probation status is recorded in the student's Academic Advising file. Students who are on probation are not permitted to submit for Portfolio Reviews (with the exception of the Foundation Portfolio Review), enter Thesis or Degree Project, or advance to graduation.