Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

The Satisfactory Academic Progress standards require that progress must be measured in three distinct ways: quantitatively, qualitatively, and in terms of a time frame. These three methods of evaluation are as follows:

The policy below is effective July 1, 2011(prior to this date, all grade levels require a 67% ratio):

1. Quantitative Evaluation (Completion Ratio)

The quantitative evaluation requires that all students pass a percentage of ALL attempted hours. *The percentage is calculated by dividing the overall passed hours by the overall attempted hours. (Passed ÷ Attempted = Ratio). Passed hours include transfer hours for which a student may, or may not, receive earned hours toward graduation at Lander. This standard is designed to ensure students may reasonably complete their degree within the required maximum time frame. The minimum standards are outlined below:

Overall Hours Attempted

Minimum Completion Ratio Required

0-29

50%

30-59

58%

60-

67%

Graduate

67%

*Attempted hours include Pass/Fail courses, withdrawals, repeated courses, and failed courses. Summer hours are included. All transfer hours attempted from all institutions (including withdrawals or failing grades) and hours for which a student did not receive financial aid are counted. Courses which are dropped during the regular Drop/Add periods and are not reflected on the academic transcript are not counted.

2. Qualitative Evaluation (GPA)
The qualitative evaluation requires that students maintain a minimum level of academic achievement. The current minimum levels of academic achievement are provided below:

Cumulative Hours Passed

Minimum Cumulative Grade Point Average Required

0-29

1.700

30-59

1.900

60-

2.000

Graduate

2.000

3. Time Frame Evaluation
The time frame evaluation limits the length of time that undergraduate students can receive federal and state funding to complete degree requirements. An undergraduate student cannot be eligible for federal or state aid after attempting more than 187 credit hours. A student who cannot mathematically finish their program within the maximum time frame is not eligible for aid. For example, a transfer student has attempted 150 credit hours but still needs 60 hours to complete their degree requirements at Lander; they are not eligible because they only have 37 credit hours remaining before reaching the 187 maximum.

This standard applies to all undergraduate degree candidates, including second-degree students and includes transfer hours from ALL prior institutions. See #1 above for a definition of hours counted as attempted hours.   Undergraduate students who are enrolled in a program of study requiring more than 125 hours for completion of the degree may appeal for an extension of the time frame.

Graduate students must complete all degree and graduation requirements within 54 credit hours.