Standards of Academic Progress (SOAP)

Standards of Academic Progress (SOAP) & Academic Recovery

TCC is dedicated to providing students with a high quality education in an supportive environment. The purpose of the Standards of Academic Progress (SOAP) is to communicate the College's minimum expectations of academic progress.

TCC's Standards of Academic Progress are as follows:

  • Students with 1-14 credit hours: 1.5 GPA or higher
  • Students with 15-29 credit hours: 1.8 GPA or higher
  • Students with 30 or more credit hours: 2.0 GPA or higher

*Students receiving financial aid must also maintain a 67% completion rate of all courses attempted.  The Office of Financial Aid has a separate appeal process for students who fall below the Standards of Academic Progress and completion requirements.  

Student's Perspective on the Standards of Academic Progress

The stories describe the experiences of past students in the academic warning & probation process at TCC. We are sharing them as part of our effort to help students navigate the academic probation process more effectively.

“I was very busy one semester keeping up with class, work, and family responsibilities. My grades tanked. Still, the probation letter was a shock. I hadn’t thought much about the probation policy before, so I didn’t realize I had let my grades get so out of hand. I was ashamed and embarrassed at first. How did I let this happen? After talking with my associate dean, I felt a little better. Eventually, I saw that probation is TCC’s way of making sure that everyone is doing okay. I can understand that, and I’m glad this process is there for students when we need it. This experience increased my awareness of policies and expectations, but it also connected me with mentors who helped me figure out how to manage my schedule. I ended up taking a leave of absence for a semester, and that helped me get back on track. Graduation is around the corner, and I’m proud of what I’ve accomplished at TCC.”

 “My sophomore year, I was struggling with some mental health issues. I felt like I was barely holding it together. I couldn’t focus on my studies, so probation didn’t come as a surprise. But it did help me realize that I didn’t know how to deal with everything, so I reached out for some guidance from people around me including at the Learning Commons and from the counselors in the Mental Health Center. They helped me learn how to manage my mental health better—to take care of myself and get support when I need it. I still struggle sometimes, but overall I’m doing better mentally and academically now, and I’ve learned how to deal with stress and hard times more effectively when they come up.”

 “Coming to TCC hit me like a ton of bricks. I’d done well in high school but I just wasn’t prepared for the way college works, how much reading some professors assign, or the fancy language some people use. When I ended up on probation, I felt like a failure, like I didn’t belong. After a while, I realized that probation didn’t define me as a person or limit my potential as a student. Yes, I struggled, but it wasn’t that I couldn’t do the work. I needed to learn how to do college. It took some time, but I made an effort to take advantage of as many resources as I could: I met with my advisor, used course forgiveness, and started spending more time at the library. Now, I’m on track to graduate and I know that I deserve to be here just as much as anyone else.”

Failure to meet the Standards of Academic Progress (SOAP) will result in one of the following academic recovery statuses:

Academic Warning

Your first semester below SOAP will result in Academic Warning:

  • You will be required to complete Academic Warning Canvas course available in Workday.
  • You will be required to complete an Online DocuSign form "Academic Intervention Plan".  This form will be emailed to you after grades & academic status are posted. 
  • You will be limited to no more than 13 credit hours
  • You are strongly encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor in the Advising Center
  • You are strongly encouraged to utilize the TCC Learning Commons for course assistance

Academic Probation

Your second semester below SOAP will result in Academic Probation:

  • You will be required to complete an Online DocuSign form Academic Success Action Plan.  This form will be emailed to you after grades & academic status are posted.
  • You will be limited to no more than 9 credit hours
  • You are strongly encouraged to meet with an Academic Advisor
  • You are strongly encouraged to utilize the TCC Learning Commons for course assistance
  • “Probation” will be posted to your permanent transcript

Academic Suspension

Your third semester below SOAP will result in Academic Suspension:

  • Enrollment into TCC will be suspended for one full semester (e.g., Fall, Spring, or Summer)
    • Before returning from Suspension, you must complete and submit the Online DocuSign form  "ASAP-Academic Success Action Plan" before the term for which you want to return to TCC (see below)
  • You are required to meet with an assigned Academic Advisor upon returning to TCC
  • You will be limited to no more than 9 credit hours upon return until cumulative GPA raised to 2.0
  • You are strongly encouraged to utilize the TCC Learning Commons for course assistance
  • “Suspension” will be posted to your permanent transcript

Academic Dismissal

Your fourth semester below SOAP will result in Academic Dismissal:

  • Enrollment into TCC will be suspended for a minimum of one calendar year (12 months)
    • After completing the academic dismissal, you must complete and submit the Online DocuSign form "ASAP-Academic Success Action Planbefore the term for which you want to return to TCC (see below)
  • You are required to apply for re-admission to TCC.
  • You are required to meet with an assigned Academic Advisor upon returning to TCC (see below)
  • You will be limited to no more than 9 credit hours upon return until your cumulative GPA is raised to 2.0
  • You are strongly encouraged to utilize the TCC Learning Commons for course assistance
  • “Dismissal” will be posted to your permanent transcript

 

When am I required to file an Academic Suspension/Dismissal Packet?

If you were Academically Suspended or Dismissed, and wish to be eligible to return early, you may submit an Online Academic Suspension-Dismissal  Packet for committee review.  The Online Academic Suspension-Dismissal Packet must be submitted via DocuSign in Workday by the deadline listed below. No late forms will be accepted.

How to Submit an Academic Suspension/Dismissal Appeal Packet

The Online Academic Suspension-Dismissal Packet must be submitted via DocuSign in Workday by the deadline listed below. No late forms will be accepted.

  • Sign in to Workday
  • Click on Applications
  • Click on TCC College Forms
  • Click on Submit New Form
  • Scroll down to Advising & click on Academic Suspension/Dismissal Packet.
  • Complete & Submit.  You will receive a copy of the form after the committee has made a decision.

Committe Decisions:  Academic Suspension-Dismissal Appeal Packets

If approved, you will receive a copy of the committee's decision via DocuSign in TCC email & must:

  • Complete the DocuSign form Academic Success Action Plan in Workday
  • Meet with an assigned Career & Academic Advisor (via appointment, EagleQ or walk-in) before you can register for classes.

If not approved, you will receive a copy of the committee's decision via DocuSign in TCC email, full sanctions will apply and you will have to sit out the required period.

How to Register for classes after Suspension

In order to be eligible to register after the academic suspension, students must:

  • Complete and submit an Academic Success Action Plan via DocuSign, 
  • Meet with an academic advisor (via appointmentEagleQ or walk-in) to develop an Academic Success Action Plan.

If student has not attended TCC for 2 semesters since Suspension, student must:

  • Apply for re-admission & may contact their Admissions Navigator in Admission & Records
  • Complete and submit an Academic Success Action Plan via DocuSign in Workday, 
  • Meet with an academic advisor (via appointmentEagleQ or walk-in) to develop an Academic Success Action Plan.

How to register for classes after Dismissal

In order to be eligible to register after the academic dismissal, students must:

  • Apply for re-admission & may contact their Admissions Navigator in Admission & Records
  • Complete and submit an Academic Success Action Plan via DocuSign in Workday,
  • Meet with an academic advisor (via appointmentEagleQ or walk-in) to develop an Academic Success Action Plan.

How to Submit an Academic Success Action Plan

  • Sign in to Workday.
  • Click on Apps
  • Click on TCC College Forms
  • Click on Submit New Form 
  • Click on ASAP "Academic Success Action Plan"
  • Complete and Submit
  • Meet with Academic Advisor  (via appointmentEagleQ or walk-in)

 

Deadlines to file Academic Suspension-Dismissal Appeal Packet and or Academic Success Action Plan.

Fall 2022

Academic Suspension/Dismissal Packets & Academic Success Plan submitted after:

  • not applicable at this time

Spring 2023

For Academic Suspension or Dismissal after Fall 2022 semester, submit an Appeal Request to return Spring 2023, on or before:

  • Noon on 1/05/2023.
  • Appeals submitted after 12 noon on 1/05/2023 will be considered for Summer 2023.

Summer 2023

  • Academic Suspension or Dismissal after Spring 2023 semester, submit an Appeal Request to return Summer 2023, on or before:

    • Noon on 5/10/2023.
    • Appeals submitted after 12 noon on 5/10/2023 will be considered for Fall 2023.