Satisfactory Academic Progress at SC4

St. Clair County Community College (SC4) requires all students to maintain Satisfactory Academic Progress or risk being suspended from taking classes.  High school students, including BWMC students, are no exception.

Students not making satisfactory progress in their college classes are placed on "Academic Warning" (AW) status.   Academic warning is just that – a warning to students that their GPA has fallen below a 2.0 average. Students on academic warning will have the following semester to try to bring their GPA back up above a 2.0; if they cannot, they will be placed on academic suspension. Students placed on academic suspension will be unable to enroll in college classes for the following semester. 

Why a 2.0 or greater GPA?

A 2.0 GPA is important for several reasons:

  • A student’s cumulative GPA must be over 2.0, in order to earn their associate degree from SC4.
  • Individual course grades must be C (2.0) or better, in order to transfer to four-year universities.
  • The more credits a student has earned, with a GPA of less than 2.0, the more difficult it is to raise it.
  • Students with a GPA below 2.0 are not eligible for financial aid, which is particularly important for students in their final year with the Blue Water Middle College.

How do I stay out of Academic Warning status?

If your SC4 GPA is approximately 2.5 or lower, you are at risk of falling below 2.0 at the end of the current or upcoming semester and then being placed on warning status. It is easier to stay off of warning status than to have to work yourself out of it. Here are some suggestions on avoiding academic warning status: 

  • Ask for help as soon as you need it – sometimes students wait too long and then are too far into the semester to turn their grade around.
  • Talk to your instructors and go to their office hours.
  • Free tutoring in any subject area is provided by SC4 in the Achievement Center, Math Center, and Writing Center.
  • Stop into the BWMC office and talk to any of us, or call us at (810) 989-5841 – if you’re not sure where to even start, we can help with that too!

What happens if I am placed on Academic Warning?

If your SC4 GPA ends up below 2.0 at the end of any semester, you will be notified by SC4 that you are on AW. They will provide information on what that means and the steps you can take to improve your grades and leave AW status.

More importantly, BWMC staff will be in touch with all students who are placed on AW and their parents to explain what it means and provide help so the student avoids being suspended from taking classes in a future semester.

In addition to the suggestions listed above for avoiding AW status, BWMC staff will require you to meet with them at least once a week until a student clearly demonstrates they are on track to succeed in all of their college classes that semester and move off of warning status.

Ultimately, it is up to the student to take the steps needed to succeed in their college courses. SC4 offers many means of supporting students, as does the BWMC. We know that all our students can succeed at a C grade level or higher, but we also know that students must take advantage of the help that is offered if they are to meet that expectation.