Understanding Probation and GPA Issues

Does this sound familiar?

All of the mid-terms are over, the last day to drop has passed, finals are days away and you haven’t said a word to your professors and you have no idea if you’re going to pass your classes.

Scary, huh?

Fear is natural. We fear what we do not understand…what is unknown to us. With that said, if you have acted like the student in the scenario above, then most advisors are going to assume that you haven’t read the UTA catalog and probably know little to nothing about academic standing and regulations. This doesn’t make you a bad student. I repeat, this does not make you a bad student. However, it does make you less informed about the academic regulations that could determine your immediate future and possibly affect your livelihood. Not knowing the consequences can be much scarier than not knowing your grades.

It is very true that knowledge is power. When you’re in danger of failing it’s best to learn about the consequences and prepare for the outcome. Lessen the fear and anxiety for yourself.

Probation can happen to anyone for a multitude of reasons. Life happens, but anyone below a 2.0 cumulative GPA is placed on academic probation. What is important to understand is that if handled appropriately, a GPA can be repaired and progress can be made. Here are the basics to GPA repair.

First, you have to know how to calculate your GPA (Grade Point Average). If you know how to divide, then you’ll be a master of GPA calculation. It’s simple: Total Grade Points/Total Credit Hours=GPA. Each credit hour is worth up to 4 grade points (A=4, B=3, C=2, D=1 and F=0).

Example: If you have an A in SPAN 1441 and C in MATH 1302, then you have 16 grade points for SPAN 1441 and 6 points for MATH 1302 for a total of 22 Grade Points and 7 Credit hours. 22 Grade Points/7 Credit Hours = 3.142 GPA

Next, you have to figure out your GPD (Grade Point Deficiency). Please note that this only applies to students on probation (less than a 2.0 GPA) because the formula relates to how many points you need to make at least a 2.0 GPA to be removed from probation. If you can multiply and subtract, then you’ll be a master of GPD calculation. The Formula: (2.0 x Total Credit Hours) – Total Grade Points = GPD.

Example: If you have an D in SPAN 1441 and C in MATH 1302, then you have 4 grade points for SPAN 1441 and 6 points for MATH 1302 for a total of 10 Grade Points and 7 Credit hours. The GPA will fall below 2.0: 10 Grade Points/7 Credit Hours = 1.428 GPA. Apply the formula: (2.0 x 7) – 10= -4 GPD

It does take more effort to remove GPD points (A=6, B=3, C=0, D=-3, F=-6). The example above shows a GPD of -4, so it would take at least 1A or 2 Bs to remove the GPD points.

Still confused? It can be tricky if you have a lot of credit hours. Click here for a GPA/GPD Calculation Worksheet

The University also has a Grade Exclusion policy in place to help you recover from a low GPA. Grade Exclusion: Remove up to 3 grades (D or F) from your GPA. There are exceptions and regulations for grade exclusion, so discuss the option with an advisor before making assumptions.

So, now you know the basics. If you have questions, remember that your advisor is a Master of GPA Repair and can help you set up a plan of attack to wipe out a low GPA and conquer your academic goals.

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