Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

All matriculated (degree seeking) students pursuing an approved program at WITS are required to maintain satisfactory academic progress toward graduation, which is defined as being in good academic standing as detailed below.

The SAP standards required for students receiving federal financial aid are the same for all matriculated students at WITS. Satisfactory academic progress at WITS has two principal components: a qualitative standard and a quantitative standard.

Qualitative Standard

Students are evaluated at the end of each semester and are expected to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0. The following table shows grade and grade point allocations according to the earned course average score.

 

 

The final grade for each course is determined by a combination of assessments throughout the semester. All courses given at WITS require a grade of “D” or higher to receive credit.

Although no credit is given for failing grades, all grades are recorded and calculated as part of the GPA.

     

Quantitative Standard

Maximum Time Frame

 

A full-time student must make sufficient progress through the academic program to complete the 120-credit undergraduate program, within a time period of not more than six years (twelve semesters), which is 150% of the published length.

A part-time student must make sufficient progress through the academic program to complete the 120-credit undergraduate program, within a time period of not more than nine years (eighteen semesters), which is 150% of the published length.

Pace of Completion

 

Students must successfully complete 67% of their attempted credits per semester, with a maximum attempted credits ceiling of 180 credits. Below is a sample chart, which illustrates how maximum time frame and pace of completion are applied for a full-time student. The number of credits an individual student must earn may vary from what is depicted in the chart based on her enrollment schedule.

For students who maintain minimum part-time enrollment:

 

 

At the end of each semester, the student’s academic files are evaluated to determine if she is achieving satisfactory academic progress. As part of the evaluation, the student’s earned credits are divided by attempted credits to determine if the student is progressing through the four-year academic program at a pace sufficient to complete the program within the maximum time frame. If the number of credits earned divided by the number of credits attempted is 67% or greater and the student has earned at least the number of credits that appears in the chart above that corresponds to her semester of attendance, she is determined to be making satisfactory academic progress.

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