Students in all degree programs are required to make Satisfactory Educational Progress toward their degree. Satisfactory Educational Progress has two components, academic and practice, with the exact terms defined by the program in which a student is enrolled. While progress in Practice and in academic courses is tracked through practice assessments and official grades, there are two processes that identify and follow students who demonstrate the need for assistance in moving through their programs.
Students may demonstrate the need to establish better learning processes, both in their academic work and in Practice. Onsite students who have completed their first semester of Foundation at the BAC and whose grade point average falls below the minimum required for their program (see below) without failing a course, will be notified of their identification on an Advisory list, and they will be expected to attend a meeting with either their academic advisor or with the Head of School in which they are enrolled. (Please note that following the completion of subsequent semesters, if students fall below the minimum grade point average - even if they have not failed a course - they will be placed on academic probation.)
Academic: A student must maintain a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) and a cumulative Studio GPA (SGPA) or major/concentration GPA, which meet the degree requirements for her/his program.
- B. Arch, B.S. Arch, BIA, and BLA: 2.5 GPA and SGPA
- BDS: 2.0 GPA; 2.5 major/concentration GPA
- M. Arch, MIA, and MLA: 2.7 GPA and SGPA
- MDS: 2.7 GPA
If either of a student's grade point averages falls below the program minimum requirement the student will be placed on academic probation (from the second semester of Foundation forward) and be required to sign a probation contract.
Students must also successfully complete each course at a satisfactory rate. If a student withdraws and/or fails the same course two or more times, s/he will be placed on academic probation. The student will be required to sign a CEP and may also be required to meet with her/his program Head before being permitted to attempt that course again.
Practice: A student must accrue practice hours to progress through the BAC. Once concurrent, a student who is not accumulating these hours (or accruing them at an insufficient pace) can be considered Practice Non-compliant. More information can be found on the Practice website.
Satisfactory Educational Progress is checked at the end of every semester. Academic Advising and/or Practice issue letters informing students who are not in good standing. Educational sanctions and registration limits can be imposed on students not making sufficient educational progress. A permanent note of probation status is recorded in the student's Academic Advising file. Students who are on probation are not permitted to submit for Portfolio Reviews (with the exception of the Foundation Portfolio Review), enter Thesis Seminar/Studio or Degree Project, or advance to graduation.