Academic standing appears on your transcript each term as an indicator of whether or not you are meeting the minimum academic standards or performance established by Northern Arizona University. The following cumulative grade point averages are used to determine academic standing for undergraduate students:
- 2.0 and above = Good Standing
- Less than 2.0 = Academic Probation
If your grade point average (GPA) is between 2.0 and 2.25, your transcript will reflect that you are in Good Standing. However, the University expects you to perform above the minimum standard and you will be considered as being in Good Standing with Concern. This will not be printed on your transcript but you will be encouraged to take advantage of campus resources in order to increase your GPA above the minimum.
Once you are on Academic Probation, you will be academically suspended from the University if your term GPA drops below a 2.0. It is possible for you to remain on Academic Probation for several terms and avoid suspension as long as you obtain at least a 2.0 GPA each term.
When your cumulative GPA reaches a 2.0 or above, you will be removed from Academic Probation and be assigned Good Standing.
It is important for undergraduate students to maintain Good Standing because failing to do so may have ramifications. Some departments require student workers to be in Good Standing in order to retain employment and some student organizations require a minimum GPA for participation. You must be in Good Standing in order to graduate.
As of Spring 2014, first year undergraduate students on the Flagstaff mountain campus who are on Academic Probation for the first time will be required to enroll in NAU 130: Back on Track. Back on Track is a 1 unit, letter graded, 8 week course that includes one-on-one academic coaching with a peer coach. Topics covered include using academic feedback for self-reflection and help-seeking, time management, motivation, academic resources, goal setting, study and test taking strategies, career decision making, and financial literacy.