academic probation

academic probation

Atlanta Schools Placed on Probation

Students in the Atlanta Public School system are in danger of having their schools lose accreditation. On Tuesday, all Atlanta Public Schools were placed on probation and given nine months to turn things around or face loss of accreditation. This news affects one of the most visible school systems in the state of Georgia.

Surprisingly, this probation has nothing to do with the academics of the Atlanta Public School system. The probation is a result of the infighting and overall governance of the elected board that runs the city’s school system. This type of news is critical to almost 50,000 students because loss of accreditation can affect students’ ability to apply to college and their ability to receive scholarship money.

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How to Recover From Academic Probation

a-gradeAcademic probation isn’t a good thing, but it’s not something you can’t recover from. Academic probation happens when a student lets their grade point average fall below a predetermined number set by the school. There can be different academic criteria even within the same college. For example the overall school GPA may be one thing, but to keep your scholarship, or qualify for a certain field of study, the number may be higher. For some, the slip into academic probation is casual but for others, one semester of too much partying and you’re there. No matter what the scenario, if you find yourself on academic probation, there are a few things you can do to get yourself back on track.

  • Go to class, go to class, go to class: Many times the culprit for bad grades is missing class. Many professors offer participation points to students just for showing up. Even if they don’t, going to class every day will keep you involved in your studies. You will get information that you could miss out on by skipping and going will help you know exactly what you need to study for the tests. Going to class will help you absorb the information that you are being taught which will help improve your chances at a high grade. Read the rest of this entry »

What Is Academic Probation?

failing gradeNo matter who you talk to, college is often looked at as a great way to better yourself. Some things that aren’t talked about as much are the negative aspects of college.

Granted, there is a rigorous process for getting into whichever college you attend: you must submit standardized tests, transcripts and, in some cases, sit for interviews. With all that work to get accepted, there are some people that don’t put as much focus or thought into staying in school. The temptation of skipping class, staying out late partying, socializing and drinking can be a lot to handle. Or sometimes there are unexpected problems that arise that make it impossible for you to keep up with your assignments. Money, family and personal issues can quickly shift your priorities.

Not going to class or turning in homework, for whatever reason, can lead to bad grades. If you keep up with that routine, you will soon find yourself on academic probation. Each student attending school is required to maintain a certain grade point average to be in good standing with the school. If you fall below that grade point average on a cumulative level, you will typically be placed on academic probation. Academic probation serves as a warning to students that if they don’t raise their grades, they could be kicked out of school. Read the rest of this entry »


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