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Satisfactory Academic Progress

Even though Si Tanka University does not participate in federal financial aid and/or grant programs, it still complies with the Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy (SAP) in order to meet the accreditation requirements of the US Department of Education and ACICS. This Policy is used as a guide for the student and University to make sure students are making satisfactory academic progress toward their degree. All undergraduate and graduate students must comply with SAP in order to continue their enrollment at STU.

STU's SAP policy serves as an accurate and honest measure of student success, assessing the completion of coursework toward degree or diploma attainment while providing early identification of students requiring additional academic support.

Satisfactory Progress

Once grades are available to the Registrar at the end of each quadmester, an evaluation of each student’s SAP progress will take place by the Registrar’s staff. The student’s SAP progress will be measured by:

1.      Maximum Time Frame for Program Completion

2.      A required minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0 for undergraduates and 3.0 for graduate students on a 4.0 scale.

3.      A required minimum completion rate

Students who fail to meet any of the above minimum SAP requirements will be considered not maintaining satisfactory academic progress and be notified of their SAP status via STU email and/or USPS. It is the student’s responsibility to monitor their SAP status and should they not receive notice from the University their SAP status and it’s implications still hold and do not go away. The consequences of not maintaining SAP requirements are explained in the “Failure to Meet Sap Requirements” section.

Maximum Time Frame for Program Completion

Federal regulations require that students complete their program within a maximum time frame of 150% of the normal program length measured by attempted credit hours. For an undergraduate degree program, the normal program length is 120 credits thus a student should complete their program in 180 attempted credit hours (120 credit hours x 150% = 180 attempted credit hours). For the Master of Business Administration in Finance and in Management and Master of Science in Computer Science degree programs, the normal program length is 36 credits and a student should complete the program in 54 attempted credit hours (36 credit hours x 150% = 54 attempted credit hours).

All registered hours including repeated courses, withdrawals and all accepted transfer hours will be counted towards maximum time frame.

QualitativeRequirement:  Minimum Required Cumulative Grade Point Average

According to the Federal regulations, undergraduate students must have a cumulative grade point average (CGPA) of 2.00 at the end of the second academic year and thereafter and a CGPA of 2.0 for graduation. In addition, undergraduate students must meet the following CGPA minimum requirements at the close of each quadmester:

Credit Hours              Attempted Minimum CGPA

0    - 23                              1.60

24  - 47                              1.80

48 - 180                            2.00

Graduate students must maintain a CGPA of 3.00 at the close of each quadmester after attempting a minimum of 6 credit hours.

Quantitative Requirement: Minimum Required Completion Rate

Undergraduate students must successfully complete a percentage of all attempted credit hours at the end of each quadmester according to the table below:

Credit Hours              Attempted Completion Rate

 0  - 23                             50%

24  - 47                             60%

48  - 180                           67%


Graduate students must successfully complete at least 75% of attempted credit hours at the end of each quadmester after attempting 6 credit hours.


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