Fostering Undergraduate Student Success Information

In an effort to improve consistency across the University of North Carolina system campuses, the University of North Carolina adopted the Fostering Undergraduate Student Success policy on April 29, 2013.  To comply with this policy NC State University has implemented several changes to regulations that are effective for all new, continuing and returning undergraduate students. For background details of UNC policy 400.1.5[R], also known as Transmittal 83, please see the Fostering Undergraduate Student Success Details page.

Updates to the Suspension Regulation:

  • This regulation goes into effect fall 2015. The first impact on students’ academic standing calculation will occur in December 2015.
  • Students are expected to maintain a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0.
  • Students with a GPA below 2.0 who have a Grade Point Deficit (GPD) of 15 or less will be placed on Academic Warning. Students on Academic Warning must maintain a term GPA of at least 2.0 for every subsequent term or they will be suspended.
  • Students with a GPA below 2.0 who have a GPD of more than 15 will be suspended.
  • Suspended students may enroll in NC State summer sessions in an effort to improve their status.
  • Suspended students have the right to appeal to return for the next term.

AVAILABLE SOON: Grade Point Deficits for students with a GPA below 2.0 will be calculated and displayed on the Advising Dashboard in SIS

For more information, please see the full Continuation of Undergraduate Enrollment Regulation (Suspension Regulation).

Updates to Progress Toward Undergraduate Degree Regulation

  • This regulation has been combined with REG 02.70.02 Eligibility for Financial Aid and the title has been changed to Satisfactory Academic Progress. Per UNC-GA mandate, Federal Title IV Financial Aid regulations will serve as the minimum.
  • Students are encouraged to enroll in at least 15 hours per term. Full-time enrollment remains as 12 hours.
  • Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) will be evaluated at the end of each academic year (May). The first impact to students will occur in May 2016.
  • Students must meet the following three standards:
    • Complete at least 2/3 of all hours attempted each year (summer term – spring term).
    • Graduate before attempting more than 150% of the hours required for their degree program.
    • Have an academic standing that allows for continued enrollment.
  • Students failing any one of the above standards will be placed on Progress Deficiency and will have future enrollment canceled.
  • Students have the right to appeal to return for the next term.

For more information, please see the full Satisfactory Academic Progress Regulation.

Updates to the Add/Drop Regulation:

  • Undergraduate students are expected to complete all courses for which they are enrolled as of census date (the official enrollment date defined as the 10th day of fall and spring terms and the 3rd day of summer terms).
  • Undergraduate course drops after census date will now be considered to be course withdrawals and will result in W grades on the transcript.
  • Undergraduates will be limited to a maximum of 16 hours of course withdrawals after census date for their entire undergraduate career at NC State. These course withdrawals will count as attempted hours for course repeat, financial aid satisfactory academic progress, and tuition surcharge calculations. Course withdrawals due to extenuating circumstances (submitted via an approved Schedule Revision Form) will NOT count toward the 16 hour limit or tuition surcharge.

Procedures for Dropping Classes

  • Undergraduate students may still use MyPack Portal to drop classes until the “8-week Drop Deadline”; however, any drops after census will result in a W grade and will count toward the 16-hour maximum. We plan to have a pop-up alert in MyPack to warn undergraduates of this consequence when they attempt to drop a class after census.
  • Undergraduate students may still submit an approved Schedule Revision Form to drop below full-time status after census, but drops after census will result in a W grade. Unless the drop is approved due to extenuating circumstances (indicated on the Schedule Revision Form), the course will count toward the 16 hour maximum.

Based on an analysis of undergraduate cohort data, less than 3% of NC State undergraduates drop more than 16 hours after census date over their entire undergraduate career. Of the small population that does reach the 16 hour maximum, some portion of those course withdrawals after census will be due to extenuating circumstances which, once flagged in SIS, will not count towards the 16 hour limit, thus reducing the number of students impacted even further. So, more than 97% of our undergraduate students will never encounter the new 16 hour limit imposed for course drops (course withdrawals) after census

Full Regulation: Add/Drop

Updates to the Withdrawal Regulation:

  • Undergraduate term withdrawals (dropping all courses for a term) after census will only be approved due to extenuating circumstances. These withdrawals will not count toward the 16 hour maximum.

During the 2012-2013 academic year, 95% of undergraduate withdrawals after census date were due to approved extenuating circumstances. Term withdrawals for undergraduate students will continue to be processed through the Counseling Center.

Full Regulation: Withdrawal

Updates to the Grade Exclusion Regulation:

  • Hours from courses excluded through undergraduate Grade Exclusion or First Year Course Repeat will count as attempted hours for course repeat, financial aid satisfactory academic progress and tuition surcharge calculations.

Full Regulation: Grade Exclusion