Standards for Academic Performance

Standards for Academic Performance

The School of Journalism is a challenging and rigorous environment in which students are expected to maintain high standards of academic achievement. The faculty set specific benchmarks for first-term freshmen due to the unique challenges that occur during the first term in college. As students embark on their second term, a new set of standards is established. The standards help students understand the expectations for completing a bachelor’s degree in a timely manner.

In general, the faculty expects students to maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 to be considered in good standing. The faculty has established the following rules for students who are having challenges meeting these expectations.

Academic Actions

Academic actions are campuswide indicators used to describe the severity of a student’s challenge in meeting academic standards. Academic actions are entered in MyZou at the conclusion of each fall and spring semester for students who have not met the standards for academic performance.

Probation

Probation is an academic action indicating that a student is struggling to meet the standards for academic performance.

Students placed on probation will be required to meet with their academic adviser frequently during the upcoming semester when they are on probation. During these meetings the student will be individually assessed to determine which types of intervention are needed to return to good academic standing.

Students may remain on probation no more than one semester.

Students from the following categories will be placed on probation:

  • First-time freshmen with a GPA between 0.50 – 1.99
    • First-semester freshman journalism students are placed on probation when their first term GPA is between 0.50 and 1.99 and may regain good standing when their term and cumulative GPAs are 2.0 or higher.
  • All other students with a journalism major course, term or cumulative GPA between 1.5 and 2.0
    • All other students will be placed on probation when their journalism major course, term or cumulative GPAs are between 1.5 and 2.0. Removal from probation occurs when students’ journalism major course, term and cumulative GPAs are all 2.0 or higher. Students failing to earn a 2.0 GPA in the next semester after being placed on probation will become ineligible to enroll.
  • All students who pass less than one-half of their courses in any term
    • Students will be placed on probation when they fail to complete one-half of the course credits they enrolled in. The course credits will be based on what the student is enrolled in after the last day to drop courses without a grade.
  • Excessive incomplete grades
    • Students may be placed on probation or become ineligible to enroll for excessive incomplete grades at the discretion of the associate dean for undergraduate studies. In such cases, the associate dean shall set a time limit for successful completion of the courses in which the student has an incomplete grade. If the student fails to finish the required courses within the time limit set by the associate dean, the student is subject to dismissal.

Ineligible to Enroll

Ineligible to enroll is an academic action indicating that a student is having significant challenges meeting the standards for academic performance.

Students who are ineligible to enroll will have their courses dropped for the upcoming semester and will not be permitted to enroll for a minimum of one fall or spring semester. Students in this category are encouraged to appeal to remain in the School of Journalism or seek an enrollment opportunity with a different academic unit at Mizzou. Students will be emailed detailed instructions and deadlines for submitting an appeal, as well as contact information for other academic units at Mizzou.

At the conclusion of the period of ineligibility, students may seek permission from the associate dean for undergraduate studies to return to the School of Journalism. See “Readmission” below.

Students from the following categories will be ineligible to enroll:

  • First-semester freshman journalism students with a GPA Below 0.50
    • First-semester freshman journalism students are ineligible to enroll beginning with the next semester for a minimum of one fall or spring semester when their first term is below 0.50.
  • All other students with a journalism major course, term or cumulative GPA below 1.5
    • Students who have completed two terms at MU whose journalism major course, term or cumulative GPA is below 1.5 are ineligible to enroll beginning with the next semester for a minimum of one fall or spring semester.
  • Excessive incomplete grades
    • Students may be placed on probation or become ineligible to enroll for excessive incomplete grades at the discretion of the associate dean for undergraduate studies. In such cases, the associate dean shall set a time limit for successful completion of the courses in which the student has an incomplete grade. If the student fails to finish the required courses within the time limit set by the associate dean, the student is subject to dismissal.
  • Progress toward bachelor’s degree
    • Students are expected to meet minimum GPA requirements to be eligible for admission to an interest area.
    • The credit classifications include all college course and examination credit. While the credits from these sources are included in the following categories, only the grades in courses completed in the University of Missouri System will be included in the GPA.
    • Each of the following categories has a specific requirement to ensure a student’s admission to an interest area:
      • 29 credits with a 2.5 GPA
        • Students who have completed 0-29 credits must maintain a cumulative University of Missouri System GPA of at least 2.5.
      • 69 credits with a 2.65 GPA
        • Students who have completed 30-69 credits must maintain a cumulative University of Missouri System GPA of at least 2.65.
      • 70 credits and not admitted to an interest area
        • Students with 70 or more credits who have not been admitted to their interest area.
    • Minimum grades in a journalism course
      • Students must repeat any required journalism course in which they do not earn a minimum grade of C-. A student who fails to achieve a C- or better during the second attempt will become ineligible to enroll beginning with the next semester for a minimum of one fall or spring semester due to lack of acceptable progress.

Appeals

The School offers a process of appeals to reinstate enrollment eligibility for the upcoming semester. Students will receive an email at the conclusion of the semester stating the specific academic action along with instructions and deadline for the appeal. Students whose appeals are denied or choose not to appeal are encouraged to seek admission to another academic unit at MU.

Readmission

A student who has been declared ineligible to enroll may be readmitted only with the approval of the undergraduate associate dean of the school or college in which the student desires to enroll. As a condition of readmission, a dean may set forth stipulations with regard to minimum standards of academic work that must be maintained by the student.

Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory Courses

Students have the option to enroll in courses on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis instead of a traditional letter grade basis. A maximum of one non-journalism course per semester may be taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. A satisfactory grade is defined as equivalent to the letter grade of C- or higher.

Journalism courses are not usually graded on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis. If a required course, or a course being used to satisfy a specific requirement, is taken in this manner, the School of Journalism will compute it in the GPA as a “C.”