Academic Standing

Wheelock College of Education & Human Development Policy

The following policy on academic standards for the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development undergraduate and graduate students was adopted by the School of Education faculty in 1980 and updated in October 2012.

The faculty of the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development has empowered the Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to review the records of all undergraduate students in Wheelock at the close of each semester. Using the criteria outlined below, the College may warn a student of failure to make satisfactory progress, place a student on probation, suspend a student, or withdraw the student from the University. Academic requirements for maintaining financial aid may differ from the requirements listed below. For information on maintaining financial aid, please see the academic requirements for maintaining financial aid.

Good Academic Standing

Full-time undergraduate students maintain good academic standing when they achieve all three of the following:

  1. earn at least 12 academic credits in the semester just completed;
  2. earn a semester GPI of at least 2.00; and
  3. maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.00. [Note: Academic credits do not include PDP (Physical Education & Dance) or OTP (military science) credits. Grades for courses transferred into Wheelock are not included in calculations of grade point averages.]

Satisfactory Progress

Undergraduate students are expected to be enrolled for a minimum of 12 semester credits each semester and to complete a minimum of 24 semester credits per academic year. Students who matriculated into the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development and those transferring into Wheelock after July 1, 2011, must earn a grade of B– or better in both of two required courses: SED ED 110 (Introduction to Education) and either SED SE 250, SED SE 251, or SED SE 510 (Introduction to Special Education) in order to continue in one of Wheelock’s licensure programs. Students may repeat the course one time to achieve the grade of B– or better. The Associate Dean for Student Affairs will monitor student performance in these classes and will notify the student and the advisor if the student fails to achieve the required minimum grade.

Graduation GPA Requirement

Undergraduate students must have a grade point average of at least 2.0 in courses counted toward the degree in order to graduate.

Warning of Failure to Make Satisfactory Progress

A student who fails to complete 24 semester credits in an academic year, accumulates five or more of the following grades, or a combination thereof, will receive a Warning of Failure to Make Satisfactory Progress from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs.

  • “D” grades (Note: University policy on the number of “D” grades that can be applied to a degree program can be viewed here.)
  • “F” grades
  • “I”—Incomplete
  • “W”—Withdrawal

Removal of Warning of Failure to Make Satisfactory Progress

Students who receive a Warning of Failure to Make Satisfactory Progress must achieve a minimum grade point index (GPI) of 2.0 in the following semester, based upon a minimum of 12 semester credits. Students who fail to achieve a GPI of 2.0 or who accumulate additional grades of “D,” “F,” “I,” or “W” may not register for the following semester without permission from the advisor and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. If a student does not meet the minimum GPI of 2.0 by the close of the second academic semester following the warning, the case may be referred to the Academic Affairs Committee for review and determination of sanctions.

Eligibility for Student Teaching Practicum

No student may enter a student teaching practicum until all courses required to reach that level in the professional sequence have been completed with a minimum GPA of 2.5. When a student fails to meet this criterion, the student has the option of repeating the courses. (For the purposes of these internal grade calculations, only the second grade will be used. However, the first grade will remain on the transcript and will be calculated into the official Boston University GPA.)

In addition, students in secondary licensure programs must have a GPA of at least a 3.0 in six semester courses of their major discipline, or written approval from their major advisor and the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, in order to enter the practicum. Students on sanction for academic or professional misconduct cannot enter the student teaching practicum during the semester(s) on sanction, unless they have permission from the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. In all cases, the faculty reserves the right to be selective in admitting students and in permitting them to continue in the professional programs and practicum experiences.

The Early Childhood Education Program (BS and EdM) and Special Education Program (BS and EdM) have additional requirements that should be reviewed.

Academic Probation

A student is put on Academic Probation when the student is in danger of not making sufficient academic progress toward the degree, having fallen below a 2.00 GPI or GPA or not having completed 12 credits in a semester. Students are reviewed after one semester on Academic Probation. Those who earn a GPI and GPA of 2.00 or above and complete 12 credits during the probationary semester will return to Good Standing. Those students who do not achieve Good Standing (as defined above) during the probationary semester will move to Academic Suspension, Dismissal, or a second semester of Academic Probation. Students can be on Academic Probation for no more than two consecutive semesters. Academic Probation does not prohibit students from participating in extracurricular activities or intercollegiate athletics.

Academic Suspension

A student faces Academic Suspension when the student has spent one or two semesters on Academic Probation and has not achieved Good Standing (as defined above) in the most recent semester of Academic Probation. Specifics regarding the duration and terms of the Academic Suspension will be determined on a case-by-case basis. Appeals of Suspension are directed to the Dean of Wheelock.

Reinstatement after Academic Suspension

Students who have fulfilled their period of Academic Suspension must meet with their academic advisor and must also reestablish their standing in Wheelock by contacting the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. When students are reinstated, they are reinstated to a probationary standing.

Dismissal

A student faces Dismissal if the student has spent one or two semesters on Probation and has not achieved a GPI and GPA of 2.00 and completed 12 credits in the most recent semester of Academic Probation. A student also faces Dismissal if the student has spent at least one semester on Suspension and has not fulfilled the terms of the Suspension. Decisions on Dismissal are made on a case-by-case basis. Dismissal results in permanent separation from the University. Appeals of Dismissal are directed to the Dean of Wheelock.

Good Academic Standing

Graduate students must maintain a grade point average of at least 3.0 to be in good academic standing, and they must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 in courses counted toward the degree to graduate from the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development.

Admission to Student Teaching

No graduate student may enter the practicum or clinical experience until all courses required to reach that level in the professional sequence have been completed with a minimum 3.0 grade point average (GPA). When a student fails to meet this criterion, the student has the option of repeating course(s) in the professional sequence in order to reach the required GPA. (For the purposes of internal Wheelock grade calculations, the second grade will be used. However, the first grade will remain on the transcript and will be calculated into the official Boston University GPA). In all cases, the faculty reserves the right to be selective in admitting students and in permitting them to continue in the professional programs and practicum experiences.

Graduation GPA Requirement

Graduate students must have a grade point average of at least 3.0 in courses counted toward the degree in order to graduate.

Academic Probation and Removal from Academic Probation

The Faculty Assembly of the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development has empowered the Office of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs to review the records of all graduate students enrolled in Wheelock College of Education & Human Development degree/licensure programs at the close of each fall and spring semester. Using the criteria outlined below, the School shall place a graduate student on academic probation or remove them from probation under the conditions described below.

Academic Probation

A graduate student shall be placed on academic probation when the student’s grade point average at the end of either fall or spring semester falls below 3.0. The student will receive written notification of probationary status.

Removal from Academic Probation and Dismissal

Graduate students on academic probation are reviewed at the end of each academic year semester. To be removed from academic probation, a graduate student must achieve a GPA of 3.0 or above by the close of the next academic year semester in which the student is registered. Those students who do not achieve Good Academic Standing during the probationary semester will be considered for dismissal from the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development, or for an additional semester of Academic Probation. Typically, students are only permitted two cumulative semesters of Academic Probation. However, final determination of the probation period and subsequent action is at the discretion of the Associate Dean for Student Affairs, in consultation with the Academic Affairs Committee. All actions concerning academic standing may be appealed to the Associate Dean for Student Affairs. A final appeal may be made to the Dean of the Wheelock College of Education & Human Development.

Calculation of GPI and GPA for Academic Standards

All coursework taken at Boston University or through the Boston University Consortium to fulfill degree requirements will be used to determine the official Boston University GPA.

Definitions

Grade point index (GPI)

Total honor points divided by total semester credits for any one academic semester.

Grade point average (GPA)

Total honor points divided by total semester credits. In computing grade point average for academic status (i.e., Probation and Required to Withdraw), graduation, and academic honors (i.e., Dean’s List, Graduation with Honors), only courses completed at Boston University will be included.

Honor points

Honor points will be computed following the Boston University four-point system, i.e., one semester credit of an “A” grade equals 4 honor points; one semester credit of an “A-” grade equals 3.7 honor points, etc.

Academic semester

An academic semester consists of either Semester I or II of the official academic year, which runs from September through May of each year. Boston University Summer Term will also be defined as an academic semester if 12 or more semester credits are taken over the course of the two summer sessions. (EdD and PhD candidates must register for a total of 12 semester credits—four semester credits in one Summer Term and eight in the other—if they intend to use a Summer Term in conjunction with a regular academic semester to meet residency requirements.)

Academic Affairs Committee

A Faculty Assembly committee elected by clusters to act on behalf of the Faculty Assembly in matters concerning academic standards.

*Please note that summer sessions do not count as a semester for Academic Standing purposes, unless the student has completed 12 or more credits over the two summer sessions.