Academic Standards

The Blackhawk Technical College Standards for Academic Success define the requirements you must meet to maintain satisfactory academic progress if you have enrolled in an associate degree and/or technical degree program AND have enrolled in three credits or more during the term. These standards also establish a formal process to identify, notify and provide assistance if you fall below satisfactory academic standards.

Blackhawk calculates your academic standing twice a year: after the end of the fall and spring semesters.

Good Academic Standing

To remain in good academic standing, you must maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0. Students who fail to meet this requirement will be subject to the following:

Academic Warning

If you begin the semester in good academic standing, complete three or more credits and fail to meet a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, you are placed on academic warning. You will receive an email notification from Registration and Records.

If you are enrolled in three or more credits, you must achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA to avoid being placed on academic probation. We strongly recommend that you contact your Academic Advisor to create a plan to help you keep on the path toward your goals.

If you complete three or more credits and achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, you will return to good academic standing. You may not appeal your academic warning status.

Academic Probation

If you begin the semester on academic warning, complete three or more credits and fail to meet a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, you are placed on academic probation and will receive an email and written notification from Registration and Records. We will place a registration hold on your account, which prevents you from registering for classes.

You are required to meet with your academic advisor to develop an academic plan and to have the registration hold removed. If you take three or more credits and achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, you will return to good academic standing. If you receive a term GPA of 2.5 or above but your cumulative GPA is still below a 2.0, you will return to Academic Warning. You may not appeal your academic probation status.

Academic Dismissal

If you begin the semester on academic probation, complete three or more credits and fail to meet a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0, you are placed on academic dismissal. We will place a registration hold on your account, which prevents you from registering for classes. If you are registered for the upcoming term, your classes will be dropped.

If placed on academic dismissal, you will be notified in writing from Registration and Records and provided information about the appeal process. If you are academically dismissed from Blackhawk, you may not re-enroll in credit classes for one academic year, but you may be considered for reinstatement if an appeal is submitted and approved.

Re-Enrollment After Academic Dismissal

If you are dismissed and wish to re-enroll after one year, you must apply for admission (or readmission) to a program. Upon re-acceptance, you will be placed on academic probation and are required to meet with your assigned academic advisor before the semester begins.

If you take three or more credits and achieve a minimum 2.0 cumulative GPA, you will return to good academic standing. If you receive a term GPA of 2.5 or above but your cumulative GPA is still below a 2.0, you will return to Academic Warning.

Appeal Process

If you believe extenuating circumstances prevented you from maintaining satisfactory academic progress, you may submit an appeal, which includes the following:

  • An explanation of why you did not maintain academic progress and what has changed in your situation to enhance future academic success.
  • If applicable, include third-party documentation to support your reasons for not maintaining academic progress.
  • Steps you have taken to remedy these impediments and to prevent them from occurring again.
  • Identify any BTC resources available to help maintain academic progress.
  • A personal plan of action to ensure academic progress will be met in future semesters.

The appeal will be reviewed by the College appeals committee, and you will be notified of the decision in writing. If an appeal is granted, the student will be placed on academic probation. Successful appeal of an academic dismissal does not guarantee reinstatement of financial aid, if applicable. The appeal form can be found at  https://blackhawk.edu/Portals/0/PDFs/Student%20Resources/AcademicProgressAppealForm.pdf

Deadlines for submitting an appeal and review of all appeals will occur prior to the beginning of the semester. The appeals committee decision is final.

Deadline for appeals: Apr. 15 (to be reinstated for summer semester), July 15 (to be reinstated for fall semester), Dec. 15 (to be reinstated for spring semester).