​Academic Probation


At UWSP, students must earn at least a 2.0 cumulative GPA in order to graduate, and many majors require a higher GPA. So, when a student's GPA is less than 2.0, they are placed on academic probation.
Probation 1: A student's semester or cumulative GPA (or both) is less than 2.0. This is the first notice that the student's academic performance needs to be improved.
Probation 2: A student's semester or cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 and the student is already on Probation 1. This is the final warning to the student to increase their GPA to 2.0 or above. If the student's GPA remains less than 2.0, the student may be dismissed from the university.
Click here for a link to the UWSP Catalog regarding probation. 
Whenever a student is placed on academic probation, a message is sent to both the student and the student's advisor. Click below for a copy of the messages sent.
Sample Message to Advisors
Nationally, nearly 25% of all college students will be on academic probation at some point in their college career. Roughly 50% of probationary students will voluntarily drop out. At UWSP, we want to ensure that every student is given the opportunity to succeed, so it is important to understand the various causes of academic probation, as well as support strategies available to students to help them achieve their goals.
Click to view an interactive presentation on academic probation (link to Prezi)

Causes of Academic Probation

There are many causes of academic probation, including:
  • lack of college-level academic success strategies
  • lack of effective time management skills
  • enrollment in demanding courses that are beyond skill level
  • reluctance to seek help
  • lack of direction about future career goals
  • interference from disabilities
  • personal issues
  • family obligations
  • financial challenges
Students on academic probation are probably experiencing multiple factors that contribute to their poor academic performance. So, be sure to avoid these pitfalls:
For Students: avoid the assumption that if you just "try harder" or "study more" that you will improve. While this is a good start, you need to assess whether you are studying effectively, as well as look carefully at all aspects of your life. You should also take advantage of the vast array of resources available at UWSP that are in place to help. All students are expected to use these forms of help throughout their time at UWSP.
For Advisors: avoid the assumption that the student isn't capable. Often times, students on academic probation ARE capable of college-level work, but there are other factors that prohibit the student from performing at their full potential (work schedule, taking courses out of sequence, family obligations, etc.).

Resources for Faculty/Staff Advisors

Academic Advising (home)
Advising Resources for Faculty & Staff
Promoting Student Success
Academic Probation
Advising Definition, Mission, Vision, and Values
Academic Advising External Review
Summer Advising Task Force Memo
Financial Aid
Office of the Registrar
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Disability & Assistive Technology Center (DATC)
Counseling Center
Academic and Career Advising Center (ACAC)
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