The Community College of Allegheny County provides a supportive and transformative learning environment that prepares graduates to meet critical needs in the region’s workforce.
At CCAC, we believe that life outside the classroom is an important part of your college experience. Each CCAC campus has a variety of activities to enhance your lifestyle – including athletics, cultural events and personal development seminars.
The CCAC Educational
Foundation is the fundraising and benefactor arm of the college. It seeks to
create vital connections between the college and the wider community
to ensure the ongoing viability of the college.
After final grades are posted at the end of each term (fall, spring,
summer—all sessions combined), the student grade record will be
evaluated to determine the student’s academic standing. If the student
has earned a cumulative Grade Point Average (GPA) at or above 2.0, the
student will be considered in “Good Standing”.Students who were placed on Probation 1, Probation 2, or Suspension before December 2016 will be required to follow the Academic Standing Rules that were in place at the time of evaluation. See Probation Suspension Procedures Effective 2010 – 2016.
To remain in good standing, students must maintain a cumulative
GPA of 2.00 or higher. Students must be in good standing to
graduate. Students in good standing may take 15 or more credits of
classes a term. More than 18 credits constitute an excessive class
load. To register for more than 18 credits, students will need
permission from the academic dean.
The dean's list is CCAC's way of recognizing academic
achievement. It is announced at the end of each term. Students will
be on the dean's list if, as a full-time student, they have a term
GPA of 3.50 or higher and received no F grades during the term.
Courses below 100 are not included in the calculations of the
dean's list GPA. If students are part-time, they will be on the
dean's list at the end of each term in which they have accumulated
12 credits with a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher and no F grades
for that 12-credit interval. The dean's list is circulated to local
newspapers and usually appears in the student newspaper.
If the student is receiving a grade below a C at midterm, the student may be notified and should meet with the course instructor immediately to discuss progress in the course. Academic Advisors are also available to discuss the student’s educational plan and CCAC’s academic support services. Not receiving an alert at midterm does not guarantee that the student will pass the course.
If the student’s term GPA falls below 2.0, the student will be placed on Academic Warning. When placed on Academic Warning, the student will be required to meet with an Academic Advisor to discuss the student’s educational plan, discuss strategies to utilize CCAC’s academic support services and discuss the number and type of courses the student should take in future terms in order to help ensure academic success. To return to good standing, the student must achieve a minimum term and overall cumulative GPA of 2.0.
If while on Academic Warning, the student earns a term GPA above 2.0 but the cumulative GPA is still below 2.0, the student will stay on Academic Warning. If while on Academic Warning, both the term and cumulative GPA fall below 2.0, the student will be placed on Academic Probation. While on Academic Probation, the student is required to:
To return to good standing, the student must achieve a minimum term and overall cumulative GPA of 2.0.
If while on Academic Probation, the student’s academic record falls below the minimum of the range outlined below, the student will be placed on Academic Suspension. Evaluation for Suspension will occur once each year, in May after final grades are posted. While on Academic Suspension, the student will be restricted from attending CCAC for two terms, unless the student successfully appeals.
Suspension Determination Chart
College Process for Academic Suspension
College Process for the Appeal of Academic Suspension
If the student wishes to attend within the two-term restricted period, the student must appeal by submitting the Suspension Appeal form to the Associate Academic Dean on the student’s campus by the deadline (instructions included in the Suspension letter).
Financial Aid has a separate standard for academic progress. See Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy.