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Academic Progress of Students

Midterm Monitoring

At midterm each semester, all faculty members receive a request to comment, via our on-line academic difficulty reporting system, on the academic performance of their students. These evaluations from faculty not only help advisers in their monitoring of a student's academic performance and progress, but also assist them in their efforts to provide the appropriate support and resources to the student. Information that you submit through the Academic Difficulty Reporting system will be sent directly to the student's adviser, who will reach out to the student and then contact you with any relevant information.

Academic Difficulty

Individual instructors are often the first to notice that a student's academic performance in a particular class is unsatisfactory and may be indicative of overall academic difficulty and/or other problems. Indicators of difficulty may include unsatisfactory grades; poor or inconsistent work; poor or erratic attendance; inattentiveness, agitation; change in behavior, attitude, or appearance; inappropriate and/or inconsistent behavior, etc. In such cases, we strongly urge instructors to alert the student's advising dean immediately so that she/he can connect the student with the appropriate resources for assistance. Alternatively, please contact Lisa Hollibaugh, Dean of Academic Planning and Administration, at 3-1279 and lkh5@columbia.edu.

Academic Review

At the end of each term, the Committee on Academic Standing reviews the records of all students enrolled in the College. The process begins with the class center advisers, who receive a list of all their students with information on each student's courses, grades, current GPA, cumulative GPA, current points, and cumulative points. In determining who will be put on academic probation and who will be required to withdraw from the College, the class center advisers review these records for excess D credit, excess PE credits, low points, low GPA, failures, and unauthorized incompletes. They also carefully review the student's file before making a recommendation for action.