The Academic Renewal policy, also known as Academic Forgiveness and Fresh Start, recognizes that some students who completed previous coursework at Century College may have not met scholastic requirements. Academic Renewal allows students a one-time opportunity to establish a new Grade Point Average (GPA) at Century College. Instead of needing to enroll at another college/institution to get a fresh start, Academic Renewal provides an opportunity for students to continue to pursue their educational goals at Century College.
Even though academic renewal excludes credits and corresponding grades from degree requirements and grade point calculations, these courses are not removed from the student’s academic record.
Benefits of Academic Renewal
- Improved likelihood of meeting the standards of Satisfactory Academic Progress for enrollment.
- Students can meet the 2.0 GPA graduation requirement.
- The Century College transcript will continue to reflect the actual courses and grades, but they will no longer be calculated in the GPA, nor will they count toward graduation requirements. A transcript notation will indicate that Academic Renewal has been granted.
- Courses subject to Academic Renewal will still be considered when determining Satisfactory Academic Progress for financial aid.
- Century College’s renewal policy does not mean that transfer/receiving institutions will honor this adjustment. Competitive admissions programs will likely consider the entire transcript. It is the student’s responsibility to consult their transfer/receiving institution.
Academic Renewal Requirements
Students must meet and consult with an academic advisor or counselor to determine whether Academic Renewal will be beneficial and that all parameters below have been met. The student and academic advisor or counselor must complete and submit the Academic Renewal Application form to request Academic Renewal.
- A student may only be granted Academic Renewal one time.
- A student must be currently attending Century College to request Academic Renewal.
- The student cannot have earned a degree, diploma or certificate at Century College following initial attendance at Century College and applied any of those credits for which the Academic Renewal is sought toward the award(s). Century College awards include those earned from Lakewood Community College and/or Northeast Metro 916 Technical College.
- The student must not have been enrolled in credit-based coursework at Century for a minimum of three (3) consecutive years prior to requesting Academic Renewal.
- After being readmitted to Century College, the student must complete a minimum of 12 credits at Century and achieve a minimum 2.00 GPA in those credits before requesting Academic Renewal for courses completed at Century prior to the period of three (3) consecutive years (Fall-Fall, Spring-Spring, Summer-Summer) of not having been enrolled at Century.
- A student may request to exclude the following:
- All courses with grade of F, or
- All courses with grades of D and, F
Courses with grades of NC, FN, and FW do not count in the GPA therefore do not need to request to exclude from GPA. Courses identified for Academic Renewal will no longer be calculated in any GPA (cumulative, career/occupational and MnTC). However, these courses and grades will remain on the student’s Century College transcript.
- A possible implication for choosing to exclude courses with D grades for Academic Renewal may be the need to complete additional requirements for graduation. Courses with D grades are considered passing though some requirements accept only courses with a grade of C or higher.