Academic Standing FAQ
1. What is academic standing?
Academic standing is a term used to denote a students’ status based on criteria for completing their credential. Academic standing procedures are established to support student success and the academic standards of NAIT. They enable NAIT to acknowledge academic excellence, establish consistent minimum standards for academic performance and progression, and ensure students are aware when their ability to continue in a program is in jeopardy. View the Academic Standing Procedure (pdf).
2. How is academic standing calculated?
Academic standing is assessed at the end of each term, using the term grade point average (TGPA). The TGPA is a weighted calculation of all credit courses taken within that term.
3. Where can I find my academic standing status?
Your status is available to you through your MyNAIT portal at the bottom of the “View Grades & Academic Decisions” page located under the “My Academics” and “Grades & Transcripts” tabs then click on the appropriate term and on your official and unofficial transcript.
4. Does the academic standing status stay on my permanent record?
Yes. Academic standing decisions will stay on your record. If you receive an academic warning decision, it will show on your record for the term you received the academic warning in. If you achieve the minimum 2.0 TGPA in the next term, your status for that term will be good standing. Receiving a good standing decision in the subsequent term will not change the decision from the previous term.
5. I was accepted to my program before July 1, 2017. Does this new academic requirement apply to me?
Academic standing applies to students who have been admitted through the application process (except for academic upgrading students) for Fall 2017 onwards. It does not apply to:
- students in academic upgrading
- open studies students, or
- students who commenced/restarted their studies before July 1, 2017. NOTE: The academic standing requirement will apply to students who started before July 1, 2017 but withdrew from their program and wish to return after having been away from their studies for a calendar year or longer.
6. What happens if I return to a program after I've withdrawn?
The new requirements will apply to you if you started your program after July 1, 2017 or if you started your program before July 1, 2017 and need to reapply in order to return. View further information on the reapplication process (login required).
7. What happens to my academic standing if I repeat a course?
Your academic standing decision will not change from the term in which you originally attempted the course. The grade from the repeated course will also be calculated into the TGPA for the term it was taken in.
8. What happens if I have a grade change?
Your TGPA and academic standing status will automatically update with grade changes or grade additions.
9. I’m on academic warning. What does this mean?
To be in good academic standing, you need a minimum TGPA of 2.0. If you fall below 2.0 then you are on academic warning, which is intended to help you identify when you may need some additional academic help or support. If you are on academic warning you should meet with your program leader and discuss a Learning Plan that can assist you in raising your grade point average.
10. Is there a minimum grade point average required for graduation?
Yes. Students who fall under the new requirements will be required to achieve a minimum 2.0 graduation GPA (GGPA). The GGPA is a weighted average of all required credit courses in a program that is taken at NAIT. Students who do not achieve a GGPA of 2.0 will be ineligible to graduate and will be required to take additional courses in order to raise their average.
11. Is it possible to graduate while on academic warning?
Yes. A student will be cleared for graduation if they’ve completed all the requirements of their program, including achieving the graduation grade point average (see question 10).
12. What can I do if I don’t agree with the academic standing I’ve received?
Students are encouraged to speak with their Program Office if they have concerns or questions about their academic standing status.
13. Will I be withdrawn from my program?
The purpose of the academic warning decisions is to alert students that they have fallen below the minimum requirements for the program and to give them the opportunity to seek assistance. It is strongly recommended that students meet with their program leader in order to create a Learning Plan that is geared to their particular needs to assist them in being successful. A student may be withdrawn from the program by the program leader for academic difficulties if it is felt the student has not been making any improvement.
14. What is a Learning Plan?
A Learning Plan is a document outlining an agreed upon plan of learning between the student and program leader that is geared toward the student’s success and completion of their program.
15. Should I arrange for a Learning Plan?
If you have received an academic warning decision, it is in your best interest to meet with your program leader to discuss your particular situation and devise a Learning Plan. Learning Plans are confidential and are meant to assist you in being successful.
16. How does a Learning Plan get initiated?
Either the program leader or student can initiate the discussion for a learning plan. Program leaders will send requests to their students on academic warning inviting them to a meeting. Since this is your education, however, it is strongly recommended that you reach out to your program leader as soon as possible.