Academic Performance and Progression for Undergraduate Students

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The academic performance and progression of each student enrolled in the School of Nursing Undergraduate Program is monitored for timely progression to degree. The purpose of this review is to determine whether each student is making satisfactory progress in their program of study based upon stated criteria established by the School of Nursing and the University. This review provides an opportunity to identify students who are having difficulties and to assist them to obtain the help and support they need.

Requirements for Graduation

All students must meet the academic requirements for graduation described in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Dean’s List

Criteria for Dean’s List eligibility are published in the Undergraduate Bulletin.

Academic Performance and Progression

The BSN (Undergraduate) Progression Review Committee (“Committee”) is a sub-committee of the Baccalaureate Executive Committee (”BEC”) responsible for monitoring the academic performance and progression of students.  The Committee is composed of five voting members, a chair and four additional members. The chair of the Committee will be selected from the existing membership of the BEC.  The chair will serve a three year term.  Chair responsibilities include: oversight of the process of constituting and maintaining the Committee’s membership, administration of the Committee’s meetings; and biannual reports of the Committee’s activities to the BEC.  Committee members are appointed by the BEC based upon the chair’s recommendations.  Members serve three year staggered terms. All members must have current experience teaching in the BSN program.  A substitute Committee chair maybe appointed by the BEC chair if there is a conflict of interest that prevents participation in the progression review.  If any other members of the Committee have a conflict of interest, the Committee chair will appoint alternative faculty members to serve as necessary.  A conflict of interest includes interactions with a student, either within the situation under review or previously, that raises the possibility of bias or the perception of bias in the decision-making process. The Director of the Undergraduate Program, the Assistant Dean of the Office of Student Affairs (“OSA”) and the Academic Counselors (“ACs”) serve as ex officio (non-voting) members of the Board.

The Committee will meet to conduct progression review within one week of final exams and the receipt of grades from the School registrar. Additional called meetings of the Committee will occur under special circumstances during the semester to consider, for instance, health and safety non-compliance or a late withdrawal approval. 

The Committee will review students who:

  • Are currently on academic probation.
  • Received a grade below a C- or an INC, WD or AB in a nursing course during the current semester.
  • Request a late or retroactive withdrawal in any course taken while enrolled in the nursing program.
  • Are reported by OSA for persistent non-compliance with health and safety requirements.

To remain a student in good academic standing, all students must earn a C- or above in all required nursing courses. The Assistant Dean of the OSA notifies the chair of the  Committee and the Director of the Undergraduate Program of the students who earned less than a C- or who received a temporary grade such as an IN, WD or AB in any required nursing course. This notification occurs within 24 hours of receipt of the official grade sheets submitted by faculty.

During the Committee meeting the Assistant Dean of OSA will present the academic records of all students meeting the criteria for review.  The Undergraduate Program Director and ACs contribute information regarding the student, including information received from the student and course faculty. In addition, the Committee may request information from other individuals who have pertinent information regarding a student’s academic or clinical performance.  The student under review is not present at the meeting but may submit a written statement to the Committee through the Undergraduate Program Director. 

After reviewing all of the information, the Committee will discuss the student’s performance and reach a decision regarding the student’s continued status in the program. A simple majority of the voting members of the Committee is required.

Students who are reviewed by the Committee may be warned that they are progressing at a rate that will negatively impact time to graduation, be required to complete specific remedial work, be required to repeat course(s), and/or be placed on academic probation. A student who earns less than a C- in any required nursing course will automatically be placed on academic probation for a minimum of one semester. Probationary status requires a student to meet with the School’s AC to develop a remediation plan. Probationary status will be lifted upon approval of the Committee following successful completion of the remediation plan and recommendation of the AC. 

If in the judgment of the Committee, a student does not show sufficient promise to continue in the program, the Committee may dismiss the student from the School.  Dismissal from the School does not constitute dismissal from the University.

Within 48 hours of the Committee’s meeting, the chair of the Committee will send a letter of notification to the student, copying the Director of the Undergraduate Program and the Assistant Dean of the OSA for placement in the student’s academic file. In cases in which the Committee dismisses a student from the program, the letter also will contain the Committee’s specific requirements for readmission, if applicable. Adopted by the faculty: April 7, 1997.

A student may appeal in writing the Committee’s decision to the Dean.  A request for an appeal to the Dean must be filed by the student with the Dean no later than the end of the first week of classes in the subsequent semester.

Additional Relevant Policies

Early Academic Warning and Course Withdrawal: http://nursing.unc.edu/current-students/student-handbook/early-academic-warning-process-and-course-withdrawal-undergraduate/

Grade Appeal: http://nursing.unc.edu/current-students/student-handbook/grade-appeals-undergraduate/

Grading: http://nursing.unc.edu/current-students/student-handbook/grading-undergraduate/

Health and Safety Compliance: http://nursing.unc.edu/current-students/student-handbook/overview-of-health-and-safety-compliance-program-policy/

Late Academic Concerns and Course Withdrawal: http://nursing.unc.edu/current-students/student-handbook/late-academic-concerns-and-course-withdrawal-undergraduate/

Last reviewed/modified: April 20, 2009, July, 2010, October, 2011, August 26, 2013                Adopted by the faculty: April 10, 1988