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Back on Track

Helping you rebound from academic probation and land in good academic standing

Back on Track is an Academic Advising Center-sponsored program that is designed to help students who are on academic probation (students whose cumulative GPA has fallen below 2.0). A student in Back on Track works one-on-one with a professional mentor to identify obstacles, challenges, or deficiencies that interfered with his/her success.

Together, the mentor and student develop a personalized academic plan to address factors hindering success and to work toward good academic standing. With the assistance of the student’s academic advisor, the Back on Track mentor provides continued support and personalized guidance to the student throughout his/her participation in the program. Students on academic probation are limited to 15 credits per semester and are required to participate in Back on Track.

Back on Track

Requirements for Back on TrackFive steps to academic success

With the help of a mentor, a committed, motivated student identifies obstacles and develops a plan
  • Step 1

    Step 1

    Meet with assigned mentor during the add/drop period

    Back on Track mentors calculate the semester grade point average (GPA) students must earn to raise their cumulative GPA to 2.0. During this process, mentors demonstrate that the most efficient way to achieve good standing is to repeat courses in which a grade of 0 or 1 was earned: if students’ performance improves in the repeated course, only the higher grade is included in the cumulative GPA calculation. For this reason, mentors may suggest revisions to students’ course schedules.

  • Step 2

    Step 2

    Identify obstacles and resources

    Back on Track mentors help students identify factors contributing to their academic difficulties. Mentors also inform students of various campus resources that can assist in overcoming those obstacles, such as the Academic Support Center, Career Development Center, and Counseling Services.

  • Step 3

    Step 3

    Develop and implement a Plan for Academic Success

    Students and mentors collaboratively develop a Plan for Academic Success, which includes goals, action steps, and resources aimed at maximizing academic success. Students are responsible for implementing the Plan throughout the semester, and mentors may contact faculty and staff to confirm progress and/or address concerns.

  • Step 4

    Step 4

    Attend regular meetings with Back on Track mentor

    Students and mentors typically meet five times during the semester to monitor progress, troubleshoot challenges, and celebrate accomplishments. Of particular importance is the mid-semester meeting because it coincides with the period during which students may receive warning grades, offering an opportunity to recalibrate the Plan for Academic Success.

  • Step 5

    Step 5

    Reflect on the semester

    During their last meeting, students and mentors discuss final semester grades and academic standing. Students also complete an evaluation that assesses their experience in the program, including how their behaviors impacted the semester outcome.

FAQ about Academic Probation and Back on Track

  • What is Academic Probation?

    A student is placed on academic probation if his/her cumulative GPA is less than 2.0. Academic probation is a warning to students who have low grades. The academic performance of all students, full- and part-time, is reviewed at the conclusion of each semester. 

  • How will I know if I’m on Academic Probation?

    You will receive a letter from the Dean of Academic Affairs if you’ve been placed on academic probation, and your academic standing will be listed on your transcript. You will also be contacted by a mentor from the Back on Track program to schedule an initial appointment to discuss your academic situation.

  • What happens if I am placed on Academic Probation?

    If you are placed on academic probation, you may continue your full-time enrollment at York College. You will be limited to a maximum of 15 credit hours while on probation and will be required to participate in an academic support program called Back on Track. You will have two semesters to attain a 2.0 cumulative GPA and get back to good academic standing.

  • I didn’t fail any classes, so why was I placed on Academic Probation?

    If you received a grade of “1” in one or more of your courses, it’s possible that your cumulative GPA could fall below a 2.0. 

  • How do I return to Good Academic Standing?

    To be in good academic standing, you must maintain a minimum of a 2.0 cumulative GPA. A Back on Track mentor will work with you to determine the target semester GPA needed to raise your cumulative GPA to a 2.0.

  • Should I retake any classes that I failed?

    If you received a “0” or “1” in any of your classes, it may be a good idea to retake those classes to recover your GPA. If your performance improves in your repeated course, only the higher grade is included in your cumulative GPA calculation. Your Back on Track mentor will guide you on what classes, if any, should be retaken. 

  • What happens if I don’t return to Good Academic Standing within one semester?

    If you fail to return to good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0) within the first semester on academic probation, you will remain on academic probation during the next semester and will continue in the Back on Track program.  

  • What happens if I don’t return to Good Academic Standing within two semesters?

    If you fail to return to good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0) within two semesters, you will be placed on academic suspension. 

  • What is Academic Suspension?

    If students fail to return to good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0) within two semesters, they will be placed on academic suspension. When students are placed on academic suspension, they are prohibited from enrolling in any course at York College for one full year. 

  • If I’m placed on Academic Suspension, does that mean I’m “kicked out” of York College?

    When you are on academic suspension, you can apply for readmission to the College at the end of your one-year suspension. If you are readmitted, you will be on academic probation with a maximum limit of 15 credits and will be required to participate in the Back on Track program when you return. You will then have two semesters to attain a 2.0 cumulative GPA. If you do not attain a cumulative 2.0 GPA within two semesters, you will be dismissed from the College.

  • Does being on Academic Probation impact my financial aid?

    Yes, it’s possible. If you receive financial aid (federal, state or York College funds), you must be in good academic standing as defined by The Financial Aid Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy. Contact the Financial Aid Office for specific questions regarding your financial aid eligibility while on Academic Probation. 

  • Can I still participate in athletics or extracurricular activities while on Academic Probation?

    If you are a student-athlete participating in one of the school’s NCAA teams, your academic eligibility will be certified each semester. You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 to participate as a student-athlete. Therefore, if you are on academic probation, you are ineligible. If you are ineligible at the beginning of the academic year, you may become eligible for the spring semester if you attain a 2.0 cumulative GPA upon completion of the fall semester.

    Some extracurricular activities on campus may also have eligibility requirements for you to participate. Contact the specific club or organization directly for their policy. 

  • Should I change my major if I’m on Academic Probation?

    If you have been unsuccessful in one or more of the courses in your major, you should possibly reevaluate your academic goals. If you struggled in an introductory level course within your major, it may indicate that you should explore other options. This is not always the case however. If you struggled because of other factors, then a change of major is not always recommended. Talk to your academic advisor or Back on Track mentor about this.

  • What will I need to do for the Back on Track program?

    Refer to the Requirements section above for the steps you will need to complete as part of the Back on Track program. 

  • What is a Back on Track mentor?

    A Back on Track mentor will be assigned to you before the beginning of the semester that you are on academic probation. All mentors are professional advisors at York College, and they will assist you in completing the steps of the program and offer support and guidance in your effort to return to good academic standing. 

  • I have a question about Academic Probation or Back on Track not answered on this page. Who should I contact?

    If you have additional questions or have a question specific to your situation, please contact the Academic Advising Center, Campbell Hall 200, at 717.815.1531 or by email at academicadvising@ycp.edu.