PX FAQ – Probation after first term with less than 1.0 GPA

  1. What is Freshman Accelerated Fresh Start (FAFS), a.k.a. PX?
    1. Probation <1.0 Freshman Term 1 – PX is a special one-term probation status. First time first year students who have less than a 1.0 GPA are sent a letter and given a choice – leave CSU for a semester and become eligible for an accelerated Fresh Start, or continue at CSU the next semester – (see the FAFS options flowchart for student options). You can also review FAFS details on policies and review FAFS reminders and scenarios.
    2. If the student chooses to continue as PX, the requirements to remain a student at CSU are more stringent. Here are the possible results when a student completes a semester during which they were on an academic standing of ‘PX’
      1. OVERALL 2.0 or higher: When cumulative GPA is greater than or equal to 2.0, then success!  The academic standing is back to Good Standing (GS), and the student continues.
      2. TERM 2.0 or higher, but overall is still lower than 2.0:
        1. 9 or more credits completed, student’s academic standing is changed to 2nd Term Academic Probation (P2; student continues with one more term probation).o   Note: Freshman Accelerated Fresh Start policy asks students to complete 12 credits with 2.0 term GPA or better.
        2. less than 9 credits completed: the student is dismissed academically from CSU (DA) and cannot continue. ***
      3. BELOW 2.0 TERM: When student has not earned a 2.0 or better *term* GPA, student’s academic standing is changed to Dismissed (DA; student does not continue).
  2. How is PX different from P1?
    1. P1 is first semester of probation for all other cases where an undergrad student has a cumulative GPA below 2.0.  Students can take one semester of courses with a P1 academic standing, and if the GPA is not above 2.0 at the end of that semester, they move along to P2 and have an additional semester.  If their cumulative GPA is still below 2.0 at the end of the semester while their academic standing is P2, they are dismissed.
    2. A student can only be PX once – their first term.
    3. Students dismissed because of a low GPA at the end of their PX academic standing semester are not eligible for dismissal appeals
  3. How do I calculate how many credits of good grades are needed to repair the cumulative GPA?
    1. For every F, an equivalent number of credits of A or A+ are needed.  A- or below will not cut it.
    2. For every D, an equivalent number of credits of B or better are needed.
    3. Example: 12 credits with a cumulative GPA of 0.5 = 6 credits of F and 6 credits of D.  At minimum, 6 credits of B and 6 credits of A are needed to repair this GPA, and NOTHING LOWER.
  4. If a student, who is currently taking classes and is on PX, tries to do a retro withdrawal from fall 2017 and are on campus this spring, what would they have to do to avoid academic dismissal either after Spring 2018 or Fall 2018?
    1. If the student has a Retro approved for fall 2017 (their first term) then they would have no academic standing for fall, meaning their GPA from spring 2018 would be their first record of academic standing.
    2. In other words, if the retro withdrawal was approved and for Spring 2018 they earned:
      1. Above a 2.0 they will not be on academic probation
      2. Between a 1.0 and 1.9, they will be on Probation 1
      3. Below a 1.0, they will be on “PX” or eligible for Accelerated Fresh start and they could choose to take 1-3 semesters off or come back for Fall 2018 and try to earn a term GPA above a 2.0
  5. If a student, who is currently (SP18) taking classes and is on PX, does a university withdrawal from this spring 2018, can they use summer 2018 and fall 2018 to bring their GPA up?
    1. If a PX student withdraws from spring 2018, the student has not used their PX academic standing term. This means the student would return to CSU in a future term on PX *and* need to earn a 2.0 term GPA in that future term or be dismissed. This has large risks! For students withdrawing from spring, I would want to talk about what is going on in life that led to sub 1.0 first-term GPA and then a withdrawal from second term. These students can choose to not return to CSU for 4 fall/spring terms (2 years) and then use standard Fresh Start. While away, these students can likely take meaningful coursework at a community college or other university to then transfer back in to CSU.
  6. USING ACCELERATED Fresh Start: New students who earned below a 1.0 their first term at CSU are under the Freshman Accelerated Fresh Start policy and those who took time away may be eligible to use their accelerated Fresh Start (FAFS flowchart of options). General steps for the student include the following.
    1. After having taken time away (1-3 terms), student applies to return (more at the Admissions page for returning students).
    2. Admissions tells the student to meet with the Academic Success Coach from the Outreach and Support unit (within Collaborative for Student Achievement, 970-491-7095) and complete an Action Plan. (Students already connected with their department advisor may work with that advisor on an Action Plan.)
    3. Admissions and the Success Coach remain in communication regarding student referrals.
    4. After meeting and creating the Action Plan, including referring the student to academic advising, the Academic Success Coach signs off on completed Action Plan.
    5. Student submits completed Action Plan with signature as a required step for their readmission application.
    6. Students are only readmitted after a completed Action Plan and completed application are submitted.
      • Note: ASCs/Advisors can access the Action Plan in to “Advising Comments” in Ariesweb, once it has been uploaded by Admissions.

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