Academic Standing and Satisfactory Academic Progress

All graduate students are expected to perform at a high academic level and to support and contribute to a well functioning MPA classroom learning community.

The academic standing of each Evergreen student is carefully monitored to ensure the full development of their academic potential. Any student not making satisfactory academic progress, is informed of their standing in the College and is advised accordingly. Satisfactory Academic Progress is defined as: receipt of all credits attempted each quarter. Also see the Graduate Satisfactory Academic policy for Financial Aid.

Procedure: Evaluation by faculty of student achievement formally occurs at the conclusion of individual learning contracts, internships, and courses. Any student in danger of receiving less than full credit will be notified in writing by faculty prior to week 10 of the quarter. A student making unsatisfactory academic progress (Ex. receiving no credit for core or more than one incomplete in any course) may receive Academic Probation and may be issued a Required Leave of Absence.

Leaves of Absence

Unexpected circumstances sometimes arise such that a student needs to take a leave of absence from the MPA program. Students in good standing may request a leave of absence for up to one year. Leaves of absence must be requested in writing to the MPA Director and are subject to his/her approval. Under exceptional circumstances a leave may be extended beyond one year, by approval of the MPA Director.

Required Leave of Absence Students may be required to take a leave of absence from the MPA program for up to one year in the event of academic or behavioral issues.

Procedure: Students may return to the MPA program as outlined in the required leave of absence letter sent to their Evergreen e-mail account from the MPA Director (academic issues) or as outlined in the required leave of absence letter from the campus Conduct Officer (behavioral issues). Student has 20 calendar days from date of letter to appeal to one of the following campus entities in writing:

A student returning from a Required Leave of Absence will re-enter on Academic Warning and will be expected to make satisfactory progress toward a graduate degree. Failure to earn at least three-fourths credit at the first evaluation period shall result in dismissal from the College.

 Petition for Release: Students may petition for release (in extreme situations, must provide documentation) regarding the resolution of a satisfactory academic progress problem. This petition goes to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Petition Review Committee. Students may receive a tuition refund and/or the course may be taken off their transcript.

Academic Probation

Students will be placed on academic probation for:

  • receiving a "No Credit" (NCR) in any Core course;
  • receiving a "No Credit" (NCR) for all academic work in any quarter. The student must earn credit for all academic work in the next quarter in which they are enrolled in order to return to good standing. In the event that a student does not meet this requirement, s/he may be required to take a leave of absence or be dismissed from the program, at the discretion of the MPA Director.

Academic probation requires an advising session and a contract with the MPA Director that describes how the student will successfully complete remaining coursework for the MPA degree. The contract terms must be fulfilled prior to graduation. Note that a leave of absence may be required for students on probation.

Student Dismissal

Dismissing student from a class meeting or entire course: Students may be dismissed per faculty discretion for a class meeting or for the entire course for the following reasons (including but not limited to): lack of attendance, disruptive behavior, attending class under the influence of alcohol or drugs. If student is issued notice from faculty that no credit (NCR) will be issued and the quarter has not ended, faculty may dismiss the student from class. If the student fails to comply with the faculty request to leave the class, this will fall under the campus purview of “failure to comply with a college official” and campus Police Services or the campus Conduct Officer may be contacted.

 Dismissal from the MPA Program All graduate students are expected to perform at a high academic level and to support and contribute to a well-functioning MPA classroom learning community. If these expectations are not met, students are subject to dismissal from the MPA program as follows:

  • Students will be dismissed from the program for receiving a "No Credit" (NCR) or incomplete for any two quarters of Core course work. The courses for which the NCRs were received may be sequential or non-sequential. This includes the repetition of any Core course.  Students will also be dismissed from the program for failing to register for credit following the end of a leave of absence.
  • In collaboration with faculty required leave of absence or academic probation may occur first.
  • Behavior that disrupts the learning community may be grounds for disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal from the MPA program.
  • Students may be dismissed from the program under other serious circumstances, such as plagiarism, violations of the Student Contract, or the Student Conduct Code.

Procedure: MPA Director issues a letter to the student via their Evergreen e-mail account stating they are dismissed from the MPA program and outlining the basis for that decision. Student then has 20 calendar days from date of dismissal letter to appeal to one of the following campus entities in writing:

  • If student is dismissed for behavioral matters, the student may appeal to the Student Conduct Appeals Board. Contact: Conduct Officer.
  • If student is dismissed for academic matters, the student may appeal to Academic Deans.
  • If student is dismissed for satisfactory academic progress issues and financial aid is impacted, the student may appeal to the Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Petition Review Committee. Contact: Associate Director of Financial Aid.

A student who is dismissed from the MPA program will not be allowed to register for any MPA course at the college during any subsequent quarter.

Administrative and Faculty Action Flow Chart

Withdrawing from the MPA Program

Students who wish to withdraw from the MPA program should inform the MPA Director in writing. Under extraordinary circumstances following withdrawal, students may be reinstated, subject to the approval of the MPA Director. If reinstatement is approved, the student must follow the procedure described under the “Leave of Absence” section for “Reactivation of Active Student Status following a Leave of Absence”.