Making Academic Progress Policy

Everyone at MCC strives to provide students with the best chance possible to succeed in their studies. One important way they meet this goal is through continual monitoring of student academic progress. McHenry County College has adopted a Making Academic Progress Policy (MAPP) that is used to help students achieve academic success.

Students who have attempted at least 12 credit hours at MCC and who have a cumulative GPA of less than 2.0 will be placed on Academic Alert, Academic Caution or Academic Restriction. Such students must meet with a counselor to discuss success strategies prior to registering for their next semester/term, and will be limited in the number of credit hours in which they may enroll during the next semester/term. Definitions and enrollment maximums:

Academic Alert:

Cumulative GPA is less than 2.0 after attempting at least 12 semester hours. Maximum credit hours for next enrollment:

  • Fall Semester: 15 hours
  • Spring Semester: 15 hours
  • Intersession: 3 hours
  • Summer Term: 7 hours

Academic Caution:

Previously on Academic Alert, cumulative GPA is less than 2.0, most recent fall or spring semester GPA is less than 2.0. Maximum credit hours for next enrollment:

  • Fall Semester: 13 hours
  • Spring Semester: 13 hours
  • Intersession: 0 hours
  • Summer Term: 7 hours

Academic Restriction:

Previously on Academic Caution, cumulative GPA is less than 2.0, and most recent fall or spring semester GPA is less than 2.0. Maximum hours for enrollment:

  • Fall Semester: 7 hours
  • Spring Semester: 7 hours
  • Intersession: 0 hours
  • Summer Term: 4 hours

Students previously on Academic Restriction who achieve a (cumulative) GPA of 2.0 or higher will be restricted to 15 hours in the fall and spring semesters, and 7 hours in the summer term. Such students wanting to exceed these enrollment limits or who want to take an Intersession class must discuss success strategies with a counselor and receive approval from the counselor to exceed the credit hour limits.

Student Right to Appeal

Students whose credit hour enrollment is limited due to their Academic Standing may submit an appeal to the Dean of Student Success if wanting to enroll in more than the maximum credit hours indicated above. Obtain a "Maximum Credit Restriction Appeal Form" in the Counseling Department (Room A257). A meeting will be scheduled within one week after receipt of the form, and a decision will be made shortly after the meeting.