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Probation/Suspension in the Careers of the Freshman
Probation/Suspension in the Careers of the Freshman Cohort Entering in Fall 1997
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Perry Sailor, ODA, May 2004
Summary, July 2004, Lou McClelland
The study looked at all CU-Boulder freshmen entering in fall 1997 (n = 4,239). This cohort was
chosen because it's the most recent entering class to have had 6 years to graduate. All information
is through spring 2003, the end of their 6th year. Probation/suspension status was determined by SIS
codes for Arts and Sciences students. Other colleges did not consistently use SIS codes for probation
during the time period studied, so having a cumulative GPA of below 2.0 was used as a proxy for
probation status for those colleges. All colleges used SIS codes for suspension throughout.
Definitions (Arts and Sciences, for most typical cases; for catalog definitions
Probation: Continued enrollment allowed for one term; student must bring CU GPA to 2.00 or better
in that term or be suspended.
Suspension: Continuing enrollment in CU-Boulder regular courses not allowed. May be readmitted
with above 2.0 GPA work in summer, through continuing education, or at another institution.
- How many freshmen entering in 1997 were ever on probation? Suspended? Either? Both?
- Ever on probation only (not suspended) -- 12%
- Ever suspended only (not on probation) -- 1%
- Ever on probation AND suspended -- 10%
- Ever on probation (total) -- 22%
- Ever suspended (total) - 11%
- Either or both -- 22%
- Never either -- 78%
- What percentage of students in the entry cohort graduated in 6 years? How did this differ for
students on probation, suspension, or neither?
- Overall 6-year graduation rate for all students in cohort -- 68%
- If ever on probation but never suspended -- 46% graduated in 6 years
- If ever suspended -- 23% graduated in 6 years
- If ever either on probation or suspended-- 35% graduated in 6 years
- If never either -- 78% graduated in 6 years
- If first term GPA < 1.0: 15% graduated in 6 years
- So students on probation, even if suspended, do graduate, but their 6-year graduation rate
is a bit less than half that of students never put on probation or suspension.
- How did probation/suspension relate to academic qualification at entry -- to PGPA, the
predicted CU GPA, based on HS GPA and test scores?:
- Percent ever on probation/suspension by universal PGPA group:
- Low-2.59: 40%
- 2.60-2.79: 27%
- 2.80-3.09: 17%
- 3.10-High: 6%
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and by ethnic group and gender, see text, plots, and an Excel file with entry qualifications
PBA: L:\ir\consult\CADS\probationBrief.doc - 7/19/04