Satisfactory Academic Progress Policy


Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP) Policy

All students are required to meet the standards of academic performance that are outlined in the sections below, and they are evaluated regularly to determine that the standards are met.

As described below, each student must achieve the minimum CGPA within the maximum time frame established, achieving the required completion rate of 70% at each evaluation point. Failure to meet these standards may result in dismissal from the academic program and in ineligibility to earn a certificate.


Students who adhere to their assigned class schedules and achieve the minimum passing scores in each of their courses will complete their program of study in the time frame indicated for each program in the school catalog.

For any student who, for any reason, has not remained on track with his or her studies, the maximum time frame (MTF) to successfully complete the program is 1.5 times the normal completion time. The MTF is computed from the very first clock hours in which the student enrolled and originally began their studies. Any student who does not successfully complete the program within the MTF cannot earn a certificate.

The MTF for transfer students will be adjusted individually according to the total number of clock hours they successfully transferred into the program. The total number of hours the transfer student needs to complete the ETI program will be multiplied by 1.5 to determine that student’s MTF.


1. The Business and Industry Technology program contains a total of eight courses. For the purposes of SAP, this program is divided into two segments of three courses each (120 hours) and one segment of two courses (80 hours).

The Business Office Information System program contains a total of sixteen courses. The
program is divided into four segments of four courses each: 180 hours for the first two segments, 172 hours for the third segment, and 152 hours for the fourth segment.

Each short program (online or in-classroom) is divided into segments of three courses each.

Students are evaluated for SAP after the completion of each segment of a program.

2. If a student fails a course before a segment ends, the student is immediately placed on
academic probation.

A. The student will remain on academic probation until:

(1) The student retakes the failed course when it is next offered and passes it on the next attempt; or,
(2) The student retakes the failed course and fails it again; or,
(3) The student takes another course (before retaking the first course) and fails it.

B. If the student takes the course a second time and passes it, the student will be removed from academic probation.

C. If the student fails the course for a second time, the student will be academically dismissed from the school.

D. If the student takes another course (before retaking the first course) and fails it, the student will be academically dismissed.

3. At the end of a segment, any student whose cumulative grade point average (CGPA) is below 2.0 or whose successful completion rate is less than 70% of all clock hours attempted will be placed on academic probation.

A. The student will have one segment to raise their CGPA to 2.0 or higher and/or their
completion rate to 70% or better.

B. Any student who fails to earn the minimum CGPA or the required completion rate by the end of the probationary segment will be academically dismissed from the institution.


Any student who has been placed on academic probation for the first time but feels that there were mitigating circumstances that caused him or her to fail the SAP standard, may file a written appeal with supporting documentation to the Lead Instructor, who, with the Executive Director/CEO and another school administrator will make the decision whether to accept the student’s appeal. If the student’s appeal is granted, the student will be considered to be making satisfactory academic progress.


Any student who has been academically dismissed will not be considered for readmission to ETI until six months have passed. The student will have to reapply for admission, satisfy all admissions criteria in effect at the time, satisfy any outstanding financial obligations to the school, and retake any failed classes before proceeding to other courses.