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The level of academic difficulty that a student has experienced can be measured as the number of grade points below the minimum 2.0 average.  Recovery points are a quantitative measure of credits that a student needs to complete with a B or better to return to good academic standing (i.e. 2.0 cumulative grade point average).  Recovery points are a useful numerical value for determining the appropriate academic plans for recovery, and for individual conversations between advisers and students. 

Recovery points should be evaluated when the cumulative gpa* is below 2.0, using this formula:

Recovery points = GPA Units x [2 - gpa]

*Cumulative gpa is based on grades (A-F) earned in classes taken at Penn State.  In the above calculation, "GPA Units" are Penn State credits where a letter grade (A-F) are posted.  The numbers needed for this calculation can be found in the LionPATH Student Center under Units Taken Toward GPA in the Academics tab, as well as in the unofficial advising transcript as "GPA Units."

Additional definitions:

Examples of Recovery Points:

Units Taken Toward GPS Cumulative GPS Recovery Points
30 1.9 3
30 1.6 12
30 1.3 21
30 1.0 30


Units Taken Toward GPS Cumulative GPS Recovery Points
15 1.6 6
30 1.6 12
45 1.6 18
60 1.6 24


Senate Policy:  51-70, Grade-Point Deficiency

Approved: ACUI (110-20-75)
Effective: Summer Term 1975
Revised: ACUI (9-13-79)
Revised: ACUI (5-19-83)
Revised: Editorial (3-13-12)
Policy Deleted: Fall 2016
Policy revised and re-instated: (7-11-19)

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