FERPA: WHAT CAN WE SHARE WITH FAMILIES?
Educational records are protected by a federal law called FERPA. While parents and guardians may wish to know how their student is doing academically, GC faculty and staff cannot legally share that information unless the students has granted the parent or guardian FERPA permissions. Students can change or update FERPA permissions at any time using the GC Life tab on the Portal by clicking on Update Your Info and selecting FERPA Opt Out or FERPA Permissions. Please note that College faculty and/or staff will not contact a parent or guardian to provide academic feedback, although they will reach out to students who are struggling.
ACADEMIC PROGRESS CHECKS: HOW TO KNOW HOW YOU ARE DOING
The Office of Academic Success oversees academic progress checks, or APCs, three times a semester. APCs are an opportunity for faculty to give students feedback on their classroom performance. Students may receive kudos if things are going well or flags if they are struggling. If a student receives a flag, they should speak to their professor to determine how to improve their performance. Staff members in the Office of Academic Success are available to help students get back on track.
ACE: ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR YOUR FRESHMAN YEAR
At GC, we understand that the transition to college can take time and a little extra attention. The ACE program is designed to support pre-identified students throughout the first year of college with classes and services carefully selected to create a pathway towards successful degree completion. Students who have been placed in the ACE program work closely with Academic Success staff members. If you have been admitted to the ACE program, please email Mrs. Devin Harris-Davis for more information.