Universal TrackingCritical-Tracking CriteriaAcademic Probation and Dismissal
Universal Tracking is the university's monitoring system that assesses progress toward the student's degree requirements. It provides feedback on the student’s progress in a major, helping her or him to find the best academic path to complete their degree. For each major, there is a model semester plan which represents an example progression for completing the degree in a timely fashion.
Each semester, students are reminded via GatorLink email and Registration Prep in ONE.UF to review their degree audit before registration for the next term. The audit fits the student's courses and grades into the degree requirements for their major, indicating the requirements that have been completed as well as showing which requirements have yet to be completed.
Students who Enroll during the fall and spring Semesters
Progress toward a degree is monitored in those semesters to ensure that students are on track. For these students, the summer terms may provide opportunities to catch up on critical-tracking courses or to improve her or his GPA.
Students who Enroll only in the spring and summer Semesters
Innovation Academy students
Progress toward a degree is monitored in those semesters to ensure that students are on track. For these students, the fall semester may provide opportunities to catch up on critical-tracking courses or to improve his or her GPA.
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Minimum Academic Progress under Universal Tracking
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- Students do not have to complete all of the courses in the model plan each semester to remain on track; they simply have to meet certain minimum requirements known as critical-tracking criteria.
- Critical-tracking criteria usually include a minimum GPA (UF or overall, depending on the academic program), completion of certain courses toward the major (critical-tracking or preprofessional courses), and a minimum GPA in the critical-tracking courses (tracking or preprofessional GPA). The critical-tracking criteria for the first five terms are listed just before the model semester plan for that major. For many majors, critical-tracking courses are bolded in the semester plan. In the degree audit, a summary of critical-tracking criteria appears near the top of the audit. Each major also has a tracking audit that can be accessed through ONE.UF.
- The critical-tracking criteria are minimum requirements for progression; students should consult their degree audit and their advisor to ensure they meet all requirements for graduation.
- All students admitted as freshmen are monitored in their first semester for the Semester 1 critical-tracking criteria, regardless of the number of credits they have earned through dual enrollment and credit by examination.
- An off-track student will have a hold placed on his or her registration to require a meeting with an advisor to discuss the student's progress. This enables the student to determine what is necessary to get back on track, or to change to a more appropriate major.
- If a student is off-track for two consecutive terms, she or he must change to a major more appropriate to their skills, goals, and performance. Once the student selects a new major, they should contact the college offering that major to schedule an appointment with an advisor to discuss changing majors.
Student progress toward tracking is assessed twice a semester. An analysis of whether the student will be on track at the end of the term ('predictive' analysis) occurs in the fourth week. If a student is predicted to be off-track at the end of the term, a hold is placed on his or her registration requiring the student meet with an advisor to make a plan to get back on track or change majors.
If a student is predicted to be
on-track during the term, but ends up off-track at the end of term, she or he should meet with an advisor in their college/major before the end of
drop/add for the next term to make a plan to get on track or change majors.
Students should review any holds on ONE.UF when planning their registration for the next semester.
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How Tracking Holds affect a Student
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- Holds applied before advance registration prevent students from registering until they consult an advisor to develop an academic plan to complete the critical-tracking courses for the current major or identify a more appropriate major.
- Holds applied at the end of the semester for failure to be on track for two consecutive semesters require students to see an advisor before the next term of enrollment to select a new major and to avoid cancellation of enrollment.
Academic Probation and Dismissal
Academic probation and dismissal follow the academic standards of the university and require the maintenance of grade point averages and reasonable adherence to the program of study.
A minimum grade point average of 2.0 is required to graduate from any UF undergraduate degree program. Any college may specify additional academic standards and students are responsible for observing these regulations.