Over 10,000 undergraduate students of the University of Liberia currently placed on probation for poor academic performance risk suspension for one academic semester.
According to a release from the UL, a recent notification to the affected students serves as a strong warning to perform better during the current semester. The release said when grades are tabulated for the current semester, those students on double probation will be withdrawn or send home for one semester on academic suspension.
The University has more than 35,000 students on five campuses both in Montserrado and Grand Cape Mount Counties respectively. The institution reopened for normal academic programs on March 17, 2015 after a prolonged closure as a result of the deadly Ebola virus that took away the lives of many Liberians.
A list compiled by the Office of Enrollment Management, reveals that 5,349 students are on single probation after failing to maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.000 or (C) for the 2nd semester of the academic year of 2012/20013.
According to the UL Student’s Handbook, chapter IX, a student is considered not to be in good academic standing if his or her grade point average for any semester falls below 2.000 or (C) at the end of the semester.
Speaking on Truth Breakfast Show last week, UL President Dr. Emmet Dennis, said the high rate at which students are on single and double probation lists is traceable to “poor academic preparation at the high school level, as well as to some students entering the university not on the sweat of their brows”.
Between 2009 and 2014, the University of Liberia took several measures to eliminate academic malfeasance, including streamlining its entrance and placement exams and admission processes.
By Bridgett Milton