Academic Dismissals

The Goal of Higher Education. If you face academic dismissal, remember why you went to college. No one goes to college or university simply to suffer academic dismissal. The goal of higher education is generally to earn a degree or certificate. Some college students do find better opportunities than finishing their degree. But even for those fewer students, their goal is to persevere long and far enough in their education to decide on their own the value of finishing their degree. No one of course wants their school to dismiss or expel them. Students prefer pursuing their own opportunities and making their own choices, rather than having the school tell them what they can and cannot do. That's largely the role of higher education, to equip students with the knowledge, skills, identity, and commitment to succeed both in life and in their chosen field. If you face dismissal, remember and recommit to your academic goal.

The Prospect of Academic Dismissal. Despite the strong commitment to succeed of most students who pursue higher education, a large number of those students nonetheless face academic dismissal. One academic initiative reports the overall national undergraduate attrition rate to be around forty percent. Another school’s study showed that forty percent of the high rate of overall attrition was, in fact, due to academic disqualification. Students don't just get kicked out of college for misbehavior. Many more students suffer dismissal on academic grounds. They simply haven't made the grades. Academic dismissals happen at every school, in every program, at every level. And they happen with surprising and disappointing frequency. If you anticipate or face academic dismissal, don't think that you are alone. Instead, strategize for how to overcome the challenge. Above all, get expert help. Retain national academic defense attorney Joseph D. Lento and the Lento Law Firm to discern and pursue your best option to complete your degree.

Causes for Dismissal. Many students assume that their academic preparation, good health, and strong social support insulate them from the risk of academic dismissal. But no matter who you are and where you are, your prospects for suffering academic dismissal are real, even if you have substantial academic skill, the greatest resources, and the highest commitment. All sorts of causes for dismissal can intervene, derailing even the most earnest and best equipped of students. The academic initiative cited above lists over-commitment to too many courses, unbalanced schedules, excessive pass/fail options, stress, anxiety, or depression, and unexpected personal events, among the many other causes for academic difficulty. Another university lists illness, injury, homelessness, a family member's death, financial reversals, military call ups, relationship issues, and addictions as other common causes of academic disqualification. An unexpected illness, injury, death in the family, birth of a child, divorce, job loss, or other circumstance can derail any student. No need to feel sorry for yourself. Schools recognize these and other challenges and often, with the right advocacy, offer relief.

Facing Academic Dismissal. The student who gets a notice of academic dismissal from their college or university, or who anticipates such a notice soon, faces an enormous emotional, social, financial, and personal challenge. At some point in life, we all have the experience of not making the team, not getting the sought-after job, or not getting into the desired neighborhood or club. We all face disappointments, many minor and some major. But having your college or university dismiss you for academic issues is an extraordinary challenge. Indeed, academic dismissal is so extraordinary that you should not attempt to face and overcome it alone. Your emotional condition and personal involvement may leave you without the judgment and discernment to pursue your best course to getting back on track with your university. You may also lack the academic administrative knowledge and experience, and advocacy skills. Instead, retain national academic defense attorney Joseph D. Lento of the Lento Law Firm to help you strategize effectively, all the way through.

What's at Stake in a Dismissal? One big reason why facing academic dismissal can be so upsetting is that students pursuing higher education have so much at stake. Think of the resources, not just tuition, room, and board, but also time, foregone earnings, and pure effort, that you have committed or will be committing to your education. Dismissal puts all of those personal and financial investments at risk. Academic dismissal also puts your future, including your education, job, career, and reputation, at stake. One college nonprofit organization reports that students earning a college degree “stand to make over $500,000 more in their lifetime than those who only attain a high school diploma” and that those earning an advanced degree can “make over $1,000,0000 more in their lifetime than those who completed high school.” And the academic initiative cited above reports that educational attainment correlates not just with income but also with marriage and homeownership. You had good reason to pursue a college or university degree. Don't give up simply because you face academic dismissal.

The Value of Persevering. You may have to persevere through your academic dismissal situation because of the challenge of finding another school to admit you. But beyond that great concern, you actually have an extra reason and reward for not simply submitting and succumbing to academic dismissal. If instead, you push through, your reward can be greater than if you hadn't faced dismissal at all. Persevering through and beyond the threat of academic dismissal has its own value. Everyone has heard that overcoming challenges builds character and coping skills. And indeed, one empirical study of over 12