Office of Academic Services

Academic Progress & Intervention Efforts

Our office offers the following services

  • Provide student academic guidance and consultation in collaboration with faculty and academic advisors
  • Meet with students regularly regarding academic planning
  • Administrate and/or support academic policies regarding student progress (extension of terms, leaves of absence, withdrawals, monitoring of Satisfactory Academic Progress, midterm grade analysis)
  • Coordinate and lead the campus Intervention Response Team, SAAS Committee and Summer Success Experience
  • Implement proactive retention strategies including faculty feedback surveys, roster checks, 3-week early alerts, performance checks
  • Identify and respond to student academic difficulties
  • Coordinate GST 101

Early Intervention Program

Student progress may be monitored through the Early Intervention Program, a program that seeks to identify students who are experiencing academic, labor, or other difficulties. Curtis Sandberg, the Director of Academic Services, works with Tiffany Hampton, the Coordinator of Student Recognition and Intervention, in coordinating the program. In cases where Berea College becomes aware of student difficulty, the adviser and/or Early Intervention Program coordinator may initiate contact with the student. The program coordinator works closely with College faculty, academic advisers, labor supervisors, Residential Life professionals, and many others on campus to ensure that students receive the full benefit of campus resources and remain on track to personal and academic success.

Credit Requirements

Berea College students must accumulate the following number of courses each year to remain in good standing and continue to make Progress Toward Graduation (PTG). For purposes of the PTG requirement, basic, non-credit courses are counted.

Academic Year
Cumulative Total


Graduation Requirements

Minimum number of course credits needed to graduate: 32 (34 for Nursing)
Minimum number of course credits outside the discipline: 20

Convocation Requirement

Convocation events constitute a significant part of the General Education program at Berea. These events bring to the campus notable speakers, scholars, performers, and authorities on a variety of subjects. Further information about convocations can be found on the Convocations Web site.


Baccalaureate and commencement ceremonies are held each year in May to honor the Berea College graduating class. Additionally, the College holds a recognition service in December for mid-year graduates. Dates of these ceremonies can be found in the Academic Calendar.

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