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Academic Difficulty

College can be challenging and it is not uncommon for students to sometimes experience academic difficulties.  If you are experiencing problems in one or more of your courses, it is very important to seek out assistance as soon as possible.  You should discuss any problems or concerns with your instructor immediately, seek tutoring or form a study group, or meet with an academic advisor to help you identify additional resources.  AWC has several measures in place to help you prevent or resolve academic difficulties.  

Student Resources

Midterm Grades

Academic Standing Policies




Student Resources 

One of the best ways to avoid experiencing academic difficulty is to become familar with and utilize the numerous resources available for student success at AWC.  Follow the links below to learn more about programs that offer you tutoring services and many others services to help you succeed:

AWC Timeline for Student Success

Top Ten Tips for College Success

Student Success Center (tutoring)

KEYS Program (SSS/TRiO)

AccessABILITY Resource Services

Other Resources

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Midterm Grades

Midterm Grades are issued during fall and spring semesters at around the midpoint of the semester for 16 week courses.  Midterm grades allow you to receive feedback from your instructors on your academic progress and give you an opportunity to take corrective action when necessary. Midterm Grades are available through your WebAdvisor account under the Grades menu (midterm grades will be under the column labeled Grd3).

If you are struggling in class, even if midterm grades have not been issued yet, follow these suggestions which can help you get back on track:

  • Meet with your instructor.   Your instructor wants you to succeed and is your best resource.  Your syllabus will list office hours (if applicable) and contact infomation for your instructor.  Prepare for your meeting by listing the issues you want to address.  Questions you might want to ask include:

    • Where do I currently stand in the class?

    • What can I do to perform better in class?

    • What am I missing and how can I get caught up?

    • Am I studying the best way possible for this class?

    • What scores do I need on future tests and assignments to get an A, B, or C?

  • Schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor.  You should also prepare for this meeting by preparing some questions such as:

    • What campus resources exist that can help me improve my grade?

    • Is this class essential for my degree or certificate?

    • What are my options for withdrawing from a class at this date?

    • How can I set myself up for success in my classes in future semesters?

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Academic Standing Policies

Academic Standing policies require students to maintain at least a 2.0 grade-point average (GPA).  Failure to maintain a 2.0 GPA can result in Academic Warning, Academic Probation, or Academic Suspension.  For more detailed information, please consult the AWC Course Catalog (see Academic Standing section).

Academic Warning 

According to AWC's Academic Standing policy, students who have attempted twelve (12) or more credits at AWC must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.0 or higher.  Academic Warning is in effect when: 

  • A student’s semester GPA is less than 2.0; OR

  • A student on Academic Warning (from the previous semester) attains the most current semester’s GPA of 2.0 or higher, but still has a cumulative GPA below 2.0.

Students placed on Academic Warning will be notified through their Toro Webmail account only. 

Academic Probation

Academic Probation is in effect when a student who is on Academic Warning from the last semester of attendance fails to attain a GPA of at least 2.0 during the current semester.  

Students placed on Academic Probation will not be allowed to enroll in more than 12 credits per semester, and will be required to complete the following conditions:

  • Meet with an Academic Advisor and sign an Academic Contract and complete an Academic Recovery Plan

  • Meet with Academic Advisor a minimum of three (3) times during the semester of the Academic Probation.

  • Students may be required to enroll in and successfully complete a designated Strategies for Success course and/or attend designated workshop(s).

Students placed on Academic Probation will be notified through their Toro Webmail account only. 

Academic Suspension

Academic Suspension is in effect when a student on Academic Probation from the last semester of attendance fails to attain a GPA of at least 2.0 during the current semester.  

Students placed on Academic Suspension will not be allowed to enroll in courses unless they submit a written appeal and supporting documentation to the Academic Standards Committee, in care of the Admissions and Registration Office by the specified deadline.

Students placed on Academic Suspension will be notified via US Mail and also through Toro Webmail.  


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