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.
One of the best ways to be successful at AWC is to become familiar with and utilize the numerous resources available.
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 Self-Service account under the Grades menu; midterm grades are found under the Midterm3 column (Midterm1/Midterm2 are used to report the enrollment status in each course)
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/course outline will list office hours (if applicable) and contact information 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?
Academic Standing Policy
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).
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 is in effect when a student who is on Academic Warning from the last semester of attendance fails to attain a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0. 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 Educational Contract/Academic Improvement 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 Study Skills course and/or attend designated workshop(s).
- Students placed on Academic Probation will be notified through their Toro Webmail account only.
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.
Academic Restart is a program designed specifically for students on Academic Probation. Students placed on Academic Probation are required to participate in this program and can help them:
- Set academic goals
- Become aware of campus services
- Understand Academic Probation Policies
- Return to good academic standing
Additionally, students on Academic Probation:
- Are not eligible to register or drop/add classes without permission from an academic advisor
- May not be allowed to enroll in more than 12 credits per semester
- Will be required to participate in at least three (3) mentoring meetings with an Academic Advisor
- Will be required to sign an Educational Contract/Academic Improvement Plan