Academic Recovery for Continuing Students
Academic Standing | Petitions | Definition of Terms
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Academic Standing: Academic standing is determined at the end of each trimester when final grades are posted.
- Academic standing classifications include: good academic standing, academic probation, academic suspension and academic dismissal.
- Students are notified of academic standing through the link to final grades in CatPAWS where an official letter displays and the student is required to initial indicating he/she has read the letter.
- Academic probation is a warning for students who have a Northwest or cumulative grade point average below 2.0. This DOES NOT mean students are suspended. Academic standing is determined at the end of each trimester after final grades are posted.
If academic performance for the trimester was impacted by extenuating circumstances, students may petition the Admissions and Advanced Standing Committee for a late course drop, late withdraw or early re-admission following suspension. The committee will look for petitions that are due to extraordinary reasons (beyond the control of the student).
The petition form may require signatures from your instructor, advisor or department chair. If you are not on campus, you may request that your instructor, advisor and/or department chair send an email to the Registrar stating whether or not he/she supports, does not support, or is aware of your petition.
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Definition of Terms
- Good Academic Standing
- A student has earned 30 or more credit hours and must pass at least 67 percent of attempted hours and maintain 2.0 Northwest and cumulative grade point average.
- Academic Probation
- Academic standing classification for continuing students who have a Northwest and/or cumulative grade point average below 2.0.
- Academic Suspension
- Academic standing classification for a student on probation who does not make at least a 2.0 Northwest grade point average for the trimester following probation. The first suspension will be for two trimesters. The second suspension will be for three trimesters.
- Academic Dismissal
- Academic standing classification assessed to a student who has been through the other three stages (academic probation, academic suspension for two trimesters, academic suspension for three trimesters) and is not allowed to return to Northwest.
- Grade Point Average
- Calculation obtained by assigning quality points to the grades earned in courses, totaling the points, and dividing them by the number of hours of credit attempted.
- Cumulative Grade Point Average
- Grade point average calculated on both Northwest coursework and all coursework transferred in from other institutions including credit taken in high school for college credit.
- Northwest GPA
- Grade point average calculated on Northwest coursework only.
- Quality Points
- Number assigned to a letter grade to calculate a grade point average. For example, an “A” earns 4 quality points, a “B” earns 3 quality points, a “C” earns 2 quality points, a “D” earns 1 quality point and an “F” earns 0 quality points.
- Retaking a course to attempt to earn a higher grade in the class. The first grade for the course remains on the transcript, but is marked “E”, which indicates it is excluded from the grade point average calculations. The highest grade is calculated in the Northwest and cumulative grade point averages. Students may not supersede a grade earned at Northwest by completing an equivalent course at another institution. If the course is taken at another institution, grades from both courses would be averaged into the cumulative grade point average. For additional information regarding superseding, click here.
- Late Drop
- A student drops from a trimester course after the University's last date to drop. The student will need to petition the Admissions and Advanced Standing Committee to request the late drop. For additional information about petitioning, click here.
- Late Withdraw
- A student drops all courses from a trimester after the University's last date to withdraw. The student will need to petition the Admissions and Advanced Standing Committee to request the late withdraw. For additional information about petitioning, click here.