By Jodi Ryter
It’s hard to believe we’ve passed the midpoint of the fall semester. Students have taken midterm exams and are working hard on papers and projects. This also marks the point in the semester when faculty submit midterm progress reports.
Faculty submit feedback to the CARE (Concern, Assessment, Response, Education) Team via Midterm Progress Survey reports. Faculty consider students’ academic performance, including current grades, attendance, assignment completion, assignment quality and exam scores.
The CARE Team uses this feedback to create intervention strategies for students who are struggling academically. Professors also contact students directly to discuss progress and help get them back on track for a successful semester.
Some students may choose to withdraw from a class. While a withdrawal appears as a “W” on the transcript, it has no impact on GPA. The withdrawal deadline is October 28.
It’s important for students considering withdrawing from courses to talk with their advisors. In some circumstances, as when a full-time student drops below 12 credits for the semester, withdrawals can impact academic progress, NCAA eligibility, campus housing eligibility and financial aid.
Encourage your student to visit with professors and use resources like the Cooper Center, which provides tutors and assistance with writing, speaking projects and study skills. We want your student to succeed just as much as you do, and we’re here to make sure they have all the tools they need to do so.
—Jodi Ryter is NWU’s dean of undergraduate programs.