Admissions and Standards Committee


Motion to Require Advisement When Students Receive Many Ws

Motion:

1. Any student who earns 4 or more Ws and/or WFs in a single term shall have an advisement hold placed on his or her record. The hold will be removed after the student has seen an academic advisor.

2. Any student who earns 8 or more Ws and/or WFs in his/her academic career at GSU shall have an a dvisement hold placed on his or her record. The hold will be removed after the student has seen an academic advisor.

3. The Enrollment Management Committee, upon recommendation of the Director of the Student Advisement Center, is authorized to adjust the number of Ws and/or WFs in an academic career at GSU which triggers an advisement hold.

4. This policy shall go into effect the semester that the Banner module necessary to enforce it comes on line.

Rationale:

Some students, because they are not aware of the progress to degree requirements for financial aid, attempt to preserve their GPA by withdrawing from many classes. To help retain these students, they need to be informed of the financial aid rules. The data indicate that this will not be a substantial burden on the advising system.

Number 3 is needed because the current computer system does not allow us to get good data on the number of Ws/WFs that students typically earn in an academic career.

Of the 23,492 enrolled for Fall 99:
4237 students (18%) withdrew from at least one course. Of these students:
1087 students (25.7%) withdrew from 2 or more courses.
680 students (16.0%) withdrew from 2 courses.
186 students (4.4%) withdrew from 3 courses.
145 students (3.4%) withdrew from 4 courses.
63 students (1.5 %) withdrew from 5 courses.
13 students (0.3 %) withdrew from 6 courses.
and
399 (1.7%) students had WFs. Of these students, 60 (15%) had 2 or more WFs. (37 with 2 WFs, 13 with 3, 9 with 4 and 1 with 7.)

Of the 492 undergraduates who graduated Fall 99:
23 (4.6%) exceeded the academic career threshold.


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