Academic Standing Workshop:
Why Am I On Probation? (page 3)
A Note About “W” Grades
- A “W” grade may be better than a “D” or “F” grade as long as it does not affect your Financial Aid
- They do not count against your GPA
- More “W” grades than passing grades can put you on probation with the college
- They count as an “attempt” and you can only attempt a class 3 times (total)
- Possible financial aid implication:
- Not completing courses may disqualify you from receiving Financial Aid
- Excessive attempted units will eventually disqualify you from Financial Aid
- W’s may jeopardize your “full time” student status (required by some students, like Athletes and International Students)
If you have questions about this, please see a counselor.
Having a status of ‘progress’ probation, subject to dismissal or dismissal means that you have more “W”, “I”, “NP” grades then passing grades. It does NOT have to mean that your GPA is low!
Most students who accumulate too many “W” grades do so because they try and take too many classes each semester. Many students at Ohlone College are also working full-time and it is very difficult to work full-time and successfully maintain a full-time college schedule.
These examples will illustrate how this student earned a ‘Progress Dismissal’ status in 3 semesters. We will give you three possible 4th semester options to show you how enrolling in less classes helped this student get off probation in one semester:
|Student has passed||5 out of 12 units||42% of units were grades|
|W/NP/I||7 out of 12 units||58% of units were “W”s|
Since more then 50% of this students units are made up of “W” grades this student has a status of Progess Probation.
|Student has passed||9 out of 24 units||38% of units were grades|
|W/NP/I||15 out of 24 units||62% of units were “W”s|
|STATUS||Subject to Dismissal|
Since more then 50% of this students units are made up of “W” grades and since this has been true for 2 semesters, this student has a status of Progress Subject to Dismissal.
|Student has passed||18 out of 38 units||47% of units were grades|
|W/NP/I||20 out of 38 units||53% of units were “W”s|
Here are three possible scenarios for this student's 4th semester at Ohlone:
Strategy 1 (“Same plan, just try harder”)
|Student has passed||24 out of 50 units||48% of units were grades|
|W/NP/I||26 out of 50 units||52% of units were “W”s|
This student chose to continue to be full-time and was unable to pass all four of the courses they enrolled in. This student may be dismissed from Ohlone at this time.
Strategy 2 (“Fewer classes, more study=much better grades”)
|Student has passed||24 out of 48 units||50% of units were grades|
|W/NP/I||24 out of 48 units||50% of units were “W”s|
This student takes one class less then full-time, but is still unable to pass a class and earns yet another “W” grade. This student may be dismissed from Ohlone at this time.
Strategy 3 (“Fewer classes, more study & repeat D’s and F’s”)
|Student has passed||24 out of 44 units||55% of units were grades|
|W/NP/I||20 out of 44 units||45% of units were “W”s|
The student in this example has chosen to limit themselves to two classes this semester. The student has successfully passed both classes with “A” grades and has earned no “W” grades this semester.
This student is no longer on probation!