Limitations on Multiple W and AW Grades in Excelsior College Courses/NTCX

Statement of Policy

In keeping with Excelsior College’s mission to provide educational opportunity to adult learners with an emphasis on those historically underrepresented in higher education, the College supports students as they transition to college while balancing personal and work demands. Some students, however, underestimate the amount and quality of work required to be successful at the college-level and may struggle to succeed during the transition period. An indication that a student may be struggling to meet academic expectations is when the student withdraws from courses multiple times. Interventions have been put in place in Academic Probation Policy and Satisfactory Academic Progress for Financial Aid.

Graduate students are allowed to accumulate a maximum of 4 W grades (not including AW and MW) in Excelsior College courses. After 4 W grades, the student will not be allowed the option to withdraw from a course. The student will receive the grade that is earned for the amount of work completed and the level of achievement for that work.

Graduate students are allowed to accumulate a maximum of 4 AW grades (not including W or MW). After 4 AW grades, the graduate student will be Academically Dismissed from Excelsior College. The student’s status would be changed to WAW. See the policies Administrative Withdrawal and Academic Dismissal and Student Appeals for additional information.

Undergraduate students may withdraw from the same Excelsior College course or NTCX a maximum of 3 times. After the third withdrawal from the same course or NTCX, the student is not allowed to register for the course or NTCX without permission from an academic advisor.

An undergraduate student may receive a maximum of 6 W grades in Excelsior College courses and/or NTCX (not including AW or MW). After 6 W grades, the student will not have the option of withdrawing from a course or NTCX. The student will receive the grade that is earned for the amount of work completed and the level of achievement for that work.

If a student withdraws from an NTCX between 1-6 times, the student will earn a W and will automatically be withdrawn from the corresponding exam. A grade of W will be placed on the student’s MAP and transcript. Fee reimbursement follows course reimbursement policy.

After 6 W grades, the student can no longer withdraw from the NTCX and must finish the NTCX. Student will earn either a P (participation) or an AW in the conference. If student receives a P (participate) in the conference the student can take the corresponding exam. If the student earns an AW in the conference, the student will automatically be removed from the corresponding exam.

After 6 AW grades, the undergraduate student will be Academically Dismissed from Excelsior College. See the policies Administrative Withdrawal and Academic Dismissal and Student Appeals for additional information.

Enrolled undergraduate students are allowed to accumulate a maximum of 6 W (not including AW and MW) grades in Excelsior College courses and/or NTCX. After 6 W grades, the student will not be allowed the option to withdraw from a course/NTCX. See also Grades Awarded and Accepted by Excelsior College and Courses and Nursing Theory Conference Examinations Withdrawal and Refund.

Exception: Credits from the Excelsior Study Abroad Program (ESAP) are exempt from the 6 W grade policy within the Excelsior College Study Abroad credit block. This policy is still applied to W grades assigned for Excelsior College courses or exams outside of the 30 credit block.