FAQ: Academics

Why do new students have to take placement exams? All new students must take placement exams in order to ensure placement in the correct level of both Mathematics and English.

What is the university’s policy on attendance? Responsibility for class attendance belongs to the student. Students are expected to attend all classes, arrive on time, remain for the entire class period and report to class fully prepared with textbooks and required materials. Additionally, it is the student’s responsibility to notify Student Academic & Financial Services of any courses that they wish to drop from the schedule before the stated deadline, as well as any intent to leave the university. For more information, view the university’s attendance policies within the North Miami Student Handbook.

Are there services available to students who have disabilities? Students identified with disabilities will be assigned to meet with a special needs advisor who will assist the student in obtaining appropriate services. Contact Martha Sacks, the Director of the Center for Academic Support, for more information.

Is there someplace where my student can go to receive academic tutoring?
The Center for Academic Support offers free tutoring in any subject, as well as workshops in academic skills. http://www.jwu.edu/content.aspx?id=416

Is my student assigned an advisor? All students are assigned a faculty advisor. Academic advisors are also available to all students through Student Academic Services and career advisors are available through Experiential Education and Career Services.

As a parent, will I be notified of my student's grades? Federal law prohibits universities and colleges from providing this type of information to parents without the written consent of the student. A parent's best source of information is their student.

Grades are not mailed to students. Once they are available, a notification is sent to a student’s JWU email account. Students can view their grades and academic transcript via jwuLink.

Why is full-time status important? What exactly is full-time status? Full-time status is determined on a term-by-term basis and requires the minimum scheduling of 12.0 credits each term (summer excluded). Maintenance of full-time status is critical for financial aid, university course completion standards, external scholarships, and insurance policies.

In most cases, insurance companies and external scholarship foundations require students to maintain a full-time schedule in order to be included in the parents' or guardians' policy.

In order to be eligible for financial aid, students must be enrolled on a half-time basis or more; however, students who are scheduled for less than 12.0 credits will have their financial aid (federal, institutional or state) adjusted. Students who receive JWU-sponsored academic and/or merit scholarships must maintain a full-time schedule. Financial implications of less than full-time status should always be discussed with a representative in Student Financial Services.

The university advises students to schedule 12.0-18.0 credits each term in order to meet course completion standards and graduate on time. In compliance with the standards of our accrediting agencies, students are required to complete associate degrees within three years (nine terms) and bachelor's degrees —including associate degree coursework, if required— within six years (eighteen terms). Undergraduate day students are allowed to schedule a maximum of 19.5 credits each term.

While it is ultimately each student's responsibility to make sound academic decisions, a variety of university support resources are readily available. Faculty advisors help students with career and degree program direction. Additionally, counselors in Student Academic Services can assist students with their academic choices and scheduling of courses.

What are the consequences of falling below full-time status? There are several. First, if a student is receiving financial aid, it will be adjusted and any merit or academic scholarships will be revoked. Second, if a student athlete receives a grade of W, P, or NC in a course, that course will no longer count towards full-time status for NAIA athletic eligibility. Finally, insurance companies and scholarship foundations frequently require students to maintain full-time status.

Avoid these problems by discussing the importance of proper scheduling with your student. Make sure that he or she is in frequent contact with an academic advisor, who is there to provide assistance and support.