West Virginia Northern Community College

Offices and Services

Retention

Retention is a unique challenge for any community college. We, at WV Northern, view retention as a college-wide responsibility: faculty, staff, administrators and students working together to persist and succeed. At WVNCC, persistence and success are our top priorities. Our goal is to provide students with the resources they need to feel empowered and inspired to succeed.

We also believe in strong community partnerships to bridge the gap between academic completion and job acquisition. 


WVNCC has an established Retention Committee dedicated to engaging administration, faculty and staff in exploration and initiation of retention initiatives, facilitating open communication regarding retention initiatives, collaboratively supporting retention initiatives and making recommendations regarding retention initiatives.


 Retention and Student Success Initiatives:

Retention Strategic Plan  Academic Alert Program FastTrack Programs
OnTrack Monthly Student Newsletter Total Withdrawal Survey Family & Friends Network
First-Year Seminar (FYS) 090  Project Graduation Emergency Assistance Fund Program
Project Incomplete New-Student Orientation  GPS Degree Completion Initiative
15 to Finish Satisfactory Academic Progress Program (SAPP)  Support Coaching
Student Focus Groups Student Support Workshop Series Transitional Advising 

Many other activities are in place on all of our campuses as we continually strive to improve student retention and success.


SAP Can ZAP Retention

What is Satisfactory Academic Progress?

Satisfactory academic progress (SAP) is the level of academic standing (as defined by the college or university) that a student must maintain to continue receiving federal student aid.

  • SAP is sometimes calculated in terms of your grade point average (GPA) or other grading standard, or by attendance records.
  • SAP also establishes a maximum time frame to complete your certificate, diploma or degree . The maximum time frame must not exceed 150 percent (or time and one-half) of the published program length.
  • Check your college or university's website, financial aid materials or student handbook to determine the SAP standards you must meet at your college or university. Make sure that you understand what is expected of you when you accept the award. Don't wait until it is too late to ask questions and you've lost your aid.

Total Withdrawal

Are you leaving WVNCC? We highly recommend staying in college, but we realize that situations can arise that require students to withdraw. Please be sure to speak with your advisor before totally withdrawing from college.

Remember these important points:
 
  • Complete withdrawal forms before you leave school. You may lose all or some of your eligibility for financial aid, especially if you do not complete the necessary forms.
  • Your school may have to return funds used to pay your school charges, and you may end up owing the school for any tuition and fees originally paid by financial aid. You may even have to repay grants due to lost eligibility.
  • You are responsible for repaying student loans that are not refunded whether or not you return to school.

It is important to understand all of the academic, financial and personal consequences of total withdrawal. If you must do it, do it properly to avoid undesirable repercussions.

Please complete this brief survey regarding your departure: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/WithdrawalWVNCC

We are sorry to see you go, but understand that college success requires a great deal of time, focus, and commitment. We're here when you're ready to return!

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