Academic Status Update - Promote with Advice

You have successfully completed your Summer semester. As you may know, Mohawk College requires students to have a grade point average of at least 60% in order to be in good academic standing. Your academic standing is Promote with Advice. This means you are able to progress to the next semester of your program, as long as you meet the prerequisites. We strongly recommend that you seek advice from your Student Success Advisor or Program Coordinator in order to ensure your academic success in future.

We understand that success does not always follow a predictable path. We know that college students have complicated lives, and personal, financial, health and family reasons may have had an impact on your academics. With that in mind, we offer a variety of support services, including tutoring or counselling, which many students on Promote with Advice find helpful.

You can make an appointment with your Student Success Advisor to discuss how to get back on track. In the meantime, we encourage you to:

  • Watch this video from a fellow student to learn more about the Promote with Advice process, and to read the stories from other students (below) who have experienced this process in the past.
  • If you have a missed or failed course, and you want to try to add it to your timetable, see your Program Coordinator during the Add Period beginning August 30, 2019. Some of these courses are also available through Continuing Education.

We wish you all the best, and we look forward to seeing you next semester.

Sincerely,
Mohawk College Staff & Faculty

More information about academic standing and appeals policies can be found here.


Students' Experiences in the Academic Standing Process

These stories reflect common experiences that many students report having in the academic standing process at Mohawk.

"Coming to Mohawk hit me like a ton of bricks. I’d done well in high school but I just wasn’t prepared for the way college works, how many assignments some instructors assign, or the kind of language some people use. When I got the notification letter, I felt like a failure, like I didn’t belong. After a while, I realized that this didn’t define me as a person or limit my potential as a student. Yes, I struggled, but it wasn’t that I couldn’t do the work. I needed to learn how to do college. It took some time, but I tried to take advantage of as many resources as I could: I enrolled in Bounce Back, took a class through Continuing Education, and started spending more time at the library. Now, I’m on track to graduate and I know that I deserve to be here just as much as anyone else."

"A few semesters ago, I was struggling with some mental health issues. I felt like I was barely holding it together. I couldn't focus on my studies, so it didn't come as a surprise that I didn't make good academic standing. Finally, I admitted that I didn't know how to deal with everything, and I reached out for some guidance from people around me including a counsellor and one of my friends. They helped me learn how to manage my mental health issues better—to take care of myself and get support when I need it. I'm doing better mentally and academically now and I've learned how to get through stress and hard times more effectively when they come up."

"I love Mohawk—the experiences I’ve had, what I’ve learned, and the people I’ve met. I wouldn’t trade them for anything. But a while back, I made some poor choices and my grades suffered. Things were compounded by challenges at home. At first I ignored the problems. I hoped they would just go away. Of course they didn’t. Not getting promoted with good standing was really hard for me because I knew I could do better. So, I set up a meeting with my student success advisor. He clearly understood people sometimes make mistakes but can learn from what happened and improve and grow. We strategized and made a plan. To be honest, it’s been tough. But I’ve done it. And that gives me confidence that I can handle whatever other challenges the future holds for me."