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Be #BeaverStrong: Check Your Grades

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You’ve likely completed some midterms by now, and with those grades, you should have an idea of how well you’re doing in your classes. If you’re not sure, check via Canvas, and/or contact your professors after class, during office hours or via email.

"So be sure when you step, Step with care and great tact. And remember that life's A Great Balancing Act. And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and ¾ percent guaranteed) Kid, you'll move mountains."
--Dr. Seuss
The best-case scenario is that you’re happy with your grades, and if so, continue doing what’s working. But if your grades could be better, you can take action to improve things before the end of the term.

When you contact your professors, ask for specific ways you can do better in their classes.

Still, there may be instances where even if you’re giving a class your best effort, you’re still concerned about your grade and how it might affect your GPA. Remember that you have options, and your advisor can help you choose the right one:
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Change your grading basis from A-F to Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) if it’s a bacc core class or not required for your major, minor or option. A grade of S (the equivalent of a C- or above) counts as credit toward graduation, but neither an S nor U grade affect your GPA. Changing to an S/U requires an advisor’s signature.
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Withdraw from the class. This should be a last resort. You, your professor and/or advisor should decide that you’re not likely to pass it.  WARNING!  To retain your financial aid you must remain at 12 credits or more (in most cases).
The deadline for switching to S/U or W is Friday, May 19, at 5:00 pm, so act now, and have a good week! tiny smiley face
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