CWI operates on the semester system. The academic year includes two 16-week semesters (fall and spring) and multiple summer terms. The academic calendar can be found here.
In addition to full semester-length courses, CWI offers shortened courses, such as 4-week or 8-week courses. Day, evening, weekend, and online courses are available in order to meet the needs of students who have work or family responsibilities.
College Credit Hours
The College of Western Idaho (CWI) grants credit for college work based on the national standard of the Carnegie Unit. CWI defines a credit hour as follows:
A credit, sometimes referred to as semester credit or semester hour, is related to time spent in class, study, preparation, laboratory, or field experience.
One semester credit hour normally requires 45 hours of student work, or:
- 50 Minutes in class each week for one semester (which assumes twice this amount of time in study and preparation outside the classroom), or
- Two to three hours in laboratory each week for a semester, or
- The equivalent combinations of 1 and 2.
Credit for workshops and short courses is granted on the basis of one semester credit for 45 hours of scholarly activity.
The following numbering system is used for all credit courses offered by CWI:
- Zero Level (000–099): Course content is considered below college-freshman level. These courses are not applicable for graduation.
- One Hundred Level (100–199): Course content taught at the college-freshman level.
- Two Hundred Level (200–299): Course content taught at the college-sophomore level.
Student Class Level
The following number of completed credits determines a student’s class level:
|Class Level||Credits Completed|
|Sophomore||26 or more|
Student Enrollment Status
Full-time Students: Degree-seeking students taking 12 or more credits per term.
Part-time Students: Degree-seeking students taking fewer than 12 credits per term.
Non-matriculated Students: Non-degree-seeking students.
President’s List & Dean’s List
The President’s List and Dean’s List are semester-based distinctions available to full-time students (students who completed 12 or more credits from graded courses within any given semester).
President’s List: 4.00 Term GPA
Dean’s List: 3.50 to 3.99 Term GPA
Grades of Incomplete (I) or missing grades will prevent a student from receiving honors.
The effect of repeating a course is as follows:
- Only the highest grade earned on a repeated course will count in the GPA.
- All grades other than “A” are repeatable.
- All iterations of the course will continue to show on the transcript with their respective grades.
- A grade of “C” or above is considered passing for all courses.
- Certain courses may be repeated and the credits accumulated. For all others, the course with the lower grade is marked to show that it has been repeated.
Any student wishing to improve his/her grade in a course to meet core or degree requirements may register to repeat a course. A student may register directly into the course on his/her first two attempts.
Note: Some programs may not allow multiple attempts for a course.
Any student wishing to register for a third attempt at a course must meet with an advisor prior to registration as a measure to help facilitate student success.
Courses dropped within the first 10 days of the semester are excluded from the three-registrations maximum. Also excluded from this policy are courses that can be taken multiple times for additional credit, such as fitness-activity courses, private music lessons, and art-studio classes.
Petitions to register beyond three attempts must be made through the department chair over the area of study.
Note: Please refer to the Financial Aid portion of the catalog to review how numerous attempts at a course may affect financial aid eligibility. Students receiving VA Education benefits should contact a VA Specialist prior to repeating any coursework.
The College recognizes that regular attendance is the student’s responsibility. The instructor may evaluate the lack of attendance in terms of the course requirements and take a reasonable course of action. An instructor may initiate a drop for non-attendance if the student is not actively participating during the first two weeks of class.
A class missed due to required participation in a verified school activity will not be considered an absence. Students who miss class or are absent for any reason are still responsible for completing all course requirements. When the number of class hours absent exceeds the number of course credits, the instructor has the authority to send a notice to the student as a warning and/or refer the student to his/her advisor.
Students must withdraw themselves if they decide not to complete any classes. Students who stop attending yet do not drop/withdraw from their classes will get failing grades (or whatever grades they earned). After 75 percent of the term has elapsed (twelfth week of the semester for fall and spring full-semester classes) students cannot initiate drops/withdrawals. Students will be issued grades after this deadline.
Any student absent from a written test shall be regarded as having failed that test. However, if such absence is caused by some unavoidable, extenuating circumstance (the burden of proof lies with the student and the final determination lies with the instructor), the instructor shall give a comparable test to the student at a later date.