Navigating your way through college can be confusing, especially if you try to go it alone. At College of Western Idaho (CWI), we are committed to helping make sense of your educational journey with advising and career opportunities offered by Student Advising & Success.
The mission of the Student Advising & Success department is to foster student success by creating a resource rich learning environment that will promote lifelong learning as well as academic, career, and personal growth. Student Success Advisors empower students through meaningful, intentional student interactions to promote retention and completion. These interactions are based on the assessed and expressed educational needs of each student.
CWI students are provided with different advising options depending on their class standings and/or programs of study:
- All degree-seeking CWI students will be assigned an academic advisor within 3-5 business days of their admission. Advisors are assigned based on the student's intended major. Students can work with their advisor for career exploration, degree planning, career planning, registration, and to discuss strategies to be successful.
- Non-degree seeking students can request advising and registration assistance by visiting any One Stop Student Services location, by email at email@example.com, or phone at 208.562.3000.
Professional advisors will work in collaboration with faculty to provide complimentary advising services, appropriate workshops and seminars, and intensive support for students. Faculty and professional advisors will also provide coordinated services specific to the needs of transfer planning for students who wish to transfer to four-year colleges after attending and/or graduating from CWI.
Credit Enrollment Limits
Every student has a unique set of circumstances: academic preparation, skills and abilities, drive and self-motivation, family and work responsibilities, etc. The number of credits a student should enroll in depends on many of these factors as well as on the type and level of difficulty of classes in which he or she intends to enroll. For some students, 15 credits could be considered a full load, while others may be able to successfully complete more credits a semester. Registering for too many credits may result in lower performance.
Students who want to register in more than 20 credits during a fall or spring semester will need the approval of their advisors.
Students who want to register in more than 10 credits in the summer will need the approval of their advisors.
Students receiving financial aid should also keep financial-aid regulations in mind when deciding on the number of credits in which they should enroll.
Hybrid and Online Courses
A hybrid course has a mix of face-to-face, traditional class meetings and online sessions using Blackboard. A significant portion of coursework and learning takes place online, thus reducing classroom time and emphasizing student demonstration of course objectives. Students should refer to the course syllabus or contact the instructor to learn more about the hybrid aspect of a specific course.
An online course takes place entirely in a web-based environment with electronically facilitated contact with the instructor and other students. Students are not expected to come to a physical location except to take proctored exams when requested by their instructors. Students at a significant distance from CWI facilities may arrange proctored exams at approved locations in their own communities.
If you are comfortable using the Internet and a computer, are self-directed and focused on your educational goals, can manage your time well, and can keep your schedule organized, then online learning may be the perfect solution for you. Our online courses are delivered through an easy-to-use learning-management system providing students a convenient solution for completing classes.