It is the intention of CWI that all students have access to academic advising that provides each student with a fully developed educational plan. In addition, students have access to professional advisors who may clarify and monitor program requirements in order to assist with course and sequencing requirements necessary to complete their educational plans. A student’s major is initially self-selected through the application for admission and can be changed by submitting a Major Change form.
Students at CWI are provided with different advising options depending on their class standings and/or programs of study:
- Prospective and first-semester students are assisted by professional advisors located within the One Stop Student Services locations (Lynx Center at Ada County Campus and Micron Education Center at Nampa Campus).
- Career and Technical Education students are assigned to faculty advisors during the first semester of their program classes. The faculty advisor assigned will be from the student’s program of study and can assist with career preparation, course selection, and general mentorship. Prior to registering for a second semester, students are encouraged to meet with their faculty advisors. A student who is unsure who his/her faculty advisor is can contact One Stop Student Services. Career and Technical students who are completing prerequisites or general-education classes and have not started their program classes should meet with a professional advisor located within the One Stop Student Services locations. Students seeking to speak to professional advisors may schedule appointments or inquire about open advising hours at any One Stop Student Services office.
- Academic Transfer students will be advised by professional advisors located within the One Stop Student Services locations. Students seeking to speak to professional advisors may schedule appointments or inquire about open advising hours at any One Stop Student Services office.
- Students who have not yet decided on their majors should visit with CWI Career Services for assistance in identifying their educational goals. Students can contact a One Stop Student Services office to arrange to meet with a career advisor.
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.