GCC focuses considerable attention on ensuring students’ academic success. The academic standing policy provides the criteria by which the College evaluates academic progress. The College recognizes that various obstacles may interfere with making satisfactory academic progress, and the academic standing policy also provides a warning system to alert and respond to students who experience academic difficulty. There are five levels that range from “Good Standing” to “Academic Dismissal.” Refer to page 35 of the academic catalog for a chart outlining the different levels of academic standing.
Academic Support Services
The College provides students experiencing academic difficulty a wide range of resources to assist them in improving their academic performance and progressing satisfactorily toward completion of a degree or certificate program. The following resources provide support and assistance to students throughout their educational journey at GCC:
- Tutoring Support • Peer tutoring offers students the opportunity to look at how they learn. Students enrolled in any GCC course are welcome to meet with peer tutors. In tutoring sessions, students explore ways to study and problem-solve, and they apply these strategies to specific course assignments. Students may call (413) 775-1330 for a day or evening appointment.
- Courses that improve academic decision making and life skills • Human Development (HUD) courses include Career Exploration and Planning (HUD135) and General Education Seminar: First Year Experience. Please contact your academic advisor or the Academic Advising Center at (413) 773-1339 for more information about these courses. Learn more at gcc.mass.edu/compass.
- Assistance with financial issues • The Financial Aid Office provides advice and counseling on issues related to financing your college education. Please contact the Financial Aid Office at (413) 775-1109.
- Advising • Your academic advisor is an invaluable resource to you as your navigate your educational journey. In addition to your assigned advisor, the staff in the Academic Advising Center can assist you in making your educational experiences more successful by answering a wide range of questions for you. Please contact the Academic Advising Center at (413) 775-1339.
- Assistance with personal issues/challenges • The Wellness Center offers free counseling for those who are experiencing struggles outside the classroom that impact academic success. Please call (413) 775-1332 for an appointment.
- Disability Services • The Office of Disability Services, located in the Wellness Center, works with students, faculty, and staff to promote access to all facets of the college experience for individuals with disabilities. Should you require academic accommodations or wish to speak with someone about supports available, please call (413) 775-1332 for an appointment.
Course periodicity (i.e., when courses are offered) is essential for accurate educational planning. At the beginning of a student’s enrollment and then in each subsequent semester, the student and advisor need to consider periodicity when mapping out the semester-by-semester plan for program completion. Students should visit MyGCC or refer to the Registration Bulletin published in the spring, summer and fall to determine whether a course labeled periodic is offered that term.
Degree Audit Checklists
A degree audit is a tool to help you and your advisor track your progress toward degree completion. Each major or program of study has an associated degree audit. Please use your degree audit as a checklist to track the courses you take each semester. This will help with planning for graduation and transfer. As you near graduation, your advisor will be required to submit your completed degree audit to the Registrar’s Office for review.
Dropping a Class
Considering dropping a class? Before you do, please consider the following:
- Will it have an impact on your financial aid award? Check this out with the Financial Aid Office prior to dropping a class.
- Is the course salvageable? Have you spoken with the instructor? Sometimes it is possible to remain in a course you thought you couldn’t.
- Is the course a prerequisite for another course you need to take? Will dropping the course impact your ability to take another course you planned to take next semester? If so, consider ways to stay in the course—this might include getting tutoring, working with your instructor, or limiting activities outside of school to allow more time for study.
- Are you nearing graduation? If so, will dropping the course change your timeline for graduation?
If you do decide to drop a class, you will need your advisor’s signature on the Add/Drop Form.
If a class you are interested in registering for is full, you may have the option of being placed on a wait list for this course. You may not be placed on a wait list for a section of a course you are already registered for.
If you are placed on a wait list for a course, pay close attention to the following:
- Be sure your contact information, mailing address and current phone number, is up-to-date with the College.
- When a seat becomes available you will be automatically registered for the course and contacted by GCC email at the time you are registered. Should you no longer wish to be registered for the course it is your responsibility to contact the Academic Advising Center at 413-775-1339 to officially drop the course and avoid any resulting charges on your student account. Additionally, if you no longer wish to be waitlisted for a class, contact the Academic Advising Center to be taken off the list as soon as possible.