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Failed Courses

Posted by Digital Marketing Nov 24, 2015

As you know, the deadline for faculty to submit their grades is 4:30 pm today.  As I indicated in a previous email, you can view your grades that have been entered via myMSOE.  Log into myMSOE, click on the Students tab at the top, click on the Grade Info tab on the left, and then check your grades in the Unofficial Transcript or Course History section of the page.  There are some updates that are done overnight tonight and early tomorrow to make sure your GPAs are correct, so GPAs are subject to change as we complete the process.   Tomorrow at around noon, your official grade report will be available in myMSOE. 


Some of you have checked your grades and have discovered that you unexpectedly (or expectedly) failed a class.  I wanted to give you a little guidance on your next steps.


  1. If you realistically believe the grade is an error, contact your faculty member.  There is always a slight chance that it is an error because of something like a calculation error or an assignment that didn’t get recorded.  If your faculty member uses Blackboard to record individual assignments, lab and test grades, you can check the entries online to see if they match what you have recorded.
  2. Before you make changes to your winter schedule, I encourage you to touch base with your academic advisor to confirm the change you are going to make is the best choice.
  3. Check the prerequisites of the other classes on your schedule.  If the course you failed is a prerequisite for another course, you will need to drop that course as well.  Prerequisites are listed in the Course Description section of the academic catalog.  You may need to adjust the catalog year to be applicable to your curriculum version (choose from dropdown menu in upper right).  http://catalog.msoe.edu/
  4. It is preferred that you make needed changes to your schedule before Monday at 8:00 am so that you do not miss any content in your new course(s).  But, if that is not possible, the absolute deadline to make changes to your schedule is 4:30 pm on Friday of the first week of the term.
  5. Undergraduates, if you will be retaking a course that you received a grade of F, D or CD, the course will automatically grade replace.  This means that once you have completed the course the second time, the initial grade will no longer count into your grade point average.  Grade-replaced grades will show on the transcript and will be noted with the original grade preceded by an R (RF, RD, RCD); they will not be averaged into your grade point average.
  6. A grade with an asterisk  (F*, D*, etc.), indicates the grade is incomplete.  If you are not sure why there was an incomplete grade recorded, please contact your instructor as soon as possible to resolve the issue. 
  7. Undergraduate students, academic probation and academic suspension processing should be completed by the end of the day tomorrow.  If any of your GPAs (term, cumulative and/or cumulative major) are below a 2.00, you are not in Good Standing.   If that applies to you, an email will be sent to you by the end of the day on Wednesday and a letter will be sent via US Mail explaining your status. 

There is additional information about grade replacements and incomplete grades available in the Academic Catalog.


Feel free to contact me if you have any questions.


Enjoy your break.


Mary Nielsen


Milwaukee School of Engineering

Email:  nielsen@msoe.edu

Phone:  414-277-7216

Office:  CC365

If you are struggling to get a working schedule for the winter quarter (i.e.: you’ve tried several times to rearrange your schedule to use open sections of classes, but have not been successful), you can petition the appropriate academic department to add you to a full section of a class.  The contact information is at the link below. It is not always possible, but they will do what they can to help you.


You also have the option to wait a little bit to see if a section opens back up--as an example, sometimes winter schedules need to be adjusted after people see their fall grades.


If you have questions, please stop by our office.

Dana Grennier

Full Classes

Posted by Dana Grennier Nov 11, 2015

If you are running into issues with classes being full, there are a few strategies.


  • Don’t panic.  Classes don’t start until November 30th, so you have some time to get this figured out.


  • The first step should always be to see if you can get any complete schedules with open sections.  This may mean that you cannot register for the specific time or instructor you desire, but the most important thing is getting a schedule that has all of your classes on it. You may not love your final schedule, but remember these classes are only for 11 weeks, and then you will have new classes.


  • Register for as many classes as you can. So, for example, if you can register for three classes and all of the sections of the fourth class are full, put yourself in the three classes before they become full.  Then work on the fourth class. 


  • If you can’t register for everything, and if you need to register for lab classes, try to get registered for those classes.  The capacity of lab classes are often harder to overload due to equipment limitations or safety issues.


  • You have the option to petition to get into a full section of a class.  It is not guaranteed that you will be able to add a full section of a class, but you can try.  Each academic department has its own process for evaluating whether a specific section of a class can be over-filled.  There is specific departmental information available at  Please note that the Registrar’s Office does not keep waitlists.


  • Scheduler does not automatically create options that include full sections; however, if all sections of a class are full, you can go into the screen where all of the sections are listed and check the boxes to the left of the sections to include them in the scheduling options. That will help you know which sections will work with your other classes so that you can petition the academic departments for those specific sections.


  • Another option is to wait a bit and keep checking to see what is open. There will be quite a few schedule changes in the coming weeks; many changes will happen when grades are recorded because people do better or worse than expected in their fall classes.  When schedules change, there is a bit of a domino effect;  there is always a possibility that a seat in the class or section you need (or prefer) will open up.


If you need assistance, please stop by the Registrar’s Office (CC365).


Good luck on finals.  Study hard.  Don’t forget to sleep.  Take a deep breath.  Eat a vegetable or two.  You’ve got this.  J


Mary Nielsen


It is that time of the term when some students may be starting to feel a little queasy about the final grades they might earn this term.  So, let’s say hypothetically that your grades are not good. What comes next


(Please note that this email is about academic status.  Financial Aid has different policies as dictated by the federal government.)


Good Standing 


As an undergraduate student, as long as your term GPA, your cumulative GPA and your major GPA are all above 2.00, you are still academically in good standing.  The only exception to this is if you have failed the same course twice; that would cause you to be automatically suspended.  The 2.00 level is important because it is the minimum level needed to earn an undergraduate degree from MSOE.  Both a cumulative and major GPA of 2.00 or above are required to graduate.


Some of you may be reading this and thinking “Whew!  I should just squeak by above 2.00.  All is well!”  If you are one of these students, I encourage you to think about the bulleted points below but also read the Help is Available section at the bottom of the page.  Please remember that 2.00 is the minimum required to be in good standing.  There is room for improvement.


Academic Probation


  • If this is the first term any of your GPAs has dropped below the 2.00 level, you will be placed on Academic Probation.  Academic Probation is a warning that something is getting in the way of your academic success. Information about the specifics of Academic Probation can be found on the Registrar’s Office webpage.
  • One bad term can seem like the end of the world, but I encourage you to look at it as a learning experience.  Evaluate what you need to change to be more successful next term, create a plan for success, and then follow through on your plan.
  • Some things to ponder that often cause academic issues:
  • Did you study enough to expect success? The rule of thumb is a minimum of two hours outside of class for every hour in class.
  • Beware of ‘multi-tasking’ masquerading as study time.  You cannot effectively and actively study while simultaneously texting, playing the drums to the beat of your music with your pencil, and watching TV.  You need focused study time.
  • Did you attend every class?  Studies show that there is a strong correlation between class attendance and grades.
  • Were you overly optimistic about your chances of pulling up a failing grade?  In hindsight, should you have dropped any classes before the week 8 deadline?
  • Should you have asked for tutoring? If you did get tutoring, did you wait too long?
  • Did you take advantage of your faculty members’ office hours?  Did you ask for help as soon as you realized you were struggling with the course content?
  • Do you know how to study effectively? Studying more may not necessarily equal effective studying.
  • How are you spending your time?  Have you succeeded at managing your academic, personal and social obligations?
  • Did you do all of the homework assigned even if it wasn't collected?  It is hard to know if you really understood a concept you have read until you test yourself. Application to secure understanding is one of the important reasons that instructors assign homework.

Subject to Suspension


  • Whenever you have two consecutive terms where either your term, cumulative or major GPA is below 2.00, you are Subject to Suspension.  Information about the specifics of the Subject to Suspension status can be found on the Registrar’s Office webpage.
  • Don’t panic if you receive a Subject to Suspension letter from me.  There is an appeal process. Take some time to think about what the issues are that are getting in the way of you being successful.  You will need to convince the appeal committee to overturn your suspension status by demonstrating that you have a clear understanding of the issues and a clear plan to fix those issues.
  • Since you’ve had two rocky terms in a row, it is time to do some real soul searching.
  • Is MSOE the right school for you? Do you really want to be here?  Just because you don’t feel like MSOE is the right place for you doesn’t mean you cannot be a successful student somewhere else.
  • Are you in the right major?  Talk to your academic advisor, and other people who know you, about options you may have by simply changing your major here at MSOE.
  • Is there something non-academic getting in the way of you being academically successful?  If so, would it be best to take some time off to resolve the issue and then return later?  Is it something that could be helped by meeting with someone in Counseling Services?
  • Are you working too much?  We know that many of our students must work to pay the bills.  Would a part-time program of study or a five-year plan work better for you?  Although you would like to be done in four years, the ultimate goal is to GRADUATE. There are alternate paths to get your degree.  The four-year plan doesn’t work for everyone.  Is it working for you?
  • Did you have an unrealistic view of how the term was going and what grades you were earning?  If so, how can you remedy that in future terms prior to the drop deadline?
  • Are you over-extended with extra-curricular activities?  You learn many incredibly valuable things from extra-curriculars.  However, be sure you learn to say ‘no’ when your academics are in jeopardy because of too many activities.



If you are on Probation or Subject to Suspension status after your final grades are posted, a letter will be mailed to the local school year address we have on file for you.  Those letters typically are mailed Wednesday of break week.  If you think you may receive a letter, please make sure that your mailing address is up-to-date.  Make your changes on the main Students page in myMSOE or at https://resources.msoe.edu/AddressUpdate/.


Help is Available


Whether you fit into one of these statuses or will squeak by above the 2.00 requirements, you may want to talk with someone about your academic difficulties.  There are many resources available. I know it is hard for many of you to reach out.  I know it sometimes hurts your pride to admit you need help.  Since this is a really long email and you have read this far, I have a feeling fixing the issues yourself or ignoring them in hopes that they magically resolve themselves may not be working.  I encourage you to seek assistance!


  • Counseling Services is a great resource for developing a plan for future success.  Many students have the perception that the counselor’s job is to delve into the corners of your life.  The reality is that while they can probably help you delve into those dusty corners, they can also help with time management, study skills, anxiety and stress, homesicknesspreliminary assessment of whether you may have a learning disability, interest inventories to determine areas of career interest for you and many other really useful things.  It may sound a little scary to ‘go to counseling’.  They aren’t scary people, and they have helped lots of students.  I highly encourage you to get connected to them if you are struggling.  You can make an appointment with a counselor by calling (414) 277-7590 or by stopping by their office in the Kern Center, K230.
  • Student Accessibility Services  is a great service for those of you with diagnosed disabilities.  If you are eligible for accommodations and are not getting accommodations now, I encourage you to touch base with Angela Moureau (moureau@msoe.edu) to find out ways that she can help you navigate the college setting.  Angela’s office is on the 2nd floor of the German English Academy.
  • Many students think the Raider Center for Academic Success (RCAS) is only for one-on-one tutoring.  Yes, they have that. However, in addition to one-on-one tutoring, there are group tutoring sessions and drop-in labs for physics, math and chemistry.  They also have writing specialists.  And, there is help available for study skills, time management and test-taking strategies. RCAS is located on the 2nd floor of the German English Academy.
  • If you are an international student, or if English is not your native language, Mark Fischer in the Raider Center for Academic Success (fischerm@msoe.edu) is a good resource who can help you navigate college life, from culture to homework. Make an appointment to get help with any of your language needs in speech, reading, or writing. Doing work in a second language is difficult, and he’s happy to help make your work load more manageable with language help.
  • Your academic advisor or program director can be a great resource if you are trying to figure out if you are in the right major.  He or she can also discuss the bulleted issues from the above sections with you or refer you to someone who can help you talk through those soul searching questions.  Use them as a resource!
  • Perhaps you know of some other friendly face--an instructor, a work-study supervisor, a staff member, or your friendly registrar.  I encourage you to reach out to someone if you are struggling.  While he or she may not be able to help you answer the questions above, they can help you figure out the best person to help you.

Withdrawing from All Classes


Although it is too late to drop individual classes from your schedule, you still have the option to withdraw from all of your classes.  The deadline for withdrawing is Friday of 10th week, November 13, at 4:30 pm.  Although it may seem extreme to withdraw, if none of your classes are going well, you should at least consider it as an option.  If you withdraw, you will not earn final grades in your classes.  Your transcripts will show grades of W (for withdraw) and your GPA will not be affected. Make sure you know the academic and financial consequences of this decision; discuss the option with your advisor, someone in Counseling Services, and/or someone in Financial Aid so you can make a well-informed decision. Withdrawing from your classes does not prohibit you from registering for next quarter.


Please let me know if you have any questions or if I can help connect you to any of our resource people on campusHave a great day!


Mary Nielsen




Hmmm…  How do I register for classes? When do I register? How do I know what to do?  Good questions.  I have answers.



When do I register?

Registration begins on Wednesday of Week 9 and runs through Friday of week 10.   For undergraduate students, days and times are assigned in a random order within cumulative credit groups (0-24 credits; 25-47 credits, etc). These credits include transfer credit, AP credit, etc., that you have earned.   Students in the highest credit group register first.


Registration forms are now available on the myMSOE (my.msoe.edu) website. To access your form, click on the Students tab; then look for the part of the page that says ‘Winter Registration Forms’.  There will be a link that will bring up your registration form; you will need to log in a second time to open the form. The form is where you see when you are scheduled to register.  On the upper right hand corner of the form, you will see the date and time that you are scheduled to register.  People are grouped in one hour intervals.  We only assign times during the hours that our office is open. You can register anytime after your assigned time but not before.  


Where do I register?

Most students choose to register on the myMSOE (my.msoe.edu) website, but if you do not feel comfortable registering the first time by yourself or are having technical issues or are just in the area, please feel free to stop the Registrar’s Office (CC365) and we can help you.


How do I know what is being offered?

The schedule of classes is not yet available.  We hope to have it posted by the end of the week. The academic departments are doing a final proofing of their course offerings.  We will send an email when the schedule is available on myMSOE and Scheduler is open.  Scheduler is a program that allows you to enter the courses you need to take and to see different options for how those classes fit together.


What do I need to do before I can register?

  1. 1.)   Print your registration form off of my.msoe.edu.  Check for any holds you have on your account.  The reason(s) that you cannot register are identified as “Holds”.  Once the schedule is available, your holds can be seen within the Course Schedules section of the Students page within myMSOE.  The most common reasons that you cannot register are that you have a financial hold on your account, you have an advisor hold on your account, or you are trying to register too early. Check the holds carefully. 


  • The hold that says “Can’t register-check day/time” will be automatically removed when the computer system server time matches your scheduled time to register.  This hold prohibits students from registering before their scheduled timeflashred, I would.  Yes, it is that important.



Note:  It is important that you wait for your registration time to log into myMSOE.  If you are already logged in before your time, the time hold  gets ‘stuck’ and does not go away unless you log out and log back in to myMSOE.  The error will tell you that you are not authorized to add classes.



  • "Contact Student Accounts" is a hold that indicates you have an outstanding balance on your account.  You will not be allowed to register if you have a financial hold on your account.   You can check your balance within the myMSOE website at any time.  Click on the Students tab and then on the left there is a Financial Info tab.  If you have any questions about your account, please contact the Student Accounts Office (CC-437).  If you have extenuating circumstances that may prohibit you from registering because of financial issues, I encourage you to talk with someone in Student Accounts as soon as possible to see if there are any options available for you.  Plan ahead; lines at the Student Accounts Office get longer as registration gets closer!
  • If you are an undergraduate student, you will likely have a hold that says "Advisor Approval Required".  If this is your first quarter at MSOE, you are required to meet with your advisor prior to registering.  Most of our programs have 100% advising; that means that you will be required to meet with an advisor every quarter before registering.
  1. 2.)   Most undergraduate students are required to meet with their advisor prior to registering.  Graduate students are not required to meet with an advisor.
  • For most programs, you are assigned a specific person as your academic advisor.  This person will be identified on your registration form. You must make an advising appointment.  Typically at registration time, the advisors post signup sheets on their door for advising appointments.
  • Prior to meeting with your advisor, you should look at your curriculum sheet or flowchart to see what courses you should be taking.  If you do not have a curriculum sheet, you should get one from your advisor or from the administrative assistant in your academic department; the Registrar’s Office does not have these.
  • After you figure out your classes, write the course numbers in the boxes on your registration form.  Even if you are planning to register on the website, you should fill in this part of your registration form prior to meeting with your advisor; some advisors prefer that you leave their office with a signed form indicating which courses were approved.  Bring the form with you to your advising appointment.  You probably want to write the course numbers in pencil in case you need to alter the course list after talking with your advisor.  Your advisor does not care about the sections (times) of the courses, he/she will just want to see the courses that you plan to take. 
  • Once your advisor approves your classes, do not change these classes without speaking with your advisor.  There can often be negative consequences (like needing to stay here an extra year).
  • Be honest with your advisor
  1. 3.) There are instructions for using the Scheduler Program and web registration available at http://www.msoe.edu/docs/DOC-1962 for undergraduate students or http://www.msoe.edu/docs/DOC-5455 for graduate students.
  2. 4.)   Determine the sections of the classes using our Scheduler program.  Scheduler is not yet available, but should be up and running by the end of the week.
    • Use the Scheduler program to find a schedule. Finding a schedule in Scheduler does not mean you are registered.  You must go into myMSOE to register for the classes.
    • A “section” is just the way we note the different meeting times for each class.  Each of those specific meetings has a section number.  There may only be one section of a specific class or there could be a dozen sections.  You will need to know the specific section number to register in myMSOE.
    • Sections of classes will become full as registration progresses; so, make sure you check Scheduler as close to your registration time as possible to make sure your desired sections are still available.
  3. 5.) Log into my.msoe.edu and register for classes.
  4. 6.)   How do I know I am really registered?

Find the My Schedule part of the Student page.  The courses for which you are registered will show on the screen.   For the most part, rooms are not assigned until most people have registered so that we know the number of students enrolled in each course.  You should print a schedule right before classes start to make sure you have the most up-to-date classrooms and instructors before going to your first day of class.






Why can't I register for a certain class via the website?

There are a few things that would make it impossible for you to add a class via myMSOE.  If any of these things apply to you, please contact our office for assistance.  You can register for all of the rest of your classes on the web.

  • Your course requires a permission slip.  (You must bring the permission slip to our office.)
  • You are a graduate student taking an undergraduate course or an undergraduate student taking a graduate course.
  • You are registering for two courses that have a time conflict.
  • The section of the course is full. 
  • You are trying to register for more than 19 credits.

What if a class I need is full?

The only person who can approve an overload to a full section is the Department Chairperson that oversees the class.  Please refer to the Request to Enter a Full Section of a Class document for contact information. Please try alternate schedules before contacting the department representative.  You will need to have a legitimate reason to be added to a full section if there are other options available to you. There is no guarantee that you will be allowed to register for a full section of a class.  If possible, register for the rest of your classes.  That will hold your place in those classes while you try to find another section of the full class that works for you. Your other option is to wait to see if someone drops out of the section that you need. 

Can I change my schedule after I register?

Yes, you can make changes to your schedule until Friday of the first week of the quarter at 4:30 pm.



  If you have any questions, feel free to email me or stop by the Registrar’s Office (CC365), and we would be happy to answer them for you.  Thanks for reading all the way to the end! 

Some of you may have a few questions or may have a little anxiety about making the decision to drop a class.  Hopefully the information below will help you make the best decision for you and your situation.



Student:  Dropping a class sounds serious.

    If I have to drop a class, I must not be cut out to be a (insert major here).


  • Making the decision to drop a class can be stressful, but sometimes it can be a really good decision.
  • If you have a class that there is no mathematical way you can pass, it is better to drop it than to fail it.
  • If you are spending all of your time trying to pull off a D in a class, it is likely that your other grades are suffering because you are not studying enough for the other classes. It may be better to drop it.
  • When you drop a class, it shows on your transcript with a grade of W (withdraw).  It will not affect your GPA. 
  • Do not feel that you are the only person dropping a class; I assure you that you are not.  Most students drop at least one class sometime in their academic career….many drop multiple classes.
  • There are definitely some key classes that could determine success or lack of success in a certain major.  But, I encourage you not to make a decision about your aptitude for a career path based on one class.  If you are questioning your major, that would be a great reason to have a chat with your advisor.


Student:  I am not sure if I should drop or not.


You have some options to help you make that decision.


  • Talk to your instructor-- The faculty are here to help you. Are you sure you have an accurate assessment of how you are doing in the class?  Sometimes you can get so overwhelmed by one bad assignment or test that you lose sight of the big picture.  Your teacher can give you an assessment of how you are doing.  I know that it can be scary and a little embarrassing to talk with a teacher when you aren't doing well in his or her class. Don't let that stop you! 
  • Talk to your advisor-- Your advisor can give you advice about whether it would be good to drop the class, but another important thing that your advisor can tell you is how dropping the class will affect your schedule in future quarters.  MSOE curriculums have many prerequisites built into them.  Depending on what class you drop, it could cause your graduation to be delayed.  Be informed about how dropping a class will affect your college career.  Another thing your advisor can tell you is how many other classes build on the class in which you are struggling.  Sometimes earning a D means that you don’t have a strong enough foundation for future classes and sometimes D is for done; your advisor can help you make those types of assessments.  I know it can be scary and a little embarrassing to talk with your advisor when you aren’t doing well.  Don’t let that stop you!
  • Talk to someone in the Financial Aid Office—We encourage all students who are dropping a class and who are receiving financial aid to touch base with someone in the Financial Aid Office prior to dropping.  If you are receiving financial aid,here is a federal regulation that requires you to successfully complete a certain percentage of the credits that you attempt. I encourage you to review theand contact the Financial Aid Office if you believe dropping the course(s) may put you in danger of being put on financial aid warning or financial aid suspension. 
  • Use Midterm Progress Reports-- Midterm progress reports are a great tool to get feedback from an instructor.  MSOE does not record midterm grades.  However, you have the option to receive feedback from your instructor using the Midterm Progress Report Form.


Student:  I “dropped” the class.  I stopped going a few weeks ago.  I don’t have to do paperwork, right?


  1. Wrong.  If the course is not officially dropped from your schedule, then you didn’t drop…you just stopped attending. Your faculty have the option to drop you, but they are not required to do so.  You should never assume that just because you stopped going to class, your instructor dropped you.   Ultimately, you are responsible for the classes on your schedule.  Fill out the paperwork or there is a very good chance that you will earn a grade of F in the class.



Student:  I can't drop below full-time status. 


When I hear students say that, my question is "Are you sure?"  As a reminder, you are a full-time student if you have 12 credits or more.  If you believe that dropping below full-time will cause issues, I strongly encourage you to talk to the appropriate staff member to make sure you have accurate information before making the decision to stay in the class and earn the F on your record. Often "I will lose my financial aid" is the reason given.  If that is the reason you believe you cannot drop it, and if you have not talked with a person in the Financial Aid Office, you need to do that before making the decision to keep the class to ensure an accurate assessment of the situation. 



Student:  I am still stressed.


Stress is not always a bad thing!  It means that you are taking your education seriously. The important thing is to assess why you need to drop this class so that you can learn from this experience and have a more successful winter term.  Now is a good time to do a little soul searching on things like:


  • Did I study enough to expect success? (The rule of thumb is a minimum of two hours of work outside of class for every hour in class.)
  • Should I have set up tutoring for this class earlier in the term?  (And if you didn’t seek out a tutor, why didn’t you?)
  • Did I take advantage of my faculty member’s office hours?
  • Do I have good study skills?  (If not, Counseling Services or the Raider Center for Academic Success can give you tips on effective study skills.)
  • How was my class attendance?
  • Did I do all of the homework assigned even if it wasn't collected?


Student:  I decided to drop the class.  Now what do I do?


  • You must fill out Dropping a Class Form. Students can only drop classes via myMSOE through Friday of the first week of the term.
  • The completed form must be submitted to the Registrar's Office before the deadline--Monday of the 8th week of classes at 6:00 pm.


Feel free to email me or stop by our office if you have questions. Have a great day!


Mary Nielsen

Office: CC365

Phone: 414-277-7216

Email: nielsen@msoe.edu

Welcome to 4th week!  We have completed about one third of the fall term, so it is a good time to evaluate how things are going to see if you might need to make some changes.


First, do you know how you are doing?  It seems like a basic question; but it is a very important question.


Ideally, you should be keeping track of all of the grades you have earned this term.  You should create a document somewhere (could be an Excel spreadsheet, could be scribbles on your syllabus) that lists all of the assignments for each class and the percentage of your final grade for each assignment.  If you fill in the grades as you earn them, you should have a general idea of how you are doing at any point in the term.   If your instructor uses Blackboard to post grades, it is a good idea to check your grades against what the instructor posts.  Any errors or questions should be discussed with your instructor in person or via email  -- the earlier the better.


Another option you have is the Midterm Progress ReportMSOE does not officially process midterm grades for students.  However, you have the option to submit a Midterm Progress Report Form to your instructors during Week 5 and receive individualized feedback in Week 6.  You can also visit your faculty during office hours to discuss how you are doing, but experience has led me to believe that if you don’t think you are doing all that well, it is often difficult to start that conversation with your faculty.  The Midterm Progress Report is a good first step.  The form is available at http://www.msoe.edu/docs/DOC-2040 or in hard copy in the Registrar’s office.


After you have gathered the information about how you are doing, it is time to evaluate whether you are meeting your academic goals.  Are you struggling with the content in a specific classes?  Are you struggling with priority management, study skills, other non-academic issues?  Now is the time to get help!


If you are struggling with specific classes, you have a couple options:


  • Have you visited your instructor during office hours?  It is best to come with specific questions.  Try to work through a problem or two and show the instructor where you are getting stuck.  Read through the text and write down specific things that don’t make sense to you.  Bring in the notes you took in class and show the instructor where you got lost.  The instructor’s office hours are usually in the syllabus or posted on their office door.
  • Have you visited the Raider Center for Academic Success (RCAS)?  They have individual tutoring and some group tutoring.  They also have a drop in center where there are people available to help with math, chemistry, physics and writing.  Visit them on the second floor of the German English Academy to find out more about the options available to you.
  • Have you tried to study with someone else in your class?  For some people it really helps to talk through the material and to work through some problems as a group.  The danger with group studying is that sometimes you think you have a better understanding of the material than you actually do.  If you work through problems as a group, make sure you can also do them as an individual.  J

If you seem to be struggling even a little bit with issues that are not necessarily class specific, you also have some options:

  • Many of our students see someone in Counseling Services.  They have helped many students with a wide variety of academic and non-academic concerns that are getting the way of their academic success.  Don’t let the word ‘counseling’ scare you.  J
  • Do you have a diagnosed disability?  If you received some sort of accommodation in high school and are not getting assistance here, we encourage you to at least touch base with our(second floor of German English Academy) so that you can see what services are available to assist you.
  • We have staff in our Raider Center who are part of our Academic Transitions team who meet with students individually to help with skills such as study strategies and time management.  So, if you don’t seem to be struggling with the course content, but you still seem to be struggling, you may wish to touch base with them to see if they have some new study strategies you can try.
  • If you are not a native English speaker, the Academic Transition staff in our Raider Center can also help with vocabulary, and if applicable, assist with navigating how the American educational system may be different from the system you have back home.
  • If you think you need some help, but aren’t sure where to start, email the Raider Center at success@msoe.edu. One of the RCAS staff will follow up with you.

The time to get help is when you first start to struggle.  You have read all the way to the bottom of this blog; is there a little voice in your head saying “Yeah, I should probably talk to someone”?  If so, I encourage you to act today.


If you have any questions or need help getting connected to any of these resources, please feel free to contact the Registrar's office.

Mary Nielsen

Summer Tuition

Posted by Mary Nielsen May 21, 2014

We have received quite a few questions about summer tuition.  The tuition for summer term is the same as the tuition for the 2013-2014 academic year.  For your convenience, the link to the summer tuition information is below.  If you have any questions about what you will be charged, please contact the Student Accounts Office.


Tuition and Fees-2013-2014.doc

For information on the suspension appeal process for a student that is not currently registered, click here.

Frequently asked questions about the personal appeal option can be found here.

Nicole Toerpe

Academic Suspension FAQ

Posted by Nicole Toerpe Nov 25, 2013

Frequently asked questions about academic suspension can be found here.

Nicole Toerpe

Academic Probation FAQ

Posted by Nicole Toerpe Nov 25, 2013

Frequently asked questions about academic probation can be found here.

There has been ongoing confusion about the winter schedule of classes that is currently in our space; people thought that it was the schedule for this upcoming term.  So, I changed the title to add the dates to make it clear that it was last year's schedule.  Apparently that didn't work and just added more confusion.  I am going to change the title one more time to indicate that the schedule currently available is an archived schedule.


We are hoping that the NEW schedule of classes will be out toward the end of week 7.


Stay tuned!

The Emergency Contact Information Form is a web-based form.  Please click the link below to access the form.



Mary Nielsen

Address Update Form

Posted by Mary Nielsen Oct 9, 2013

The form to update your address is an online form.  To access this form, please use the link below.



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