Academic Renewal

Academic Renewal is designed to permit students with a grade point average deficiency to remove the effects of low grades from their academic records under the following conditions:

  1. A student enrolled at Missouri State University-West Plains after an absence of five years or more from college may elect Academic Renewal. This renewal will affect only those courses taken prior to the five-year absence and may be elected only once in a lifetime.
  2. Once elected, Academic Renewal applies to all courses, whether passed or failed, taken prior to the date chosen by the student.
  3. Academic Renewal does not erase the record; rather the impact of the grades received is removed from the GPA of the student, with an appropriate notation made on the transcript indicating the renewal election. Credit hours affected by Academic Renewal cannot be used to meet any requirements.
  4. Any student wanting to invoke the Academic Renewal procedure should consult with the office of financial aid to be sure any future financial aid will not be adversely affected.
  5. Academic Renewal is applied to all grades that appear on a student’s transcript regardless of origin.
  6. Academic Renewal must be invoked before any degree is earned.
  7. The dean of academic affairs or his/her designee will process final approval for all Academic Renewals.
  8. Academic Renewal is an administrative procedure that does not require committee action and/or decision.
  9. Once elected, Academic Renewal is irrevocable.
  10. The student should be aware some institutions do not recognize Academic Renewal when evaluating transcripts.

Consult the office of academic affairs for more information.