This reminds me. . .Our school had talked about trying to provide more
intervention with students who had been on probation for three or more
consecutive semesters.  We had talked about requiring these students to
participate in a mountain challenge event.  Basically, they would spend a
weekend out in the mountains discussing their academic goals and/or their
career goals and how they hope to meet those goals. (We require the same of
newly admitted at-risk students and it seems to work pretty well.  It gives
them a well established support network right at the beginning of school.)
This was meant to be a way to give probationary students an opportunity to
figure out their direction in life and help them find the support they need.
The discussion was nixed when we tried to figure out how we would require
these students to participate.  People had very differing view points on
requiring intervention for students on probation.  I thought it was a pretty
good idea if we could iron out all the bugs.

I'm curious as to how many of you require students to participate in the
program you have set up for students on probation; and if they do not
participate in your program what your consequence may be.  I do ask first
time prbation students to meet with me individually and we also discuss
their academic goals and their plan for improvement.  I continue to touch
base with them throughout the semester to make sure they are still on track.
I can get about 3/4 of the students on probation to participate. The
counseling center then offers group support every Thursday for students on
probation and after the first week only a handful of students keep
attending. The counselor would like to see this group required of all
students on probation so that more will attend.  He would like to see it
offered for credit.  I have mixed feelings about offering a course for
credit.  I'm curious as to what other schools do.

Rochelle A. Butler
Maryville College Learning Center
502 E. Lamar Alexander Parkway
Maryville, TN 37804

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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals
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Sent: Tuesday, April 11, 2000 12:11 PM
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Subject: Re: academic probation

<color><param>0100,0100,0100</param>Some excellent information for
intervention with students on
Academic Probation can be found in Martha Maxwell's book
<underline>Improving Student Learning Skills.</underline>

At Southern Nazarene University, we have different levels of
academic probation and different levels of intervention.

For first time probation students, they can meet with me
individually and do some of the same things that Lisa Kramme
does with her intervention.  We have an interview, discuss their
academic status/problems and then sign a contract in which they
can enroll in classes, meet with me individually or refuse services.

For students at the second and third level (third is the final level),
they are required to enroll in a 1 credit course entitled "Seminar:
Academic Turning Point".  This course is designed for 6-12
students per section.  We use the text <underline>Turning Point: Getting Off
Probation and On With Your Education</underline> by Joyce D. Weinsheimer.
It is an excellent book and students do come and do report
enjoying the class and finding it and the text helpful.  I just started
this course in the fall 99 semester so I don't have any retention or
grade figures yet.

I'd be happy to share more detailed information if you'd like.

Sandra D. Yarbrough
Director, Emerging Scholars
Academic Services
Southern Nazarene University
(405) 491-6694
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