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I happen to work at the institution that Trevor attended as an undergrad. We are implementing this fall an extension of the preemptive program he mentioned. We have noticed that the study skills class designed for students placed on academic probation was not as successful as we would want. This fall a program that will place each of these probation students with a faculty mentor will be put in place. An initial meeting, of approximately 45-60 minutes, will take place within the first 1-2 weeks of the semester. Together, both parties will devise an Academic Success Plan and then meet 2 per week until mid-term. At that time the student's success thus far will be evaluated and the Academic Success Plan will be revised as needed; meetings can continue on the twice per week schedule or be  reduced to one time per week.

We hope this one-on-one approach will more effectively meet student needs and allow them more opportunity to ask for what they need. 


R. Sue McGuire
Coordinator of Tutoring Services
Learning Specialist

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From: Open Forum for Learning Assistance Professionals <[log in to unmask]> on behalf of Shanna Gorecki <[log in to unmask]>
Sent: Friday, July 10, 2015 3:45 PM
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Subject: Re: Academic Probation Outreach and Policy

The undergrad program that I attended also did a lot of what you are talking
about Trevor.  The major I was working on made sure to help those that were
getting close to the academic probation mark.  The professor of the course
that you were "close to the probation line" would take the time to see where
you needed the most help. He/She would either tutor you or get in touch with
the tutor that could help you the most.

I actually worked with another student in my class.  This person was low in
many other classes but this was the one I knew more about.  It was a
foundations course for our major.  We met weekly in the library-where rooms
were available to study- we would already have the required reading
completed, or at least I did, and we would then discuss the reading, take
notes, highlight, underline, do whatever worked.  If a test was coming up we
would meet more that one time a week.  This helped the student and it helped
me out too.

I know that friends that were in other majors talked of the same thing going
on.  I feel that colleges need to offer the support to help their students
out.  A student doesn't want to be on probation and the college wants ALL
students to complete!

Shanna Gorecki

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