Making It Personal: Supporting Students Below 2.0 GPA
Location: Dewberry Hall
Developed by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Undergraduate Academic Affairs office, the Personal Academic Support and Success (PASS) Program applies an individualized approach and appreciative advising framework to supporting students who have fallen below a 2.0 cumulative GPA. By incorporating responses from a comprehensive pre-assessment that explores various barriers to academic success, program mentors work with students over the course of a semester on a unique plan to improve factors such as mindset, persistence, self-efficacy, effective communication, organizational skills, awareness of campus resources, and more. In addition, PASS emphasizes the importance of the faculty-student and advisor-student relationship and requires students to engage in self-reflection throughout the semester. The overarching goal of the PASS program is to broaden students’ support network and positively impact academic confidence and performance.
Participants will be able to learn strategies for working with academically at-risk undergraduate students, to include how an accompanying Blackboard organization was created to support completion of the PASS program either in-person or fully online. Participants will also learn about a collaboration between the program administrators and students within a graduate psychology course, which resulted in a more effective, intentional, and well-designed pre-assessment survey.
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