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1 Academic Safety Net An online workshop facilitated by the Academic Success Center ~ UL Lafayette Junior Division

2 Why are interim grades important? Interim grades are an early sign of academic difficulty 1 in 5 students with D’s, F’s or W’s at interim grades went on academic probation in Fall ’08

3 What steps should I take to get back on track? Explore contributing factors to academic difficulty Educate yourself Get to know your advisor Seek out campus resources

4 Causes of Academic Difficulty  Generally, there are 5 main causes of academic difficulty:  Motivational difficulties  Adjustment to college life  Study Skills  Directions/Goals  Personal Issues (including finances)

5 Motivational Issues  Motivational difficulties can include difficulty adapting to and feeling a sense of belonging in a competitive academic environment.  How would you describe your motivation level this semester? _________________________________ _________________________________

6 Adjustment to College Life Balancing study with the new freedoms and responsibilities of adult living can be a difficult challenge. What has the adjustment process been like for you? _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ _____________________________________ ___________________________________

7 Study Skills Studying is essential to academic success. What is your current study method and what are your plans for improvement? Student Success Workshop Student Success Workshop ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ___________________________________ ____________________________

8 Lack of Direction Often times students are unaware of the various options they have when choosing a major. What is your major & why did you choose it? ________________________________ How well is this major suited to your interests and abilities? ________________________________

9 Personal Issues Personal issues can affect academic performance. Ex: health, relationships, finances, family responsibilities, etc. What if any personal issues have affected you this semester? ____________________________________ ____________________________________ ____________________________________

10 Need to know information Academic probation and suspension Financial aid probation and suspension

11 Facts about Academic Probation Approximately 1/3 of First Time Freshmen (FTF) who go on Academic Probation after their first semester do not return for the following semester.

12 What is Academic Probation? A first semester freshmen with a 1.33 GPA or below will be placed on academic probation for the following semester.

13 How can I figure out my GPA? Using the GPA estimator on ULink, what is your current average this semester based on interim grades? _________ If the semester ended today, would you be placed on academic probation?

14 What do I do if get on Academic Probation?  While on academic probation, students must make a semester GPA of 2.0 or higher.  If a student does not meet this semester GPA requirement, the student will be suspended from the university.

15 How to I get off of academic probation? A student must raise their cumulative GPA to a 2.0 or higher to get back to academic good standing.

16 What if I get suspended? If suspended a student can submit an appeal with their academic dean’s office. Visit the following link for more details: Action Plan: What steps can I take to avoid probation this semester? ________________________________________

17 Does academic standing affect financial aid status? Students on academic probation may also be placed on financial aid probation. Visit the following website for financial aid guidelines:

18 What if I am placed on financial aid suspension? Students can earn back FA by: –paying for classes and earning at least a 2.0 GPA –submitting a financial aid appeal Visit the following link for more information:

19 Tips to stay on track… Get to know your your Academic Counselors Be an active listener Attend Class Ask questions in class Take notes Recopy notes the same day Find a study place (library, coffee shop, etc.) Use instructors’ office hours

20 Tips to stay on track… Avoid the “drop mentality” –registering for one more class than you plan to finish, to allow for dropping Eat healthy Get a good night’s rest Go to tutoring in Lee Hall Use the Writing Center in Griffin Hall Avoid working too much

21 Credit HoursStudy Hours Per Week Work Hours Per Week (no more than) Recommended Study/Work Hours

22 Advisors are a valuable resource  Why should you get to know your advisor?  Knowledgeable about academic requirements  Advising occurs in March for the fall semester and October for the spring semester.  Willing to work with you in achieving your academic goals  Ex: graduate schools, internships, career opportunities, and job availability  Who is your advisor? Where is he or she located? How often do you correspond with him/her? ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________ ____________________________________________

23 Campus Resources The Resource and Referral Guide for Advisors and Students (PDF) &The Resource and Referral Guide for Advisors and Students Student Guide to Academic Procedures and Resources (PDF)Student Guide to Academic Procedures and Resources Admissions – 336 Martin Hall, Academic Success Center – 115 Lee Hall, Campus Organizations

24 Campus Resources Career Counseling Lee Hall, Counseling & Testing - 2 nd floor Olivier Hall, Financial Aid – 106 Foster Hall, Learning Center – 2 nd floor, Lee Hall Office of Disability Services – 126 Conference Center,

25 Congratulations You have completed the Academic Safety Net Workshop. You are now required to meet with an academic counselor in 115 Lee Hall to review and discuss your steps to a successful semester.


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