Student Success Programs
Providing the Tools You Need to Regain Good Academic Standing
Academic Warning - Students whose cumulative QPA falls below a 2.00 for one semester will be placed on academic warning. Students on academic warning will be expected to participate in Academic Healthy U and other services offered by the Office of Student Retention & Success. Students who are on academic warning will meet one-on-one with a trained Graduate Assistant several times throughout the semester. Students will be enrolled in AHU on Desire2Learn(D2L). Weekly helpful hints will be provided, along with online discussions regarding the information. This program is designed to give students on academic warning additional support to strengthen academic study skills
Academic Probation – Students whose cumulative QPA falls below 2.00 for the second consecutive semester are placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation or who have been readmitted after dismissal are required to participate in the Probationary Assistance (PASS) Program and other services offered by the Office of Student Retention and Success.
The PASS Program provides the additional structure and support that may be necessary for student academic success.
PASS offers small group sessions of 6-8 students who meet weekly with a trained graduate assistant. The program is designed to help the student build a foundation for success through relevant information, activities and discussions. The small group sessions allow the leader to tailor the meetings to more closely meet the needs of each group. PASS provides an opportunity for each student to create an academic/personal plan for success based on individual goals.
Data indicate that students who participate actively in PASS have a greater probability of succeeding academically than those who do not.
For more information on good academic standing, probation or dismissal, view the catalog.
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Office of Student Retention and Success
Noss Hall, Room 103
Student Success Program Coordinator
Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday
What is Academic Healthy U?
Academic Healthy U (AHU) is a first building block for strengthening academic skills. All students whose cumulative GPA drops below 2.0 for the first time are required to participate. Students enrolled in AHU will meet one-on-one for the first time during the beginning of the semester to set academic and personal goals, identify stumbling blocks and create an action plan. All AHU students will participate in discussions/assignments on D2L. Additional one-on-one appointments will be scheduled during the semester. AHU students will also have access to appointments for additional assistance if needed.
Who is required to participate in PASS?
PASS is mandatory for all students on first academic probation and those students readmitted after dismissal.
What is involved in the PASS sessions?
PASS sessions are held once a week for 30 minutes and offer:
- Small group sessions of 6-8 students
- Relevant, hands-on activities
- Discussion on issues that apply to students on probation
- An opportunity to create an academic/personal plan
- Help for building a foundation for success
Students must attend the first orientation meeting, which is usually held on the Sunday before the start of the semester. They hear about the program in more depth, then complete the Academic Assistance Agreement and sign up for the meeting time that best fits their schedule.
What if I am an online student?
PASS has an online version utilizing D2L. All online PASS students will be automatically enrolled in the online version. On campus students can request placement into the online version if necessary.
What have the students said about PASS?
Participants were asked: "What did you like most about PASS?"
- I liked being able to discuss the primary stressors in our lives that affect our schooling.
- I liked how I wasn't the only one with some of the same problems.
- I liked that I could talk to someone about what I needed help with.
- I liked that the class sizes were small; it felt as my needs were addressed in the best way possible.
- I loved my PASS instructor, she was very approachable and kind to the students in the group. I also liked that we talked about how to manage our time with studying and homework.
- I really liked the fact that the instructor was willing to help you with any questions/problems that you had.
- I liked being able to ask questions about our problems or situations without worrying. And I liked getting the answer on the spot. I also liked being able to interact with other students in my situation.
- The thing that I liked most about pass was that there was an abundant amount of information available at many times. This course has helped me to get my head on straight and point me in the right direction. I am more motivated to do better in college and am very thankful for this extra chance. The pass program has helped me to devise a plan for my grades and set mini goals for myself.
- Pass was a great opportunity for me. I met some really great students in my class and the instructor was phenomenal. I've never felt more welcome by a group of people such as my class and I feel that I now have the skills to succeed and progress here at Cal-U.
For all Cal U students:
The Student Success Graduate Assistants are available to answer your questions or give assistance with academic skills.
To contact the Graduate Assistants:
*Visit Noss Hall, Room 104
*Telephone 724-938-4997 or