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Probation and Dismissal Intervention Services

 
 
Step 4 - Create a Success Plan

At this time, you will specifically outline the steps you are willing to take to improve your academic standing. Look over your Success Plan worksheet because the information you have collected from going through Steps 1-3 has prepared you to make good decisions regarding your next steps.

Below you will find several improvement plans you can use or adapt to meet your individual needs. It is advisable to discuss your options with a counselor, remember if you on Dismissal Status a counselor must review and approve your plan.

Samples of Success Plans:

This is a sample of a plan for a student on Academic Probation (for having a GPA lower than a 2.0) . This student struggled in some of the basic courses during the first term in college. This student has a history of struggling in school and chose not to take a reading course the first term of enrollment. This student also works 30 hours a week and has difficulties finding time to study.

The goal for this student is to improve the GPA.This will be done by reducing the course load to 9.5 units, reducing work hours, repeating two courses that have a failing grade, creating and following a study schedule, completing the Skills Assessment testing to determine why there is a struggle with academic courses and by selecting a counselor to work with throughout the semester.

Fall Term

Unit Load Max

Projected Grades

Action/Services

Projected Outcomes

English 250 (Repeat) 

3.0

B

Obtain tutoring from the Writing lab and Math Lab

Increase semester GPA to 3.0 and Cumulative GPA to 1.98

English 260

3.0

B

Select counselor and Review success plan

Consistent counseling services until graduation.

Math 400 (Repeat)

3.0                 

B

Reduce work hours. Develop study schedule (2 study hrs for every unit)

Increase study hours to 18 hrs per week ; complete homework assignments and attend class regularly

Guidance 557

  .5

CR

Complete skills testing by week 5

Reduce frustration with school work.

Understand academic strengths and challenges.

Obtain support services to assist with challenges.

 

                          

Students on Academic Dismissal (for lack of progress or academic performance) must seriously consider all of their options and only commit to what is realistically possible in light of individual circumstances.

This is an example of a Success Plan for a student who is on Dismissal, has a .55 GPA, and for three consecutive semesters has not completed any courses attempted. In some cases, the student failed to officially drop a course that resulted in a failing grade. The student works 40 hrs a week, has relationship issues with her boyfriend that affects her ability to think while in class, is unclear about her career goals, and registers for 12 units every term because she wants to stay on her parent's health insurance. The goal for this student is improve her GPA and have her return to good academic standing as soon as possible. The plan for this student is as follows:     

Fall Term

Unit Load Max

Projected Grades

Action/Services

Projected Outcomes

Art 1A

(Repeat) 

3.0

B

Repeat courses; enroll in one evening course; and second course near work and offered during work lunch hour.

Increase semester GPA to 3.0 and Cumulative GPA to 1.55. Courses are scheduled to meet work needs. Second repeat and therefore new grade will positively impact GPA

Eng 1A

(Repeat)

3.0

B

Reduce course load to six units.

Ensure completion of courses

 

                

 

Develop study schedule (2 study hrs for every unit)

Improve time management skills and study habits; complete courses with B grade or better

 

 

 

Obtain career and personal counseling services.

Become more aware of personal talents/skills and career choices; learn interpersonal skills/strategies
      Explore health benefits with current employer. Obtain college health services information Keep a minimum level of health insurance until academic status at the college improves
      Meet with college counselor three times per semester. Counselor will review progress report, develop educational plan, review Success plan, review drop/add policies
 

The two sample plans above are individualized to meet specific needs. Your Success Plan must address your specific concerns and work toward improving your current academic status. At this time, take some time to develop a plan for yourself. Use any recommendations provided in Step 3 or ideas posted above to help you. Test out how sound your plan is by sharing it with a counselor, teacher, or friend. Remember, if your on Academic Dismissal, your plan must be approved by a counselor. Documenting your intentions on your Improvement Plan is a critical step to resolving your academic issues, it provides you with a clear direction.

After creating your plan, you need to also Evaluate your Plan to make sure it is designed to meet your goals. Go to step five to review the elements that must be considered to ensure you have an Success Plan that is working for you.

 

 



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