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Working with Students on Academic Probation

  • Refer to the strategies for helping students analyze problems.
  • Establish a non-judgmental and encouraging rapport with the student.
  • Encourage the student to explain his/her academic situation.
  • Actively listen to the student’s story to determine whether the student is able to accept any responsibility.
  • Provide appropriate feedback and ask clarifying questions. You can use this opportunity to coach the student to accept some responsibility. (Example: Bob, what I understand you to say is that the responsibility for your failures lies only with the faculty members who taught your courses. Is this realistic?)
  • Help the student to recognize how he/she came to this point.
  • Explain the probation policy and how Boise State calculates student GPA.
  • Help the student determine specific goals and strategies for achieving those goals. (Example: To achieve a 3.0 GPA for spring semester.)
  • Recognize your biases based on myths. (Myths: Students on academic probation simply don’t apply themselves; students in academic difficulty are not committed to an education.)
  • Be aware of student’s misconceptions. (Misconceptions: Simply wanting to do better is enough; I can just take extra credits next semester to raise my GPA; I’ll do better next semester, I just didn’t like my classes/instructors.)
  • Encourage the student to practice effective time management. Help the student to develop a daily schedule and encourage regular to-do lists.
  • Review the student’s schedule to explore areas where the student might be unrealistic about use of time. (Example: Most students who commute never think about the overall commute time when working out a schedule.)
  • Encourage the student to enroll in coursework to support success.
  • Encourage the student to participate in academic success workshops offered by Counseling Services and University Health Services (Norco Building – Behind the Student Recreation Center).
  • Discuss the availability of tutorial services on campus or refer the student to Advising and Academic Support Center.
  • Encourage the student to seek regular discussion about progress with individual faculty.
  • Suggest the student take no more than 12 credits the 1st semester following placement on academic probation.
  • Help the student choose coursework where success is likely.
  • Request follow-up appointments (can be critical to the student’s success).
  • Where appropriate, discuss university policies on dismissal and reinstatement and appealing for financial aid.