Pathways to Academic Recovery
Students on Academic Intervention and Academic Probation participate in the Pathways to Academic Recovery (PAR) program. These students attend a 3.5-hour program in the weeks before classes start for a fall or spring semester. The first two hours of the program is a large-group workshop facilitated by two trained college staff. At the workshop students will complete self-assessments, learn more about college policies, and develop a personal action plan for academic success. The goal is to have students:
Understand their strengths and how they can use them
Identify the issues that contributed to their academic performance
Gain control over their future academic decisions and performance
- Plan a strategy for success utilizing self-knowledge and available campus resources
After the initial workshop, students will then select a one-hour Next Step Workshop aimed at helping students to develop skills in a key area. Students may choose from:
Building Academic Survival Skills
Effectively Managing Your Time
Exploring Career Opportunities
- Managing the Stress in Your Life
Intervention and College Coaching
All students on Academic Intervention are assigned a College Coach. A college coach is a faculty or staff member at MVCC who has volunteered to encourage students in following through on their action plans and in reaching their goals. College coaches are not tutors or advisors, but are available to support students and to help connect them with campus resources. The coaching relationship can be a great way to receive needed support throughout the Intervention semester.
Students in their initial intervention semester are required to meet with their coach in the 2nd week of classes and attend an additional StrengthsQuest workshop in the 4th week. Midterm grades are also monitored. Students who invest in this program and regularly meet with their coach are much more likely to reach their academic goals.
Students need to complete the Semester Planning Form prior to attending their coaching/advising appointment in the 2nd week of classes.
All students on Academic Probation are assigned a Probation Advisor who will help them meet the additional program requirements and work toward academic success. Probation advisors are assigned through the advisement office and differ from a student’s assigned faculty advisor in his/her major.
During their probation semester students are required to meet with their probation advisor in the 2nd, and 6th, and attend an additional StrengthsQuest workshop in the 4th week. These additional steps are aimed at helping students to continue making progress on their action plans and to connect with available college resources.
Students on probation who receive at least one deficient mid-term grade (D, U, or F) will be required to meet with each professor they have received a deficient mid-term grade from and complete the following Academic Probation Midterm Grade Report.
Proven Success of the PAR Program
Although the PAR program has only existed since January 2010, MVCC has already seen the impact it has on students. Students who attended the first two semesters of the PAR program outperformed students in similar academic situations who didn’t attend. Students on Academic Intervention who attended saw their GPA go up the next semester and were less likely to move to Academic Probation. Students on Academic Probation saw their GPA go up, and those who completed all of their final steps were less likely to be dismissed. This reflects the hard work of students in the PAR program who, with the support of the college, want to improve their grades and reach their academic goals of transfer and/or graduation.