Academic Success Program
The purpose of this program is to foster a connection with students who are experiencing academic difficulty, to provide encouragement, support, and specific resources, as well as help them to develop a success plan that meets their individual needs and goals.
Our priority is to provide students with resources and programs that will strengthen their academic performance and improve their college experience at the University of West Florida. We know that the first year of college is a major life transition where students are learning to balance academic and social behaviors on their own for the first time. We also know that learning in college is different and some of the strategies that may have worked in high school may no longer lead to the same success in college. The important thing is to reflect on the fall and determine where your challenges were and what you will do to approach the spring differently to have a better outcome.
Since there are many reasons why students struggle academically, our goal is to help you to identify the factors that are relevant to you and to help you address them. The Academic Success Program is offered in the Spring semester to first year students who find themselves on Academic Warning or Academic Probation after the fall. As stated in the UWF Undergraduate catalog, this structured program is required. Eligible students will receive an invitation letter and email at the end of the Fall semester with additional information about program requirements. If you have any questions, please contact your academic advisor in First Year Advising at 850-474-3170 or email email@example.com.
Overall ASP Learning Outcomes & Competencies
- Self-Awareness and Self-Efficacy
- Academic Skill building
- Relationship building and resource use
- Students will understand their individual learning preferences
- Students will identify resources and strategies that fit that learning preference and integrate them into their study strategies.
- Students will learn from prior academic performance to enhance their current study strategies.
Time Management & Competing Responsibilities
- Students will be able to develop and implement an effective time management system.
- Students will prioritize academic and non-academic commitments.
- Students will understand how to balance academic success and the demands of work.
Stress Management & Resiliency
- Students will be able to apply creative strategies to manage daily stressors.
- Students will be able to construct a holistic plan with techniques that enhance their overall mental and physical self.
- Students will be able to acknowledge adversity and challenges and overcome setbacks through resilience.
- Students will be able to identify motivation strategies for goal attainment.
- Students will be able to identify short-term goals that lead to long-term success.
- Students will be able to differentiate intrinsic and extrinsic motivators.
- Students will understand the value of creating and cultivating a positive support network.
- Students will learn how to identify campus offices and services that strengthen their commitment to success.
- Students will be able to identify the individuals they can turn to for support.
Individualized Success Planning and Academic Coaching
Academic coaches work as accountability partners. Throughout the semester you will engage in several individualized peer academic coaching meetings and workshops where you will reflect on your first semester’s challenges and develop a personal success plan for how to approach the Spring semester.
Building an Academic Support Network
As a participant In the ASP program, you will have structured opportunities to connect with a variety of people and offices who can support your overall well-being and help you toward your academic goals.
Financial SupportOften students who are struggling academically have competing priorities of work and school. To assist you with this, after completing certain program milestones, you will receive financial incentives to support you with staying on track. A total award of up to $600 is possible.
If students fully participate in this program, they will also be eligible for priority registration for the next Fall semester which allows students to register up to 4 days earlier than normal which could mean a better selection of course options and class schedules to support success moving forward.
Self Awareness & Self Efficacy (All Components Required)
- Accept the invitation to the ASP program and complete the contract
- Complete at least two meetings with an academic coach to reflect on last semester and build a success plan.
- Accept the invitation and explore the Academic Success Canvas course for helpful self-paced modules
- Attend Boosting Academic Motivation Workshop before the end of week 3
Study Skills & Time Management (Choose at least 1)
- Attend Think Ahead: Time Management and Study Skills Workshop
- Attend Conquer Online Learning Workshop
- Attend Final Exam Prep Workshop
- Structured Study Time scheduled in Tutoring & Learning Resources
Stress Management & Resiliency (Choose at least 1)
- Complete an appropriate TAO module around stress management, anxiety, etc.
- Participate in Mindful Mondays Meditation & More via Counseling & Psychological Services Facebook page
- Participate in a fitness or wellness activity hosted by Recreation and Wellness
- Personal choice exercise or stress-relieving activity
Build a Support Network (See notes)
- Meet with your First Year Academic Advisor to plan for next fall (Required - you will receive an invitation to schedule this appointment)
- Attend scheduled academic coaching meetings throughout the semester beyond the first two sessions (Required)
- Make a connection with at least one of your instructors (Recommended)
- Make connections with peers by getting involved through the Office of Student Engagement or through Togetherall Peer Support Network (Recommended)
What are the most valuable components of the ASP Program?
“To me, the most valuable part of ASP was being able to meet with [an academic coach] who understands the difficulties of college and provides ways in which we can overcome the struggles."
“Having weekly meetings and being able to communicate the stress of school."
“Having someone to be able to reach out to in case I needed anything”
“Being helped with time management and all the workshops were really helpful and made work a little easier.”
“I was able to learn some new ways to handle stress and anxiety, which helped with some of my classes this semester.”
"These learning strategies helped me earn better grades, organize my time more efficiently, and overall made me feel supported at UWF."
"For me, working individually with a coach helped me understand what worked for me to be successful and what did not."
Prior ASP Participants