Students accepted into the Transitions Program have been identified by the university as likely to face academic and personal challenges in their first semesters at the university. Students can be accepted into the Transitions Program if they have lower than average indicators in any of the following areas:
- High school or college GPA
- Rank in class
- Standardized test scores (SAT or ACT)
- Accuplacer Placement Test scores
If a student is accepted into the Transitions Program, it indicates that the Admissions Review Committee considered that the student showed some potential for academic success at the college level. The Transitions program is designed to offer a high level of supports to these students to help them achieve that academic promise.
First-Year students in the Transitions Program are:
- Restricted to a maximum semester load of 13 credit hours.
- Expected to meet monthly with the Academic Advising Coordinator, Christy Alley, who monitors the student’s progress and arranges for regular and consistent academic interventions.
- Prohibited from taking on-line courses.
Students in the Transitions Program have a maximum of two semesters to achieve the grades necessary to be considered in good academic standing. When a student meets the requirements to leave the Transitions Program, his/her program will be changed to the program to which the student applied at admission (as specified in the Admission letter) and a faculty member from that program will be assigned as the student’s new Academic Advisor.
Students who fail to meet the academic expectations of the university by the end of their second semester will be academically suspended and can appeal the suspension in the same way as other students.