Guide to students in Probation
The initial efforts to provide academic support to students on probation were undertaken in Fall 2013, and expanded on a pilot-scale in Spring 2014. Based on these experiences, Office of Academic Advising (OAA) developed a Probation Advising Student Support (PASS) program to establish a more comprehensive approach to probation removal and retention efforts at Brac University. The major activities of PASS programs are: individual and/or group Advising, series of PASS workshops and tutorials for specific 100 level courses. For both first time and last chance probation students it is mandatory to take part in the individual probation advising session at least two times at OAA during a particular semester; one before and another after mid-term exam. Duration of each individual advising session is 30-40 minutes. During the advising sessions students were advised regarding their course advising, study planning and target goal, attending consultation hours with course instructors and tutorial sessions for related courses.
Objectives of the PASS Program
- Help the students to come out of probation;
- Assist students on probation to identify the academic challenges for poor performance and assist them with proper solution;
- Retain the number of students by decreasing the dropout rate caused by probation through probation removal program;
- Provide a point of contact for the probation students;
- Motivate the probation students and aid them with proper campus resources;
- Foster developmental academic advising for the probation students;
- Improve the retention of at-risk students at Brac University;
- Develop the overall student quality in terms of academic result;
PASS workshops are specially designed for probation students of Brac University. As the semester progresses, the students may realize that they are not doing well enough to come out of probation for the lack of proper study habits, lack of seriousness, having difficulties with particular subjects, personal issues and exam anxiety etc.
Objectives of the workshops are:
- Assist the student to realize the reasons behind their probation status and make sure they avoid these reasons in future academic journey;
- Improve the basic study skills of the students for better academic performance;
- Prepare the students to set realistic target for their exams and study techniques for the exams.