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Graduate Student Services offers advice for graduate students on probation 

At the Daniels College of Business, graduate students are expected to earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. The point at which a student drops below a 3.0, an academic advisor will send out a request to the student to schedule a meeting. Graduate Student Services works closely with students to understand the situation, the cause of the problem and help them set a plan to recover.

We tell our graduate students when they go through orientation that our 10-week quarters move very quickly and it’s imperative to stay on top of coursework. At the first sign of trouble, don’t hesitate to speak directly with your faculty member to share that you are struggling with the material. Academic Advisors are on hand to help coach the students through challenges and guide them to employing more effective habits to be successful.

For some people, dropping below a 3.0 GPA is a result of extenuating circumstances in their professional or personal lives. It can be that the course content was very new to them and they had a tough time keeping up. Look at falling into academic probation as an opportunity to make some changes to the habits you are using to be successful.

Below are five steps we recommend you follow to recover:

  1. Meet with your academic advisor.

Schedule some time to connect with your academic advisor as soon as possible. Use the time to discuss any challenges that you’re having with the material or with a personal situation.

  1. Establish a plan to recover.

Your academic advisor can help you to establish a process by which you can regain your academic footing. Often this will entail a reduced credit load, so you can focus your attention and earn high marks.

  1. Get organized.

Set up a process to monitor your progress. This could involve a check-in with your faculty members, attending faculty office hours or hiring a tutor.

  1. Adjust study habits.

If necessary, set up some new study habits that will help you to succeed. For example, you may need to block nonnegotiable time each day to devote to school work. If you’ve been studying at home, try switching it up and find a quiet spot in the library to work.

  1. Follow up.

Once you’ve fallen into academic probation, it is critical to avoid letting your GPA dip any further. Stay in close contact with faculty members regarding course progress. Plan to catch up with your academic advisor early in the next academic period to let them know how you’re doing so you can quickly make any necessary adjustments to the plan.

While academic probation is never fun, it does provide the opportunity to take a critical look at how you are set up for success. Taking some time to examine why you fell into probation will pay off in the long run if you take the time to correct the behavior. Your graduate student services team at the Daniels College of Business is here to help you work you way back to success.


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