ERIC Number: ED186872
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Mar
Reference Count: 0
The Last Chance: A Program for Transfer Students with Low GPA's.
Dochen, Carol; Johnson, De
Over a period of three years an experimental program was conducted at Southwest Texas State University to help increase the number of successful completions of admission contract conditions by transfer students with low grade point averages. An increase in the number of students successfully meeting the required grade point average of approximately 3.00 on a 5.00 scale during their first semester has changed from 39% in 1976 to 62.9% in 1979. Initially, the program required special academic advising sessions plus individualized work in the learning assistance center. This plan was revised as it was noted that most of the students exhibited few academic skill deficiencies but did have a prolonged history of inappropriate academic behaviors, such as class cutting, procrastination, poor problem solving abilities, and avoidance behaviors. The existing program now provides three options: (1) a three hour elective credit course in psychology that stresses acquisition of learning strategies, (2) individualized study in the learning assistance center lab, and (3) academic improvement groups focusing on academic problem areas. Results indicate that students choosing the credit program have been far more successful in meeting the required grade point average than those choosing the non-credit program. (MKM)
Descriptors: Academic Failure, Behavior Patterns, Credit Courses, Educational Research, Grade Point Average, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Learning Laboratories, Learning Processes, Performance Contracts, Program Descriptions, Psychology, Study Habits, Study Skills, Transfer Programs, Transfer Students
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Western College Reading Association (13th, San Francisco, CA, March 27-30, 1980).