College, along with work and
family, is the real world. It is full of decisions, juggling,
challenges, and opportunities, just like with any aspect of
life. When a student experiences difficulty in managing multiple
responsibilities, assignments, and other demands in life, and
falls short of minimum requirements at school, he or she may
be placed on academic probation.
Probation means a testing or trial of your ability to meet academic
requirements required by your major. At HPU, undergraduate students
who do not earn a minimum 2.0 cumulative grade point average
can be placed on academic probation; graduate students’ minimum
GPA is 3.0.
According to the HPU 2005-2007 Academic Catalog, a student on
academic probation must schedule periodic meetings with an academic
advisor who will work with the student and monitor the student’s
progress. There are specific restrictions regarding the number
of credits a student is allowed to register for while on probation,
and for good reason: ensuring a student’s success.
At the Center for Graduate and Adult Services, the Helping Hands
Program is designed to do three things to assist students to
be successful: Identify students performing below the University’s
academic standards, assist students to identify goals and work
on modifying behaviors, and assist students to create an “action
plan” to prevent further academic problems.
Assessing a student’s personal situation is discussed and
explored. Factors involving course problems that make learning
difficult, personal issues that may have interfered with performance,
institutional factors, approaches to studying and study habits,
and other factors, including external expectations rather than
internal motivation, are also focused upon in this program.
Strategies and techniques to enhancing academic success are described,
including encouragement to attend CGAS workshops that emphasize
study skills, test-taking skills, and other related items.
Helping Hands also provides information and guidance on resources
available at the University, including personal counseling with
HPU’s licensed counselor.