University of Southern Indiana

Strategies For Getting Off Probation

If you find yourself on probation or dismissal, we want to help you get back on track.

After scheduling an appointment with your advisor to discuss your options, please print and fill out the Academic Success Survey and bring it with you to your appointment. This will guide the discussion with your advisor so that they can find the best solution for you to achieve your academic goals.

You should schedule classes for your next term with a specific strategy in mind.  Your primary goal is to earn the highest grades possible to raise your GPA in order to get off probation. 

Consider these suggestions:

  • Reduce the number of credit hours you are taking next term. University Division probation students are limited to 12-13 credit hours.
  • Repeat courses you either failed or made a “D” in order to improve your GPA.
  • Enroll in courses in which you know you can succeed. Every student has areas of strength. Know which are yours and take advantage of them.
  • Make sure that the major you are pursuing is consistent with your skills and abilities.
  • Get help!  USI has numerous services to help students who ask.  The following are offices which might provide services you need:
    • Academic Skills (ED 1111) offers free subject -based tutoring, Success Series Workshops and a Writing Lab.  They also offer a graded one-credit course, GENS105: College Study Strategies.
    • University Division Advising (ED 1142) meet with an advisor to assess what went wrong in your previous semester and develop a plan for success for your current term.
    • Disability Support Services (Orr Center 095) coordinates services and academic accommodations for USI students with disabilities.
  • Meet with your instructors/professors on a regular basis.  They are a vital resource to help you understand course material and develop effective study habits.  This could be a first step when you are having difficulty in a course.
  • Attend classes regularly and be on time.
  • Study!  You are expected to study a minimum of 2 hours outside of class for each hour in class.  13 credits hours per week X 2 study hours per credit = 26 hours of studying outside of class.
  • Monitor your work hours.  Full-time students should work no more than 20 hours a week, and University Division advisors recommend working no more than 10 to 15 hours per week, while on probation.  Remember, being a full-time student should be considered a full-time job.

Education Center Room 1142 812-465-1606 Univ_Div@usi.edu

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