University Learning Center

Academic Success Plans (ASP)


Academic Success Plans Overview (PPT)

Academic Success Plans (ASPs) exist for students who are interested in improving their academic performance in one or more areas. The original program was designed as an Academic Improvement Plan (AIP), and was intended to help exploratory students who found themselves on academic warning or probation. Since 2012, the program has expanded to help students from various colleges and with GPAs above a 2.0

Florida International University (FIU) is currently the fourth largest higher education institution in the country. Amidst a growing student population and an aggressive expansion in curriculum, a student can feel overwhelmed by the demands of such a competitive university. A student can also experience an array of academic and lifestyle transitions during his/her first year of college. Many FIU students have to work in order to afford the expenses of an undergraduate program. Others become actively engaged in FIU’s social culture. Although each student’s college experience is different, they must all balance their lives with their academics.

The Center for Academic Success, Academic Advising, and University Libraries have come together to create a holistic program for students who may have concerns with balancing their academic performance with their life responsibilities. Each program is individual to the student, which is how small learning communities can be created at such a large institution like FIU.

The ASP is comprised of the following components:
  1. An orientation/reflection session where students have an opportunity to look back and discuss their academic performance from previous semesters.
  2. Diagnostic sessions in reading and mathematics to determine any areas of weakness in fundamental academic skills
  3. Workshops on study skills, time management, research, and other areas dedicated to improve overall academic success.
  4. Subject-specific tutoring programs
  5. Individualized communication between the students, tutors, professors, and advisors

The Academic Success Plan was piloted in the spring semester of 2012. The program worked with a total of 52 exploratory students who were either on academic warning or academic probation. Over 90% of students via Qualtrics survey responded positively to the AIP, and felt the program was beneficial for students who were struggling.

The program was offered to students in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health & Social Work in the spring semester of 2014. All the students who volunteered to complete the program significantly improved their GPAs.

Who is involved in the Academic Success Plan (ASP)?
  1. The student. In order to maintain a holistic approach to the program, the tutoring sessions, workshops, and overall curriculum are based on student feedback and performance.
  2. The tutors at the Center for Academic Success (CfAS). Tutors who work at the Center for Academic Success are trained by the administrative team in every aspect of the Academic Success Plan. They also are candidates for certification through the Association of the Tutoring Profession (ATP).
  3. The Center for Academic Success Administrative Team. The directors and coordinators at the Center for Academic Success, Modesto Maidique and Biscayne Bay Campuses supervise the structure and implementation of the ASP.
  4. The Academic Advising Department. Communication between the Center for Academic Success and Academic Advising is vital concerning progress monitoring of students who are on an ASP. Academic Advisors assist in the individualized approach to academic improvement and participation in the program.
  5. University Libraries Research Librarians and the First Year Experience Librarian. The librarians have developed a specific workshop for students requesting an ASP, reviewing their basic library skills, outlining the process of research, a review of effective searching skills, and a summary of library services and databases.




HOURS OF OPERATION

MMC Campus
  • 8:00am-8:00pm M-Th
  • 8:00am-5:00pm F
BBC Campus
  • 9:00am-5:00pm M,Th,F
  • 9:00am-7:00pm T,W

*Tutoring Begins at 9am each day on both campuses.

CONTACT & LOCATIONS

MMC GL 120
  • 11200 SW 8th Street
  • Miami, FL 33199
  • (305) 348-2441
  • (305) 348-2609 (Fax)
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BBC AC1 160
  • 3000 NE 151st Street
  • North Miami, FL 33181
  • (305) 919-5927
  • (305) 348-5370 (Fax)
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