Due to a unique tiered system of academic standing, which varies by classification, some Mountain View University students below a 2.0 grade-point-average (GPA) receive academic interventions, while others do not. Good standing is defined as achieving a 1.5 GPA for freshmen, 1.65 for sophomores, 1.85 for juniors, and 2.0 for seniors. Every semester, there are approximately 400 students placed on academic warning or probation and enrolled in academic success center (ASC) courses, while approximately 400 students below a 2.0 GPA remain in good standing due to the tiered system. Students receiving the interventions are at a distinct advantage. This study assessed the success of the Academic Success Studies Program – comprised of faculty mentoring and three academic success courses – by examining five semesters of student GPA and retention rate data, measured after one and two semesters. Findings indicated that participation in the program correlated with considerable improvement in both student success metrics.
Jernigan, R. W., Lobaina, O., Berkenkemper, D., & Hudson, M. (2021). SOS for Struggling College Students: Improving Retention Through a Mentoring-Based Comprehensive Academic Success Program. Journal of Access, Retention, and Inclusion in Higher Education, 4(1). Retrieved from https://digitalcommons.wcupa.edu/jarihe/vol4/iss1/2