Retention Programs

Academic Advantage Plan (AAP)

Coordinator: Ashley Hixson

The Academic Advantage Plan (AAP) is designed for systematic monitoring of students’ academic progress, but also for systematic assistance for students vulnerable to academic problems. Frequently these students are unaware of the support services offered by the University, such as tutoring, or are uncertain of how to use them effectively.

Students are identified at the end of each semester who are below a cumulative 2.0 grade point average. All students that meet this criteria are required to meet with an academic advisor to consider all factors pertinent to their academic progress and to implement needed steps to improve their chances for success. The primary goals of AAP include identify factors that influence student performance and developing a framework for academic success.  Students are encouraged to think about their major and career goals as well.

To learn more about this program, email Ashley Hixson.

 

College Student Inventory (CSI)

Coordinator: Maggie Golembiewski

The College Student Inventory (CSI) asks questions about both academic and social areas and is administered to all freshmen as a part of the orientation process.

Students meet individually with an advisor/counselor to discuss their CSI report and to develop an individualized action plan for personal, social, academic, and career development. The report helps the advisor get to know the student so they can focus on the most important concerns right away and targets specific activities for the student.

This meeting lays the foundation for a strong advising relationship. The student leaves their initial meeting knowing that they can come back for assistance or information at any time.

To learn more about this program, email Maggie Golembiewski.

 

Early Academic Assessment Program (EAAP)

Coordinator: Ashley Hixson

Three weeks into each semester specific student concerns are collected from faculty, launching outreach to students. Faculty response to the request is voluntary. When faculty express a concern, students are instructed to meet with an advisor to discuss the situation, and are encouraged to seek assistance from the instructor, tutors, counseling services, and/or their departmental academic advisor.

To learn more about this program, email Ashley Hixson.

 

Early Communication Program (ECP)

Coordinator: Becky Armour Standel

Ongoing and effective early communication with students upon acceptance into the University. Early and ongoing communication with new students fosters early, individual, and meaningful connections by identifying unique attributes and clarifying student goals, major, and career path.

To help reach the ECP goal of “connecting students to the University in more meaningful and substantial ways”, the Student Success Center also includes academic expectations during the freshman year, the importance of campus involvement in research, coop/internship, field placement, and service learning into the communication piece. In addition to introducing students to all that the University has to offer, the ECP seeks to identify any dis-connections and/or stressors that students may be experiencing prior to their arrival on campus.

To learn more about this program, email Becky Armour Standel.

 

Focus II (FOC)

Coordinator: Maggie Golembiewski

Focus II is an online career and education planning system. It is a self-paced career guidance tool designed to help students select the right major, clarify career goals, and receive valuable occupation information.

To learn more about this program, email Maggie Golembiewski.

 

Graduation Support Program (GSP)

Coordinator: Becky Armour Standel

To insure that UM-Flint students are graduating in a timely manner students are divided in to cohorts based on entry term and assigned to an advisor according to major. An individualized program strategy worksheet is completed for each student. Academic departments are consulted with throughout the plan development to make sure courses are appropriate and are scheduled at correct intervals according to departmental plans.

To learn more about this program, email Becky Armour Standel.

 

Myers Briggs Type Indicator (MBT)

Coordinator: Maggie Golembiewski

The Myers-Briggs Type Indicator or (MBTI) is an online personal preference assessment tool offered to UM-Flint students. It is recommended that students take the MBTI after completing the Focus II evaluation. Students receive their personal results via a one on one meeting with an advisor.

To learn more about this program, email Maggie Golembiewski.

 

Major Not Declared Program (MND)

Coordinator: Sam MacFarland

A proactive program designed to give students guidance to maneuver a process of self-reflection of their strengths, passions and values; a process of timely, relevant, and reliable information gathering; and a process of evaluating decision-making implications. A hold is placed on each undeclared students account and they meet individually with an advisor to determine level of “undecidedness” and to create an action plan. Follow up appointments and communication throughout the process until student declares major.

To learn more about this program, email Sam MacFarland.

 

Pre-Nursing Low GPA Program (PNR)

Coordinator: Becky Armour Standel

An intervention program to assist the high number of pre-nursing majors that are not progressing towards admission to the program. The intervention gives an understanding of current progress and creates a plan for admission and/or a back-up plan. Students with less than 3.0 in their last 30 credits completed are identified and hold is applied to their account. Each student must then meet with an advisor to develop admission and academic achievement plan or to develop an alternative major.

To learn more about this program, email Becky Armour Standel.

 

Strong Interest Inventory (STR)

Coordinator: Maggie Golembiewski

The Strong Interest Inventory is an in-depth online assessment that focuses only on a student’s interests. It is recommended students complete this inventory after completing the Focus2 inventory. The results of this inventory will provide more detail and expand upon the findings from Focus2.

To learn more about this program, email Maggie Golembiewski.

 

Second Year Student Assessment (SYA)

Coordinator: Maggie Golembiewski

A select group of students meets with peer advisor at end of first year to review results of the Second Year Student Assessment. Population is typically determined by cumulative GPA. Working with a peer advisor they develop individualized action plan for academic and career development into the second year. Referrals are made based on performance and survey responses.

To learn more about this program, email Maggie Golembiewski.