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Chapter 3 - Tips for Promoting Academic Success

Tips for Promoting Academic Success

  1. You should contact your advisor to discuss your spring schedule of course(s), degree plans and possibility of enrolling in UNIV 103: Succeeding in College.
  2. You should be enrolled in no more than 12 hours (12 hours is fulltime). If you have enrolled, you can make this change by contacting your advisor.
  3. You should meet with your instructors anytime you begin having problems in the next semester.
  4. You should meet with Academic Success Programs in the Kelly Center. They offer assistance in the areas of academic tutoring, time management, study skills, notetaking skills and test taking skills at no cost. You should consult with your advisor if anything happens that interferes with, or may interfere with, your ability to succeed in the classroom.  

For each course that you are enrolled in you should:

  • Buy and read assigned textbooks  
  • Read and follow the course syllabus  
  • Attend class  
  • Read assigned materials before class  
  • Review assigned materials after class  
  • Take notes as you read  
  • Complete all assignments on time  
  • Participate in class discussions  

If you have any questions, please contact:

Academic Probation and Suspension Officer
Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center

Coordinator of Academic Success Programs
Kelly Center

Advising Students with Unsatisfactory Academic Progress

Academic advisors often advise students who have academic difficulty. There are a variety of reasons why students end up on academic probation, suspension or dismissal. Some of the reasons:

  • Poor or no study habits;  
  • Working too many hours;  
  • Lack of motivation;  
  • Test-taking anxiety;  
  • Overwhelming personal or family issues;  
  • Lack of preparation for college; and  
  • Lack of direction.  

Students will not always recognize the results of poor academic performance. Early intervention may help students avoid continued unsatisfactory academic progress. Intervention strategies include:

  • Working with the students to determine the reason(s) for poor performance;  
  • Assisting in determining what needs to be done;  
  • Reviewing mid-term grades with student and encourage them to meet with you on a regular basis;  
  • Discussing the results of unsatisfactory academic progress;  
  • Referring to appropriate campus resources;  
  • Assisting students in realizing that their academic ability may or may not be in line with their educational choices; and  
  • Reducing the course load.  

Academic Requirements: Students are expected to demonstrate their ability to progress toward a degree by achieving at least a minimum quality of work each semester or summer session. Since a C average is required on total hours for graduating, students records should reflect progress toward that level of achievement.

Academic Probation and Suspension Policy

Academic Probation: Students are placed on academic probation when their grade point average is deficient from a 2.00. Academic probation is determined by a minimum grade point average for each classification on an increasing scale aimed to achieve the minimum 2.00 by graduation.


Freshman 1.40 - 1.99
Sophomore 1.70 - 1.90
Junior 1.80 - 1.94
Senior 1.86 - 1.95


This academic warning is designed to alert students that they are having academic difficulty in meeting graduation requirements and that steps should be taken immediately to improve their academic status.

Academic Suspension: Students whose grade point average is below probation levels are suspended for poor scholarship. No freshman is suspended for academic reasons at the end of the first semester of enrollment.


Freshman Below 1.40
Sophomore Below 1.70
Junior Below 1.80
Senior Below 1.86


Academic Dismissal: Students who have been academically reinstated to the university on a dismissal agreement that do no meet the requirements of their agreement. Dismissed students cannot enroll at FHSU unless they take courses from a regionally accredited institution and transfer back to FHSU with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.

 Academic Reinstatement: Students suspended from the university for poor scholarship may be provided a period of at least one semester during which they may reconsider and re-evaluate their plans. A completed Application for Academic Reinstatement may then be submitted to the Academic Advising and Career Exploration Center. Each application will be considered on its own merits by the Academic Reinstatement Committee. Reinstatement is not automatic.

Students enrolling at another school during their period of suspension from the university will be expected to meet university admission requirements in order to return to FHSU.  An official transcript from other institutions must be sent to the Office of the Registrar.

Appeal: Any person affected by these regulations who has shown marked improvement or who believes they have been affected unfairly may appeal. 

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