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Personal awareness helps to prepare students for success

Submitted by Chelsey McNiel on August 24, 2011 – 6:11 pmNo Comment

Arkansas universities are facing 7,900 students on academic probation, according to the Arkansas Department of Higher Education.

Traditional students put on academic probation usually have not maintained a minimum 2.0 GPA.  About 25 percent of scholarship recipients are at risk of losing their financial aid if their grades do not improve.

“We know the two most common [reasons for this]: they are not prepared coming out of high school, academically and finanically,” said Shane Broadway, interim director of the department of higher education, in an interview with Today’s THV.  “You hope it would help with the scholarshi – it would help financially; it won’t help for every student.

Although some incoming freshman may face distractions, non-traditional students must balance their courses with their jobs and families.  To help prepare students for this new environment, UALR has designed the first year experience class.  This personal awareness course develops study skills, time management and note taking in the important first semester of college.

According to UALR, research has shown that the first year experience course significantly enhances a student’s ability to succeed in college.  This course is designed to convey excitement and can also count toward graduation.

Although the course was made for freshmen, others are welcome to enroll.  For more information, speak to your academic advisor or visit www.ualr.edu/firstyearexperience.

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