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UT Tyler Begins Pilot Academic Success Program for Freshmen

September 30, 2010

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Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler

This fall, more than 100 students at The University of Texas at Tyler are participants in a pilot semester of a new academic success program, Dana Welch, director of academic success, announced.

The goal of Patriot Academic Success Services is to provide freshmen with the tools, skills, support and resources needed to succeed academically.

PASSages was developed and implemented by the UT Tyler Academic Advising Center in order to provide special assistance and support to incoming freshman students whose ACT/SAT scores and/or high school rankings were below UT Tyler’s stated criteria for admissions.

“The one-semester PASSages program focuses on easing the transition from high school to college and provides a foundational emphasis on the intellectual, social and emotional growth of freshmen during their first semester at UT Tyler,” Welch said.

Some of the requirements for PASSages participants include:

• Maintaining a maximum load of 13 semester credit hours during the PASSages semester;

• Registering for a core English and a core Mathematics course (of the appropriate levels) during the PASSages semester along with two other core classes;

• Attending a weekly one-hour credit/non-credit Success Seminar where effective study skills are demonstrated;

• Meeting with their freshman adviser at least twice during the PASSages semester; and

• Maintaining a 2.0 grade point average for the PASSages semester and completing the Success Seminar course requirements.

After students complete program requirements, the PASSages status is removed from their records, and they are allowed to register for a more traditional course load. If the student fails to complete the steps of the PASSages program, they will continue to be held to the program requirements during the following semester, Welch added.

Currently, 112 students are enrolled in the pilot program.

For more information about PASSages, contact Charlotte Thompson, UT Tyler Academic Advising Center coordinator, 903.565.5847 or CThompson@uttyler.edu.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,400 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.

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