1ST - CREATING AN ACADEMIC SUCCESS PLAN
- PLAN YOUR COURSE LOAD CAREFULLY. It is very important to create a balanced schedule. Consider the difficulty of the courses, your own academic strengths/ weaknesses and your extracurricular/personal activities. Create study time in your schedule.
- EVALUATE YOUR COURSE LOAD DURING THE ADD/DROP PERIOD (typically the first 3-4 days of the semester).
Carefully review your syllabus, noting major assignments, quizzes/tests, and due dates. Mark your calendars and consider the overall workload for your classes and evaluate what you can realistically handle. Make final adjustments via the DUCK, if necessary. Check the ACADEMIC CALENDAR online (http://www.clayton.edu/calendar) for specific dates.
2ND - WORKING THE ACADEMIC SUCCESS PLAN
- ACKNOWLEDGE DIFFICULTY EARLY. If you are struggling during the second week of classes, your troubles will likely persist if you continue without academic assistance.
- DEVELOP RELATIONSHIPS WITH YOUR PROFESSORS. Take advantage of your professor’s office hours and ask for help.
- UTILIZE ON-CAMPUS RESOURCES offered by the CENTER FOR ACADEMIC SUCCESS (CAS), COUNSELING SERVICES, WRITER’S STUDIO AND THE DISABILITY RESOURCE CENTER.
- CONNECT WITH OTHER CLASSMATES by forming study groups or finding a study partner.
3RD - RE-EVALUATING YOUR ACADEMIC SUCCESS PLAN
- USE YOUR MIDTERM GRADES TO DETERMINE IF WITHDRAWING IS THE RIGHT OPTION FOR YOU.
- CAREFULLY CONSIDER THE FOLLOWING BEFORE YOU WITHDRAW:
- IMPACT ON FINANCIAL AID. Contact the Financial Aid Office (Edgewater Hall 102) to determine if and how withdrawing from a course affects your financial aid package.
- HAVE YOU EXHAUSTED ALL OF YOUR RESOURCES? (Have you sought assistance from professors, tutoring, study groups, academic support workshops, writing lab, etc?)
- 3 ATTEMPT RULE. You have 3 attempts to successfully complete any one class, withdrawals count as one of those attempts.
- MEET WITH YOUR ADVISOR to be sure you are making an “informed decision”.
- OFFICIALLY WITHDRAW VIA THE DUCK BEFORE THE WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE. Check the Academic Calendar for the specific withdrawal deadline. Directions for withdrawing can be found on the Registrar’s website. NO LONGER ATTENDING A COURSE IS NOT CONSIDERED A PROPER WITHDRAWAL AND WILL RESULT IN AN F.
- WITHDRAWAL BEFORE THE MIDTERM DEADLINE results in a W [withdraw] grade and will not affect your GPA.
WITHDRAWAL AFTER THE MIDTERM DEADLINE results in a WF [withdrew failing] grade and calculates into your GPA as an F unless a HARDSHIP WITHDRAWAL is granted under extenuating circumstances. To determine eligibility consult your Advisor.
4TH - MAINTAINING YOUR ACADEMIC SUCCESS PLAN
- UTILIZE YOUR ADVISOR. Advisors are here to support your overall academic success.
- View your Advisor Assignment and contact information in the DUCK.
- Email your advisor if you have quick questions.
- ADVISEMENT IS MANDATORY BEFORE REGISTERING (OCTOBER FOR SPRING ~ MARCH FOR SUMMER AND/OR FALL.) Most Advisors use Advisor Trac, an online schedule system for advisement appointments. Visit Academic Advising website for more information, http://www.clayton.edu/cas
- CHECK YOUR CSU EMAIL WEEKLY!! It is beneficial to check your CSU email on weekly basis because your CSU email is our primary way of communicating important information to you. You will not have the advantage of accessing important information through your private email.
- DEADLINES ARE IMPORTANT. Be aware of the fee payment, add/drop, midterm, and other registration dates and deadlines for each semester. You can access the Academic Calendar from the main webpage at www.clayton.edu.
On Campus Resources and Services
[Visit individual websites for a full explanation of their services]
1. Center for Academic Success (CAS), http://www.clayton.edu/cas
Phone: (678) 466-4070
Location: Library (Lower Level)
Services include: tutoring, workshops, computerized skill-building resources, study skills assessment, Student Behavior Inventory (SBI) etc.
2. Counseling Services, http://www.clayton.edu/counseling
Phone: (678) 466-5406
Location: Edgewater Hall, Room 245
Services include: individual counseling and career assessment and exploration.
3. Disability Resource Center, http://www.clayton.edu/disability
Phone: (678) 466-5445
Location: Edgewater Hall, Room 255
Services include: accommodations for qualified students, alternative testing environments, extended test times and note taking assistance.
4. Financial Aid Office, http://www.clayton.edu/financial-aid
Phone: (678) 466-4185
Location: Edgewater Hall, Room 102
Services include: all questions related to financial aid application, status, eligibility, HOPE, etc.
5. The Writers’ Studio, http://www.clayton.edu/arts-sciences/english/writersstudio
Phone: (678) 466-4728
Location: Arts & Sciences, 224
Services include: writing guidance and feedback, one-on-one assistance, workshops