Academic Progress Reports
The Learning Assistance Program houses three programs for special populations: Academic Services for Student Athletes, Student Support Services (for first generation college students) and ACCESS (an income-based program). Each program provides specialized advising, mentoring and academic monitoring to students. As a form of proactive support, these programs send progress reports to faculty members about 4-5 weeks into the semester. Services for student athletes also sends a follow-up request after fall or spring break on some students.
The Academic Progress Report form is an online form. You will receive an email providing a link and password to the Tutor Trac system. In most cases, it only takes a few minutes to fill it out. Any information faculty can provide on students' attendance, participation and academic progress in their class is very helpful. This request is in compliance with FERPA. LAP advisors discuss these reports with the advisees, celebrating successes and guiding the students to develop strategies to improve if needed.
LAP Advises Students from Orientation to Graduation
It may be helpful to be aware of one critical difference in the advising provided to students with advisors in the LAP. Undeclared students advised by the Academic Advising Center are only advised until they declare their major. After they declare their major, those students only meet with their major advisors. On the other hand, students who are part of Academic Services for Student Athletes, Student Support Services and ACCESS keep their advisors in the Learning Assistance Program until they graduate. LAP advisees thus have two advisors, an advisor in the major department and a LAP advisor. All students advised in the LAP are required to meet with their major advisor, and these students may ask faculty members to sign a slip to verify that they did so. This dual advising is a way to insure these students stay informed on major requirements by the major advisor and on general education, career issues, and effective use of campus resources by the LAP advisor.