Students with a cumulative GPA below 2.0 are placed on academic probation. Terms of academic probation include required weekly MAP (Monitoring Academic Progress) program participation during the probation semester. Meetings with the assigned MAP advisor are scheduled around the student's schedule as standing appointments (the same day and time every week).
The purpose of MAP meetings for probationary students is to help them get back on track academically. Students can expect to discuss classes as well as other things that are happening in their lives that may impact student success. For students on academic probation, an emphasis in MAP meeting conversations is change that will make a difference academically. MAP advisors get feedback throughout the semester from students’ instructors via the USF Early Alert System. Using self-reported information from students as well as that instructor feedback, MAP advisors can provide accountability that has the potential to translate to academic success.
Students required to participate in the program are notified in writing of their MAP advisor just prior to the start of the semester. Because the University views MAP participation as significant, students are asked to sign a contract committing themselves to follow the program’s established rules and responsibilities. Students are expected to attend a minimum of 75% of scheduled MAP meetings and to earn a term GPA of at least 2.0. Doing so will constitute successful completion of the program. (MAP students may elect to continue program participation beyond their required semester, subject to advisor availability.) Consequences for failure to follow through on program responsibilities range from continuing required MAP participation to academic suspension for one calendar year.