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Rochester, MI 48309-4401 (map)
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Academic Success

Oakland University's #1 goal is for you to excel academically. This page was created to help you become aware of the resources available to you. Click the steps below for information on how to reach your #1 goal - graduation. 

Step 1: Register for and attend the (required) Academic Recovery Workshop

The Academic Recovery Workshop is a required event for all first-year students on academic probation. It will be held on Thursday, January 2, 2014 from 2 - 4:30 p.m. (check-in begins at 1:30 p.m.) in the Banquet Rooms in the Oakland Center. 

During the workshop, you will:
  • Learn about university policies that affect students on academic probation
  • Discover OU resources you can utilize to improve your academic performance
  • Receive winter course schedule recommendations from your FYAC adviser
  • Set goals to help you regain good academic standing

The Academic Recovery Workshop 2014 has concluded. Click here to access the Academic Recovery Workshop presentation.

Please continue with Step 2.

    Step 2: Complete the Academic Probation Tutorial online

    We strongly encourage you to complete the tutorial prior to attending the Academic Recovery Workshop. You will need your NetID username and password to log-in. The tutorial will address the following topics: 
    • What is academic probation?
    • How do you regain good academic standing?
    • How does academic probation affect your OU scholarships/grants and your financial aid?
    • Should you repeat a class?
    • Should you change your winter schedule?
    To access the academic probation tutorial, click here. You will need your NetID username and password. Once you enter the eSpace, follow these directions: 
    • Select "FYAC Academic Advising"
    • Click "Begin Academic Probation Tutorial" and begin the tutorial

    If you have any difficulties with the tutorial, please call our office at (248) 370-3227.

    Step 3: Complete a probation appointment with your FYAC adviser (or designee) in January

    At the Academic Recovery Workshop, you will schedule a follow-up appointment with your FYAC adviser. During this appointment, you will discuss the steps you plan to take to get back on track and discover additional ways that OU can help you achieve greater success!

    To schedule an appointment, simply call our office at (248) 370-3227. Find out who your adviser is. 

    This appointment will not count as your required winter appointment, as the focus will be on identifying productive strategies to help you regain good academic standing.

    Living on campus? Students living on campus will complete their follow-up appointment with Michele Applebee, Student Success Assistant, in University Housing. The appointment can be scheduled by calling the FYAC at (248) 370-3227. 

    Step 4: Attend one (or more!) academic success seminars

    Seminars will be offered throughout the winter semester on the following topics:

    • Repeating a Class: Making the Most of Your Second Chance
    Monday, January 13, 2014 from 3:00-4:30 p.m.
    This workshop has concluded. Click here to access the presentation.
    For tips on how to succeed in a math class, click here.
    • How to Learn More Deeply & Easily: Concrete Tools from Neuroscience and from Zombies: Study skills/time management/procrastination
    Tuesday, February 11, 2014 from noon - 1 p.m., Lake Michigan Room, Oakland Center
    Wednesday, February 12, 2014 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Lake Michigan Room, Oakland Center
    (Choose one session)

    Register for this workshop today! If you have any questions, contact Deb Wheeler at
    • This is A Test. This is Only A Test... (Actually, it's a workshop): Math/test anxiety
    Tuesday, February 18, 2014 from noon - 1 p.m., Lake Superior A, Oakland Center
    Wednesday, February 19, 2014 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m., Lake Michigan Room, Oakland Center
    (Choose one session)

    Register for this workshop today! If you have any questions, contact Deb Wheeler at
    • iPause...Do You?: Relaxation
    Tuesday, March 11, 2014 from noon - 1 p.m.
    Wednesday, March 12, 2014 from 4:30 - 5:30 p.m. 
    (Choose one session)

    *Relax and reserve your space today! If you have any questions, contact Deb Wheeler at

    View a listing of additional workshops offered by the First Year Advising Center. 

    Step 5: Participate in free tutoring, writing assistance and/or counseling

    Regularly attend tutoring hours for subjects you may be experiencing academic difficulty in at The Tutoring Center, 103 North Foundation Hall, and get help with writing your papers from the Writing Center, 212 Kresge Library. 

    ThTutoring and Technology Center, located in 117 East Vandenberg Hall, also offers free tutoring and is open to all students. 

    The OU Counseling Center offers six free counseling sessions to all OU students. Licensed psychologists an interns provide short-term counseling for a range of issues such as anxiety, depression, underachievement, self-esteem and relationship difficulties, among others. Located in the Graham Health Center, you can schedule an appointment by calling (248) 370-3465. 

    Step 6: Visit Student Financial Services

    Visit Student Financial Services to understand how your prior academic performance may have impacted your eligibility for financial aid and/or the renewal of OU scholarships and grants. Review the SAP (Satisfactory Academic Progress) policy and OU grant and scholarship renewal criteria to learn about eligibility requirements.

    Step 7: Regularly communicate with faculty

    You are encouraged to meet with your instructors by the fourth week of classes to discuss:
    • Class performance and current course grade
    • Strategies you can use to perform better in the course
    • Strategies for preparing for upcoming tests/assignments
    • Questions about course content and progress on upcoming assignments

    Instructor office hours and contact information can be found in the course syllabus.

    Step 8: Check mid-semester evaluations

    Instructors of 100- and 200- level courses provide mid-semester evaluations (MSEs) to students with unsatisfactory progress in a course. The intent is to identify students who are experiencing academic difficulty early in the semester so they can seek assistance to improve their performance before withdrawing from or failing the course. 

    Begin checking your mid-semester grades on February 17 in MySAIL by following these directions:
  • Place your mouse over "Academics" and select "My Grades" from the menu that pops up
  • From the "My Grades" page select "Midterm Grades for Winter Semester 2014" at the top of the page

  • Step 9: Be aware of add/drop and withdrawal deadlines

    Last day to add a class without instructor permission: Monday, January 13, 2014

    Instructor permission required to add a class: Tuesday, January 14 - Monday, January 21, 2014

    Last day to drop a class with 100% tuition refund: Monday, January 21, 2014

    Last day to officially withdraw from a class: Monday, March 17, 2014

    Visit the Registrars' website for more information on adding, dropping or withdrawing from courses; and the academic calendar for a list of important dates

    And, remember to consult both your FYAC adviser and Student Financial Services before withdrawing from a course to ensure you are aware of the academic and financial implications.

    Participate in Supplemental Instruction (SI) and see a difference in your class performance.

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