Academic Improvement Plan

Available between June 5th to September 19th 2017

Have you just discovered that you have been placed on Academic Warning? Don’t panic!

Many students experience academic difficulty at some point in their university career for a variety of reasons.  It can often be discouraging and many students wonder if they should be at university or if they have what it takes to get back on track.  Don’t give up!  Whatever your situation may be, there are resources available at Carleton University to help you.  Many students successfully restore their academic standing by determining what went wrong and creating a personalized Academic Improvement Plan with an Academic Advisor to address the root causes of their problems, get back on track and achieve their academic goals.

If you would like to confidentially discuss your academic performance to date and develop a plan to get off Academic Warning, please follow the three steps below:

This process should take approximately 20 minutes to complete.

Step #1 – Understanding Academic Warning and how it affects you

What is Academic Warning?

Academic Warning is applied when one or more of your CGPAs fall below the minimum academic standards required for Good Standing in your program.  You can also end up on Academic Warning if your program requires a CORE average and you fall below the minimum academic standard needed.  Although you are on Academic Warning, you still meet the minimum CGPA requirements to continue in your program. You must work toward improving your CGPA(s)/CORE before your next Academic Performance Evaluation or you could risk being removed from your degree program

What are common causes of Academic Warning?

  • Poor study skills (test taking skills, note taking skills, concentration issues, procrastination, writing skills etc.)
  • Poor time management (balancing social activities, work, school, and family and friends)
  • Personal issues (family/personal illness, financial issues, mental health issues)
  • Poor class attendance

To view general information on how the yearly Academic Performance Evaluation works and the minimum CGPAs that are required in your particular degree program please view the following link: University Rules and Regulations for the Academic Performance Evaluation

Step #2 – Academic Success Inventory

  1. In this step, you will complete the Academic Success Inventory questionnaire to help you identify issues that may have contributed to your Academic Warning status
  2. We want to learn more about you so that we can better help you on the road to success
  3. Once you complete the Academic Success Inventory questionnaire, a copy will automatically be sent to the Academic Advising Centre to be used during your academic advising session

Step #3- Meet with an Academic Advisor

Here is some helpful information about meeting with an Academic Advisor for an Academic Improvement Plan:

  • We are a ‘walk in’ service so there is no need to book an appointment ahead of time.  We are open Monday to Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   The best time to come (for less of a wait time) is first thing in the morning.  If you are coming in later in the afternoon, please keep in mind that an AIP takes approximately 45 minutes
  • Take a number ticket upon arrival to our office. When called to the front desk, please identify yourself as a student who needs an AIP
  • Out of town for the summer?  While it is preferable for you to come in for an AIP in person, we can offer a telephone appointment if necessary.  If you wish to have an AIP via telephone, you will need to email us at academicadvising@carleton.ca to make this request.

We are looking forward to meeting you at your advising session, here are some of the things to expect during your visit to the Academic Advising Centre

  • Meeting length –approximately 45 minutes
  • During these sessions we will:
    • Go over your audit and develop a strategic course plan for future enrollment
    • Discuss the factors that affected your academic performance
    • Discuss university rules and regulations
    • Collectively develop an Academic Improvement Plan for the upcoming year
    • Educate you on support services available on campus
    • Answer any additional questions or concerns you may have

We look forward to meeting you!