New program at ASU helps pave the way to success

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JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - "It is their responsibility to follow through, to do exactly what it is that we're asking for them to do," said Director of First Year Studies, Paula Bradberry.

"It's called the Academic Success Institute.  A new program at ASU helping college freshman pave the way  to a successful college career.

"In terms of what we're expecting out of them and the consequences if they don't follow through are much greater for these students." said Bradberry.

Bradberry says the program is "that chance" for students who didn't meet ASU's admission standards.  She says there aren't additional courses in the ASI program, but many additional requirements.

"....attend workshops, attend tutoring sessions," said Bradberry.

Bradberry says attending class is a must.  Bradberry says there's much more structure with more homework, and follow-ups with advisors.  It's an opportunity, but one students have to work for.

"We wanted to have the kind of structure, the kind of support and the kind of services to help them be successful," said Bradberry.

Bradberry says  students have to have at least a 2.2 GPA and a 14 on the ACT to be eligible for ASI.

Once there, the grade requirements are clear.

"If they do not follow through and that includes making c's or above in each of their courses they will be suspended at the end of the semester," said Bradberry.

Bradberry says ASI students are like any other student in school--but in order to be successful and further their college career, they must prove they want to be there.

"The more time on task they spend, obviously the better they're going to do,' said Bradberry.

Bradberry describes this as a bridge program.  She says many schools have them, but are held the summer before starting college.  She says ASI gives students the opportunity to have their summer and start school just like all other freshman--that's just  one aspect setting this program apart.

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