Maintaining Your Commitment to Academic Success

Transitioning from high school to college, forming new social connections, balancing school with work, making healthy choices, etc. can present challenges in meeting university-level academic standards even for students who have been successful in the past.

Students are placed on probation whenever they fail to achieve or maintain an overall Millikin grade point of 2.0 (C), and the Center for Academic & Professional Performance (CAPP) has intentionally designed programs to partner with students to address these common challenges.

First time probation: Students are enrolled in a mandatory seminar - IN 110: Strategies for Academic Success. This one-credit, pass/fail course involves weekly educational seminars, and one-on-one developmental appointments with CAPP staff members. The seminar is designed to identify issues the student must address to be successful at Millikin. The CAPP works with the student's academic advisor and others to form a partnership to support the student's efforts to improve their grade point average.

Continuing or reoccurring probation: CAPP staff meet in one-on-one developmental appointments with these students throughout the semester. The CAPP also works with the student's academic advisor and others to further support the student's efforts to improve their grade point average.

Academic Alert System

The Center for Academic & Professional Performance (CAPP) offers a host of individualized services designed to help Millikin students excel academically. In addition to coordinating peer tutoring services and monitoring the Academic Alert System, the CAPP can refer students to the other support offices such as the Staley Library, the Writing Center and the Math Center.

When instructors become concerned about a student (poor attendance, missing assignments, poor performance on quizzes/tests, or other concerns), they may submit an academic alert through MU Online. A copy of the academic alert is sent to the student, the advisor and the instructor.

Students receiving an academic alert will be notified through their MU email account. Students receiving an academic alert should:

  1. Go to the Student Records portion of their MU Online account and view the details of the alert.
  2. Devise a strategy for addressing the issue.
  3. When necessary, ask the instructor for clarification of the concern and for his or her suggestions in addressing the issue.
  4. When necessary, consult with an academic advisor about strategies and options.
  5. Contact the CAPP with further questions or additional assistance.

Students receiving an academic alert should understand that alerts are meant to draw attention to potential problems, NOT to serve as a form of punishment. Academic alerts are NOT part of a student's permanent record and do NOT affect a student's academic standing with the university.