Academic Improvement Model (AIM)

The College of Health and Human Services' Academic Improvement Model (AIM) program offers a comprehensive and individualized approach to academic improvement. Through regular meetings with a dedicated academic coach, students undergo a process that includes informal assessments, goal setting, and the development of personalized Academic Improvement Plans. They receive support tailored to their specific needs, including tutoring or workshops for challenging courses and referrals to other campus resources when necessary. The program's success is measured through semester grade goals and GPA, student evaluations and reflections, and growth in areas assessed as needing improvement.

Students participating in AIM will:

  • Become more self-aware as they work with an academic coach to review prior behaviors. 
  • Set, monitor, and evaluate realistic academic goals. 
  • Develop or strengthen educational skills. 
  • Begin to improve their academic lives either through changes in major or GPA. 
  • Meet with an academic coach a minimum of 6 times throughout the semester.
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AIM Participants:

  • First year students on Academic Warning, GPA below 2.0, may be required to participate for the following semester.
  • Students returning from academic suspension or exclusion may be required to participate in the AIM program for the upcoming semester. 
  • Non-First year students who are on Academic Warning are given the option to participate in AIM.

Semester Timeline

The first AIM meeting should occur prior to the start of the semester. 

  • Discuss the AIM program and expectations for the upcoming semester
  • Make any adjustments to course schedule
    • AIM students may not take more than 16 credits without permission from AIM Coach
    • Retake courses as needed
  • Complete the AIM Self Assessment 
    • Address concerns and obstacles from the previous semester.
    • Acknowledge what worked and what needs improvement

Meeting two should occur within the first two weeks of classes. As well as attending a CFAR workshop or 1 on 1 appointment with an Academic Counselor

  • Discuss the Self-Assessment in depth and address changes that need to be made during the upcoming semester.
    • What resources need to be utilized to be successful?
  • Jointly develop personalized Academic Improvement Plan 
    • GPA and grade goals 
    • Attendance goals and expectations
    • Tutoring or workshops
    • Employ campus resources
  • Review syllabi for semester long assignment planning
    • Connect with CFAR for in depth 

All remaining meetings throughout semester - students must engage with their academic coach a minimum of 6 times to successfully complete the AIM program.

  • Course and grade check-ins
  • Monitor resources usage
  • Monitor strategy usage
  • Re-evaluation of Academic Improvement Plan as needed
  • Address any early alerts or progress reports 
    • Adhere to drop and withdraw deadlines
  • Employ tutoring or additional resources as needed