Welcome to UCSC’s Online Academic Standing Tutorial!
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You'll need up to thirty minutes to go through this tutorial. Please read through this page carefully, so you don't miss important information about your continued enrollment at UCSC. If your college advisers have asked you to complete this tutorial, save the worksheet to your desktop as a PDF using your first and last name, then attach it to an email to your college advisers prior to meeting with a College Academic Preceptor or Adviser.

Please note that the information you share with your advisers will be kept private and shared only with campus officials as required to serve you in an advising capacity. However, in limited circumstances, including those related to potential harm to yourself or others, sexual assault, and abuse, we may be required by law to report incidents you disclose to other need-to-know offices on campus such as the Title IX Office and/or University of California Police Department. If you are in need of support for any issues, please see the list of confidential and/or support resources.)

All students face academic challenges at some point in their undergraduate careers.  There are many reasons that students fall into academic difficulty.  This tutorial is designed to assist you in figuring out what went wrong last quarter, how you might improve, what skills to build as the learner you are, and what practices will lead toward your own long-term academic and personal success. You know yourself better than anyone, so we ask you to reflect on the causes of your past academic difficulties, thoughtfully assess what might help in the future, and set goals that are reasonable for next quarter.

Here's some text from the University's Navigator, the online policy and procedure manual (feel free to click on the link and read more!):

You are placed on academic probation when you are not passing enough courses with grades at the level of C (2.0) or better. In placing you on academic probation, the college is warning you that your current level of academic performance could put you in danger of disqualification from the university. The fact that you are on academic probation is not permanently entered on your academic record. However, that information is recorded on your unofficial transcript.

Academic probation is a serious call for you to take a careful look at your workload, study habits, choice of program of study, priorities, and motivation.  The strategies for improving your academic standing differ depending upon the causes of your academic difficulty and whether the difficulty is a short-term problem in one term or whether it arises from a longer term pattern.  Getting good advice from academic counselors will help you get back on the road to good academic standing.  However, failure to actively address the problem may lead to a further decline in your academic standing to the point where you become subject to disqualification from the university.

Now it's time to begin the Academic Standing Tutorial! First, open the Academic Standing Worksheet (PDF), which you'll need to complete the exercises below. If your college advisers have asked you to complete this tutorial, save the worksheet to your desktop as a PDF using your first and last name, then attach it to an email to your college advisers prior to meeting with a College Academic Preceptor or Adviser. You will need the worksheet and access to this page to complete the exercise. Before you begin, check to see if your college advising office sent you additional instructions for completing the worksheet.

Begin the Tutorial


This tutorial was created through the collaborative efforts of Ursula Oberg of Kresge College, staff at Merrill College, and staff in the Division of Undergraduate Education, and updated by the Cowell and Stevenson College Advising Offices.

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