Mandatory Study Hall is one part of EDP’s student support services. Providing a structured study time, study hall is required for students below a 2.3 cum, on any kind of probation, on academic warning, and/or receiving an F and for first-year students and transfers. Students may complete their study hall hours in the EDP computer lab during the day or during evening hours in designated areas. Upperclass EDP students monitor the evening study halls. Study halls generally start the third week of each semester. Most students are required to complete 6 hours a week; a few only need to do 3-4 hours. Students need to sign in/sign out in order to get credit.
“These study sessions provide our students with the opportunity to complete homework assignments, write papers, and prepare for exams in an environment that is free of distractions and conducive to improving their academic standing. Regardless of whether students are required to attend, we encourage all of our students to take advantage of study hall," said EDP Director David White. “We have found that students adjust well and see the benefits of having this structured system of studying and how it reflects in their grades.”
All students must adhere to college policies, standards, and procedures which have been established in regard to academic progress, probation, and dismissal. These standards and conditions are outlined and defined in the college catalog. The Educational Development Program has established added guidelines for academic progress in an attempt to identify and provide guidance to our students who are experiencing academic difficulty which could lead to dismissal. All EDP students are expected to maintain an average level of academic achievement (2.0 cumulative GPA). This is not an unrealistic expectation considering that lower levels of progress do not provide an opportunity to improve an academic record. All students with less than a 2.0 cumulative GPA are placed on probation with the Educational Development Program and with the college. They must adhere to a probation contract designed by their counselor and/or the student's department. The contract is signed by the student upon his/her review. Contract guidelines vary with each individual and the severity of the academic record. Probation contracts may require mandatory tutoring and/or course work, more frequent counselor visitations, and attendance at group counseling sessions. Minimum semester grade requirements for obtaining an average level (2.0 cumulative GPA) of achievement are established in each contract. If the student does not sign the contract or adhere to guidelines agreed upon once the contract has been signed, the student is then subject to review by the director of the Educational Development Program. Support may then be relinquished when the academic record becomes so irreparable that dismissal is recommended. Students who are nearing probationary status are given an Academic Warning contract as a cautionary reminder. Back to Top
Early Evaluation and Assessment
EDP sends out fourth week evaluations to each professor of an EDP student. The feedback provided by instructors in advance of ninth week mid-semester grades, informs the counselors regarding attendance, participation, and academic progress. This information assists in providing timely advice and guidance to students regarding the individual level of engagement necessary to be successful in the classroom.
Each semester EDP also sends out surveys to tutors, tutees, graduating seniors, SI Biology class participants, and the EDP Freshmen Orientation class via CampusLabs. Each spring we send a counseling survey to all EDP students. Results are assessed by the EDP staff and used to enhance student services.