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  Advising for First Year Students on Academic Standing

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Complete the Center for Academic Achievement (CAA) Academic Standing Hold Module in CANVAS

First year students on academic standing are required to complete the CAA Academic Hold Module in their CANVAS account.  Students completing the academic standing Hold Module will learn how to best improve their GPA and work more effectively with FGCU's student success resources. 

If you are actively on the Academic Standing List with a status of:  Academic  Warning / Probation / or Probation after Suspension you must complete the CAA  Academic Standing hold module assessment with a score of 100%.  

Registration changes for spring 2015 may not be made through your academic advisor until the following requirements are met:

First complete the Academic Hold Module in CANVAS

The first step in the process is to complete the Academic Hold Module in Canvas and requirements outlined here:

    - Complete the Individual Academic Plan
    - View the Academic Hold Module Presentation
    - Complete the Academic Hold Module Assessment and score 100%
      (NOTE- Academic Hold Module Assessment may be taken repeatedly to achieve the required 100% score)
    - Submit the feedback survey 

In your CANVAS account select "Academic Standing Hold Module"   Login to CANVAS to begin

(Canvas username is the first portion of your eagle email account as referenced here in bold
(Canvas password is the same password you use to login to your eagle email account)

First Year Advisor Contacts                           Sophomore -Senior Advisor Contacts

*Academic Standing students should proceed to complete the CAA Academic Standing Hold Module in Canvas

  Review Academic Standing Policy in the FGCU catalog here


Future requirements 

As a student on academic warning, academic probation or probation after suspension you will have a hold on your registration restricting you from web registering for classes via Gulfline.  Academic Warning and Academic Probation status required first year students to meet with the Center for Academic Achievement and their respective advisor in order to register for the following semester.

In order to gain clearance to register for courses through an academic advisor you must complete the following tasks in the Center for Academic Achievement CANVAS Module:

Students with 0-29 credits:

- Complete the Academic Hold Module on CANVAS and score 100%
  (NOTE- Academic Hold Module Assessment may be taken repeatedly to achieve the required 100% score)
- View the Academic Hold Module Presentation
- Complete the feedback survey
- Complete the Individual Academic Plan
- Schedule an appointment with an Academic Retention Coordinator in the Center for Academic Achievement

Students with 30 or more credits:

- Complete the Academic Hold Module on CANVAS and score 100%
(NOTE- Academic Hold Module Assessment may be taken as many times as needed to achieve the required 100% score)
- View the Academic Hold Module Presentation
- Complete the feedback survey
- Complete the Individual Academic Plan

Once the CANVAS hold module is completed it is suggested that students with 30 or more credits also consult with an academic advisor to discuss their spring 2015 class registration.

Enrollment in Effective Learning (SLS 1501) for spring 2015 is highly recommended

First Year freshman students who have academic standing holds also have the opportunity to be enrolled in SLS 1501- Effective Learning.  SLS 1501 Effective Learning is a 3 credit elective course that focuses on the development of strategies for college success.  This course will help students to individually assess their “learning style” and how it can be applied to such skills as time management, studying, and note-taking.  Students will learn how to implement several strategies for success, as well as get connected to FGCU campus resources.  You can contact First Year Advising via email at to request enrollment in Effective Learning for spring 2015.     

Academic Planning: Tips for improving your GPA

Choose your classes wisely- As a student on academic standing you will work with an advisor to schedule your classes.  Keep in mind that your course choices are extremely important because your grades in those courses will determine your academic standing.  Therefore choose classes wisely.  Your goal is to earn the highest grades possible to raise your GPA and get off of Warning or Notice.   Keep the following suggestions in mind:

  • If you are not a morning person and you will likely skip early classes, don’t sign up for an 8:00 am class.

  • If you struggle with longer courses, schedule classes meeting for shorter periods a few days a week.

  • If you struggle with science courses, consider taking a semester off from science and enroll in courses in which you are more confident. 

  • After a bad semester you may be tempted to enroll in many classes in an effort to make up credits.  Be careful not to overload yourself.  It is wiser to take fewer courses and do well then spread yourself too thin.  If you do not need to be full time for financial aid reasons or insurance, consider taking fewer credits. 

Meet with your academic advisor and the CAA as soon as possible.  Choosing your classes wisely is important and you will have more choices if you register early.  Meeting with your advisor as soon as possible is encouraged to provide more course selection options.  Remember, you will not be able to register unless you are also in compliance with CAA's retention program so make your appointments early.  You will also not be permitted to register if you have holds (other than the Academic Standing Hold).  You are advised to view and resolve active holds

Be aware of important deadlines.  You have the week of add/drop to attend class, review syllabi and make sure you are comfortable with the instructor, subject matter, and course content.  If you have concerns about your potential for success in any courses consider making schedule changes with your advisor asap. As a last resort you may withdraw from a course with no academic penalty and no refund prior to the posted deadline about 2 months into the semester- see academic calendar for posted deadlines.  

Use Grade Forgiveness.  If you have taken an FGCU course and received a grade of C- or lower you may repeat the course in a future semester at FGCU for grade forgiveness.  The old grade will be removed from your GPA and the new grade will be calculated, providing the quickest way to improve your GPA.  You will need to submit the Grade Forgiveness form to the Registrar’s Office by the deadline noted on the academic calendar near the end of the semester in which you retake the course.  You will have time to consider whether to use one of your two grade forgiveness options. 

Frequently Asked Questions:

I have met with CAA and my advisor, why do I still have a hold on my registration?
The hold will remain on your student record until your cumulative GPA reaches at least a 2.00.  Although your semester GPA may have been a 2.00, your cumulative must rise to at least a 2.00 before the hold will be removed.    

I took a course for grade forgiveness and it wasn’t factored into my GPA yet, why not?

If you did not turn in the grade forgiveness form to the Registrar’s Office (1st floor McTarnaghan Hall), the grade forgiveness was not applied.  If you turned in the form after the deadline the grade forgiveness will not be applied until the end of the following semester after grades post.

I only earned 6 credits last semester because I failed courses, should I enroll full time this semester? 
It is normal to feel like you want to “catch up” after having a rough semester.  However, if a full load was problematic for you last semester it is likely be difficult again.  Concentrate on quality not quantity.  Enrolling in fewer courses and achieving better grades may be more beneficial then taking on too much and doing poorly.  If you are a bright futures recipient make sure you know how many courses you need to complete and what GPA you must earn to maintain your scholarship.   

I am working 20-30 hours per week.  What is a realistic load of classes?

Only you can determine what the right load is for you, however if you are working more than 25 hours a week you should consider lessening your course load to accommodate for the time your job takes out of your schedule. 

Should I change my major?
If you are asking this question this is probably something you should investigate.  Your past performance in courses can be a good indicator if your major is a good fit.  If you are a Biology major and you have trouble with science courses then this might indicate a need to re-examine your major choice.  Use the resources on campus to explore other major options that may be a better fit with your interests, skills and values.  However, don’t discount a major just because it requires a certain course you may have an aversion to.  Try to look at the big picture of your career and how it fits with your abilities and interests.  

I am an undecided major and was bored with my classes last semester.  Any suggestions?
It is difficult to work toward a goal when you don’t have a vision for your future.  Developing an academic plan connected to goal setting can help you work through academic challenges.  It is ok to be undecided but you should start to give your major and future career interests thought and exploration.  Use the exploration resources available to research majors and take some introductory classes in areas of interest to you.  This can help motivate you and fuel future goal setting.  


I attend class, spend a lot of time studying, and do my homework and I still can't seem to earn decent grades.  Is there anything else I can do?

Even when you put in the effort sometimes it is still tough to earn good grades.  Consider working with your academic advisor and/or the Center for Academic Achievement to learn more about how you can tailor your academic approach to how you best process information.  Taking a learning style inventory can help you determine insightful information about how you learn and most effectively work with academic content. Once you determine your learning style you can strategize more efficient means of course preparation.

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