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Academic Success Program

Southwest Minnesota State University strives to ensure each student's success.  Applicants whose academic profile does not meet SMSU's regular admission policy may be selected to participate in the Academic Success Program. SMSU understands that these students have the potential for academic success, but need additional support in making a successful transition to the expectations of university life.  The Academic Success Program provides focused academic advising and instructional support, and requires enrollment in IDST 110 The University Experience during their first semester.  

The University Experience is a first semester course designed to welcome and support students as they integrate into the learning community of Southwest Minnesota State University. Through this course, students will develop self-regulated learning, e.g. strengthening their skills for academic success by learning and practicing study and time management strategies; setting personal goals; and learning how to be proactive participants in academic advising. Students will also learn the value of a growth mindset, building confidence and a sense of self-efficacy both in and out of the classroom, and will recognize their contributions to the life and culture of Southwest Minnesota State University.  This 2-credit orientation and transition course is designed to assist students' integration into the SMSU community and strengthen skills for academic and personal success.  Academic Success Program students must complete this course with a grade of "C'' or better.  In addition, students also work with a designated advisor to set and achieve their academic goals and enhance their foundation for lifelong learning.

Please contact the Deeann Griebel Student Success Center if you have any questions.   

Deeann Griebel Student Success Center
Academic Success Program
Dr. David Tolliver
(507) 537-6139

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