Program helps students 'bounce back' from academic probation

January 31, 2013

Any number of reasons can cause a student at CU-Boulder to be put on academic probation. The Bounce Back program helps those students recover from academic difficulties and get back on track.

Bounce Back is a 10-week program for students on academic probation, those with a falling GPA, or students in Continuing Education who are working toward reinstatement.

First year students often find balancing the rigors of college academics, the various social distractions they encounter, and trying to adjust to life on their own a challenge.

By participating in the weekly Bounce Back classes students learn study and organization skills such as time management, how to take notes, write papers and overcome procrastination. They also explore other factors that can affect academic success, such as dealing with emotions, stress management, and adapting to college life.

“The program is meant to support students through this process,” said CU psychologist Andrea Iglesias. “It provides them skills and a sense of community to connect with other students who understand this process.”

Students have one semester to raise their grades and get off probation or they are suspended, which adds to the pressure they feel.

This research-based program is offered by Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) at CU-Boulder. Peer coaches provide additional support and share information and skills to the students on a personal level.

“Students can improve academic skills, rebuild their confidence, and connect with others who are going through similar experiences,” said Iglesias. “Bounce Back is shown to increase the likelihood of students successfully getting off probation.”

Students must meet with a CAPS counselor to sign up for the group. Classes for the spring semester begin Jan. 28:

  • Mondays, 5 to 6:30 p.m. at Williams Village (for Williams Village students only)
  • Tuesdays, 3:30 to 5 p.m. at C4C (open to anyone)
  • Wednesdays, 3 to 4:30 p.m. at C4C (open to anyone)
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