Program helps students 'bounce back' from academic probation

January 13, 2015

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

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

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.

“Completing Bounce Back increases the likelihood of students successfully getting off probation,” said CU psychologist Dina Kriakova. “Students can improve academic skills, rebuild their confidence, and connect with others who are going through similar experiences."

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

To sign up for the class, students must meet with a Bounce Back facilitator by emailing CURetention@colorado.edu. Classes for the spring semester begin Jan. 26:

  • Mondays, 2:30-4 p.m. at C4C (open to all students)
  • Tuesdays, 4-5:30 p.m. at C4C (open to all students)
  • Wednesdays, 4-5:30 p.m.  at Williams Village (for campus residents only)
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