The First-Year Success Program (FYSP) is required for students admitted on a provisional basis. It features a comprehensive set of support services designed to foster academic and personal success during the first semester of college.
Students are notified of their participation through their acceptance letter from Pitt-Johnstown. During the summer, students receive additional information about the program and have the opportunity to meet with their Academic Success Center counselors during Planning Days. Throughout the fall semester, students meet regularly with their academic counselors, who closely monitor progress, provide support, and refer students to campus resources. The academic counselor’s primary goal is to understand the student as an individual and to tap into his or her strengths to develop a plan for success. In most cases, a close relationship is established between the student and academic counselor, who becomes the “go-to” person for the student.
FYSP participants consistently outperform much of the general first-year student population in the first semester at Pitt-Johnstown. A quarter of fall 2014 participants obtained Dean’s List, a rate matching the rest of their freshman class. We believe much of the success of our students is linked to the intrusive nature and high level of accountability of the program. Students benefit from the highly structured environment — creating an important bridge from high school to college. In addition, a high correlation exists between program component compliance and academic achievement.
For more information:
Colleen Grant, MEd Academic Counselor and FYSP Coordinator