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The program is designed for first-year students who, upon applying for admission, have demonstrated a need for academic support and whose secondary school records indicate potential for college success. Students in the program receive extra support for their academic and social transition to college. The program teaches and reinforces important academic skills, while also introducing them to services across campus that will help them succeed. Upon admission to the program, students sign an agreement that outlines the requirements for program participation. These consist of mandatory structured study sessions, academic counseling, and enrollment in GEN 111: College Success Strategies I (3 credits) in the fall semester and GEN 112: College Success Strategies II (1 credit) in the spring semester.
All students participating in the OASIS Program register as full-time students for both the Fall and Spring semesters of the first year. Students are expected to meet with their OASIS counselor on a monthly basis throughout their first year at Saint Francis University. Registration for spring courses is completed midway through the fall semester. Continued participation in the OASIS Program during the spring semester is dependent upon the student's Quality Point Average (QPA) at the end of the fall semester.
Academic Advising/Counseling - The OASIS Program counselors offer developmental academic counseling on an individual basis. Regular meetings are arranged. Discussion topics include adjustment to college, interpretation of assessments, academic planning, and social/personal issues.
College Success Strategies I & II (General Studies 111 and 112) - All OASIS students are required to register for these courses for the fall and spring semesters. Students complete a variety of assessments to determine academic strengths and weaknesses. Students learn and practice strategies to improve their academic performance. These courses offered through the OASIS Program will strengthen the students' skills in future classes.
Informational Workshops - Informational workshops are provided through General Studies 111 and 112 during the fall and spring semesters and through special programs.
Study Sessions – Mandatory study sessions (five hours per week) provide students with a structured and supervised learning environment. Weekly sessions are mandatory during both the fall and spring semesters and are supervised by trained OASIS Coaches. These coaches offer students individual instruction and guidance in developing effective study techniques that encourage students to become independent learners.Depicted below is a typical schedule for an OASIS student.
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