What is CAPS (formerly known as AIM, CYS, or PACES)?

CAPSContinuing Academic Progress and Success (CAPS) is a free service provided by Shippensburg University's Learning Center to all students on academic probation.  Participants meet for 50 minute sessions with trained graduate students or academic professionals on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.  Students chose their own preference as to when to meet based on available slots (usually Monday-Thursday,10 AM to 8 PM) and discuss study skills, strategies, and habits. Students are shown how to develop their own individualized strategies and skills that will improve their classroom performance and eventually their cumulative grade point average (CGPA) as they work towards getting off of academic probation.

CAPS consists of an orientation session at the beginning of the semester that is open to all students on academic probation at Shippensburg University. This online video orientation informs students about the requirements of CAPS. Students will then sign up for an appointment to meet with a Learning Center staff member. At this appointment students will complete a study skills and habits Inventory (LASSI)  as well as a study behavioral survey (LASSI-Life 101) to assess their academic strengths and weaknesses.

Each student will then work with their CAPS Academic Coach to create an Individualized Success Plan with specific recommendations for academic improvement. During the following six weeks, students meet with their CAPS Academic Coach to monitor and assess their progress. Additional services may be recommended such as referrals to tutors, learning specialist, academic advisors, or counseling and career centers. Students may also be encouraged to view a series of PowerPoint workshops designed to improve their study skills, and will also be sent weekly email reminders to visit the Learning Center for tutoring in course content and meet with a Learning Specialist as needed. Participation in CAPS is voluntary but may be required by a student’s dean if the student has been conditionally readmitted to University