What is the AIM Plan?

The Academic Improvement (AIM) Plan is a free service provided by Shippensburg University's Learning Center to all students on academic probation.  Participants meet for one hour 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.


The AIM Plan 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 the AIM Plan. 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) to assess their academic strengths and weaknesses.


Each student will then work with their AIM Academic Coach to create an Individualized Success Plan with specific recommendations for academic improvement. During the following six weeks, students meet with their AIM 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 AIM is voluntary but may be required by a student’s dean if the student has been conditionally readmitted to University.

Why am I on academic probation?

Students admitted to the university are expected to maintain satisfactory academic standing, which requires a cumulative quality point average of 2.0 (C) or better in their total program of courses and minimum 2.0 in the course work of their major areas of specialization.

The Registrar's Office reviews the academic progress of students at the end of each semester and places those students who fail to maintain a cumulative quality point average of 2.0 or better on academic probation or dismissal. Students who do not meet the required quality point average may be granted one probationary semester in which to raise their average. Students who show academic progress in that semester (greater than a 2.01 semester QPA) may continue in their course of study, but will remain on academic probation until their CGPA is a 2.01 or above. 

Any student who fails to meet the conditions of academic probation is subject to dismissal. A student whose adjusted cumulative average beyond the first semester falls below 1.7 or whose semester average is below a 1.0 is subject to immediate dismissal unless the overall QPA remains at 2.0 or above. A first-year student must pass at least 3 or more credits of the courses attempted during his or her first semester or he/she will be academically dismissed for a minimum of one academic year.

A student cannot be considered for readmission to the university for at least one calendar year following dismissal. A decision to readmit is made only when a student presents compelling evidence that he/she can perform academically at a level needed to graduate from Shippensburg. Typically, this might include achievement of a quality point average of 2.5 or above in several courses taken at another accredited institution of higher education. Courses for which a student has received a D or F grade at Shippensburg can only be repeated at Shippensburg and any specific courses taken at another institution must have prior approval of the academic dean. If a student has been dismissed twice for academic reasons, including when a dismissal appeal has been granted, he/she is ineligible for readmission to the university for at least five years, when he/she may be considered for academic bankruptcy upon readmission.

See Academic Standards and Policy on Probation, Continuing Probation, and Academic Dismissal Status University Policy on Probation

Who will assist students in the AIM Plan?

Peer tutors all share a strong commitment to providing academic support for the entire campus community. Our goal is to promote the academic skills that are necessary to succeed in the college environment. Workshops are conducted by both professional staff and graduate student assistants, and peer tutoring is provided by trained undergraduate students. A Learning Specialist is also available for students who have more in-depth academic issues.

How much of a time commitment is the AIM Plan?

For those who take full advantage of the AIM Plan, there will be a time commitment of one hour per week for workshops through the first seven weeks of the semester, and potentially several hours of one-on-one tutoring per week, depending on the individual student’s academic needs. The Learning Center recommends that students identify which courses they expect to have some difficulty in and set up peer tutoring for those courses before they begin to experience any academic difficulties.

What topics are covered in AIM?

The online workshops include: Managing Your Time for College Success, Taking Notes to Enhance Memory, Plagiarism – It’s Just a Click Away!, Tips for Approaching Your Textbooks, Study Skills to Improve Learning, and Reducing the Stress of the College Exam. Peer tutoring is available for many content areas and is course-specific.