Second-Year Advising and Academic Probation

second yearSecond-Year Advising (SYA) is a mandatory advising program for Sacramento State students who meet the following criteria:

  1. Students who begin their second year of college on academic probation
  2. Students who begin their second year of college on academic disqualification
  3. Students who are in academic Good Standing, but earned a term GPA below 2.0 at the end of their second semester.

All students who meet any of the above criteria are assigned an SYA advisor. Participation in the SYA Program takes place at a critical moment for many students. Sacramento State research shows that students beginning their second year of college (third semester) on academic probation are at high risk for being disqualified, dismissed, or dropping out. The SYA program is designed to help curb that risk, and help those students learn how to be successful in college. Since beginning in Fall 2009, the program has been off to a very good start.

Some of the benefits of being in the SYA program include:

  • Working one-on-one with your SYA advisor (either through one or two semesters)
  • Identifying issues that may have contributed to your academic performance and finding solutions to help you work toward academic success
  • Setting short- and long-term academic goals that quide you toward graduation
  • Creating a “roadmap” of courses for your time here at Sacramento State
  • Learning about and better understanding academic policies and gaining a holistic understanding of your academic progress
  • Attending beneficial workshops as part of the “Surviving College” Workshop Series
  • Receiving career counseling if you are undeclared or would like more information on a specific major

Program Requirements for Probationary and Disqualified students:

  1. Schedule and attend one 60-minute appointment with your assigned SYA advisor (to be completed between the 3rd & 6th weeks of the semester)
  2. Complete an activity requirement which may include attending a workshop from the Surviving College Workshop Series and/or a meeting with a career counselor.
  3. Schedule and attend one 30-minute follow up appointment with your assigned SYA advisor to schedule next semester’s classes (to be completed between the 9th & 15th week of the semester)

Program Requirements for Good Standing students with below 2.0 term GPA (at end of 2nd semester):

  1. Schedule and attend one 60-minute appointment with your assigned SYA advisor (to be completed between the 3rd & 6th weeks of the semester)
  2. Complete an activity requirement which may include attending a workshop from the Surviving College Workshop Series and/or a meeting with a career counselor

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