Your college or department may require or recommend—often as a condition of scholastic probation—that you complete a certificate program with the Academic Success Center. We offer several certificate program options each semester and strongly encourage you to start working on a certificate program within the first few weeks of the semester.
In order to complete a certificate program, follow the 3 steps below:
Step 1: Complete “Fresh Start Orientation” Online
Fresh Start Orientation is now offered as an on-line module. There are two ways to access Fresh Start on-line.
PREFERRED METHOD: eCampus
If your college or department has referred you to the ASC, you should have access to Fresh Start through the eCampus portal in Howdy.
- Log into eCampus and look for the Academic Success Center under My Organizations.
- Open the Academic Success Center page and click on the link to Fresh Start Orientation.
- Follow the instructions to complete the module.
ALTERNATE METHOD: If you cannot access Fresh Start through eCampus, use link below. If you have to use this link, it is essential that you enter your UIN correctly and that you fill out the Fresh Start Acknowledgement at the end of the module. Using this link will slightly delay the process, so use the eCampus method if possible.
Fresh Start On-line (alternate method)
TAKE NOTE! You're required to complete a Fresh Start Orientation each semester that you're asked to complete a certificate program, even if you've attended Fresh Start in a previous semester.
Step 2: Choose a Certificate Program Option
After successfully completing the on-line Fresh Start module in eCampus, you'll have access to a Google form where you can select your Certificate Program option. If you use the alternate link to complete the Fresh Start module, you will receive an email within 1 business day with a link to the Google form.
Below are the current options for a certificate program. Details about each option can be found in the Fresh Start module.
- ASCC 101: This is a semester long, 2-credit hour course. You may only choose this option if the course fits your schedule and you register before the drop/add deadline, which is on the 5th class day of each semester. To successfully complete ASCC 101, you must earn a letter grade of C or higher.
- Commit to Success: Commit to Success is a multi-session workshop series with a total of 6 hours of instruction. Among the topics covered are time management, note taking, text-book reading, test preparation, memory, metacognition, motivation, and effective study strategies. This workshop has a required attendance policy.
- Motivation Matters: Motivation Matters is a multi-session workshop series with a total of 6 hours of instruction. It is recommended to students who have previously completed a certificate program or who are close to graduation. The topics covered will help you develop strong mental skills that are conducive to academic success and to success beyond your time at Texas A &M. This workshop has a required attendance policy.
- GRIT: The GRIT workshop is organized around three major topics that include the fear of failing, mindsets that affect academic performance, and developing resilience to overcome previous failure. Classes are designed to include brief lectures, group participation, videos, and tangible activities to understand and apply information being discussed in the workshop. This workshop has a required attendance policy.
- Academic Coaching (Group): In group coaching, a small number of students meet with an academic coach twice per week for two weeks to discuss a range of academic issues and best practices that enhance academic performance. Topics vary dependent on the interests and needs of group members. Attendance at all four sessions is mandatory and all student participants are expected to contribute to discussions.
- Academic Coaching (One-to-One): Academic coaching consists of one-on-one meetings with one of our Academic Coaches. At an initial coaching session, you and your Academic Coach will collaborate to develop a plan of action to help you develop effective study strategies and connect you to appropriate academic resources. There are not a fixed number of coaching appointments required in order to earn a certificate. Since this option is tailored to your specific needs, your academic coach will determine when you have successfully completed this option and have earned a certificate. In select instances, you may be assigned to a small group that meets together for support and coaching. You will be given information at Fresh Start about how to schedule your first coaching appointment.
Step 3: Completion and Certificate
We do not provide hard copy certificates. Once you have successfully completed the program, we tag your profile in Navigate. Your advisor or the office who referred you to us can see this tag.