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Academic Success Center

(979) 458-4900 9th floor Rudder Tower

Fresh Start Orientation & Success Certificates

Your college or department may require or recommend—often as a condition of scholastic probation—that you obtain a Success Certificate from the Academic Success Center. We offer several options each semester for earning a Success Certificate and strongly encourage you to start working on it as early as possible once the semester begins. After the first few weeks of the semester, some of the options will not be available. If you wait until the second half of the semester to begin, you may not be able to earn your Success Certificate before the end of the semester. 

In order to obtain a Success Certificate, follow the 3 steps below:

Step 1: Complete “Fresh Start Orientation”:

You are highly encouraged to complete the Fresh Start requirement before February 15th in order to have access to most of the Success Certficate options listed below. Fresh Start will not be available in Canvas after March 24th, 2023. 

Online Module:
Fresh Start Orientation is offered as an online module. You will need to do the following to get credit for completing Fresh Start:

If you have been referred to the ASC by your department or college, you should be able to access the Fresh Start module in Canvas. Go to your Canvas dashboard and open the Academic Success Center community. Once there, click on the Fresh Start icon and follow the instructions. You will have to score at least 90 on the module in order to have access to the Agreement Form (Step 2) where you will let us know which Success Certificate option you have selected. 

You're required to complete a Fresh Start Orientation each semester that you're asked to complete a Success Certificate program, even if you've attended Fresh Start in a previous semester.

If you do not see the Academic Success Center community on your Canvas dashboard, please email Dr. Joel McGee and request access. 

Step 2: Choose an Option

After successfully completing the online Fresh Start Orientation module, you'll have access to a Google form (linked in Canvas) where you can select how you want to earn a Success Certificate. This form is how we how you will be enrolled in any of the workshop options. Submitting the form is a required step for completing a Success Certificate. 

The options below may change each semester, but these are typical. Details about each option will be available in the Fresh Start module. 

  1. 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. 
  2. 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, procrastination, and effective study strategies. This workshop has a required attendance policy. 
  3. Motivation Matters: Motivation Matters is a multi-session workshop series with a total of 6 hours of instruction. 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. 
  4. 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. 
  5. BTHO Procrastination: This multi-session workshop series focuses on willpower as it applies to academic success in college. Topics include the science behind willpower, becoming more aware of willpower challenges, and developing more willpower. Most examples are in the context of procrastination as a willpower challenge, but the topic applies in a variety of areas for students. Classes are designed to include lecture, group discussion, and the application of concepts outside class. This workshop has a required attendance policy.
  6. 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 depending 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.
  7. Academic Coaching (One-to-One): Academic coaching consists of one-to-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 Success Certificate. You will be given information in the Fresh Start Orientation module about how to schedule your first coaching appointment.
  8. Aggie Research Scholars: Participation in the Aggie Research Scholars Program on an Academic Success Center team. You can simultaneously complete a certificate program for the Academic Success Center and earn certification as an Aggie Research Scholar. This option is open to all students on probation regardless of GPA or major. It will require more time and effort than other options for completing a certificate with the ASC.

Step 3: Completion 

We do not provide hard copies of Success Certificates. Once you have successfully completed the option you selected, we tag your profile in Navigate. Your advisor or the office who referred you to us can see this tag to confirm you earned a Success Certificate.