Taking a Student-Centered Approach to the Probation Process

Last updated August 5, 2022

Course Length

1h 19m

Last Updated

August 5, 2022

Taking a Student-Centered Approach to the Probation Process

Last updated August 5, 2022

Learn how to support and empower students through the probation process.


One of the biggest potential roadblocks in a student’s college career is being put on academic probation. The probation process can feel defeating and overwhelming to students, and when it happens, they may choose to leave the institution altogether rather than navigating the challenge. However, the probation process does not have to seem punitive, and it can ultimately lead to students feeling more empowered to succeed as long as they feel they are supported and given the tools to navigate the process.

Join us for a 90-minute virtual training on reimagining the academic probation process in order to take a more student-centered approach. Our expert speakers, Laura Donaldson and Samantha Nielsen, will walk you through the creation and implementation of a probation process program in Dietrich College of Humanities & Social Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University. This voluntary process centers the student experience by allowing advisors and students to create individualized plans to help the student get off probation successfully, while also addressing the non-academic barriers students encounter that may have contributed to their academic struggles. Laura and Samantha will share several valuable resources and considerations to keep in mind when starting a program of your own, as well as some of their early successes.

Who should attend?

Student success professionals—specifically, advisors who work with students on academic probation or who lead academic advising units—will benefit most from this program.


October 27, 2022

11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ET

The Traditional Probation Process vs. a Student-Centered Approach

Our speakers will discuss how the traditional approach to academic probation may create barriers to retention and graduation for students. You will learn:

  • The philosophy behind the Probation Process Program at Dietrich College.
  • How the program functions.
  • Some early successes of the program.


What to Consider in Reforming the Probation Process

Our speakers will walk you through some of the considerations that went into starting the Probation Process Program at Dietrich College, as well as how you might adapt those to your own institution.