Program for Academic Support & Success

The Program for Academic Support and Success (PASS) is a program designed to support DGS students on academic probation as they set and achieve goals to return to good academic standing.


PASS is designed to assist students on academic probation with building appropriate study habits, time management, majors/career exploration tools, select a realistic major, identify campus resources, and much more. Through group sessions and individual appointments, students are empowered to make informed decisions and identify and utilize resources.

Participation in PASS is not just about overcoming immediate progress issues; it is also designed to build recognition of individual talents, abilities, and strengths long-term.

Program Outline

While a part of the PASS program, DGS students on academic probation will complete the following:


You are required to attend one of the following PASS Information Sessions where you will be provided with information on the PASS program and its requirements, hear about academic probation policies and how they impact you, understand what you need to do to avoid dismissal, and learn details of the PASS program offerings. This quick-paced information session will help start your semester on a positive note and springboard you to a successful semester.

Information sessions will take place via Zoom during the week before the Spring 2024 term, January 10, 11, and 12.  

  • January 10th, 4 to 5 PM
  • January 11th, 1 to 2 PM
  • January 12th, 3 to 4 PM

Participants can access the Zoom using the link and password provided in their secure message from DGS.

Holds will be placed on registration accounts on Tuesday, January 16, 2024 for any student who has not met this requirement.  

Complete and submit the following online Personal Assessment form BEFORE your Advisor Conference Appointment.

Be sure to schedule your PASS Advisor Conference with your assigned advisor between January 22 and February 9, 2024.  Click to schedule your appointment.

We also strongly suggest that you access and utilize the PASS Grade Tracking Worksheet during the course of the semester.

After you have completed and submitted the online Personal Assessment, be sure to schedule and attend your Advisor Conference Appointment with your PASS advisor.  Please make your appointment between January 22 and February 9, 2024.

Holds will be placed on registration accounts on Monday, February 12, 2024 for any student who has not met this requirement.  

Click to schedule with your assigned advisor.  Be sure to select the “Probation (PASS) – Advisor Conference” appointment type when prompted in the appointment system. These appointments are in-person and scheduled for 60 minutes. Make sure you come prepared and have time in your schedule.

If you have a situation that would prevent you from attending in person you can email your assigned advisor to find out if there is an alternative option. 

As part of your participation in the Program for Academic Support and Success (PASS), we offer a variety of workshops aimed to help you improve your academic performance by focusing on study skills, time management, strategies on test taking, and more.

You are encouraged to sign up for at least one session, but you may sign up for as many topics as you wish. Click on the links below to sign up for the workshops you will be attending. Space is limited.

Workshops will take place in person at the Illini Union Bookstore Building (IUB) Room 514 (unless otherwise noted below) from 3:30 to 4:30 pm.  Click here to see how to find DGS. 

  • Time Management
    Monday, January 22
    Are you wanting to find better ways to manage your time and organize your life? Come join us as we talk through skills needed to balance, plan, and organize time in college for academic success. This workshop will include time management strategies and outline ways you can effectively manage your time. Snacks will be provided.
  • Attaining a Positive Mindset
    Tuesday, January 30
    *This workshop will take place in Room 504 IUB.*

    The power of Positivity is real! Come join us as we look at how attitude, mindset, and self talk can make a difference. We will discuss the stigma of being undeclared or having academic difficulties, strategies used to overcome this, and ways you can develop a positive attitude, mindset, and utilize positive self talk. Snacks will be provided.
  • Reading & Study Skills
    Monday, February 5
    Do your courses have a lot of reading? Are you wanting to find ways to improve comprehension and note taking? Come join us as we look at ways to develop reading and study skills needed to enhance academic performance. We will discuss practical tools, strategies, and various on-campus resources you can utilize for long-term success. Snacks will be provided. 
  • Test Taking Strategies
    Tuesday, February 13
    Test, Paper, Project, Presentation? Which one would you prefer? Come join us as we discuss learning, studying, and assessment styles, as well as effective test-taking strategies. We will work out a study plan, how to tackle different types of tests, and how to utilize time management and study skills. Snacks will be provided. 
  • Overcoming Test Anxiety
    Tuesday, February 20
    Do you have an upcoming test that you are anxious about? Join us as the Counseling Center (and our very own DGS Embedded Counselor) comes to talk with DGS students about test anxiety. We will discuss the causes of this very common performance anxiety and how to overcome our fears about test-taking. We will look at the symptoms of test anxiety, how our minds take over, and offer suggestions to successfully overcome this anxiety needed to maximize performance on exam day. Snacks will be provided.

At this appointment, students will meet with their assigned DGS academic advisor to plan classes for the subsequent term in preparation for online course registration. All DGS students are strongly encouraged to meet with an advisor to plan for course registration but, for students on academic probation, this is a required component of PASS. 

Course planning appointments should take place between February 19 and March 22.  If you fail to attend a course planning appointment during this time, a hold will be placed on your account on March 25, 2024.  You will be unable to register for fall classes until you attend a course planning appointment.  It is your responsibility to make the appointment with your assigned DGS academic advisor. 

We encourage students on PASS to schedule a meeting prior to their departure from campus.  That way, you can celebrate your achievements and if there are any last-minute challenges you are facing, you can discuss a strategy with your advisor and plan for next steps.  In addition, we will have you complete an online assessment of the program.  Your opinions are important to us. 

Keep in mind that while on probation, Illinois students:

  • Must raise or maintain a 2.0 cumulative GPA at Illinois to achieve good standing.
  • Can elect only one course credit/no credit while on academic probation
  • Students on academic probation must remain enrolled as a full-time student with a minimum of 12 credit hours.

Requirements (and failure to meet requirements) will be communicated to students via Illinois email accounts.


Student Testimonials

"Your PASS advisor, just like mine, will believe in you when you don't believe in yourself. Place your trust in them, stady dedicated to the program, and you will see a continuous, positive change not only in your academic life, but in your personal life as well."

"To get the most out of the program I learned that active participation was a huge factor. The relationship with my advisor was pretty awesome. It was like a respectful best friend kind of thing where she was easy to talk to and was fun to get to know."

"I would say that the most significant thing about my PASS experience is that I had people who truly cared about my success in this institution. I had people who were genuinely concerned and did not want to see me fail. They were willing to help me and keep me encouraged even when times became hard."

"The impact that PASS had on my future success was very instrumental. It kept me on my toes and made me work hard. When I finally got out of it I was like I do not want to deal with being on edge like that again. PASS gave me one last chance to show that I am capable of succeeding in this university.



Contact Teri Farr, Associate Director for Academic Advising and Student Success.