A great way to learn about healthy habits for your student is through our online magazine Student Health 101. You can view the current issue at http://readsh101.com/alvernia-pp.html. This month the magazine targets dealing with fears of the future, staying focused, impressing an interviewer, and other great topics.
Now what? The semester is over and you have received final grades. Your student studied hard, but the outcome was not what either of you expected. This realization often creates stress for students and parents when considering what went wrong. Try to keep perspective.
Now your student is home with Summer Break in front of him or her, but what is going on? He/she is not happy. You (parents) are not happy. This realization often creates stress for students and parents when considering what went wrong. Try to keep perspective. Be careful not to fall into what Matthew McKay* calls limited thinking patterns. These thinking patterns can leave you stuck in a negative place. Some common traps include:
Filtering: You focus on the negative details while ignoring all the positive aspects of a situation. In this case, parents might focus on the one bad grade while ignoring that there were other courses in which the student excelled.
Polarized Thinking: Things are black or white, good or bad. You have to be perfect or you’re a failure. There’s no middle ground, no room for mistakes. For example, if it’s not an A, it’s not good enough.
Overgeneralization: You reach a general conclusion based on a single incident or piece of evidence. For example, a student or parent might worry that this is the wrong major or wrong school because the student didn’t do as well as expected in this one class.
Performance is the hallmark of college in today’s society but try not to lose focus by engaging in limited thinking patterns. While a bad grade is distressing for students and parents, how it is handled greatly impacts the student’s future success. Help your student to move forward! Focus on how to prevent this from happening next semester by identifying what went wrong and how to address it. Use the academic support offered at school to help.
*McKay, M., Davis, M., & Fanning, P. (1997).Thoughts and Feelings. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger Publications
Taking courses over summer is a great way to gain some credits toward graduation and, if taken at Alvernia, boost the GPA. Courses begin and end at various times during the summer, so it is not too late to register.
Alvernia Summer Courses run in several time slots. Registration for our first summer session is now closed, but there are still two more:
Mod 6 7/3/14 – 8/21/14– Days, times vary; blended, 100% online, or face to face
Mod B 6/16/14 – 7/3/14 – Monday through Friday, 8 am to 12 noon
Keep in mind that your financial aid package might not cover summer, so it is always a good idea to check with Student Financial Planning before registering for a course.
To register for a summer course at Alvernia:, a student should
Taking summer courses at other universities sometimes is a good idea if the student wants to transfer in credits and is not concerned about bringing up the GPA. Credits will transfer if a C or better is earned, but the grade will not.
To register for a summer course at another institution, the student should
A third option is to take an online course through the OCICU, the Online Consortium of Independent Colleges and Universities. Courses taken through OCICU will count toward the GPA. Information about course offerings can be found on the Distance Education website here: http://de.alvernia.edu/courses-programs/ocicuinformation/
To register for a summer course via the OCICU:
…wants to dispute a grade.
The Student Grievance Committee attends to grievances of an academic nature. The Committee is composed of faculty members and two students. The Committee is involved in a student grievance only if the proper steps have been followed as outlined herein:
For more detailed information regarding the Student Grievance Committee please see the Alvernia Student Handbook p. 76.
…has not applied for financial aid.
The deadline for PA residents to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) was May 1, 2014. Contact Student Financial Planning at 610.796.8356 right away and also complete the form on this web site: https://fafsa.ed.gov/
…is on Academic Probation or is not making sufficient progression.
Students placed on academic probation may not take more than 14 credits the following semester. For more detailed information please see the Alvernia Academic Catalog, p. 67.
addition, to remain eligible for financial aid full-time undergraduate
students must pass 24 credits per year, in addition to maintaining a
minimum grade point average. If a student does not make the
required GPA or does not earn the 24 credits, the student can appeal to
Student Financial Planning (SFP). The student will receive a letter
from SFP advising the student of the appeal process. It is important to remember that the appeal must be received, no later than June 30, 2014.
…has been Academically Dismissed.
Academically dismissed students may petition the Academic Standards Committee in writing for reinstatement to degree candidacy. For more information, the student should refer to the dismissal letter and the Alvernia Academic Catalog p. 67.
...has one or more holds and cannot register for fall 2014.
Contact the Registrar’s Office to verify the type of hold.