Claiming Their Education: The Impact of a Required Course for Academic Probation Students with a Focus on Purpose and Motivation

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Molly Ann Burke Leon
Anthony Guest Scott
Andrew M. Koke
Stefano Fiorini
Alexander Rangazas


This study assesses the impact of a required course designed to retain and graduate students placed on Academic Probation. We adopted a quantitative approach to this inquiry. We found that students who took the class were approximately 20% more likely to persist and graduate compared to students placed on probation who did not take the course. Further, we note the specific curriculum of the course, which focuses on helping students identify purpose and motivation for their higher education experience. We suggest the specific educational interventions that may help dramatically increase the retention and graduation of students facing academic difficulty.


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Burke Leon, M. A., Guest Scott, A., Koke, A. M., Fiorini, S., & Rangazas, A. (2019). Claiming Their Education: The Impact of a Required Course for Academic Probation Students with a Focus on Purpose and Motivation. Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, 19(4).
Author Biographies

Molly Ann Burke Leon, Indiana University Bloomington

Coordinator of Retention Services at the Student Academic Center.

Anthony Guest Scott, Indiana University Bloomington

Academic Coordinator at the Student Academic Center.

Andrew M. Koke, Indiana University Bloomington

Coordinator, Basic Skills at the Student Academic Center.

Stefano Fiorini, Indiana University Bloomington

Lead Research Management Analyst at Bloomington Assessment and Research.

Alexander Rangazas, Indiana University Bloomington

Former Teaching Intern, Student Academic Center


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