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Academic Revival: Librarian Advisors for Students on Academic Probation


This poster explores the multi-year, collaborative, pilot program between an academic librarian and the director of the Office of Student Success with the goal of reducing the advising burden on staff, and increasing positive outcomes for students on academic probation.  Students at Longwood University, USA, whose cumulative grade point averages (GPA) have fallen below 2.0 on a 4.0 scale earn a status of academic probation and are assigned an appreciative advisor, or coach, to provide mentorship and assistance while the students work to restore their academic standing.  Appreciative advising differs significantly from academic advising, in that it focuses on early intervention to address academic performance, with the ultimate goal of improving student retention. 

Students receive individual mentoring on time management, study skills, and communication skills.  Many students also require guidance on reaching out to campus resources for mental health support and tutoring.  Librarians, with their focus on services and their innate research and study skills, are uniquely positioned to mentor students in academic trouble.  by providing and empathetic, supportive environment, academic librarians can empower students to reengage with their learning, and improve their academic standing.  What better match could there be than between a librarian who cares deeply about helping students succeed and the Office of Academic Success?

Works Cited:

Arcand, I. & LeBlanc, R.N. (2012) “When you fail, you feel like a failure”: One student’s experience of academic probation and an academic support program. Alberta Journal of Educational Research, 58(2), 216-231.

Bell, S. (2008). Keeping them enrolled: How academic libraries contribute to student retention. Library Issues: Briefings for Faculty and Administration, 29(1), 1-5.

Bloom, J.L., Hutson, B.L, & He, Y. (2013). Appreciative Advising. In J.K. Drake, P. Jordan, & M.A. Miller (Eds.). Academic advising approaches: Strategies that teach students to make the most of college. (pp. 83-99). John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Cox, S., & Naylor, R. (2018). Intra-university partnerships improve student success in a first-year success and retention outreach initiative.  Student Success, 9(3), 51-64. doi: 10.5204/ssj.v9i3.467

Hutson, B.L. (2010). The impact of an appreciative advising-based university studies course on college student first-year experience. Journal of Applied Research in Higher Education, 2(1), 4-13.

Hutson, B. L., & He, Y. (2011). Appreciative advising inventory: Identifying college student assets for successful transition. Journal of College Orientation, Transition, and Retention, 19(1), 23-35. https://doi.org/10.24926/jcotr.v19i1.2776

Kamphoff, C. S., Hutson, B. L., Amundsen, S. A., & Atwood, J. A. (2007). A Motivational/Empowerment Model Applied to Students on Academic Probation. Journal of College Student Retention: Research, Theory & Practice, 8(4), 397–412. https://doi.org/10.2190/9652-8543-3428-1J06

Renzulli, S.J. (2015). Using learning strategies to improve the academic performance of university students in academic probation. NACADA Journal, 35(1), 29-41.

Studdard, P. (2000). Academic librarians as advisors: Working with students to plan their futures. College & Research Libraries News, 61(9), 781-2.

Vanacore, S.M. (2021). Assessing the effectiveness of a coaching intervention for students on academic probation. Journal of College Reading and Learning, 51(1), 3-16.

Young, C.L. (2008). Incorporating undergraduate advising in teaching information literacy: Case study for academic librarians as advisors. Journal of Academic Librarianship, 34(2), 139-144.