Douglass Academic Resource Center

IC.A.R.E. Intervention --- I C.an A.chieve R.ealistic E.xpectations

Morehouse College is dedicated to helping students achieve academic excellence. The Office of Academic Affairs supports students in developing acuity, integrity and agency, committing to brotherhood, and having an impact that is consequential in the world. Through a comprehensive case management approach, the IC.A.R.E.  early intervention program encourages a culture of engagement, builds structured pathways for progressing through an academic program, sets realistic expectations, and provides holistic student support. With the professional advice of advising and coaching professionals, and other support staff, at-risk students will  implement a self-designed Personal Academic Success Plan to improve their  academic standing. Although the IC.A.R.E. is designed specifically for students who are at risk of separation from the College, it is open to all students who have fallen short of their academic potential and personal expectations.

PERSISTENCE: CONTINUOUS FULL-TIME ENROLLMENT AND ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT

Students are advised to earn 15 credit hours per semester or a minimum of 30 credit hours selected in consultation with an academic advisor in each academic year and earn a GPA well above a 2.0.

The Components of the IC.A.R.E. Include:

  • Analysis –students identify academic goals and challenges using an electronic form
  • Early Alert Through Starfish Solutions– A system that connects faculty, advisors, and success coaches to students
  • Success 360 –Tasks and timelines for students to overcome identified challenges to success
  • Journals – Note taking for students, and advising and counseling professionals
  • Online Reference Guides – Connect students to campus and community resources

SUCCESS 360 IS A STUDENT SUPPORT APPROACH WITH FOUR COMPONENTS:

Faculty TouchPoints

Faculty members help to define appropriate interventions and redirection strategies. As part of effective classroom management, they:

  1. meet with students when there is a failure to adhere to the Attendance Policy and/or poor performance before midterm to help develop a plan of action.
  2. if necessary, refer students for follow up.  The support staff in Douglass will determine if additional support is required and handle all referral forms.
  3. assign a midterm grade with last date of attendance.
  4. have a follow up meeting with the student before withdrawal date.
  5. assign a final grade with last date of attendance if grade is an F.

Academic Advising and Coaching

Two specialists within the Douglass Academic Resource Center play a pivotal role in ensuring that students persist toward graduation.

A Student Learning Specialist will design and execute  Personal Academic Success Plans and group learning plans for students who need to develop academic skills (reading, research, writing and revision, note-taking, test-taking and preparation, study habits, time management, etc.). The Student Learning Specialist also monitors the academic progress and, through collaborations with the faculty advisors, works directly with at-risk, probation, and re-entry students to strengthen and improve their academic performance. This includes conducting course registration audits.

An Athletic Advisement and Skills Enhancement Specialist monitors the academic progress of our student-athletes. This includes conducting course registration audits and overseeing study halls.

In particular, the Student Learning Specialist and the Athletic Advisement and Skills Enhancement Specialist: 

  • help incoming students build their 4 Year Plan of Study, set schedules for their first year, and understand the graduation requirements
  • provide an academic glossary to assist students with their transition from high school to college and direct students to specific online resources
  • meet with students who are doing poorly in class (beyond class attendance) to develop a Personal Academic Success Plan
  • coordinate and implement student success programs that advance persistence and maximize academic performance with an emphasis on student-athletes' class attendance and performance. 
  • work closely with students at risk of separation from the College or becoming academically ineligible to participate in college sports or student organizations
  • work with the class deans and residential staff to engage at-risk students
  • conduct Work4Success Skillshops (academic workshops)
  • work with Pre-Freshmen Summer Enrichment Program, New Student Orientation, and First Year Experience staff as necessary to help build academic skills
  • provide detailed reports to show the improvements of students from year to year.

Student Commitment

Students must commit to the changes in behavior necessary to achieve academic success. This commitment begins with developing a Personal Academic Success Plan. The Plan will be submitted to both the Douglass Academic Resource Center and faculty advisor and must include:

  • no unexcused absences from class for the remainder of the semester,
  • assistance from the instructors for courses in which they are underperforming,
  • minimum grades needed to achieve academic good standing,
  • the use of such support services as tutoring, the Writing Center, the Counseling Center, and Work4Success Skillshops, and
  • consequences for failure to meet plan expectations.

The plan might include career exploration to determine if the major selected is the best choice. Records of class attendance and evidence of use of support services (including journaling of activities) will be required.

The specialists will require that you attend a series of MANdatory academic success workshops if you have more than one midterm grade that is below C-. You should also see the professor for the course(s) and your academic advisor well before the official withdrawal date.

If you are participating in the I.C.A.R.E.; it is recommended that you meet with a specialist at least three (3) times per semester

Three Ways to Work With the Douglass Academic Resource Center Specialists

  1. Attend one of our Work4Success Skillshops.
    • Use this option to learn a new skill and discuss strategies for success
  2. Drop-In for a quick 15 minute session during posted hours
    • Use this option when you need help with a quick problem
  3. Complete a self-referral form to receive follow-up from a specialist
    • Use this option to help identify your needs or to work one-on-one with a specialist