Turning Point Program

Many students experience some form of academic difficulty during their college career. At Bradley, students whose difficulty has resulted in academic probation are required to participate in the Turning Point Program (TPP). The Turning Point Program’s mission is to assist first-time probation students as they work to regain good academic standing.

Program participants will complete the following mandatory steps:

  1. Schedule an appointment with a TPP Advisor as soon as you receive an email with instructions. Following the deadline to drop a class (usually after the second full week of the semester), you will have a registration hold until you meet with a TPP Advisor. This will prevent you from withdrawing from classes and registering for the next semester. Schedule your TPP appointment immediately in order to avoid any delays in registration.
  2. Meet with a TPP Advisor at least twice during the semester. In the first meeting, you will complete an evaluation and create a Success Plan for the semester that must include Student Success Workshops and either additional meetings with academic coaching staff, commitment(s) to attending professor office hours, and/or connections with other appropriate campus resources.
  3. You will see that AEP 115 10 has been added to your schedule. At the end of the semester, you will receive a Pass or Fail grade for this 0-hour course based upon whether or not you accomplished the goals you created in your Success Plan.

TPP Advisors are meant to be additional resources for you. They will help you identify areas for improvement and strategies for being a successful college student. We recognize that the circumstances that affect students' academic performance vary from student to student, so it is important that you meet with your TPP Advisor in order to identify the best resources and tools that will best assist you in your academic recovery.

What does it mean to be on Probation?

All students with a Bradley cumulative GPA below a 2.0 are placed on some form of probation. Students in TPP must achieve a semester GPA of at least 2.25 or move their cumulative GPA to 2.0 or above to continue at Bradley. Please refer to the Undergraduate Scholastic Probation, Dismissal, and Forgiveness Policies section of the Undergraduate Catalog for more details.

Advice from peers who have been there:

You definitely shouldn't think that you aren't smart because you're on academic probation. One thing that my advisor always told me was that if you are smart enough to meet the entry requirements at Bradley, you are smart enough to succeed in college. Some people just have a harder time than others.

Don't be upset with yourself because you are on academic probation. Personally, I look back on myself being on probation as a positive experience that changed my life for the better. If I had the opportunity to go back in time and change me being on academic probation, I wouldn't do it because I have learned so much and grown greatly as a person throughout my journey.

You shouldn't feel alone just because you are on academic probation. You have a great support system that is here to help you, and the people in this support system really do want to help you, they want you to be the best student that you can be!

What happens if I am dismissed?

If you are dismissed, you must petition for reinstatement. Click here to obtain a petition and get more information about reinstatement.

For more information regarding the Turning Point Program contact Jamie Cobb at the Academic Success Center, 320 Cullom-Davis Library, (309) 677-2416.