Pathways to Success

Academic turnaround

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Academic turnaround program (ATP)

The Haskayne Academic Turnaround Program (ATP) is a non-credit program that partners with students who are facing a Required to Withdraw (RTW) ruling for academic reasons- a GPA that is below a 2.0 and or have exceeded 10 course withdrawals.

Haskayne’s ATP has two main components, group seminars where students are re-introduced to academic study skill strategies and one-on-one check-ins every two weeks where you are asked to consider a solution focused approach to tackling the academic and personal barriers that have resulted in an RTW ruling. Both components are facilitated by Haskayne’s Academic Development Specialist (ADS).

Haskayne’s ATP is mandatory for students who have the intention of returning to good academic standing (2.0) and open to positively reimagining their learning and personal identity.

Meet your academic development specialist (ADS)

ADS - Susan Basude

Meet your academic development specialist (ADS) Susan Basudde. Susan is a registered social worker and is here to help you with any concerns keeping you from academic or personal success, using a person-centred care approach.

The purpose of a person-centred approach is to ensure that you have the tools and support to positively engage and navigate your BComm. This approach can occur along side individual check-ins as needed.

Through a solution focused lens, Susan can work with you to proactively move towards strategic problem solving, increase your access and use of campus/community resources to help you build your learning identity.

Re-introduce yourself to study strategies

Looking for resources to help you build and enhance your capacity to learn? Explore the D2L materials and you will be empowered to reach your learning goals while developing strategies to keep you in control and at the centre of your academic and personal journey.

References: Hacker, D.J., Dunlosky, J., & Graesser, A. C. (2009). Handbook of metacognition in education. New York: Routledge.

Consider these guiding questions

Am I aware of what I need to learn?

How can I better assess my learning needs?

What study strategies can I use to meet my needs?

How can I begin the process of implementing study strategies?

Skills you will gain


Planning, organizing and note taking are proactive strategies that put you back in control of your academic experience! We offer tools to help you gain a better understanding of how to read through your course outlines, set up an e-calendar that reflects class time, assignment due dates, midterm exam dates and consider adopting a note taking practice.

Time management

Time Management doesn’t have to a pipe dream! Discover strategies that will help you manage your time more effectively, reduce and manage stress, and allow you to reach your goals. Schedule time for wellness and fun activities - guilt free!

Group Work & Interpersonal Effectiveness

Group work doesn’t have to be a burden! Explore the stages of group development-common behaviours, characteristics associated with each stage and the interpersonal skills that can support you as you get along with others while asserting your own needs.

Academic & Personal Resilience

You are resilient, and you can become more resilient! Enhance your understanding of how your personal values, strengths and community connections play a role in your ability to thrive when you are facing a challenging situation.

How to get started

Reflect on your options

a) Accept ATP invitation
b) Decline ATP invitation
c) Change programs
d) Take a leave of absence LOA

Accept your invitation to ATP

Please contact your ADS if you wish to decline your ATP invitation, change programs, or take a leave of absence

Reduce your course load to:

3 courses (9 units) in Fall, Winter and 1 course (3 units) in Spring and Summer terms

Fill out the intake form

You will also book your ATP intake interview with your ADS

Attend your intake interview with ADS

This is an important part of the process and your ADS is here to support you through this program

Initiate your participation in ATP

Accept the calendar invite for the Introductory seminar to initiate the process

Attend seminar and make payment

Attend the introductory seminar and pay the program fee

Attend 10 weekly seminars

There are 10 weekly seminars with required course work. Show up for one-on-ones and raise your GPA to good standing

10 weekly seminars

The weekly seminars are a comprehensive holistic approach to resourcing as you navigate the academic environment. There is a minimum of six bi-weekly one-on-one check ins with your ADS, that provide a person-centred approach to helping you learn how to identify what is needed to succeed, and three reflective journals designed to support you in documenting your learning.

Seminar topics:

1. ATP introductory seminar

2. Strategic planning & organizing

3. Time management & goal setting

4. Coping without procrastination

5. Making the most of your study sessions

6. Exam prep & managing test anxiety

7. Giving and receiving feedback

8. Group work & managing expectations

9. ATP alumni takeover

10. Academic & personal resilience

Hear from students who have participated in ATP

Being part of ATP aided me in committing to self-improvement, the one-on-one meetings with the ADS helped me understand the root cause of my struggles, the seminars taught me skills that I needed for success, and my fellow ATP participants and I supported each other, creating lasting friendships.

-ATP Alumni F2020-

After ATP, I can build a schedule, my grades are better, my relationships are stronger, and I can deal with stress and anxiety faster and easier than before.

-ATP Alumni F2019-

ATP gave me a second chance for university and a second chance to grow and learn as a person.”

-ATP Alumni F2019-

To anyone else who has recently gotten their ATP letter, you are not alone in this. Once you start and engage with the program, then you will be able to work towards both personal and academic success!”

-ATP Alumni F2020-


Yes, you should contact your ADS immediately. If you have not communicated your intention to participate in ATP by

  1. Accepting the ATP invitation by email
  2. Scheduling your intake interview
  3. Or attending the Intro seminar by the deadlines, you will be withdrawn from your program and removed from all courses in which you are currently registered.

Your transcript will reflect the ‘required to withdraw’ ruling. As per the Faculty Regulations on Required to Withdraw Students, you will be eligible to reapply to the University of Calgary after one year. To be considered for readmission you must meet the admission standards for your chosen degree program.

Yes, and you must communicate your intentions with your ADS as soon as possible before your ATP invitation deadline.  You may take up to 1 year off from your studies before entering ATP.

The program fee of $500 will be applied to your Student Centre at the beginning of the fall semester and can be paid through the same process as your regular class tuition. The deadline to pay this fee without incurring interest is by the fee deadline. This is in line with your UCalgary tuition fee payment schedule. Students taking time off will be required to pay their program fee the semester they return to their studies.

Please contact your ADS immediately to discuss further.

Course limits are set in place to support students in a successful turnaround.

Yes – block week counts towards your course limit.

As all seminars are a mandatory component of ATP, it is important to adjust your class schedule accordingly. Contact your Program Specialists for assistance in creating your schedule.

If you can’t attend seminar on any given week, contact your ADS. Note that missed seminars will negatively impact your participate evaluation in ATP.

As bi-weekly one-on-ones are a mandatory component of ATP, are based on your availability and are scheduled months in advance, it is important to adjust other events to accommodate this obligation. Contact your ADS as soon as you know there is a conflict so arrangements can be made.

Arriving late to seminars means missing a substantial amount of content and is disruptive to the group process. If you are over 10 minutes, you will be marked absent.

Bi-weekly one-on-ones are only 45 minutes as such arriving late means missing a substantial amount of time checking in on a week’s worth of activities and planning for the next week.  If you are over 10 minutes and have not communicated with your ADS, you will be marked as a NO SHOW.