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Strategies for Academic Success: A Readmission Program

The Strategies for Academic Success (SAS) Program is available for any student that has been required to withdraw as a method for readmission to Laurier. This includes students from all programs across both the Waterloo and Brantford campuses. The SAS program takes a wholistic approach to academic preparedness. Led by a team of professional educators and mental wellness specialists, it is designed to offer academic advising and mentoring while encouraging the development of effective work and wellness strategies.


There will be both in-person and remote options to participate in Term 1 of the Strategies for Academic Success program for 2022/2023. Term 2 will only be offered on-campus. 


On-campus delivery

Online delivery


Term 1 of program



YES in Fall,

NO in Winter

Fall Term 2022, or

Winter Term 2023

Term 2 of program




Winter Term 2022, or

Spring Term 2023

Term 1 & 2 of program



In-person courses are recommended but not mandatory


*Subject to change depending on public health guidelines.


The SAS program runs over two semesters with students having the option to start the program in the Fall or the Winter. (See Schedule section for more details). Registration for the Fall 2022 or Winter 2023 semesters will OPEN on Wednesday June 8, 2022, at 10:00 a.m. and will remain open until September 1, 2022 for Fall term and January 1, 2023 for Winter term, or until the program is full.

To learn more about the program, watch the replay of the SAS Information webinar:

Access Passcode: SAS22/23. 

Note:  The link to the webinar will first take you to a zoom login page. Once logged into zoom you can access the webinar using the Access Passcode. 


The Strategies for Academic Success Program has been carefully designed to support a smooth transition back to your studies, including the following schedule of coursework:


(Offered in the Fall and Winter terms)

SASP001: Strategies for Academic Success 1

Non-credit course.

This course will offer students the necessary tools to be able to navigate their academic journey inside and outside the classroom, focusing on obtaining a more successful outcome through active learning activities. Weekly attendance is mandatory, and completion of all assignments is required to successfully pass SASP001. The outcome of this non-credit course is a "pass" or "fail" evaluation weighted at 60%. This course runs 12-weeks in both the Fall or Winter terms.

Additional course of your choice

0.5 credit course.

This course will run the full term duration alongside SASP001. Select a course in consultation with your academic advisor to continue learning about what interests you the most! (Please note that Business (BU) and Economics (EC) courses are not permitted during this term.) Standard tuition fees apply for the 0.5-credit course; students are eligible to submit applications for the part-time Canada student loans program. (Note: This funding only helps with the cost of tuition and books; it does not give the student any living allowance). 

A minimum grade of C- is required in this course to be eligible to move forward with the program.


AF224: Advanced Foundations for Learning 

0.5 credit course

This course will allow students to apply their previously acquired skills of reading, writing, critical thinking, organizing, and presenting to a range of topics in a faculty taught course. Weekly attendance is mandatory, and completion of all assignments is required to successfully pass AF224. This course runs for 12-weeks in the term following SASP001. This is a for-credit course that will count towards your GPA and course count towards your degree.

Additional courses of your choice

2 x 0.5 credit courses (1.0 total credit)

You and your academic advisor will select two courses of interest that work toward your degree and improve your GPA. Standard tuition fees apply for the three 0.5-credit courses; students are eligible to apply for OSAP. Students must earn a minimum of 60% on each of these 1.5 credits to be eligible to move forward and to be considered for full-time studies in a General BA degree


Following the successful completion of SAS terms 1 and 2, students will be assessed on their eligibility to return to full-time studies.  The following two terms will be limited to 2.0 credits and supports will be available through academic advising.  See details above for specific requirements in each term.


A professional team facilitates the Strategies for Academic Success, creating a circle of care for all participants. In the first term of the program, the SAS Program Instructor acts as the lead instructor for SASP-001 and Program Advisor for all participants. In the second term, AF224 is taught by a faculty member committed to innovative pedagogy to ensure post-secondary success. In addition, SAS students benefit from the support of the SAS Social Work Intern, selected from Laurier’s Master of Social Work Program and available to meet all SAS participants throughout the program. All members of the SAS team are available to students throughout their re-admission journey, creating the best possible opportunity for success of all students. 


A one-time program fee of $1300 is collected upon registration and covers participation in the program as well as the non-credit SASP-001 course and academic advising, mentoring, and wellness support provided by the SAS professional team. Students are required to pay standard tuition and fees for all for-credit courses taken while in the program. In term 1 students will register in one (1) for-credit class; in term 2 students will register in three (3) including the second mandatory SAS class for a total of 1.5 credits, thus qualifying for application to OSAP. Students will pay standard incidental fees each semester, providing access to all on-campus student resources.

Please note there is a cancellation fee of 25%. Students will receive a 75% refund up until the first academic drop date (September 14, 2022, for Fall term, and January 15, 2023 for Winter term). Refunds will not be issued after those dates.


Please contact for more information.