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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.

REGISTRATION will reopen on June 4th at 10:00 am EST for the Fall 2024 and Winter 2025 terms.

Click on the link below to register for our SAS Information Webinar on Tuesday, May 21st at 2:30 pm EST, for lots of details on registration, program information and answers to all your questions:

SAS Information Webinar

The SAS program runs over two semesters with students having the option to start the program in the Fall or the Winter. Registration will reopen on June 4th for the 2024/25 intake.

Participants will not have their registration finalized until they have a $0.00 balance on their LORIS account. A request to join the program may be initialized by creating an account on www.continuingeducation.wlu.ca  but will not be finalized until all financial holds are cleared.

Upon registration, students will select one of three sections:

  1. Section A: Fall 2024 (Tuesday/Thursday 10:00 am -11:20 am) + Winter 2025 (Monday/Wednesday 10:00 am -11:20 am).
  2. Section B: Fall 2024 (Tuesday/Thursday 2:30 pm -3:50 pm) + Winter 2025 (Monday/Wednesday 11:30 am -12:50 pm).
  3. Section C: Winter 2025 (Tuesday/Thursday 10:00 am -11:20 am) + Spring 2025 (Times TBD)

SCHEDULE

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:

TERM 1

(Intake 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), Economics (EC) and Online courses are not permitted during this term.) Note: Online courses are identified by OC as the section (e.g. SY101OC). 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- (60%) is required in this course to be eligible to move forward with the program.

TERM 2

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. This course runs for 12-weeks in the term following SASP001. This is a for-credit course that will count towards your GPA and provide a 0.5 credit towards your degree on probation

Additional courses of your choice

2 x 0.5 credit courses (1.0 total credit)

You 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. An academic advisor can assist you in this course selection.

PROGRESSION INTO FULL-TIME STUDIES

Following the successful completion of SAS terms 1 and 2, students will be assessed on their eligibility to return to full-time studies on academic probation.  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.

SUPPORT FOR ALL STUDENTS

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 throughout the program. 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. The Manager: Arts Student Support & Engagement Initiatives provides direction and oversight for the SAS Program and all it's team members. 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. Connect with the SAS Team via email at sas@wlu.ca.

FEE

A one-time program fee of $1350 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.

Accepted forms of Payment: VISA, MC, AMEX, VISA-debit and MC-debit. (Not Interac)

Please note there is a cancellation fee of 25%. Students will receive a 75% refund up until the first day of classes (September 5, 2024, for Fall term, and January 6, 2025 for Winter term). Refunds will not be issued after those dates.

FUNDING SUPPORT

Students may request a payment plan to cover the registration fee in three (3) installments prior to the program start date. A $350 deposit is required for any payment plan. ($350 deposit + 2 installments of $500)

Participants are eligible to apply for one of five (5) $1000 entrance bursaries if they have demonstrated financial need. Applications for the bursary will be available following registration and will require a report of all sources of income, which will be used to assess financial need. Students applying for the entrance bursary can register using the payment plan.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

Please contact sas@wlu.ca for more information.