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Academic Turnaround Program

Have you been required to withdraw from your faculty and are looking for a way to stay at UCalgary, get back in good academic standing, and complete a degree? We want to help get you back on track!

Academic Turnaround Program

Coordinated jointly by the Student Success Centre and the participating faculties, this program is for students who have been either 1) required to withdraw from the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, or Haskayne School of Business and are seeking to remain in their program under Special Academic Probation, or 2) required to withdraw from their Faculty (other than Arts or Science or Haskayne or Schulich) and are seeking admission into the Faculty of Arts or the Faculty of Science under Special Academic Probation.

In Spring 2016, the Schulich School of Engineering began offering the Academic Turnaround Program to its students as a two-year pilot program.   Students that would otherwise be required to withdraw from the Schulich School of Engineering may be offered the opportunity to remain in Schulich under Special Academic Probation.

The program involves three main components, which must be taken in the order outlined below: 

1. Attend an Academic Turnaround Workshop: This workshop is the mandatory first step of the Academic Turnaround Program, and from it you will learn some key tools for you to develop a plan for greater academic success, the resources available to help improve your academic performance, and the requirements necessary to complete the Academic Turnaround Program.  The Academic Turnaround Workshops are by invitation only.

2. Apply for Special Academic Probation: Students who attend the Academic Turnaround Workshop will apply for Special Academic Probation by completing a contract and writing a "Plan for Success", which is a short description of their academic challenges and their goals, along with strategies to accomplish these goals.  This plan will be read by an Academic Development Specialist.

3. Attend STEPS Seminars (STEPS 1): Successful Turnaround and Educational Preparation Support is a weekly non-credit class designed to help students who are on Academic Probation regain their satisfactory standing. The sessions will provide students with an opportunity to develop in-context academic strategies, create academic goals, and reflect on their academic improvement on a weekly basis. Students will learn study techniques through on-going application to their current course work. Although designed for students on academic probation, these seminars are also available to any interested student.  For more information about STEPS or to express your interest in participating, contact Kaliopi Gorgichuk at

OPTIONAL: Continuing STEPS and achieving Co-Curricular Credit (STEPS 2): Students who have completed the STEPS Seminar program (STEPS 1) have the opportunity to continue during their next term by meeting regularly with an Academic Development Specialist and benefitting from other services at the SSC throughout the term (STEPS 2).  Upon completion of these requirements, students may request Co-Curricular Credit.   For more information, contact Paul Papin at

Please note that, while on Special Academic Probation, you must modify your registration so you are not taking more than 9 credits (3 half courses) in each of the Fall and Winter terms or 3 credits (1 half course) in each of the Spring and Summer terms. This restriction will be in effect until you have cleared academic probation.

For further information on the Academic Turnaround Program:

Register for an Academic Turnaround Workshop

Registration instructions

Only those students who have been invited to an Academic Turnaround Workshop will have access to register.

Contact info

Kaliopi Gorgichuk
Academic Development Specialist