Sophomore Success Program (SSP)

The Sophomore Success Program is a 360 service designed to promote academic achievement for undeclared/undecided sophomore students with a GPA between a 2.0 and 2.5 and/or who are on academic probation. This service operates under the Student Success Center at Bloomsburg University which aligns, supports, and identifies with the Strategic Enrollment Plan Strategy: Sophomore Success Program. It is a way to respond to students needs that need academic assistance during their sophomore year. The goals of this program are to increase the rate of academic success and retention among all sophomores. This will be exhibited by:

  • Academically engaging students
  • Socially/interpersonally engaging students
  • Orienting students towards a major
  • Orienting students towards career aspirations
  • Giving students a deeper understanding of self and others
  • Giving students a deeper understanding of a college education

Questions or inquires may be directed to Luke Betley, Sophomore Success Retention Specialist at lbetley@bloomu.edu

Contact Information

Sophomore Success Retention Specialist
Luke Betley, M.Ed. | lbetley@bloomu.edu
570-389-4448 SSC Office 039A
Luke Betley

Purpose

The SSP serves as a service to assist sophomores through the five mission critical Student Success Center objectives. The program outcomes include providing services to declare a major, achieving a cumulative GPA greater than a 2.5, developing a greater commitment to achieving an educational goal, developing a greater commitment to Bloomsburg University, and improving the 2nd to 3rd year retention rates of the targeted population.

  • 5 Mission Critical Student Success Center Objectives
    • BU’s SSC Division promotes the following key objectives as they align with the Strategic Enrollment Plan:
  • Academic Advising
  • Financial Capital
  • Social Capital and Leadership & Decision Making
  • Career Capital
  • Professional Services Resourcing

Services

Center for Professional Development and Career Experience

Services included but are not limited to:

Academic Resources

The SSP staff through the SSP will provide students the resources and go over the SSP plan to help them achieve a cumulative GPA greater than a 2.5 (or what is needed for their intended major) and provide services to help them declare a major.

FAQs

1. Is this program required for graduation?

  • No, it is not required for graduation but it is strongly recommended to help ensure that you achieve academic achievement and success.

2. What if I choose not to participate?

  • If you choose not to participate, you will still have the opportunity to utilize the services being offered but not meet with a SSP staff member.

3. Can I still utilize this service if I declared a major or minor?

  • YES, it is strongly recommended that you utilize these services even if you have declared a major or minor.

4. Can I still utilize this service if I have a GPA higher than a 2.5?

  • YES, it is strongly recommended that you utilize these services even if you have a GPA higher than a 2.5.

5. Does this mean I do not have to meet with my Academic Advisor?

  • NO, the SSP is an additional service to meeting with your Academic Advisor. It is very important that you meet with your Academic Advisor throughout your time here as a student.