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PASS students complete the program fully online during Spring 2020 – COVID-19

During one of the most unprecedent semesters at Mason, a total of 49 students received the PASS Certificate of Completion on May 7, 2020. In spite of not being able to celebrate in person, students got their congratulation letters and PASS certificates virtually. It is clear that CHSS students participating in the PASS program effectively demonstrated the persistence, commitment and motivation necessary to achieve their goals and overcome obstacles ahead of them. We are very proud of everybody’s efforts!

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Opening Meet & Greet Social -  Spring 2020

The PASS program and the Peer Student Success Coaching (PSSC) program had a successful opening meet and greet social event yesterday at SUB 1 Patriot's Lounge. It was amazing to see over 30 students in our mandatory cohort showing up to meet with our PASS Mentors and Peer Student coaches that will be supporting you throughout this semester! Thank you for all those who attended the event and we look forward to helping you all achieve your goals this Spring semester!

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PASS Certificate Ceremony, Fall 2019

Another successful term celebrating our amazing students!

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PASS at ITL Conference - Fall 2019

PASS advisors Erin McSherry and Diana Keay presented an overview of the PASS program at the Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference organized by the Stearns Center for Teaching and Learning at George Mason University on September 30, 2019.  The PASS program makes a difference in academic and personal success!

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Did you know that PASS is also a resource for instructors? - Fall 2019

With PASS instructors can: 

•Apply an holistic view of student experiences and challenges
•Engage in developmental conversations using a practical frame
•Embrace a comprehensive approach to academic success
•Opportunity for Collaboration
•Partner with departments on below 2.0 outreach
•Build or enhance a similar program
•Contribute knowledge on student difficulty and strategies for improving academic outcomes

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PASS Certificate Recipients - Spring 2019

On Thursday, May 2nd,  we celebrated 61 students who completed the PASS program during the Spring 2019. Congratulations to the recipients of the PASS certificate! 

Last Fall, 13 students received the certificate, so we were very excited to have more than a fourfold increase of recipients this time.

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Students Recognized for their Commitment to Overcome Academic Difficulties - Fall 2018

The Office of Undergraduate Academic Affairs (UAA) in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences awarded certificates of completion on December 4, 2018 to 13 students who completed the Personal Academic Support and Success PASS program during the fall 2018 semester. This marks the first time the office formally recognized the commitment given by students experiencing academic difficulties and who completed the PASS program in an effort to achieve personal and academic success.

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Maegan Basl (right), sophomore, B.S. Psychology

receiving the PASS certificate of completion.

The PASS program is designed to offer support to transfer students with low academic standing following their first semester at Mason in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Program students like junior Josiane Yoka participated in individualized coaching and advising sessions with Diana Keay, the Academic Success Advisor for UAA.

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The PASS program provides students with tools to assess and improve key areas of student success, increase awareness of campus resources, as well as how to use their support network inside and outside Mason.

In 2019, UAA plans to utilize the PASS program model to expand outreach to other student populations within the College. Additional information about UAA’s academic standing support programs can be found on our website: