PASS Program Overview

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The Personal Academic Support and Success (PASS) program provides advising and motivational support to undergraduate students in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHSS). PASS utilizes a developmental model in addition to an appreciative advising model with the purpose of encouraging students to achieve their desired academic and personal outcomes.

PASS Mentors within the CHSS Academic Affairs Office guide students toward accountability for their own success by understanding and applying effective personal and academic strategies to achieve individual goals. PASS students work on an Academic Success Contract that allows them to understand and maximize unique areas of success during individual advising sessions and through multiple activities. Students will also have the opportunity to explore and leverage their strengths, better access campus resources, and eliminate barriers.

The PASS program consists of a period of assessment and planning, an implementation period, and an evaluation and follow up period where students will work on specific developmental modules in order to achieve their desired goals. PASS provides customized resources to assess and develop key areas in student success. Depending on the unique needs of each student, students will be able to improve their competency in any of the 16 different developmental modules offered in PASS. These modules include mindset, persistence, optimism, motivation, sense of belonging, self-efficacy, planning, organizational, and communication skills, academic advising and degree success, awareness of resources, support network, career goals, learning skills, time management, student transition, and overall well-being.

CHSS Goals

  • Provide effective academic and personal support to the undergraduate student population
  • Identify trends and factors that affect good standing, retention, and engagement for undergraduate students
  • Provide effective preventive and intervention strategies to increase the rate of students in good standing and graduation completion

Student Goals

During participation in the PASS program, students will be able to:

  • Understand their current academic standing
  • Identify obstacles and factors involved in personal and academic success
  • Identify ways to return to or maintain good standing
  • Develop competencies in key areas of success
  • Develop an Academic Success Contract to achieve personal and academic success
  • Engage in the Mason community to achieve their goals

Student Learning Objectives

Participating students will:

  • Develop, in collaboration with their academic advisor, a semester schedule that is most conducive to their academic success.
  • Identify the factors that affected their progress in the previous semester and develop an Academic Success Contract with strategies for addressing challenges and improving academic outcomes.
  • Engage in developmental conversations with their PASS mentor while utilizing program resources to maximize opportunities for academic success.
  • Understand the role academic advising plays in student success and explore ways to improve the advisor-advisee relationship.
  • Demonstrate the ability to reflect on areas of strength and accomplishment over the course of the semester in PASS, as well as the specific strategies that facilitated this success.