The Student Academic Affairs Office (SAAO) in the College of Education addresses all undergraduate student issues. It is the common goal of all SAAO personnel that each and every undergraduate student succeed in their goal to become a teacher. To this end, the Teacher Success Initiative (TSI) was developed in the fall of 2007. The TSI program is designed to support students in their quest to succeed academically at the university level and reach their goal of becoming a teacher.

Students meeting designated criteria will be invited to participate in TSI. The TSI Adviser meets individually with all TSI students at the beginning of the semester and a plan is established between the student and adviser that outlines agreed upon meeting dates and goals for the semester.

Once a student is recognized as a TSI candidate and participation is requested by the College, the student should realize their compliance will be an expected component of the petition process should the student ever find it necessary to petition the College regarding their academic status.

What are the components of the program?

Students meet with the TSI Adviser on a regular basis throughout the semester to monitor their academic progress and determine a specific course of action to succeed academically at the university level.

In order to monitor academic progress, students will be encouraged to meet with their instructors throughout the semester and gather feedback on their standing in classes. This information will be shared with the TSI adviser on a regular basis.

A commitment to solid study time is a prerequisite to academic success. Students will plan and track study hours on a weekly basis.

Individual meeting topics may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Self Assessment
  • Time Management
  • Test Anxiety
  • Test Taking Strategies
  • Study Skills (textbook reading, note taking, etc…)
  • Goal Setting
  • Motivation
  • Procrastination
  • Learning styles
  • Stress
  • Success
  • Career Choice


If you have any questions about the Teacher Success Initiative program, please contact the Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs, Kathy Ryan,