University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

First-Year Success Program

The First-Year Success Program (FYSP) is required for students admitted on a provisional basis. It features a comprehensive set of support services designed to foster academic and personal success during the first semester of college.

How Does it Work?

Students are notified of their participation through their acceptance letter from Pitt-Johnstown. During the summer, students receive additional information about the program and have the opportunity to meet with their Academic Success Center counselors during Planning Days. Throughout the fall semester, students meet regularly with their academic counselors, who closely monitor progress, provide support, and refer students to campus resources. The academic counselor’s primary goal is to understand the student as an individual and to tap into his or her strengths to develop a plan for success. In most cases, a close relationship is established between the student and academic counselor, who becomes the “go-to” person for the student.

What Are the Program Requirements?

  • Participation in the three-credit course, CAS 1917: Foundations of Learning
    CAS 1917: Foundations of Learning (3 credits)

    This 3-credit course examines the academic and psychosocial components of effective college learning.  Students will explore their identities as learners and build skills to maximize academic potential.  CAS 1917 is intended for freshman or sophomores and is a requirement for students participating in FYSP and GOAL.

    INDIST 0004: Career Exploration and Planning (1 credit)

    This course will focus on major theoretical approaches to career development and the decision-making process. Its goals are to help students identify and explore their academic and career options and maximize the college experience to achieve their post-graduate plans.

  • Participation in bi-weekly meetings with assigned ASC academic counselors
  • Participation in five study hall hours per week in the Academic Success Center
  • Completion of mid-term grade report

This Program Works!

FYSP participants consistently outperform much of the general first-year student population in the first semester at Pitt-Johnstown. A quarter of fall 2014 participants obtained Dean’s List, a rate matching the rest of their freshman class. We believe much of the success of our students is linked to the intrusive nature and high level of accountability of the program. Students benefit from the highly structured environment — creating an important bridge from high school to college. In addition, a high correlation exists between program component compliance and academic achievement.