Promoting Academically Successful Students (PASS)

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The University Access Programs (UAP) Office was awarded funding through the Connecticut Office of Higher Education Minority Advancement Program for the Promoting Academically Successful Students (PASS) program. The PASS program provides supportive services to students of color who are on academic probation/warning.

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About PASS

By participating in the Promoting Academically Successful Students (PASS) Program you will be a part of a cultural inclusive BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) community, where students will be given the tools to succeed and learn how to navigate other campus resources. Most of all, the PASS program has proven to help students get off academic warning/probation in one-two semesters and increase a sense of belonging at Southern.  

What will PASS offer

  • Academic Enhancement Support with peer tutors
  • Advocacy Support providing holistic support (academic coaching and navigating campus resources)
  • Social Emotional Learning informative and fun workshops, programs, and events
  • Career Exploration Opportunities to evaluate and help students learn about various career options.

Benefits PASS offers

All of the supports and services offered are grounded in alleviating obstacles to academic success. PASS offers benefits that help students participating in the program in need through the Book Loan Program, and Laptop Loan Program for students on a first-come, first-served basis.

Who qualifies for PASS

Important: Only SCSU students of color on academic warning/probation within the cumulative GPA range of a 1.55 and 1.99. Space is limited to 50 students and admission is not guaranteed once the program is filled.

Deadline for Registration: No later than the end of the first week of the semester. However, the earlier you register, the better chance you have of being admitted.


A collage of students with the logo for the University Access Program promoting Spring 2020

History of PASS

To date, 450 SCSU students of color, referred to as Rising Scholars, have been selected to take part in the PASS program. The SCSU PASS program has four components: academic enhancements, social-emotional learning, advocacy, and career exploration. All of the supports and services offered are grounded in alleviating obstacles to academic success, while holistically supporting students. Over the last five semesters, 67% of the students who have completed the PASS program are no longer on academic probation/warning.


For more information about PASS program, please contact

Dominique Burrell
PASS Program Coordinator
(203) 392-8378