The purpose of the College Restoration Program is:
- To assess student's areas of interference to their academic success at RIT.
- To provide skills instruction and guided practice in areas such as math, writing, reading, time management, and study skills in order to increase each student's ability to accurately perceive, process, evaluate, and consolidate college-level material for long-term retention.
- To train students to set and accomplish specific and realistic goals.
- To coach students in developing greater academic autonomy.
- To engage students in activities and discussions that will assist them in discovering how new patterns of behavior may increase their academic success.
- To increase student's self-esteem as they master techniques that will assist them in effectively managing their day-to-day lives, performing well academically, and practicing persistence despite challenge and adversity.
- To develop working relationships with peers and instructors, and to strengthen their ability to communicate effectively within the RIT environment.
- To guide students in being proactive and making appropriate choices that will maximize their options, which will allow them to advocate for themselves.
- To prepare students to return to their academic department or choose a new department of study at RIT.
The College Restoration Program is a specialized academic intervention program based on the belief that a student's academic performance is the result of more than native intelligence. Academic performance is also a reflection of the student's learning skills, self-awareness, attitude, study strategies, organization, and time management. Students in serious academic difficulty can significantly improve their performance with appropriate training and support.
The College Restoration Program began in 1970 to assist students facing academic probation or suspension. CRP classes are based on research in brain-based learning and developmental education. Initially, only four or five students participated in CRP each term. Today the program has grown to a capacity of 55 students per term, and it has been extended to include transitional support during the term following CRP. As many as 85 students may be involved with some aspect of CRP during a given term.
CRP plays a significant role in Institute retention, and it has had a powerful impact on the lives of many students. On average, approximately 70-75% of our students return to RIT colleges the term following CRP, and around 70% of those returned remain at RIT after three terms.
CRP students can point to many possible causes of poor academic performance: not learning how to study in high school, choosing the wrong major, poor time management skills, personal problems, inability to set and follow priorities, not accessing resources, and poor self-awareness. CRP is a welcome alternative to suspension and an opportunity to identify and address factors that have contributed to their academic difficulties.