Our Philosophy

Our Philosophy

Appreciative Advising helps students capitalize and make meaningful their collegiate, academic, and extra-curricular opportunities and experiences. Appreciative Advising is a reciprocal approach to advising where both the student and the advisor benefit and learn. The ultimate goal is to lead a change of perspective for both the advisor and the student.” –Bloom, Huston, and He (2008)

In alignment with the University of Southern California (USC) retention initiatives, the Office of Academic Review and Retention will construct and assemble strategic partnerships with key constituents across campus and in the community to advance the persistence and retention of academic probation and readmitted students. This will be accomplished through innovative student-centered programming and interventions offered through the Appreciative Advising Program for students on academic probation and those at risk of falling onto academic probation.

Goals for Students

Student Success (2.0-2.3)

To prevent students who have a cumulative GPA of 2.0-2.3 from falling into academic probation.

Avoiding Academic Probation

To assist the students on academic probation at the University of Southern California in returning to good academic standing.

Avoiding Disqualification

To decrease the number of USC students who may be academically disqualified from the university.


To facilitate the readmission of students who have been academically disqualified from USC.


To increase the six-year graduation rate of USC’s undergraduate population.