GPS Tutoring Program

The GPS Tutoring Program is designed to connect students to academic support resources when they show signs of academic distress and will require students to complete instructor specified tutoring hours.

Tutoring Process GPS Tutor Logo

  1. A student enters the GPS Tutoring program at the first sign of academic distress as determined by individual departments.
  2. Faculty member discusses the grade or concern with the student, then submits a Gator Pass on student – select “GPS tutoring” as the reason.
  3. Gator Success Specialist receives notice and contacts the student to connect them to support resources.
  4. The student is referred to one of the following academic support resources:

    • Gator Success Center tutoring
    • Instructor tutoring (if subject is specialized)
    • Upswing online tutoring

  5. TRACK A - Student attends 1-hour of tutoring per week until*:
    • Passing grade on next major assignment (paper, test, project, etc.) OR
    • Overall grade is above 70%
    • When overall grade is above 70%, the Gator Success Center or instructor reports back to Gator Success Specialist that the tutoring need has been met. Upswing report will be processed and shared.

*This is the minimum tutoring requirement for a course participating in GPS Tutoring. Instructors are free to expand upon these requirements based upon the needs of the course.

  1. TRACK B - Student does not attend 1-hour tutoring:

    • Repercussions are determined by individual departments.
    • Gator Success Specialist is notified so the student record can be updated.

  2. At the end of the semester, the Gator Success Specialist will send a survey to every student who participated in the GPS Tutoring program.

Course Participation

The goal of this program (and the GPS program overall) is to increase the success of first year, first time in college students. To that end, first year courses are the primary courses the QEP team will focus on approaching for participation. However, every instructor has the opportunity to opt into the GPS Tutoring program if they should wish to be involved.

In order to participate, the instructor with their Program Director should determine:

  • What “the first sign of academic distress” looks like for their subject/department.
  • If the course will use the minimum tutoring standard for participation or expand upon the requirements.
  • What the repercussions are to the student for not completing the tutoring requirements.

The instructor will also draft a syllabus statement to notify students that they are taking a GPS Tutoring course and place it in the Grading & Evaluation Method section of the syllabus.

The syllabus statement should include:

  • What actions will enter them into the GPS program (list signs of academic distress)
  • Details of the tutoring requirements
  • Repercussions if not completed

Notify the QEP Director of their intention to participate. GPS Tutor Course Participation

During the semester, the instructor should do the following:

  • When students show signs of academic distress, discuss the situation with the student before recommending GPS tutoring and filling out the Gator Pass, so that the student is aware of what will be required of them.
  • Instructor should monitor GPS student's performance and notify the student and Gator Success Specialist when they have improved in the course.  

Dual Credit Students

Please note that while dual credit students have the same access to the Gator Success Center and Upswing as traditional students, they are not eligible to participate in the GPS Tutoring program. If a dual credit student is showing signs of academic distress, please fill out a Gator Pass, and the Gator Success Center, Dual Credit staff, and ISD Counselors will assist the student.


If you have questions or comments about the GPS Tutoring program, please contact the QEP Director, Samantha Smith, at

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