UW-Madison - Department of Counseling Psychology - AES History and Success

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Department of
Counseling Psychology

School of Education
335 Education Building
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MadisonWI  53706-1326

Tel: 608/262-4807
Fax: 608/265-4174

Email: counpsych@education.wisc.edu
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History and Success

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  • The “Academic Enhancement Seminars” (AES) has been in existence since 1992, addressing the needs of students on academic probation.

  • The one-credit module is offered through the Department of Counseling Psychology (270-115), with the generous support of the Office of the Provost, Division of Diversity, Equity, and Educational Advancement and the Wisconsin Alliance for Minority Participation.

  • AES groups are led by doctoral and masters’ students from the Department of Counseling Psychology who are well-versed in active listening, empathetic and genuine rapport building, small group processing, and student empowerment skills.
  • For the 2014-2015 academic year, a total of 31 sections, with class sizes of 4 to 11, were conducted for a total of 225 students who completed the AES program in its entirety.
  • Following program participation, 63% or 141 students were cleared from academic probation with 75% or 168 students who had a semester grade point average of greater than or equal to 2.0 for the 2014-2015 academic year. 
  • A total of ​1403 students have completed the AES program for the last ten years (05-06 to 14-15), with an average of 140 students completing each year. Two-thirds (65%) of those who completed AES over the last ten years were cleared from probation (n = 914) and over three-quarters (74%) had a 2.0 or above GPA (n = 1040) at the end of the semester in which they completed the AES program.

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