Douglass Academic Resource Center

IC.A.R.E. Intervention --- I A.chieve R.ealistic E.xpectations

Morehouse College is dedicated to helping students achieve academic excellence. The Office of Academic Affairs supports students in developing acuity, integrity and agency, committing to brotherhood, and having an impact that is consequential in the world. Through a comprehensive case management approach, the IC.A.R.E.  early intervention program encourages a culture of engagement, builds structured pathways for progressing through an academic program, sets realistic expectations, and provides holistic student support. With the professional advice of advising and coaching professionals, and other support staff, at-risk students will  implement a self-designed Personal Academic Success Plan to improve their  academic standing. Although the IC.A.R.E. is designed specifically for students who are at risk of separation from the College, it is open to all students who have fallen short of their academic potential and personal expectations.


Students are advised to earn 15 credit hours per semester or a minimum of 30 credit hours selected in consultation with an academic advisor in each academic year and earn a GPA well above a 2.0.

The Components of the I.C.A.R.E. Include:

  • Analysis –students identify academic goals and challenges using an electronic form
  • Early Alert Through Starfish Solutions– A system that connects faculty, advisors, and success coaches to students
  • Success 360 –Tasks and timelines for students to overcome identified challenges to success
  • Journals – Note taking for students, and advising and counseling professionals
  • Online Reference Guides – Connect students to campus and community resources


Faculty TouchPoints

Faculty members help to define appropriate interventions and redirection strategies. As part of effective classroom management, they:

  1. meet with students when there is a failure to adhere to the Attendance Policy and/or poor performance before midterm to help develop a plan of action.
  2. if necessary, refer students for follow up by emailing The support staff in Douglass will determine if additional support is required and handle all referral forms.
  3. assign a midterm grade with last date of attendance.
  4. have a follow up meeting with the student before withdrawal date.
  5. assign a final grade with last date of attendance if grade is an F.

Academic Advising and Coaching

Faculty Advisors serve a pivotal role in ensuring that students persist toward graduation by:

  • helping incoming students build their 4 Year Plan of Study, set schedules for their first year, and understand the graduation requirements
  • providing an academic glossary to assist students with their transition from high school to college
  • meeting with students who are reported to not be attending class
  • making referrals to the Academic Skills Enhancement Specialist and Student Success Team
  • monitoring the academic progress of majors and students in the division and make recommendation to the Department Chairs

An Academic Skills Enhancement Specialist will design and execute Personal Academic Success Plans and group learning plans for students who need to develop academic skills (reading, research, writing and revision, note-taking, test-taking and preparation, study habits, time management, etc.). The Specialist also monitors the academic progress and, through collaborations with the faculty advisors, works directly with student athletes as well as at-risk, probation, and re-entry students to strengthen and improve their academic performance. In particular, the Academic Skills Enhancement Specialist: 

  • meets with students who are doing poorly in class (beyond class attendance) to develop a Personal Academic Success Plan
  • coordinates and implements student success programs that advance persistence and maximize academic performance with an emphasis on student-athletes' class attendance and performance. 
  • works closely with students at risk of separation from the College or becoming academically ineligible to participate in college sports or student organizations
  • works with the class deans and residential staff to engage at-risk students
  • conducts Work4Success Skillshops (academic workshops)
  • supervises and oversees tutoring/study halls
  • works with Pre-Freshmen Summer Enrichment Program, New Student Orientation, and First Year Experience staff as necessary to help build academic skills
  • provides detailed reports to show the improvements of students from year to year.
  • alerts students who have dropped below a “C” in more than one class midway through the semester. Successful students read and respond to their Alerts and access the appropriate campus resources.

Student Commitment

Students must commit to the changes in behavior necessary to achieve academic success. This commitment begins with developing a Personal Academic Success Plan that will be submitted to both their divisional and faculty advisor for approval. The Plan must include:

  • no unexcused absences from class for the remainder of the semester,
  • assistance from the instructors for courses in which they are underperforming,
  • minimum grades needed to achieve academic good standing,
  • the use of such support services as tutoring, the Writing Center, the Counseling Center, and Work4Success Skillshops, and
  • consequences for failure to meet plan expectations.

The plan might include career exploration to determine if the major selected is the best choice. Records of class attendance and evidence of use of support services (including journaling of activities) will be required.

The Academic Skills Enhancement Specialist will require that you attend a series of MANdatory academic success workshops if you have more than one midterm grade that is below C-. You should also see the professor for the course(s) and your academic advisor well before the official withdrawal date.

Student Success Team

The Student Success Team is a collaborative student support initiative comprised of members from the Office of Academic Affairs and The Office of Student Services who are committed to working together in a confidential manner to assist students through challenging times. The team meets weekly to review student conduct and each semester to discuss academic achievement/progress, etc. Based on a referral from the faculty advisors or staff Douglass Academic Resource Center, the team implements an intervention plan and continues to follow up with the student with a purpose of fostering success at Morehouse.