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Dear UIC Students, Faculty and Staff:

The VPUA’s Office for Research on Student Success (ORSS) is pleased to announce the second lecture event of its campus lecture series, showcasing research being carried out across UIC to better understand and ultimately improve the success of UIC students. The ORSS Lecture Series on Student Success Research grew out of the UIC Student Success Initiative, and has the dual purpose of opening a cross-disciplinary dialogue among researchers employing different perspectives and approaches to answer related questions about student success at UIC, and putting that research into the hands of practitioners who can make use of it for the benefit of our students.

Sincerely,

Sue Farruggia
Assistant Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs

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Monday, April 11, 3:00-4:30 p.m.
Academic Probation, Student Performance, and Strategic Behavior
Marcus Casey, Assistant Professor of Economics Lecture Center D4

“We study how academic probation affects outcomes and behaviors at a large public university using an RD design. Consistent with past work, students on probation improve their GPA in the following semester. We document that part of this GPA improvement is attributable to strategic course taking. Probation causes students to attempt fewer credits, attempt easier courses, and withdraw from more courses, suggesting that GPA improvements need not correspond to increased effort or learning. Strategic course taking is concentrated among students with better non-cognitive skills, consistent with the notion that it is easier for these students to navigate complex educational environments.”