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Freshman Grade Point Recovery (FGPR) Program Orientation

Image of two bears hugging each other.  Text reads: Welcome back, we missed you. 

We're happy you're joining us this semester!  The Freshman Grade Point Recovery (FGPR) Program is an academic support system that helps students bounce back and have a successful first year at Bridgewater State University.  It includes an orientation, academic advising and coaching meetings, and semester planning.  

This online FGPR Orientation will help reacquaint you with graduation requirements, university policies, and academic support services.  It will also provide advising support for course registration.  Please follow the steps on the To Do List below, review the materials carefully, and follow up with your FGPR Advisor if you need any help.

Let’s get started! 

Follow STEPS #1-5 to complete the online FGPR Orientation

STEP #1 - Review FGPR Orientation Powerpoint

Review the provided FGPR Orientation Powerpoint Presentation for more information about the FGPR Program, graduation policies, academic support services including academic coaching, and course registration.

FGPR Orientation Presentation
The FGPR Orientation Presentation is available to view as a narrated video (above).  It's also available to download as a non-narrated Powerpoint presentation using the link below.

Download the FGPR Orientation Presentation here

STEP #2 - Complete the Following Forms

Please use the links below to access and complete the Trail to Success and FGPR Orientation Review forms. Be sure to fill out and submit both forms, so we can have a record of your FGPR Orientation attendance.  Additional forms, handouts and resources are available on the sidebar, if needed.


STEP #3 - Adjust or Build Your Schedule (If Needed)

- Students who ARE NOT registered for classes
Please look up the courses you want to take next semester, and build your schedule using the Fall 2020 Registration Form, which can be found on the right side bar.  Incorporate repeat courses if possible*.  You may register for a maximum of 13 credits.  You should then email your FGPR advisor to schedule a meeting to get cleared for registration or if you need any assistance with building your schedule.  

- Students who ARE registered for classes
Consider making adjustments to your schedule.  Incorporate repeat courses, if possible*.  Make sure you are not registered for more than 13 credits.  If you need any assistance with this, please email your FGPR advisor to schedule a meeting.

*Repeat course form required if you plan to repeat any course in which you previously earned a grade of D- or higher. Link to the form is available on the sidebar.
Watch the videos below for help with any of the following tasks:
- How to access and review your Degree Audit for information about your remaining degree requirements
- How to search for classes using Infobear
- How to register for classes using Infobear

Infobear 101 - Your Degree Audit
This video provides an overview of the information contained in your DegreeWorks Degree Audit. It includes instructions on how to access your Degree Audit, how to read it, and tips on how to use your Degree Audit to help you build your schedule.

Infobear 101 - Search for Classes
This video covers the basics of how to search for classes online using Infobear.  Basic Search and Advanced Search functions are reviewed.

Infobear 101 - Register for Classes
This video gives basic instructions on how to register for classes online using Infobear.  Multiple registration options are covered, as well as directions to drop classes from your schedule.

  Step #4 - Meet Your Advisor and Coach!


Click the images above to see welcome videos from your FGPR Academic Advisors and Academic Coaches.

STEP #5 - Schedule Meetings with Your Advisor & Coach

 Academic Advising Appointments 
You have been emailed the name of your FGPR Advisor for the upcoming semester. If you have concerns or questions about your Fall schedule/courses, you should email your Advisor to discuss them before the end of the Add/Drop period (September 10). 

Your first FGPR Advising meeting should take place after Add/Drop, between September 10-25. Watch the video above for instructions on how to make an Advising Appointment using Accudemia.

                 View Text Instructions Here (PDF | MS Word)

Advising Appointments will be available through Microsoft Teams video chat. For instructions on how to sign in for your advising appointment, and how to access and use Microsoft Teams, please visit this site: Advising Appointment Instructions

Academic Coaching Appointments
You will not be assigned a specific Academic Coach, but once you meet with a Coach, we recommend you continue to work with that same Coach throughout the semester. 

Your first Coaching meeting should occur between September 14-25.  Watch the video above for instructions on how to set up an Academic Coaching Appointment.

                        View Text Instructions Here (PDF)

Academic Coaching appointments will be available via Zoom.