Academic Success Archway Program (A.S.A.P)

Academic Success Archway Program (A.S.A.P)

Programme réussite scolaire

(Details of the Fall 2019 A.S.A.P will be posted in the coming weeks)

The A.S.A.P. program is a four-day intensive university transition program that will be taking place one week prior to the start of the Fall semester from Sunday, August 25 to Thursday, August 29. It is designed to help students evolve from a Canadian high school or CEGEP setting and gain practical skills, competencies and confidence that will assist them in succeeding at Bishop’s University. This program is not remedial in nature and will not “fix” students. Instead, it is designed to help students become better learners and help introduce them to campus resources. The program will have a maximum of thirty-five students and this small cohort program is designed for students who WANT to succeed, who WILL fully participate and engage, and who ARE committed to being an integral member of the Bishop’s community.

The program:

The A.S.A.P. program will have students arrive at Bishop’s on Sunday, where they will be moving into and living in Paterson Hall for the duration of the A.S.A.P. program. Sunday night will include an evening reception and campus tour for the students and the academic program will officially begin at 9:00 am on Monday morning. Each day will consist of two to three workshop sessions focused on academic preparation (9 am until 4 pm) as well as evening social integration activities (4 pm until 9 pm). Meals are also included with the program (breakfast, lunch and dinner at Dewhurst Dining Hall). Attendance at all workshops, meals and activities is mandatory.

Here are some of the deliverables or outcomes students participating in the A.S.A.P. program will achieve:

  • How to take notes in class
  • How to be an effective student
  • How to participate in class
  • How to read productively
  • How to prepare for class discussions
  • How to manage your time
  • How to construct an argument (critical thinking and expression)
  • How to start thinking about the purpose of your education at Bishop’s
  • How will you grow as an adult
  • How do you seek out and ask for help
  • How do you succeed at university
  • What is the change and difference between high school or CEGEP and university
  • How do you integrate into a new community
  • How do you make the most of your time in the Bishop’s, Lennoxville and Sherbrooke communities

But the A.S.A.P. program doesn’t end after the four days of learning academic skills and social integration. As an A.S.A.P. student, you will meet with the program mentor during your first semester at Bishop’s as well as upper year students that will provide support and tips to help you succeed. In addition, you’ll be required to bring two assignments/papers to the Writing Centre. You will also have an opportunity to meet with our Life Coach to learn more about the success coaching services and the annual leadership retreat that is open to first and second year students through an application and selection process.

Measuring Success

How will we measure success? Research demonstrates that most students will have their academic average drop about 10%-15% compared to their high school or CEGEP averages. Our success will be measured by having students in this program break those trends and have a first year average as close to, or better than, the admission average with which they entered Bishop’s.

How do I join A.S.A.P?

Students cannot simply join the A.S.A.P. program; rather they are selected – both by us and by themselves. Once students apply to Bishop’s and supply high school or CEGEP transcripts, selected students will be contacted via email to tell them more about the A.S.A.P. program and invited to apply. We will ask you to create a short video and complete an application form. Bishop’s is a community in which we look for individuals of all backgrounds to gather together to learn, lead, engage, challenge, enquire, experiment, build, nurture and grow. We are looking for students that will build upon our #PurplePride and be contributing members of our family. Do you have PURPLE inside of you?

Students receiving an offer to the A.S.A.P program must confirm their place in the program by the deadline provided in the email, and abide by the Bishop’s University Student Code of Conduct and the Residence Community Living Standards. They must also pay the $1000 CAD program fee. This fee will cover all meals, accommodations and program organized social activities.

The Successful completion of the A.S.A.P. program will be determined by the faculty coordinator and the A.S.A.P. committee. Meeting the following expectations will constitute successful completion of the program:

  1. Active and prepared participation in all mandatory A.S.A.P. activities;
  2. Completion of all assignments;
  3. Agreeing to mandatory meetings with designated Bishop’s faculty and staff during the first semester.

For more information about the A.S.A.P. program please contact the Admissions Office (