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

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

Programme réussite scolaire

A.S.A.P. is a four-day intensive university transition program that takes place just before the Fall semester (Sunday, August 25 to Thursday, August 29, 2019). It is designed to help students gain the practical skills, competencies, and confidence necessary for a successful transition from high school or CEGEP into the university setting. This program is not remedial in nature and will not “fix” students. Instead, it includes activities to help students become better learners and to facilitate their integration into the campus community. The program welcomes a maximum of thirty-five students who are committed to fully engaging in their academic work and in the Bishop’s community at large.

The program:

A.S.A.P. students stay in Paterson Hall for the duration of the program and meals are provided from Sunday evening through Thursday evening. Scheduled activities begin Sunday night with a group dinner and campus tour. The academic program begins Monday morning and ends Thursday evening; each day consists of workshop sessions focused on academic preparation and evening social integration activities. Attendance at all workshops, meals and activities is mandatory.

The workshops are given by Bishop’s professors, administrators, student leaders, and staff, so students will form relationships with many key players in their education. The workshops include:

  • Developing a growth mindset
  • Personal resilience
  • Managing your education (e.g., course selection)
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Strategies for effective learning (note-taking, class preparation, exams)
  • Insider’s guide to the Library Learning Commons
  • The Writing Center and the EWP test
  • Coping with stress and anxiety
  • Campus resources and how to use them
  • What I wish I knew: Perspectives from returning students

However, A.S.A.P. doesn’t end with the beginning of the fall semester. A.S.A.P. students meet with program mentors during their first semester to help them deal with challenges as they arise. In addition, students have the opportunity to meet with the Academic Facilitator (Ms. Katie Bibbs) to set up support for their individual academic challenges.

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

Students cannot simply join A.S.A.P.; rather, they are selected – both by us and by themselves. Applicants are provide a short video or written submission about themselves and what they hope to gain from A.S.A.P. 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 selected for A.S.A.P 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.

Successful completion of A.S.A.P. 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 A.S.A.P. please contact the Admissions Office (