The minimum retention grade established by the institution is 2.00 and the student is automatically placed in probation when the grade point average falls to 2.00. A student placed on probation is contacted by the professional counselor to better understand the issues the student may need to resolve in order to improve academic performance. However, the DPD has established a new policy that will apply to students admitted to the Program on or after the Fall semester of 2019. New policy indicates the students must earn a general and concentration grade point average of 3.0 in order to receive a Verification Statement at the end of their coursework. An early detection system, permits identification of students that can benefit from tutoring services and other resources on campus to help them improve their academic performance.
Since the Fall 2016 semester, a peer-mentoring program among first year students and senior DPD students has been implemented. Members of the two student organizations; Círculo de Dietética and Nutrition Journal Club, welcome new students within the first month of classes and each is paired to first year students, exchange contact information, answer questions, concerns or reassure them of their availability to help them integrate to the Program and transition to the University.
Institutional retention strategies available at: http://estudiantes.uprrp.edu/programa-de-reclutamiento-y-retencion-para-el-exito-estudiantil/