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Second Opportunity for Academic Refocus at K-State (SPARK) program is for students who earned less than a 1.0 GPA during their first semester at K-State and who are reinstated to K-State.

The SPARK program will help you find academic success, stay on track for graduation, and develop skills that you can use in your college career and after graduation. We achieve this through academic coaching, tutoring, and meeting with your academic advisor in addition to taking a 3 hour course, Academic Refocus Seminar, that will provide self-assessment and motivational components, as well as practical study skills.

To participate in SPARK, you must complete all of the following steps.

  • Carefully consider whether the SPARK program is right for you at this time.
  • If you decide to participate, please thoughtfully complete the SPARK Survey, which will include the SPARK Workbook, by Monday, January 7, 2019.
  • Attend the required SPARK Orientation on Thursday, January 17 at 10:30 a.m. in the Bluemont Room in the K-State Student Union. PLEASE NOTE: Classes begin on Tuesday, January 22; this orientation is the Thursday before classes begin. 
  • YOU MUST BRING your completed SPARK WORKBOOK to participate in the Orientation. You will meet with an academic advisor to enroll, which may not be until later in the day.
  • You will enroll in a maximum of 13 hours, including the Academic Refocus Seminar.

If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Alison Wheatley, Assistant Dean, College of Arts and Sciences at artsci@ksu.edu, or 785-532-6904.

We hope you consider participating in the SPARK program!

Please note that if you do NOT attend SPARK orientation and enrollment on January 17, 2019, you will not be able to return to K-State for the spring semester. You will remain in dismissed status and will have to wait two semesters for re-entry, per the academic dismissal policy at K-State.

If you choose not to participate in SPARK, if appropriate, please complete the following items. This will ensure you can easily transition back into K-State when you are ready to do so!

  • Contact Housing & Dining Services to cancel your contract and make arrangements to retrieve your belongings.
  • Cancel your campus parking permit. You may be able to get a refund for the remainder of the year.
  • Notify financial aid. If you have loans from the first semester, you may be responsible for beginning to make payments after six months of last enrolled date.
  • Stay in touch with your academic advisor! Your advisor can help you as you plan for your time away from K-State, and to help you develop the best plan for transition back to the university.
  • Check your KSIS account to resolve any holds you may have. Again, this will put you in a good position to return when you are ready!