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Frequently Asked Questions

I have a PADR hold on my record preventing me from registering for classes or updating my schedule. What should I do?


If you have a PADR hold on your record it generally means that you will be required to enroll in a PADR class your next semester at TTU. You will need to contact the PADR office as soon as possible to discuss your PADR requirement and have the hold removed. Please call 742-3928 or stop by Holden Hall room 56 to speak with an advisor. In order to make the process as easy as possible, please ensure that you are at a computer and can access Raiderlink when you call the PADR office. A member of the PADR staff will assist you in choosing the right PADR class for you and will remove your hold so that you can register for a section. The process is very quick and easy and will have you on your way to registration in no time.

Why should I take PADR?


PADR helps you with opportunities for academic and personal skills development. PADR teaches you to be not only efficient but effective, in order to get your desired results (A's and B's) consistently! We can help you hone your study and note-taking skills, increase the effectiveness of your reading, develop memory techniques, and improve your test taking skills. PADR also helps you to develop personal management skills. Personal management skills are more than learning to budget your time. In PADR, you'll learn to manage the complexities of your life! You'll identify what motivates you to be in school, what long term goals you have, how to create stepping stones toward your larger goals, and how to keep your life in balance.

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Is it mandatory for me to take PADR?


The following students are required to take PADR: Students (freshmen or transfer) who did not achieve a 2.0 GPA their first semester at Texas Tech or students (freshmen or transfer) of the College of Arts & Sciences who did not achieve a 2.25 GPA their first semester at Texas Tech; any student of The College of Human Sciences with less than 30 credit hours earned at Texas Tech who did not achieve a 2.0GPA in any one term; students in the College of Engineering whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0; Students (freshmen or transfer) in the College of Media and Communication who did not achieve a 2.25 GPA their first semester at Texas Tech; Students (freshmen or transfer) in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources who did not achieve a 2.0 GPA their first semester at Texas Tech; Students (freshmen or transfer) who did not achieve a 2.0 GPA their first semester at Texas Tech; University Studies (freshmen or transfer) who did not achieve a 2.0 their first semester at Texas Tech (this includes TTUD & PREN students); all students previously required to enroll in PADR but did not complete the course because of nonattendance or other reasons; all students previously required to enroll in PADR but failed the course; any student mandated by an advisor, Dean, or other college official to complete a PADR course. PADR courses are optional for all other students at Texas Tech University.

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How do I determine my status?


Probational: freshmen who did not achieve a 2.0 GPA their first semester at Texas Tech
Returning: All students returning from academic suspension. Once considered returning from suspension, your status remains 'returning from suspension' until successfully completing PADR.
Repeater: All students who are retaking PADR because they previously failed the course or were withdrawn due to absenses, or dropped the course after the Last Day to Drop a Course.

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What happens if I miss class?


Because attendance is vital to academic success, the PADR attendance policy is strictly enforced.

Attendance is mandatory if you are enrolled in PADR as a condition of your enrollment in the University. If you exceed the allotted number of absences for the term (5 absences in Spring and Fall and 3 absences in summer terms) you will be allowed to file an appeal. Appeals must be submitted to the PADR office in the appropriate timeframe as dictated by the term you are enrolled in (5 business days for Spring and Fall and 3 business days for Summer terms).

Remember it is your responsibility to keep track of your absences. It is suggested you track this in the planner provided to you by PADR. Students may verify their recorded absences by checking the attendance sheets or by contacting the PADR office directly.

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I have exceeded the number of allowed absences for the PADR course.
How can I avoid withdrawal from class/university?


You will be automatically dropped from your PADR course following the first absence exceeding the number allowed as dictated by the term that you are enrolled in (see above). The PADR advisor will withdraw you and notify you via email. Students who have exceeded the allotted number of absences for a term will be allowed to file an Appeal of Withdrawal form.
To complete an Appeal form, please click the link below. Print the form, fill it out and attach any pertinent documentation, and deliver the completed form to the PADR office (Holden Hall room 56).

  • Appeal Form
  • Please have your Appeal form turned into the PADR office within the allotted number of business days as dictated by the term you are enrolled in (5 business days for Spring and Summer and 3 business days for Summer terms). Late appeals will be reviewed and, in certain cases, approved by the department. These special cases MUST be discussed with the PADR Advisor in HH 56

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    How much is the PADR course fee?

    There is a $200 nonrefundable course fee.

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    Am I required to purchase any books?

    Yes. You will be required to purchase the TTU Semester Workbook from select bookstores. Your instructor may require you to purchase additional material(s) as stated in your syllabus.

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    What is the course length?

    PADR courses run the first 13 weeks of the fall and spring terms. Classes meet on standard university time cycle (MWF for 50 minutes or TR for 1 hour and 20 minutes). PADR courses run the first 3 weeks of each 4 week summer term. Summer classes meet on standard university time cycle (MTWRF for 1 hour and 50 minutes).

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    What happens if I fail PADR or am withdrawn from PADR?

    Once required to enroll in PADR, a student must repeat the course during every term of enrollment at Texas Tech University until successful completion. Successful completion of a PADR course includes finishing the course (not being withdrawn for non-attendance or other issues) and attaining a grade of DP (Developmental Pass).
    Students returning from suspension who are withdrawn from PADR will be withdrawn from the University also. Probational students withdrawn from PADR will not be withdrawn from the university.

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    I am trying to register for PADR on RaiderLink, but it says all sections are closed. What should I do?

    If you have issues registering for a PADR course please contact PADR office via email (xl.pass@ttu.edu), phone (806-742-3928), or in person Monday through Friday 8 A.M. to 5 P.M. (Holden Hall room 56). A number of registration issues could be causing the error, and a member of the PADR staff will be happy to assist you and get you registered.

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    I have already passed PADR but now I am returning from suspension. Do I need to take PADR again?

    If you have ever passed PADR you will never be required to repeat the course regardless of your circumstances.

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