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?
Students who have a PADR hold on their record are generally required to enroll in a PADR class their next semester at TTU. These students should contact the PADR office as soon as possible to discuss PADR requirements/registration and have the hold removed. Students should call 806-742-3928 or stop by Drane Hall room 217 to speak with an advisor. In order to make the process as easy as possible, students should be at a computer and with access to Raiderlink when calling the PADR office. A member of the PADR staff will assist in choosing the right PADR class and will remove the PADR hold so that students can register for PADR. The process is very quick and easy and will have students on their way to registration in no time.
Why should I take PADR?
PADR is a proven academic recovery program designated to equip students with the skills required to achieve academic success throughout their college careers. PADR help students develop focus, purpose and direction to achieve success not only in academia but also on a personal and professional level. PADR addresses factors that limit academic performance and teaches students to implement strategies that will overcome those factors. Additionally, PADR will help students hone their study and note-taking skills, improve test-taking skills, and strengthen time and stress management strategies.
Is it mandatory for me to take PADR?
The following students are required to take PADR: Students (first-year students and transfer) in the College of Arts & Sciences who did not achieve a 2.25 GPA their first semester at Texas Tech; Students (first-year students and transfer) in the College of Human Sciences with less than 30 credit hours earned at Texas Tech who did not achieve a 2.0 GPA in any one term; students in the College of Engineering whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0; Students (first-year students and transfer) in the College of Media and Communication who did not achieve a 2.25 GPA their first semester at Texas Tech; Students (first-year students and transfer) in the College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources who did not achieve a 2.0 GPA their first semester at Texas Tech; Students in the Rawls College of Business (first-year students and transfer) who did not achieve a 2.0 GPA their first semester at Texas Tech; University Studies students (first-year students and transfer) who did not achieve a 2.0 their first semester at Texas Tech; University Advising students whose cumulative GPA falls below a 2.0; Students (first-year students and transfer) from all other academic areas who did not achieve a 2.0 GPA their first semester at Texas Tech; 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; all students returning from academic suspension who have not already successfully completed a PADR 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.
How do I determine my academic status for the purposes of PADR?
Probational: first-year students who did not achieve a 2.0 GPA their first semester at Texas Tech
or did not achieve the minimum GPA requirement as designated by their academic college.
Returning: All students returning from academic suspension. Once considered returning from suspension, a student's status with the PADR program remains 'returning from suspension' until successful completion of PADR.
Repeater: All students who are retaking PADR because they previously failed the course, were withdrawn due to absences, or dropped the course after the Last Day to Drop a Course.
What happens if I miss class?
Because attendance is vital to academic success, the PADR attendance policy is strictly enforced.
Attendance is mandatory in PADR classes as a condition of enrollment in the University. Students who exceed the allotted 5 (five) absences will be required to file an appeal to remain enrolled. Appeals must be submitted to the PADR office within 5 (five) business days.
Remember, it is the student's responsibility to keep track of absences. It is suggested that students track this in the planner provided by PADR. Students may verify their recorded absences by checking the attendance sheets or by contacting the PADR office directly.
I have exceeded the number of allowed absences for the PADR course. How can I avoid withdrawal from class/university?
Students are automatically dropped from their PADR course following the first absence
exceeding the number allowed as dictated by the term of enrollment (see above). The
PADR advisor will process the withdrawal and send notification 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 appropriate link below based on the semester of enrollment. Print the form, fill it out and attach any pertinent documentation, and deliver the completed form to the PADR office (Holden Hall room 56).
Students must submit appeals in person to 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 Drane Hall room 217
How much is the PADR course fee?
There is a $200 nonrefundable course fee.
Am I required to purchase any books?
Students are required to purchase the TTU custom textbook from selected bookstores (bookstore information will be communicated to PADR students each term). PADR instructors may require additional material(s) as stated in the syllabus.
What is the course length?
PADR courses run the full term excluding the week of finals in the fall and spring terms. Classes meet on the standard university time cycle, MWF for 50 minutes or TR for 1 hour and 20 minutes. PADR courses run 4 weeks during each summer term. Summer classes meet on the standard university time cycle, MTWRF for 1 hour and 50 minutes.
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.
I am trying to register for PADR on RaiderLink, but it says all sections are closed. What should I do?
Students who are having issues registering for a PADR course should contact the PADR office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org), 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 cause an error, and a member of the PADR staff will be happy to assist with registration.
I have already passed PADR but now I am returning from suspension. Do I need to take PADR again?
Students who have successfully completed a PADR or XL course but were subsequently placed on academic suspension will be required to enroll in a section of PADR 0090 (Academic Integration) as a condition of their return to TTU.