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[Support Programs and Services for Students]

CENTER FOR TEACHING AND LEARNING

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides academic support designed to improve students' academic performance. Visit our Web site at www.ctl.ua.edu for more information. Units administered by the CTL include the following:

ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES

Learning Enhancement. Services are provided to help students (a) succeed in University of Alabama courses, (b) improve study techniques, (c) improve reading skills, and (d) prepare for professional school and graduate school entrance examinations. The CTL maintains a dual-service orientation to advance learning strategies for academically gifted students and to enhance learning strategies for students who need to strengthen their academic skills.

In the Independent Study Lab (124 Osband Hall), students can use computer programs, videotapes, multimedia programs, and other self-paced learning materials. The lab has resources for students who want to improve their study skills or their performance in language, math, biology, chemistry, physics, statistics, and engineering. Videotaped lectures from many math, chemistry, engineering, and statistics courses are available in the lab. The lab also provides resources for entrance exam preparation.

The Tutorial Assistance Program provides individualized help with specific classes. There is no charge for this service, and appointments may be made by visiting 109 Osband Hall or calling (205) 348-8854. Help with University of Alabama math courses is available through weekly Math Help Sessions and through Math Test Reviews that precede class test dates. Additional help with specific courses is provided via regularly scheduled Supplemental Instruction Sessions that meet three times per week.

CTL offers a one credit hour Study Skills Course, NEW 222. This course presents efficient ways to pursue academic activities. In addition, non-credit Study Skills Workshops are offered frequently, covering topics like time management, speed reading, reading comprehension, vocabulary enhancement, note taking, memory methods, test preparation, test taking, and motivation.

CTL also offers a credit-earning course, BCE 101 Freshman Seminar. This course focuses on student success by helping first-year students (a) acquire an orientation to the functions and resources of the University; (b) adjust to the University environment; (c) establish relationships through interaction with faculty, advisers, and other students; and (d) develop essential academic skills.

Students who plan to take entrance examinations for graduate or professional school can review relevant materials in the Independent Study Lab. Additionally, through the Kaplan on Campus Program, UA students can enroll in Kaplan review courses at substantially reduced cost.

Students may obtain program information, use resources, or talk with a staff member about services by visiting 101 Osband Hall or by calling (205) 348-5175. The center is open Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. and Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.

MCNAIR SCHOLARS PROGRAM

The McNair Scholars Program prepares eligible students for successful entry into and completion of doctoral degree programs. Participants benefit from the following program components:

An undergraduate student who meets the following criteria is eligible to submit an application: (a) has completed at least 60 hours of coursework, (b) has at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA, (c) and either is a first-generation college student with an income level established by the U.S. Department of Education or is a member of a group that is under-represented in graduate education. A panel composed of University faculty and staff reviews applications and selects 20 students to participate each year.

For more information, contact the McNair Scholars Program, The University of Alabama, 326 Osband Hall, Box 870304, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0304; (205) 348-0572; fax (205) 348-0447; www.ctl.ua.edu/MSP.

STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

Purpose of the program. Student Support Services (SSS) is a comprehensive, federally funded TRIO program that offers academic assistance to qualified undergraduate students at The University of Alabama.

The goal of SSS is to increase retention and graduation rates of eligible students through academic assistance, counseling, advising, and other forms of individualized support services. SSS participants are helped in determining their specific strengths and weaknesses so that the program can offer the most appropriate assistance for each student.

Key program components. Student Support Services participants will

Criteria for eligibility. Any undergraduate student who is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, has been accepted for enrollment at The University of Alabama, has a program-approved academic need* for assistance, and meets one or more of the following federal criteria is eligible to submit an application:

a) Is a first-generation college student (if you lived with both parents, both parents/guardians did not graduate from a four-year college or university; if you lived with only one parent, that parent did not graduate from a four-year college or university)

b) Is eligible for financial aid at a level established by the U.S. Department of Education

c) Is a student with a documented disability (physical or learning)


*Academic need, as defined for purposes of Student Support Services, includes any one or more of the following:


Becoming a participant. A student may apply to become a participant in the SSS program at any point in his or her undergraduate career (freshman to senior) and at any point in the semester. Applications will be reviewed at the beginning of each semester. If a student is deemed eligible to receive services and space is available in the program, he or she will be admitted. For an application or for more information, contact Student Support Services, The University of Alabama, 225 Osband Hall, Box 870304, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0304; (205) 348-7087; fax (205) 348-5585; www.ctl.ua.edu/sss.

GEAR UP

A new federally funded and local educational partnership program, GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) provides students and their families with comprehensive support services to prepare for college. Program components include enhanced curricular offerings, summer activities, information about college options and the college application process, and financial aid. The program also offers academic preparation in advanced level coursework for students in grades seven through twelve.

At the local level, the intent of GEAR UP is to

GEAR UP's approach is unique among federal programs because it complements existing federal programs by starting no later than the 7th grade; staying with students through high-school graduation; and transforming schools by working with entire grades of students. Services include mentoring, tutoring, strengthening curriculum, teacher professional development, summer and after-school academic and enrichment programs, and college visits. Other program components are college scholarship support from partner colleges; leveraging local resources by encouraging community organizations to partner with low-income middle schools with a one-for-one match requirement; and bolstering state efforts by encouraging early college preparation.

GEAR UP provides an opportunity for UA students to volunteer service hours in tutoring and mentoring activities.

For more information, contact GEAR UP, The University of Alabama, 304 Osband Hall, Box 870304, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0304 (205) 348-2343; fax (205) 348-2344; www.ctl.ua.edu/gear-up.

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