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2008-2010 Undergraduate Catalog
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The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides academic support designed to improve students’ academic performance. Visit our website at for more information. Units administered by the CTL include the following:


Learning Enhancement. Services are provided to help students (a) succeed in University of Alabama courses, (b) improve study techniques, (c) improve reading proficiencies, 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 performance.

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.

The CTL offers two Study Skills Courses. In NEW 222 students learn efficient ways to pursue academic activities. BEP 110 is a 3-hour course designed to improve learning skills and strategies. 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 Compass. 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, advisors, 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 a 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.


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 is a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and 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 underrepresented in graduate education. A panel composed of University faculty and staff reviews applications and selects 25 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;


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 U.S. Department of Education criteria is encouraged 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:
  • High-school GPA of 2.5 or below
  • ACT score of 20 or below (composite score or any one subtest)
  • SAT verbal score of 460 or below (total score)
  • SAT math subscore of 460 or below
  • Placement in MATH 005, MATH 100, or EN 099
  • College cumulative GPA of 2.0 to 2.25
  • Semester GPA of 2.0 or below
  • Failing grades in one or more courses
  • Returning adult student (five or more years since last attended school)
  • In danger of losing scholarship award
  • Enrollment in highly demanding and stressful courses of study, including engineering, nursing, math-based business, and premed

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 The University of Alabama, Student Support Services, 225 Osband Hall, Box 870304, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0304; (205) 348-7087; fax (205) 348-5585;

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