410 Sources of Academic Support for Students

410.01 Undergraduate Studies

The Office of Undergraduate Studies offers special programs designed to increase student success, emphasize student-centered learning, provide academic services, and develop student community involvement. Programs and services include:

  1. Student Success Workshops that provide assistance to students who want to be more effective or efficient in time management, note taking, memorization, and related study skills;
  2. academic coaching to students who want to develop an individual action plan for their scholastic goals and learning strategies;
  3. The Office of Latino Support Services that provides peer mentors and other acadmeic outreach to Latino students;
  4. the Supplemental Instruction Program that holds tutoring sessions for students in targeted courses in the general education curriculum;
  5. the Scholarship Office that offers scholarship information to currently enrolled students;
  6. the Atlanta Based Learning program that promotes opportunities for civic engagement in the Atlanta community; and
  7. the coordination of Freshment Learning Communities, the New Student Orientation Course, GSU 1010, and all Univerisity Perspectives classes.

410.02 Writing Studio

Sponsored by the Department of English, the Writing Studio is a resource for students needing advice and tutoring in composition. It is designed specifically to provide support services for students taking composition and other English courses and for students preparing for the Regents' Examination.

410.03 Mathematics Assistance Complex

Sponsored by the Department of Mathematics and Statistics, the Mathematics Assistance Complex provides tutorial services for students enrolled in mathematics courses.

410.04 Computer Facilities

Available in the Computer Center and in specially designated classrooms in various places on campus there are computer terminal facilities available for faculty and student use. Faculty should check with User Services for information about access to computer terminals and to personal computers for their use and for the use of their students.

410.05 Student Support Services Program

The Special Services Program provides tutoring, counseling, and advocacy for eligible students. A significant emphasis of the program is academic services for disabled students. Services are provided for students with visual, auditory, orthopedic, medical, or learning disabilities.

Also eligible for services are students from educationally and/or financially disadvantaged backgrounds.

Faculty are encouraged to refer eligible students to program staff and/or to contact program staff for information on how best to serve special student populations.

The Student Support Services Program at Georgia State University offers the following services.

Tutoring: Tutorial assistance is offered in the subject areas where students are experiencing difficulty. Tutors are chosen among undergraduate and graduate students having demonstrated academic expertise.

Counseling: Counseling activities are scheduled for all interested project participants dealing with specific personal, academic and vocational interests. In addition, the project serves as a referral source to accommodate individual needs.

Workshops: Various workshops covering a wide range of topics are made available on a continuous basis.

Activities: An annual Awards Reception is held honoring students with outstanding academic achievement. Students are presented with certificates indicating their accomplishment(s).

When requested students are provided an Advocacy Letter for their instructor indicating their disability and particular accommodation needed.

Special Assistance for Handicapped Students Includes:

410.06 Disability Services Office

Georgia State University has been in the process of developing a program of campus accessibility and services since 1973. Support services are available to faculty through two offices. The Director of Disability Services and the Student Support Services office (see previous item), work closely together in providing services for faculty and students with disabilities.

The College Student with a Disability: A Faculty Handbook is a guide containing a wealth of information, written specifically for faculty, regarding classroom accommodation. All faculty should have a handbook. New faculty receive a handbook at the beginning of Fall Semester.

The Director of Disability Services coordinates services and provides resources which allow students with temporary or permanent disabilities to function as independently as possible. These services offer the disabled student the opportunity to obtain a higher education and to experience those things which are common to all college students. Established services are as follows:

A. General Services

- Counseling

- Advocacy

- Handbook describing services and detailed maps of campus and buildings

- Five student assistants available from 8:30 AM - 8:00 PM

- Cooperative Learning Lab & Learning Assistance Center

- Registration assistance

- Parking

- Testing: Special arrangements for placement tests and institutional tests (CPE: MAT) should be made by contacting the Testing Center at 651-2217. For the Regents Exam contact the Office of Disability Services at 463-9050. For national tests such as the GRE, GMAT, NTE, LSAT, SAT, PEP, ACT, or CLEP contact the specific national testing organization. Registration forms are available in the Testing Center. Career testing is conducted through the Counseling Center, 651-2211.

- Orientation

- Library assistance

- Library of publications, newsletters, catalogs, videos, books having to do with concerns of people with disabilities

- Study/Testing Lab

- In consultation with the professor, various forms of testing accommodations may be provided, such as:

a) extended test time

b) test proctor/scribe

c) test administration in alternate location

d) modification of test format

e) test proctor to transcribe tests

f) sound suppression headphones

- Maintenance of schedule of classes of students with disabilities for emergency purposes

- Assistance in purchasing textbooks from the bookstore

- Emergency wheelchairs

- Inservice orientation for faculty

- Assistance in the cafeteria

- Private testing rooms

- Voice activated software for computer (Dragon Dictate)

- Tutorial services for most core curriculum classes

B. Services for the Blind/Visually Impaired

- IBM Personal Computer with voice output and Zoomtext

- Braille Dictionaries located in the Reference section of the University Library

- Audible fire alarm system

- Readers and taping service

- Assistance in ordering of textbooks from Recordings for the Blind

- Perkins Brailler and Braille printer

- 2 Vantages and one Optelec (CCTV magnification system) located in Disability Lab and one Vantage in the Media Center, Library

- Kurzweil Reading Machine and Arkenstone Open Book Scanner

- All services listed under number 1 - General Services

C. Services for Deaf/Hearing Impaired

- TDD (404) 651-1487 & Relay service for text-phone users 1-800-855-1155

- Interpreter or transcription service for classrooms

- Photocopying service

- Visual fire alarm system

- Assistive Listening Devices

- All services listed under #1 - General Services

D. Services for Mobility and Hand Impaired

- Overnight wheelchair storage and recharging of batteries

- Assistance in moving from automobile to class

- Aid in performing physical tasks unique to mobility and hand impaired

- Accessible shower facilities in Gym and Aquatics Building; shower wheelchairs available

- All services listed under #1 - General Services

E. Services for Learning Disabled

- Special class taught by Student Support Services

- Assistance in ordering textbooks from Recordings for the Blind

- Readers

- Test proctors

- Transcription service

- Taping service

- 2 Vantages and one Optelec (CCTV magnification system) located in Disability Lab and one Vantage in the Media Center, Library

- Kurzweil Reading Machine and Arkenstone Open Book Scanner

- All services listed under #1 - General Services

F. Services for Head-Injured

- Photocopying service

- Test proctors

- Readers

- Tutors

- Use of tape recorder in class

- All services listed under #1 - General Services

G. Services for Psychologically Impaired

- Use of tape recorder in class

- Testing accommodation

H. Chronic Illness (asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, heart, psychological, arthritis, back injury or disease, AIDS/HIV, etc.)

- Adapted desks and chairs for classroom

- Testing accommodation

- Voice activated software for computer

410.07 Cooperative Education and Internship Program

The Cooperative Education and Internship program at Georgia State University is designed to enhance the educational experience of students by providing them the opportunity to alternate or intersperse periods of meaningful work related to their academic fields or areas of career interest with periods of academic study. This program requires the cooperation of the University, the employer, and the student to provide the student with a superior education. Cooperative education opportunities and internships blend theory with practice and gives relevance to the classroom experience. The program offers the student practical experience and insight into the realities of the workplace, as well as a means of earning money. For information, contact University Career Services.

410.08 African American Student Services and Programs

The Office of African American Student Services and Programs was established to coordinate efforts to enhance (1) retention and advisement of minority students and (2) identification and recruitment of prospective minority faculty.

Among its functions are to develop and coordinate supplemental advisement programs for minority students, serve as liaison to student/academic minority organizations, develop and monitor programs to increase retention of minority students and assist in campus retention studies, identify and encourage potential minority graduate students and coordinate GSU participation in System minority graduate recruitment efforts, represent GSU on the National Consortium for Educational Access Board, assist in the identification and recruitment of potential minority faculty, and increase the sensitivity of faculty to the special needs of minority students.