The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) provides academic support designed to improve students' academic performance. Visit our website at http://www.ctl.ua.edu 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.
CTL offers a two-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 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 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.
The McNair Scholars Program prepares eligible students for successful entry into and completion of doctoral degree programs. Participants benefit from the following program components:
- Funded research internship resulting in research experience, mentoring by a faculty researcher, a written research report, publication in the UA McNair Scholars Journal, and research presentation opportunities
- Seminars and workshops during the academic year designed to provide knowledge and skill in a variety of areas to strengthen personal, academic, and research competencies vital to success in graduate programs
- Individualized support services in the areas of personal, financial, academic, and career counseling and tutoring
- Assistance and guidance in developing an effective graduate school admissions plan and materials
- Networking opportunities with faculty and student researchers on the UA campus and across the nation
- Participation in selected cultural events
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; http://www.ctl.ua.edu/MSP.
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
- Receive individualized support services, including academic, career, financial, and personal counseling and advising
- Receive tutoring in requested subjects
- Have the option of participating (as a protégé or mentor) in a Student Support Services Peer Mentoring Program
- Prepare for successful entry into the job market with career planning
- Receive a Kaplan Graduate School Entrance Exam Review at no charge
- Receive guidance in developing effective graduate school admissions plans
- Attend seminars in a variety of areas to strengthen personal, professional, and academic competencies
- Participate in selected cultural events
- Receive tuition waiver on college credit courses offered through SSS, including the following:
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:
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)
- 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; http://www.ctl.ua.edu/sss.
As a federally funded and local educational partnership program, GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) provides students at Davis-Emerson Middle School and Holt High School 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
- Increase academic success and preparation for postsecondary education
- Increase high school graduation and college attendance rates within lower-income student populations
- Increase academic performance of this student group
- Enhance school academic and curricular reforms including professional development for teachers of these students
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 The University of Alabama, GEAR UP, 304 Osband Hall, Box 870304, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487-0304 (205) 348-2343; fax (205) 348-2344; http://www.ctl.ua.edu.