The University College’s Developmental and Supplemental Learning Program has full time Academic Counselors to assist freshman and sophomore students experiencing academic challenges. The role of the Academic Counselor is to: improve retention of the first-year student by easing the transition from high school to college; provide a secure environment for students to receive support; inform students about services and referrals; and providing tutors when needed. This department directs students to a wide variety of college resources that help to support their journey to degree completion. Additionally, the Academic Counselors collaborate with academic and student support departments to ensure students are utilizing available services and programs.
Academic Counselors regularly provide support throughout the semester by: having students develop goals for the semester; helping them to establish schedules that help meet their goals; encourage students to check in for weekly sessions; and assist students with signing up for tutorial services . Academic Counselors also maintain ongoing communication with students and other support units, and reviews and monitors the interventions related to student academic status and success. Academic Counselors provide counseling and options for resources to students that are experiencing academic difficulty. Lastly, this department provides advisement and counseling to students with academic, personal, social, and career related issues; making appropriate referrals as needed.