BOONE, N.C. — The Student Learning Center in Appalachian State University’s University College offers support specially designed for first-generation students, nontraditional students, student-athletes and students with learning disabilities. And, according to Jamie Inlow, director of As-U-R — an intensive student support program offered by the learning center — the center is also “an amazing resource for any student, even if they may be struggling to bump a solid B up to an A.”
In addition to academic support, the center’s programs expose students to service, research and an array of cultural and intellectual enrichment opportunities.
Inlow’s program, As-U-R, helps students develop critical executive functioning skills, including planning and organization, that may not be taught in high school.
Ronshad Shabazz, a junior majoring in criminal justice at Appalachian, said during high school he never mastered study or time management skills he needed to succeed in college. Inlow began working with Shabazz his freshman year. They meet several times a week, and Shabazz is on a path to graduate in 2019.
Shabazz described Inlow as a giving, selfless person who has made him glad he chose Appalachian. “As long as you surround yourself with people who are going to better you and have your best interests at heart, you’ll survive college,” he said.
About the Student Learning Center
Established in 1972, the Student Learning Center at Appalachian State University provides six core services designed to make higher education accessible by providing students the insights they need to navigate their college environment successfully. These services include tutorial services and academic strategy instruction, which are offered to all undergraduate students, and four additional services — ACCESS, Student Support Services, As-U-R and Academic Services for Student Athletes — which serve specific groups of students identified as needing comprehensive support. Learn more at https://studentlearningcenter.appstate.edu.
About University College
Formed in 2007, University College consists of the university’s general education program, faculty and student support, and co-curricular programming and support – all designed to support the work of students both inside and outside the classroom. All students at Appalachian begin their education in University College and benefit from its programs until they graduate. Learn more at https://universitycollege.appstate.edu.
About Appalachian State University
As the premier public undergraduate institution in the Southeast, Appalachian State University prepares students to lead purposeful lives as global citizens who understand and engage their responsibilities in creating a sustainable future for all. The Appalachian Experience promotes a spirit of inclusion that brings people together in inspiring ways to acquire and create knowledge, to grow holistically, to act with passion and determination, and to embrace diversity and difference. Located in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Appalachian is one of 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. Appalachian enrolls nearly 21,000 students, has a low student-to-faculty ratio and offers more than 150 undergraduate and graduate majors.
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