Mar 23, 2023  
2011-2012 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2011-2012 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Support Services


Academic Support Services

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Academic Support begins when students are admitted to APSU and continues until the goal of graduation is met.

Academic Advising

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Deliberate and intentional academic advising at Austin Peay State University guides students in making responsible academic and career choices, setting goals, and developing education plans to realize those goals. Effective advising fosters critical thinking and informed decision making which supports meaningful living in a global society.

Freshman Advising. Academic Advising is an element of academic support that begins at the time of initial enrollment at APSU through graduation. During new student orientation undergraduate students meet with faculty to discuss career goals and to plan a schedule for their first semester. Students who have declared a major are assigned to permanent faculty advisors during their first semester. Students who are still deciding on a major continue to be advised by professional advisors in the Career and Advisement Center.

Regular Academic Advising. Each semester students are expected to schedule an appointment with their assigned faculty advisor(s) for the purpose of discussing academic progress and planning a schedule for the following semester. The role of faculty advisors is to help students clarify goals, career options, courses of study, program requirements, and educational needs, and to identify University resources that support the academic goals. Faculty advisors regularly interact with their advisees in order to coordinate educational experiences and monitor student progress throughout the year. While, in the final analysis, academic choices rest with the student, faculty advisors assist students by helping them identify and assess the alternatives and the sequences of academic decisions.

Academic Support Center

Location: Marks Building
Phone: 931-221-6550
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Peer tutoring and Structured Learning Assistance are offered to currently enrolled students through the Academic Support Center. In addition, the University provides a writing lab in the Center to assist students in improving their writing skills. Detailed information may be found on the Website. Students may make appointments for tutoring either by personally visiting the center or by calling 931-221-6553.

Academic Alert

Marks Building, Room 127
Phone:  931-221-6555

Academic Alert is the web-based early alert system used to notify students of problems they may be having in class.  Alerts are submitted by faculty members who are concerned that a student is in academic jeopardy due to issues such as poor class attendance, tardiness, lack of participation, incomplete assignments and/or poor performance on quizzes and tests.  Students are referred to the office of Academic Alert for consultation; alerts are also submitted to academic advisors and APSU 1000 instructors.

Structured Learning Assistance

Students who are required to enroll in enhanced sections of ENGL 1010 HIST 2010 ,  MATH 1010 , and MATH 1530  must participate also in Structured Learning Assistance workshops two days a week. SLA leaders who have demonstrated academic excellence conduct the workshops.

Career & Advisement Center

Morgan University Center, Room 210
Phone:  931-221-7896
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The Career and Advisement Center advises students who have not declared a major.  Services include assistance with meeting general education core requirements, as well as exploring majors and selecting a program of study.  Visit the Career and Advisement Center’s website or call the center for more information.

Career Services

Morgan University Center, Room 112
Phone:  931-221-6544
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Career Services assists students in each stage of the career development process.  Services include career exploration, writing a resume and/or cover letter, applying to graduate school and enhancing interviewing skills.  Career Services posts current full- and part-time job openings and sponsors on-campus recruiting.  Detailed information can be found on the website.

Testing Center

Ellington Building, Room 202
Phone:  931-221-6269
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The Testing Center offers a variety of assessments which include COMPASS, ACT-Residual, CLEP, DANTES and MAT; information about PRAXIS, GRE and the National ACT is also available.  Proctored exams for other universities may be scheduled at the center.  Contact the Testing Center for more information or to schedule a testing session.

First-Year Experience

The University recognizes that there are many differences between high school and college. Thus the significance of the first year of college in making a successful transition is addressed with the First-Year Experience.

Summer Welcome

Admitted students are invited to campus to meet with a faculty member for academic advising and to enroll in classes. Students are introduced to University expectations, services, and campus resources (

New Student Orientation (All Freshmen)

This program is a 2 1/2 day program beginning with Freshman convocation which precedes the beginning of classes and begins with Freshman convocation. All freshmen are required to participate; transfer students must participate if they enter with fewer than 12 credit hours (university level). The focus of the activities is to teach students how to use the services available to them, to complete any testing requirements, and to complete other orientation activities that are a part of APSU 1000 . Normally the orientation will be held on Friday and Saturday before the first day of classes.

APSU 1000

APSU 1000  is the freshman seminar in which all first-time freshmen and all students entering with fewer than 12 hours must enroll and remain enrolled until they have completed the course with a grade of C or better. The class includes new student orientation. Not only will students engage in the habits of university success, they also will develop an appreciation of a liberal-arts focused university core as a foundation for all majors and for life.