Student Programs and Support
- Alpha Scholars Program
- TRIO Services
- Academic Development Center
- University Testing Center
- Career Center
- Library Resources
- Writing Center
- Speaking Center
- Study Abroad
Resources and Services
Alpha Scholars Program is comprised of two separate but related programs. One of these, a federally-funded Student Support Services program (SSS), provides tutoring and counseling services to qualified students. The second program, Disability Support Services (DSS) offers assistance with academic accommodations to students with documented disabilities. Alpha students receive assessment of their individual learning styles and study habits and assistance in adapting study strategies to their unique learning characteristics. SSS is limited to 200 participants per academic year. Qualifications are based on level of parental education, family taxable income, or disability documentation. Participation in DSS is limited to students with documented disabilities that affect the ability to participate fully in academic opportunities. Disability documentation must be current (within 3 years) and include assessment data. Both programs provide service at no additional cost to the students.
J. Scott Self, Director
ACU Box 27939, Abilene, Texas 79699-7939
Hardin Administration Building, Room 314
ACU receives grants from the U.S. Department of Education to fund four programs designed to help underrepresented and disadvantaged students succeed academically in middle school through graduate school. The four programs and their purposes include the following:
- Talent Search serves students in the Abilene Independent School District in grades 6-12. This program provides enrichment activities to disadvantaged students in these grades to encourage their completion of high school as well as entrance and success in higher education. This program serves 525 students per academic year.
- Upward Bound serves 55 high school students in the Abilene Independent School District students in grades 9-12. This program provides tutoring and college preparatory advising throughout the school year. During the summer, students participate in an intense, six week college going experience on-campus. The purpose of the program is to increase the rate at which participants complete high school and enroll in and graduate from institutions of post secondary education. This program is funded to serve 55 students.
- Student Support Services serves 200 university students who meet the program qualifications with tutoring, academic counseling, and financial assistance to enhance their chances of success at the university level.
- McNair Scholars Program serves approximately 27 undergraduate students at ACU who are first-generation low-income, or are ethnically underrepresented in their chosen field of study. The purpose of the program is to provide participants unique opportunities for developing high-level academic and research skills needed for successful admission to and completion of master’s and doctoral programs.
For more information about TRIO Services, contact the following people:
Dr. Eric Gumm, Director
ACU Box 29104, Abilene, Texas 79699-9104
Lower Level, McKinzie Hall, Room 17
The Academic Development Center provides services that equip students to accomplish their academic, career and life goals. Our staff pro-actively identifies, support and empower undergraduate students and advises undeclared students to accomplish their academic and life goals.
The SOS Program is a unique referral program designed to support our students in partnership with parents and faculty/staff. Struggling students are identified via our secure on-line referral form and then contacted by a counselor to assess the situation and connect them with additional campus resources that can most effectively meet their needs. Common reasons for referral include:
• Academic Challenges
• Personal/Family Crises
• Roommate Issues
All meetings are strictly voluntary. Anyone concerned about a student - parents, peers on campus, or ACU faculty and staff members - can make an SOS referral. To submit an SOS referral or to learn more about the program, visit acu.edu/sos.
Learning Strategies Course
Learning Strategies (UNIV 011) is an academic course that offers 3 credit hours of instruction to help students who desire to increase their academic potential. Conditionally admitted students are typically required to enroll in this course, and freshmen on academic probation are also required to complete this course. Academic departments may also choose to enroll a struggling student who is majoring in their area.
This course is designed to help students evaluate and develop academic goals, strengths, and skills, and then to consistently apply those elements to all other courses they are taking. The course includes classroom instruction, as well as a required weekly meeting with a trained peer mentor where the student receives individualized support and personal accountability. Students will learn about motivation, time management, goal setting, individual learning styles, memory, concentration, information organizations, exam preparation and exam success.
Academic Coaching Program
Academic coaching is designed to help students plan for success by identifying individual academic strengths and weaknesses. The student / coach relationship seeks to build confidence, instill motivation and self-reliance through individualizing the academic process. Additionally, undergraduate student midterm grades are evaluated, and corresponding emails are sent to offer assistance for grade recovery. For more information, visit acu.edu/academiccoaching.
Academic Coaching ….
- Assesses individual academic strengths and weaknesses
- Cultivates individual goals and identifies steps to completion
- Utilizes effective learning strategies
- Integrates time-management skills and organizational strategies
- Educates students about additional campus services which may meet specific identified need
Academic Probation Program
We provide support for all freshman students who are placed on academic probation after at least one semester at ACU. Each student’s situation is unique therefore an individual counselor is assigned to assist the student throughout the semester. For more information, see acu.edu/academicprobation.
Interventions to assist students may include:
- Probation contract defining standards and strategies to provide support
- Meeting individually with an academic counselor at least twice a semester
- Completing and discussing the results of the Learning and Study Skills Inventory
- Enrolling in a Learning Strategies Course
- Participation in the Alpha Scholars Program
Undeclared Advising Program
We serve as the home academic department for students who are still deciding on their major. We provide academic advising, help select appropriate classes and assist them as they build their class schedule each semester. In working with undeclared students, we pay special attention to course selection in order to assist them in taking classes which are applicable to a wide range of majors. We also will help them to understand their gifts and abilities and connect them to resources on campus to assist them in their selection of an appropriate major. For more information, visit acu.edu/undeclared.
Karen Witemeyer, Coordinator of University Testing
ACU Box 28180, Abilene, Texas 79699-8180
Lower Level, McKinzie Hall, Room 44
Phone: 325-674-2451 (local)
The University Testing Center offers a wide range of standardized testing and proctoring services. The Residual ACT is available for prospective students to aid the admission process. We administer THEA exams, which are required for all students in our Teacher Certification programs. CLEP tests and course challenges are available in a variety of subjects for students who wish to earn course credit by examination. The Testing Center also processes all AP credit that students earn while in high school. In addition, we administer MAT exams for students entering graduate school and offer professional proctoring services for distance learners.
MaryEllen Olson, Executive Director
ACU Box 27914; Abilene, Texas 79699-7914
Hunter Welcome Center, Room 230
Phone: (325) 674-2473
Fax: (325) 674-4983
In order to set the groundwork for your career development, the ACU Career Center wants to help you explore who you are, what gifts you possess, your unique purpose in life, what major to choose and what career options are available to you. The first step to finding these answers is through a program we call D!SCOVERY.
D!SCOVERY is a five-week program that is held multiple times throughout the academic year. It will help you:
Decide - How to choose a major and help you if you are having doubts about a major you have chosen.
Confirm - Know that the major you chose aligns with how God uniquely created you.
Narrow - Provide specific insight into what career options are available to you within your chosen major.
During each session you will explore topics that will help you discover ways to impact the world in an exceptional, innovative and real way. We will utilize:
- Scripture and talk about the idea of The Call and Your Mission.
- Personalized assessments that help you explore your unique interests.
- Innovative information that allows you to make a clear decision leading to a good-fit career path.
- Valuable online tools to research your chosen major and career options.
In addition, we will provide a face-to-face individual appointment to help you understand your assessments and how they assist you in determining what majors and jobs to research.
D!SCOVERY is just the beginning of your journey. Now that you are likely in your sophomore and junior year, the ACU Career Center is here to PREPARE you as you plan for the world of work outside of your college experience. The Career Center encourages you to pursue an on-going relationship with one of our staff members who works specifically with your academic major. During these one-on-one sessions we will partner with you on such topics as:
- Securing an internship early in your college experience
- Writing a resume and cover letter that will stand out
- Developing interviewing and networking skills
- Creating an ACU CareerLink account
The effort you put forth in establishing your career goals is critical to your success. You will find that if you wait until your senior year that you will be behind and it will be difficult to catch up. Please utilize the Career Center during these years to ensure you are on the right path.
Congratulations, you are finally a senior! You are almost ready to take the next step into the world of being a working professional. This is the year for you to ACHIEVE and believe that these years of college will pay off. The ACU Career Center wants to partner with you during your final year to ensure that you are equipped with the necessary tools to be successful. To help you ACHIEVE, we offer the following services:
- Continued assistance with crafting your resume and cover letter
- Mock interview experience
- Preparing for graduate school
- Job search assistance through:
- ACU CareerLink
- Career Fairs
- On-Campus Interviews
- Employer Information Sessions
- “Careers In” Sessions
While we know that your college years are busy with academics, social activities, developing lifelong friendships and much more, we also know that in order to ACHIEVE and be successful that your career path cannot be incidental or accidental. It has been said that “Spectacular achievement is always preceded by unspectacular preparation” (Robert H. Schuller). The ACU Career Center wants to partner with you during your entire four-year journey so that you will be a “spectacular achiever” and that you will enter the working world as a fully devoted, fully equipped, follower of Christ who is “prepared for Christian service and leadership throughout the world.”
For more information about our services or to view upcoming events visit: acu.edu/careercenter or follow us on Facebook or Twitter.
Abilene Christian University
Hunter Welcome Center, Second Floor
Office Hours: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 12 p.m., 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.
The Margaret and Herman Brown Library provides resources, instruction, and research assistance to support teaching, learning, and scholarship at ACU. Students have Internet access to the Library’s catalog of more than 1.5 million volumes and 1 million microforms held by ACU and other members of the Abilene Library Consortium. Students can also access more than 30,000 journals, many of them full text.
The Library serves students and faculty by participating in the statewide information network, TexShare, which supports database searching and document delivery, and by borrowing materials from research libraries throughout the world. Specialized collections at ACU include a selective depository for U.S. Government Publications, archives and rare books, and the Center for Restoration Studies which facilitates the study of Churches of Christ and related theological movements. The Gaines B. Stanley Sr. Theological Reading Room provides study space and resources for the 3,000 students enrolled each semester in biblical studies and related disciplines.
Students working on class projects make use of the Learning Commons, an energized environment that brings together collaborative learning space with professional assistance in research, writing, and support for printing, computing, and mobile technology. The Learning Commons features comfortable seating and a café that serves Starbucks Coffee.
The AT&T Learning Studio provides assistance with public speaking and multi-media creation, and houses Library Media Collections. The Studio features collaboration rooms and recording facilities where students work together and acquire the skills for crafting messages for the world of digital media.
The Writing Center is located in the Brown Library for students who need help with their writing. Any student in any class who wishes to discuss his or her writing assignment with an experienced and trained tutor can call 674-4833 and schedule an appointment (or drop in, when available) and receive personalized, one-on-one assistance. Appointments last half an hour or one hour, depending on the needs of the student. Services are free.
For more information about the Writing Center, contact:
Cole Bennett, Director • ACU Box 28252 • 325-674-4833
firstname.lastname@example.org • acu.edu/writingcenter
The Communication department staffs and operates the ACU Speaking Center housed in the Learning Studio on the top floor of the Brown Library. It provides expertise in all aspects of the creation and delivery of presentations. The services are available to all students, faculty, staff, and community members who may require assistance.
Stephen Shewmaker, Interim Director
Center for International Education
ACU Box 28226, Abilene, Texas 79699-8226
Hardin Administration Building, Room 124
Through the Center for International Education, ACU offers many opportunities for students to study abroad as they prepare for Christian service and leadership throughout the world. In addition to semester programs in England, Germany and Uruguay, the university offers programs in these and other countries in the summer as well. Not only have students learned about the culture, history, literature and languages of the host countries, they have also studied education, healthcare, journalism, management, government and religion. The center offers students of all majors an opportunity to learn of the host country through life experience as well as through traditional course work. Students with an interest in cultural aspects of a society can see for themselves how the literature, music, art and history of a people influence their politics and economics. Students do more than read about unusual geographical features or significant landmarks; they can see them and place them in relationship to the land and culture that have influenced them throughout their history. As a member of the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities, ACU students are also eligible to participate in semester-long programs in China, Uganda, Australia and Egypt.
Students with majors such as international studies and foreign language may fulfill their international experience requirements by participating in a Study Abroad program. However, all students can fulfill university requirements and perhaps major requirements with courses offered in various countries of the world.
(Student Administrative Services)
ACU Box 27940, Abilene, TX 79699
Your one-stop shop for your student service needs. We have combined some of the most requested student services from various offices on campus into one central location in the McGlothlin Campus Center. The Depot is convenient and is staffed by friendly professionals ready to help you complete the sometimes tedious but necessary details of being a university student.
Here's a list of some of the services available to you through the Depot. Current students may access most of these services through myACU.
• Financial Aid
• Residence Life
• Meal Plan
• ID Cards
• Parking Permits
• Notary Public Service
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