To enhance student academic success, Florida Atlantic University offers a variety of academic support services. Units work collaboratively to meet the academic needs of students and faculty, to enhance student learning, and to promote student success.
|Freshman Academic Advising Services|
|Advising Services within FAU's Colleges||Center for Learning and Student Sucess|
|AcCESS Program||The Math Learning Center|
|Graduate College||The University Center for Excellence in Writing|
|Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence (SACAE)||Office of International Programs|
|Center for Teaching and Learning||Testing and Evaluation|
Freshman Academic Advising Services
Freshman Academic Advising Services (FAAS) provides first-time-in-college (FTIC) and transfer students with less than 30 credits with a comprehensive introduction to the academic environment at Florida Atlantic University. Students can receive advising services through scheduled appointments, on a walk-in basis, or by participating in on-line virtual advising through an online advising resource system (OARS) and e-mail. Advisors participate in a comprehensive training in order to provide students with the information they need to become self-directed, independent thinkers, capable of developing a suitable action plan that outlines the best sequence of courses to fulfill degree requirements and ultimately leads to a career goal or prepares them for a graduate program of study. Programs and services include (OARS); curriculum sheets by major; intentional emails; AdvisorTrac (a web-based advising appointment scheduling program); an early academic warning system; the STAR (Strategies and Tips for Academic Recovery) skills inventory and an online Faculty Referral system. FAAS also offers support for exploratory/undecided majors, advising for the University Honors Program, and the Student Learning Strategies (SLS) freshman courses. Students with more than 30 credits who have selected a major are advised at the College level.
Advising Services within FAU's Colleges
Students with more than 30 credits who have selected a major are advised at the College level. All of FAU's colleges and schools provide advising services to their students in college-specific advising centers/support services. Advising at the college level is done by professional staff, faculty advisors, or a combination of professional staff and faculty advisors. In addition, each college offers an array of academic support to meet the specific needs of the students enrolled in that college. Advising and related services for students across all campuses are provided at the college level as follows:
FAU's partner campuses maintain separate advising units:
Additional Academic Support Services
Florida Atlantic University was selected to receive funding under the Title III: Strengthening Institutions Program by the US Department of Education effective October 1, 2010 to begin a program known as AcCESS. AcCESS (Academic and Career Enhancement for Second-Year Students) targets students most at risk of attrition, while seeking to improve student success and retention in the second year. The AcCESS program upholds the FAU mission of providing accessible undergraduate education and serving a diverse community while providing students with intensive academic advising, tutoring, major and career counseling, and faculty mentoring.
The Graduate College is the central office that supports graduate students across all of FAU’s graduate programs. Its staff provides consistent information, clarification of policies and procedures, and guidance to students at every point throughout their degree programs from graduate student admissions and orientation to conferring of the degree. Support for graduate students through graduate student workshops on a variety of topics such as: Writing and Publishing in Academia; Effective Presentations; Developing Theses and Dissertations; Producing Scholarly Publications; Presenting Scholarly Work; Manuscript Formatting in Microsoft Word; and Responsible Conduct of Research are provided. The Graduate College collaborates with the Graduate Student Association (GSA) on workshops and new graduate student and Teaching Assistant orientation programs. Graduate student academic success is recognized through a Graduate Student Research Day event, an annual Owl Awards event, and the fall semester Awards Reception which honors graduate students who have received graduate fellowships. Additionally, two faculty members are awarded the Excellence in Graduate Mentoring award each year. Graduate College staff also work diligently on assisting student in reaching degree completion through on-going support for students completing thesis and dissertation manuscripts.
Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence (SACAE)
The Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence (SACAE) supports student-athletes in their academic pursuits, guiding them to progress timely toward graduation while monitoring their success with meeting NCAA benchmarks in order to remain eligible to compete. SACAE is responsible for fulfilling several NCAA requirements including monitoring athletic eligibility of Progress toward Degree, and overseeing the submission of the data for the Graduation Success Rate (GSR) and the Academic Progress Rate (APR) programs. SACAE provides tutors, computer labs, mentoring, and study hall. SACAE counselors act as secondary advisors for the student-athletes making certain that the student-athletes successfully navigate through the university while fulfilling their additional responsibilities. Counselors also monitor the academic progress of student athletes by requesting grade information, attendance, and academic progress from instructors. The SACAE provides workshops to support the student-athletes' personal development throughout their careers (i.e., career choices, alcohol and drug awareness, public speaking, leadership, stress management, healthy relationships, and nutrition).
Center for Teaching and Learning
The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) under the Dean of Undergraduate Studies at Florida Atlantic University ensures the academic success of every student and provides faculty the necessary tools and resources to excel in teaching. The goal of the center is to create a culture of engagement where students become active participants in the learning process, both with their instructors and with their peers; and where faculty from diverse disciplines can engage one another in the pedagogy of teaching, with the ultimate goal of enhancing student learning. The CTL comprises several separate centers with targeted audiences that are open for extended hours including weekends to best serve the institution's diverse student needs.
Center for Learning and Student Success
The Center for Learning and Student Success (CLASS) within the CTL assists all undergraduate students throughout their academic journey by coordinating retention activities; supporting and monitoring students' academic progress; coordinating with academic advisement units; providing collaborative learning opportunities; and providing referrals to campus resources and support services. CLASS coordinates learning community programs for cohorts of first-year students which enroll over 20% of each incoming class; student success programs/workshops on topics including time management, note-taking strategies, and other essential academic support areas; the CARES entering-student assessment of readiness for college; and one-on-one assistance to help students meet their educational goals. In addition, CLASS provides a comprehensive array of tutoring and Supplemental Instruction for undergraduate students. Trained graduate students and high-achieving upper-division students provide academic support to students in key high-risk courses through individual and group tutoring and SI sessions on multiple campuses and through online technology.
The Math Learning Center
The Math Learning Center (MLC) within the CTL helps FAU students develop math problem solving skills. The MLC assists students with any quantitative course issues. Tutoring is regularly provided for all math courses through Calculus III. One-on-one tutoring can be arranged for any course in mathematics and students who cannot participate on-campus are provided support online. Math consultants participate in extensive training that is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association.
The University Center for Excellence in Writing
The University Center for Excellence in Writing (UCEW) within the CTL supports and promotes academic and professional writing for all members of the FAU community, including undergraduate and graduate students, staff, faculty, and visiting scholars. The Writing Center consultants assist clients on virtually any writing project (e.g. course papers, cover letters and resumes, articles for publication, letters of intent, and more) and at any point in the writing process (e.g. brainstorming, drafting, revising, etc.). Consultants receive comprehensive training certified by the College Reading and Learning Association, which is affiliated with the International Writing Centers Association. Consultations are available both in-person at multiple FAU campuses and on-line.
Office of International Programs
Global understanding and international experiences are an imperative in the 21st century. The Office of International Programs (OIP) designs, coordinates and encourages international education activities for Florida Atlantic University (FAU), serving undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and staff in all colleges across each of FAU’s campus locations. OIP assists faculty to create and manage study abroad and overseas learning programs, recruits students for a range of overseas programs, obtains course pre-approvals for study abroad academic credit, and advises on financial aid and scholarships to support the abroad experience. Once students are back at FAU, OIP helps get their coursework posted to their FAU transcript. Students can go abroad on faculty led programs, partner exchanges, other Florida schools, and approved third party providers. OIP implements university-wide and college specific international agreements, as well as occasional non-binding memorandum of understandings (MOUs). OIP further encourages university and college internationalization efforts and international education strategic planning and supports collaborative projects that link FAU to the global higher education system. OIP advises on ways to internationalize the curriculum to meet college and student needs, explores extramural grant funding opportunities in international education, hosts invited speakers to FAU who are able to speak on international topics, and offers South Florida community members access to talks and educational workshops.
Testing and Evaluation
The Office of Testing and Evaluation adheres to National College Testing Association (NCTA) professional standards and guidelines while providing quality services to FAU students, faculty, staff, and the community. The most advanced testing options are offered to assist individuals in their quest for academic and professional fulfillment. In addition to providing make-up testing, proctoring correspondence exams, math placement testing, and special test provisions, the office offers tests that include: Accounting Competency Exam, Accuplacer, ACT, CLEP, DSST, FTCE, GMAT, GRE, HESI, LSAT, MAT, MCAT, Multimedia Journalism Exam, PRAXIS, Prometric, SAT, TEAS, and TOEFL. Academic support is provided to faculty by providing make-up testing and special testing accommodations as well as scoring and report of exam grades in convenient formats.