May 23, 2024  
2013-2015 Catalog 
2013-2015 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Special Programs


Academic Achievers Program (AAP)

The Academic Achievers Program (AAP) is a Student Support Services TRIO program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to provide low-income, first-generation college students and students with disabilities opportunities for academic development and assistance with basic college requirements toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. Evidence has shown that students who participate in Student Support Services programs are “more than twice as likely to remain in college.”

The mission of the Academic Achievers Program is to increase -university retention and graduation rates of its participants and help them make the transition from one level of higher education to the next. The program is currently funded to serve 180 program participants. As a participant, - students achieve their success through personalized attention, enhanced academic courses, individualized academic instruction and advisement, smaller class sizes, a licensed and board certified counselor, cultural enrichment activities and seminars, and a more proactive approach to education and results in the success of the student.

The Student Support Services (SSS) program is one of three TRIO programs (Upward Bound, Talent Search, Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement) originally funded under the Higher Education Act of 1965, whose objective is to help students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to complete their college education. The TRIO program has since grown and currently has eight programs which are funded by the Federal TRIO grant.

First-Year Experience Program

The First-Year Experience Program at Saint Augustine’s University is a mentoring program for first year and transfer students, and is designed to assist students with the transition from high school to college. The programs goals are to strengthen- students’ critical thinking, problem solving and communications skills, as well as promote- spiritual, social, financial and physical well-being (these goals support the mission of the University).

The Program consists of a series of activities and events that assists students in becoming familiar with the University, their surroundings, and the opportunities that are available to them. Assistance is provided for academic advisement, scholarships, financial aid, housing, health services, student organizations, and other important areas of the University. It is mandatory for all new students to complete all scheduled activities and events of the program.

The Gateway Lifelong Learning Program

The Gateway Lifelong Learning Program is within the School of Continuing Education, and is designed to give working, non-traditional and community college transfer students an option to pursue a degree and/or experience personal/professional development. It offers flexible night and weekend courses. Degree programs include Organizational Management, Criminal Justice, and Religious Studies. Most students complete their program- by taking accelerated paced courses. The School is committed to supporting a diverse environment and serving the community.