Academic Achievers Program (AAP)
The Academic Achievers Program (AAP), officially known as Student Support Services, is one of the eight 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 190 program participants annually. As a participant, students achieve their success through personalized attention, enhanced academic courses, individualized academic instruction and advisement, smaller class sizes, cultural enrichment activities and seminars, and a more proactive approach to education and results in the success of the student.
The Academic Achievers Program is one of five TRIO programs sponsored by Saint Augustine’s University. All TRIO Programs began from funding under the Higher Education Act of 1965, whose objective is to help students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to complete their college education.
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First-Year Experience Program
The First-Year Experience Program is a mentoring program for first year and transfer students designed to assist them with the transition from high school to college, and in the case of transfer students in transitioning to a new educational environment. The program strengthens thinking, problem solving, and communication skills; and promotes spiritual, social, financial, and physical well-being.
The orientation and welcome-week schedule offers a variety of activities that will prepare students academically and socially for success in the classroom. Students are also required to take a two-semester interdisciplinary course (FYE 101 & FYE 102). The first half of the course includes an introduction to the history of Saint Augustine’s University, policies and resources, reading, writing, test preparation, study skills, academic and career planning, and time management, among others.
Programs such as career exploration and professional development dinners and seminars are hosted throughout the academic year to continue student engagement and introduce students to organizations and services available on campus and within the surrounding community. At the completion of each program, an evaluation tool is collected which is used for future planning.
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The Extended Studies Program, housed within the School of Business, Management, and Technology, is designed for working adults, and non-traditional and community college transfer students as 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.