Office of Academic Support & Special Programs
To promote academic excellence by providing students with support programs
and services that will strengthen academic performance and improve retention.
The Office of Academic Support and Special Programs at Grambling State
University is committed to fulfilling the educational needs and interests
of our students through active learning and scholarship. We offer academic
support programs and services for students who are experiencing academic
difficulties and for students who are succeeding academically, but wish
to further enrich their educational experiences and realize their fullest
potential at Grambling State University. All programs and services offered
by the Office of Academic Support and Special Programs are available to
all Grambling State University students.
Academic Support Programs and Services
I. The Grambling Achievement Program (GAP)
is designed to assist first year students with their transition to Grambling
State University. The faculty advisors/academic counselors
in the First Year Experience Program work closely with all first year students,
who have not declared a major, to help them make wise choices regarding
their academic career. Currently, the program offers a year long Freshman
Seminar Course and a New Student Orientation Program.
- Part one of the Freshman Seminar Course – FYE 101
– introduces the entering student to the University’s academic
programs, general education requirements, student handbook, university
catalog, financial aid, registration, and relevant policies and procedures.
This course exposes the first year student to the Grambling State University
experience- its rich heritage, traditions, and culture. Other topics covered
in this course include college survival skills such as goal setting, time
management, critical thinking, active learning, note taking, study skills,
test taking, communicating for results, and library usage.
- Part two of the Freshman Seminar Course – FYE 102 –
offers a continuation of the discussions on college survival skills. Topics
covered in this course include career exploration, computer skills (MS
Word, Excel and PowerPoint), building positive relationships, diversity
and multicultural appreciation, leadership, ethics and responsibility,
stress management, health and wellness, problem solving, financial aid,
registration, and management of personal finances.
- The goal of the New Student and Parent Orientation Program
is to offer new students an introduction to academic life at Grambling
State University and to instill a sense of commitment that is required
to pursue associate and bachelor degree. This goal is achieved through
our new student orientation session, an evening with the President of
Grambling State University, an orientation session for the parents, and
a farewell program. Additionally, as part of the New Student Orientation
Program, all entering freshman are expected to complete the registration
process. This includes completion of financial aid requirements, advisement
(selection of courses with academic advisors), payment of tuition and
fees, and validating meal and identification cards.
II. Several critical academic support functions are managed
by the Special Academic Programs unit. These include the
Academic Skills Center, and the TRIO Programs
comprised of the Upward Bound Program and the Student
Support Services Program (Project Rescue). Additionally, the Special
Academic Programs unit is tasked with the coordination of Summer
Programs including Summer School. Finally, the
Special Academic Programs unit plays a key role in the evaluation of the
General Education Program requirements at Grambling State
- The Academic Skills Center (ASC) offers a variety of
services designed to enrich the learning experience of students at Grambling
State University. The Center offers workshops and trainings, content tutoring,
a video library, classroom space and computer laboratories for the use
of all Grambling State University students. Special emphasis is placed
on serving the academic needs of the first year student.
- Computer Laboratories offer software tutorial
programs in mathematics, etc. Additionally, reference materials and
resources are available on-line and on CD-ROM. Monitors are on duty
to serve the needs of the students and ensure that a professional
and safe environment is maintained at all times. Career exploration
software is available to students to help them select a major area
- A Video Library is available for on-site viewing.
Topics include study skills, reading efficiency, test-taking, memory
techniques, note taking, etc. A complete list of available videos
Content Tutoring is provided through the Academic
Skills Center by faculty in the degree granting colleges and schools
based on an Early Alert Program, where
students who are struggling academically in the critical General Education
courses are identified by the instructor of record, referred to the
Center where a team of faculty members provide tutorial services.
Workshops are offered by experts in specific areas
such as goal setting, management of personal finances, diversity and
multicultural appreciation, developing and maintaining positive relationships,
stress management, making healthy lifestyle choices, etc. These workshops
are designed to transition first year students into the University
Community. Upper-class students seeking to sharpen their coping skills
as they matriculate through Grambling State University will also benefit
from these workshops. A complete list of workshop topics, speakers,
dates, times and locations is provided.
- The TRIO Programs at Grambling State University are
federally funded by the United States Department of Education. TRIO programs
are funded under Title IV of the Higher Education Act of 1965. TRIO programs
help students overcome class, social, and cultural barriers to higher
education. The TRIO programs at Grambling State University include the
Upward Bound Program and the Student Support
Services Program (Project Rescue).
- The Distance Learning Program (DLP) is a university-wide
unit that utilizes various state-of-the art telecommunication technologies
and instructional strategies to enhance and augment the curricular offerings
at the university. The DLP serves as a technological support arm of the
academic programs. Information is delivered through the use of video,
satellite uplinking, compressed video, and computer/Internet technologies.