ERIC Number: ED221079
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1977
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Academic Support Services Programs in Higher Education.
Sharma, Shiva C.
Programs providing academic support services in colleges and universities and the evaluation of these services are reviewed. Attention is also directed to the need for opportunities in higher education for students with marginal high school academic records, and responses to the need by institutions of higher education. It is suggested that there are new students in higher education who should be admitted on the basis of an open door admissions policy with academic support services programs and without a consequent erosion of quality of education. New students with marginal high school academic records can operationally be defined as scoring in the lowest third among national samples of young people on traditional tests of academic ability. The University of Wisconsin considered the following components vital to academic support services programs: recruitment, orientation, developmental skills programs, academic counseling, personal counseling, tutorial assistance, and monitoring and evaluation. The legislative history of academic support programs currently operating at the University of Wisconsin and at other universities is briefly reviewed: the Talent Search Program, Upward Bound Program, special services for disadvantaged students, and Educational Opportunity Centers. Objectives of the following types of programs are identified: tutorial assistance, academic and special counseling, career counseling, summer orientation, reading and study skills laboratory, writing laboratory, and student recruitment and selection. Recommendations are offered regarding the role of the director of academic support services programs, policy directives to strengthen institutional commitment and administrative support, professional development of faculty members, and ways to meet student needs. A bibliography is appended. (SW)
Descriptors: Academic Advising, Academic Aptitude, Access to Education, Basic Skills, College Students, Developmental Studies Programs, Educational Policy, Educationally Disadvantaged, High Risk Students, Higher Education, Open Enrollment, Program Evaluation, School Orientation, Student College Relationship, Student Needs, Student Personnel Services, Student Recruitment, Tutorial Programs
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Opinion Papers
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