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APSU Resources

(1)    Academic Support Center

Tutoring, Marks 124

Writing Center, Felix G. Woodward Library

Community Tutoring, Felix G. Woodward Library

In an effort to expand tutoring options at Austin Peay State University, the ASC is now providing one-on-one tutoring in various subjects for a nominal fee per hour. APSU students and members of the community who wish to receive one-on-one tutoring may schedule appointments with the tutor of their choice. Tutoring sessions cost $19 per hour, and are available either online or face-to-face. Face-to-face sessions are conducted in the Writing Center, which is located on the second floor inside the Woodward Library at Austin Peay State University.

Upon receipt of payment, the selected tutor contacts the client to determine the subject in question, and whether the session will occur online or face-to-face. For online sessions, the ASC recommends clients request the session at least 48 hours in advance to allow for coordination.

(2)   Workshops

The Academic Support Center hosts several academic supportive workshops each semester for students, staff, and faculty. Faculty may also request a workshop be presented to their class by completing a request form.

A workshop schedule is decided upon at the beginning of each semester. In order to provide quality instruction at each workshop, the ASC asks interested students to register for any workshops they plan to attend, and upon confirmation the student is sent an email. If a workshop receives no reservations by the day prior to the scheduled date it is cancelled

Workshops like the GRE Prep require advanced registration and a fee to attend. The following are typical workshops topic that may be offered throughout the semester:

(3)   Fellow Classmates (Study Partners)

Another recommendation is to set up a study group with fellow classmates. Fellow classmates can be an invaluable resource. Fellow classmates can provide fellow students with make-up notes, extra notes, and alternate explanations of concepts. If a study group cannot be formed, perhaps a study partnership can be fostered. A study partner is someone they can study with and whom the student can call if they have missed class.

Online students can foster a study partnership through Blackboard Collaborates IM software, available for download through their D2L account. Like any online instant messaging software, this program connects students with other students in their class. Direct online students to the Virtual Academic Support Center within their D2L account. (Note it is located on the left side under the Calendar section.

(4)    Academic Departments Resources

Instructor

The first contact a student should make when confused about course information is the instructor. Most instructors will post office hours on the class syllabus. Do not try and discuss personal or serious issues with an instructor during the five minutes before or after class. Emailing an instructor about concerns or an absence from class is also helpful.

Tutoring

Some Academic Departments offer additional tutoring services not maintained by the Academic Support Center. While, these services vary each term, it is recommended you communicate with Department Faculty or Secretaries for more information. Many of these services can include but are not limited to: Mentoring programs, undergraduate research/study locations, in-house tutoring for specific subjects/courses, and professor hosted exam preparation sessions.

Academic Advisor

Academic Advisors are also a source of information as to resources available in a department or on campus. Often the advisor may be able to offer mentoring or be able to connect you with a student mentor.

For students questioning or struggling with their major, speaking with an advisor about options within one’s current major or other related majors offered at APSU is helpful. For students expressing the desire to change their major, speaking to an advisor in the new major department before completing the steps to change their major is suggested. This can be accomplished by contacting the office of the Department Chairman of the major in question and requesting advice on who to speak with.

APSU 1000

APSU 1000 is an interdisciplinary course which provides students with the foundations for a successful university experience by integrating an introduction to the liberal arts with an orientation to APSU expectations. Emphasis is given to the meaning, values, and goals of a liberal education as students engage in academic and career planning, use the tools for information literacy, develop good academic habits, and become involved in campus life.

This course is required of all First-Time Freshman and students who transfer with fewer than 12 hours earned in a college/university setting. A grade of C or higher is required to pass. Students cannot withdraw from APSU 1000 without permission of the Director of Student Transition.

APSU 1000 Instructor

The Instructor’s objective is to help students understand their role and coach them on how to become a contributing part of the university community. In addition, another goal of the Instructor is to help their students develop comprehensive academic skills that support increased academic performance. They also receive copies of the alert emails to help the Office of Academic Alert assist students having difficulties in their classes.

Peer Mentor

Each APSU 1000 section is assigned a peer mentor to connect with the students, provide guidance and direction from a student’s perspective, and assist with other functions of the class.

A Peer Mentor is a successful student (i.e. 3.0 GPA or better, full-time student in good standing) who knows how to navigate the APSU campus and system. They are familiar with instructional resources such as D2L, AP Self Service, and APMail. They attend every course meeting and are actively involved in campus activities staying abreast to current APSU services. Peer mentors are an excellent resource no matter the difficulty a student is having.

(5)  Campus Centers for Special Student Population

Military Cultural Center

Austin Peay State University established the Military Student Center in 2010 to better serve the needs of the veterans, active duty/reserve personnel, ROTC students, and family members that attend the university. The center has a computer center, a lounge, and dining area to allow students to either work on homework or to relax and unwind from the day surrounded by fellow likeminded students.

The Center offers programs throughout the academic year to address the unique challenges our student population faces.

Please Note: The center is open to all students, no military affiliation is required. Everyone is welcome. 

MSC Services

Hispanic Cultural Center

All students are welcome in the Hispanic Cultural Center! Since April 2005, the center has hosted many events and served as a place for students to connect with other students who share an interest in Hispanic culture and the Spanish language. The mission of the Hispanic Cultural Center is to develop, promote, and increase awareness of Hispanic cultures through the implementation of cultural enrichment programs, the building of working relationships between the student clubs and organizations and the Hispanic community and the creation of an environment in which the Spanish language can be celebrated and practiced.

HCC Services

Adult & Non-Traditional Student Center (ANTSC)

The Adult and Nontraditional Student Center has a computer lab, coffee, tea, refrigerator, and large screen television for relaxing and eating lunch in a congenial environment. Staff is on hand to answer questions and help facilitate the college experience for Adult and Nontraditional Students.

There are many services that are available through the ANTSC, this is a great place for students to connect and form a support system. From Family Movie Night, CoffeeBRAKE events and Luncheons, the ANTSC helps to provide APSU students with additional support.

ANTSC Services

Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center (AACC)

The Center provides TI-83 calculators, laptops and netbooks for students to borrow on a semester basis. There are over 1,600 library resources available, for a three week check-out, such as books, Rosetta Stone (Portuguese, Swahili and French), Spanish Tutorial CDs and graduate school preparation (GRE, GMAT, MCAT). Stationary computers with the Respondus program are also available. In addition, the Center provides a smart board for students to use for practice of presentations. Students may stop by to eat snacks, study, relax, hang out with other students, watch TV or use the Play Station game system.

Lastly, the WNDAACC (Wilbur N. Daniel African American Cultural Center) host a wide variety of curricular and co-curricular programs that are connected to the University’s mission and vision.

AACC Services

P.A.S.S. (Promoting Academic Student Success) Program

The purpose of Promoting Academic Student Success (PASS 0900) is to assist students who have been placed on academic probation during their freshmen year or who are returning from academic suspension. Participation in the PASS course is mandatory for freshmen on probation and students who successfully appeal an academic suspension.

The course is recommended also for students returning from suspension or referred to the program by their advisor or a faculty member.  The PASS Program is designed as an academic-strengthening program to provide students with the academic and personal support needed for success in college.

PASS Ambassadors - Each PASS 0900 class be assigned a PASS Ambassador. Ambassadors will:

(6)   Distance Education

Family obligations, work commitments, gas prices – there are countless reasons why online learning could be a smart option for you.  Whether you start your journey at Austin Peay State University online initially, take an assortment of online and on ground courses, or move to fully online over time, the department of Distance Education will be here to support you. 

Austin Peay State University’s online courses offer an interactive approach to education combined with a user-friendly online platform. Even if you've never taken an online class before, you will find our online format easy to learn, navigate, and manage!  Online students access Desire2Learn (D2L) and engage with instructors and classmates online in an interactive format.  It is important to know that online courses are not self-paced; courses begin and end on specific dates and class work has assigned deadlines.  Advising, library services, student support, and other forms of student assistance are available to online students.

Technical Support

If you have online course related technology issues, Distance Education is the place to go!  The friendly staff can help students with navigating, adding files, participating in discussion boards or other D2L functions.

Student Technical Support
Accessing Your Courses

Training Opportunities

Students can benefit from a library of online tutorials that cover common functions of the D2L system. Each video guides students through a step-by-step process of the most used functions of D2L. These online tutorials are self-paced training programs. 

            Video Tutorials

Resources

It is very important for students to understand online learning.  Distance Education provides resources online so students have the necessary information available to them before and during participation in online courses.

            Introduction to Online Courses

(7) APSU Child Learning Center (CLC)

The Austin Peay State University Child Learning Center serves children of APSU students, staff and faculty as well as children in the community. Extended program services include emergency drop-in care and evening care.

Other childcare provider information for this area can be found at:  http://tnccrr.org/regions/pages/Upper_East/index.php.

 

(8)  TRIO-Student Support Services (SSS)

The TRiO Student Support Services Program (SSS) at Austin Peay State University is a US Department of Education funded program. The two main purposes of TRiO Student Support Services are:

Eligibility Requirements

For students to participate in TRiO SSS, one or more of the following requirements must be met, based on the legislative requirements of the U.S. Department of Education: 

Academic Counseling

Students participating in the TRiO SSS program will have the opportunity to meet with the Academic Counselor on a regular basis. The SSS staff works closely with departmental advisors, financial aid counselors, Career Services, Counseling and Testing staff, and the Office of Disability Services to ensure that TRiO participants understand the options and requirements of Austin Peay State University.  Participants will receive valuable information through academic counseling, personal counseling, pre-advisement, individualized learning plans, degree audit reports, interest inventories and career/major exploration.

Tutoring

Tutors are assigned based upon the ability of the participant to benefit from tutoring, the availability of funding, and the availability of a qualified tutor. Qualified students may request a tutor by visiting the TRiO SSS office.

Computer Lab and Supplies

TRiO SSS offers technology to participants to enhance their course of study. The TRiO SSS Computer Lab is available Monday-Friday to participants from 8 to 4:30. Laptops and graphing calculators are available for loan. In addition, writing and research assistance is available to help Program participants find the tools that will work for them, be it on the computer, online, or from a study CD-ROM. Computer projects and PowerPoint presentations can be projected in our computer lab for participants who are preparing a class project.

(9) Student Counseling Services

As a staff, the counseling center works diligently to create an environment of mutual respect and understanding where students from every culture will feel comfortable. Services are provided to promote student learning in cultural, emotional, intellectual, social and spiritual development.

Student Counseling Services offers a wide range of services and programs to assist students in maximizing their potential for success. The primary goal of the center is to promote a healthy campus environment and enhance student learning. The staff provides assistance to students who are dealing with situational crises, adjustment problems, and emotional difficulties.  All sessions are confidential and free of charge for all currently enrolled APSU students. Counseling sessions are scheduled by appointment, and if there is an emergency or crisis, a counselor is available 24 hours a day through our on-call system or by walk-in when available.

Personal Counseling Sessions and Workshops

Student Counseling Services offers the following personal counseling sessions (confidential) and workshops to all APSU students (and are not limited too):

The list above is not meant to be comprehensive.  If students have concerns other than the ones listed, the staff is available and willing to talk with them about their concerns.

Online Mental Health Screenings

Students can use an online tool that screens for depression, anxiety, alcohol, and eating disorders. This free anonymous screening is made available to all APSU students. The screening takes just a few minutes, and helps a student determine whether or not professional consultation would be helpful.

Virtual Pamphlets & Online Documentation

A link to on-line pamphlets from multiple universities is located on the Student Counseling Services website. The literature may be useful for students who do not want to make an appointment with Student Counseling Services. In addition, there is documentation including PowerPoints presentations that students can look and use.

(10)  Student Health Services-A.R. Boyd Center

The Center has a team of health care providers that are experienced in treating various medical problems. The staff includes physicians, nurse practitioners, nurses, a pharmacist, medical office personnel, and graduate assistants. Services offer primary and preventive care, women's and men's health, immunizations and allergy shots. If, due to unforeseen circumstances, there is no provider available, there are clinics in the area that can assist students.

Care provided by Student Health Services medical staff is free to APSU students. However, each patient is charged for medications, laboratory work, procedures, and medical supplies if applicable.  These costs are charged to the student’s University Health Services account.  Please Note: Since this is a walk-in clinic it is strongly suggest students check in by 11:00 a.m. or 3:00 p.m. to help ensure they are seen the same day.

Medical Services

Class Excuses

Medical excuses will not routinely be issued by Health Services for missed classes or examinations. Exceptions may be made for extended or acute illnesses or injuries that necessitate hospitalization or medical withdrawal.

Please note that class absence policies – excused or unexcused – are at the discretion of the faculty member.

(11)   Save our Students(S.O.S.) Food Pantry

The S.O.S. Food Pantry supports Austin Peay State University's students through troubling times by helping fight hunger. The campus community supports and supplies the food pantry through donations. Students will need their APSU student identification card to receive food. 

(12)  Office of Career Services

The Office of Career Services offers many services free of charge to APSU students and alumni. Some of the services may require an appointment, but walk-ins are always welcome!

The following is a list of amenities that students and alumni can utilize:

(13) Office of Financial Aid 

Financial Aid is a sensitive, complicated topic and we never counsel a student on financial aid matter! In turn, we always recommending they speak to a Financial Counselor first, to understand how their actions can or will impact their financial aid status. Eligibility criteria and determination dramatically varies with each student; for this reason, you should always refer financial aid questions and concerns to this office to avoid a potential conflict. 

Free Money

Scholarships are an excellent way for a student to fund their education.  Many scholarships are one-time only, so a student should plan on continuing their research each year. The majority of scholarships offered by APSU can be applied for using the online scholarship application, but many are available apart from that application.