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Structured Learning Assistance (SLA)


What is Structured Learning Assistance 

Austin Peay State University is honored to have been a pioneer in the Structured Learning Assistance (SLA) program, which is now being adopted by universities across the country. The SLA program initially served students who entered the university with an academic deficiency by using a co-requisite model to provide SLA supported courses, courses designated with an “E” in the course description. SLA now also supports courses that are known to be challenging to students. These courses are designated with an “S” for success, in the course Description.sla workshop

Students whose placement test scores in mathematics, reading, and/or English determined that they should be in an SLA-supported course will be enrolled in an enhanced “E” sections of the following core classes:

SLA-supported sections are supported with workshops, and require that students meet 5 hours each week, 3 hours for classroom instruction and 2 hours for the SLA workshops. For APSU at Fort Campbell, students meet 6 hours weekly for classroom instruction and 4 hours weekly for SLA workshops.

For further information, please see the Frequently Asked Questions page. Students, parents, and other institutions may contact the SLA Coordinator. Lois Jones,  with other questions they may have about the SLA program.


Frequently Asked Questions


What are "SLA-supported" courses?

SLA-supported courses are designed to improve student success. These courses normally fall into one of two categories.

What is SLA?

SLA is an instructional model which links course content with structured support to facilitate student success in the classroom. SLA leaders, who conduct the SLA labs, attend class meetings. The SLA Leaders reinforce course content during the lab. They work regularly with the course instructor to tailor support to the needs of the students.

Who should enroll in SLA-supported Courses?

Do students have to pay extra for SLA?

Students pay the same tuition for enhanced courses as they would for non-enhanced courses.  They also pay a small fee to cover the cost of the labs.

What benefits do SLA-supported courses offer the students?  

What happens in SLA labs?  

Who is the SLA Leader?