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Academic Strategic Initiatives

Student Success drives the daily operations of Academic Strategic Initiatives. We want all students to have tools necessary to succeed in their chosen path. We work to develop and enrich the programs and services available for students. We want to continue improving outcomes for all students as we build towards the goals of APSU's Strategic Plan.

Academic Strategic Initiatives aligns resources from internal and external partners to provide the framework for a diverse, inclusive experience that enables students to reach their goals. Integrating external partners whose mission already aligns with those goals enhances momentum and provides additional resources. Engaging these partners, departments within the University, the APSU Foundation, and students to communicate opportunities and examples of success will ensure continued growth.


Departments & Initiatives

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Student Success

Student Success is here to help as Freshmen transition into college academic life, and to help provide the tools for success in their college pursuits.

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Title III Coaching and Student Success Initiatives

APSU has been awarded a 5 year Title III Grant from the U.S. Department of Education. Title III, Part A - Strengthening Institutional Programs (SIP) Grants are a combination of Discretionary/Competitive Grants and Cooperative Agreements Program. The purpose of this grant is to increase student success at APSU by following activities outlined in the grant. 

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College PossibleCollege Possible has refined its near-peer coaching model using a research-based curriculum and is now a national leader in college success programming. Our dedicated near-peer coaches guide and support students on their path to and through college.
Foundation EngagementThe Austin Peay State University Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in August of 1975.  A primary focus of the Foundation is to assist Austin Peay State University by providing funds for worthy purposes which are not sufficiently funded by other sources.


AP Top Hat Programs

Purpose First Scholars

Purpose First Scholars is a program for students to focus on career exploration and career readiness as they begin their college career.

President's Emerging Leader Program (PELP)Students in the President's Emerging Leaders Program exemplify the vision and values of Austin Peay and our program through academic excellence and service above self.
Honors ProgramThe Honors Program is designed to challenge students and provide opportunities for creative exploration and intellectual development. 
STEM ScholarsCollege of STEM program focused on helping high achieving students successfully transition to APSU by establishing a community connection with STEM Scholars, upper-level STEM students, and STEM faculty and staff, all while exploring a rich environment of research and leadership opportunities. 

By the Numbers

Bachelor's Degree Programs
Undergraduate Degree Completions (2019-20)
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