The Academic Year Support Program provides a number of services to new and returning students during both the summer and academic year, including:
Academic advising is one of the most important influences on students' collegiate experience. Through regular contact with students--whether face-to-face, through the mail, on the telephone, or through computer-mediated systems--advisors gain meaningful insights into students' academic, social, and personal experiences. Advisors use these insights to help students become part of the academic community, develop sound academic and career goals, and, ultimately, to be successful learners.
Students entering college are often unsure about their long term goals and tend to lack information about their academic or career options. Others may need some assistance in identifying their personal skills, interests, and abilities. The ASP faculty and staff will work with each student in planning their major and future career with the assistance of the Career Development Center (CDC).
Chi Alpha Epsilon (XAE)
Students have an opportunity to join a distinguished academic honor society while attending Shippensburg University. Chi Alpha Epsilon was formed to recognize the academic achievements of students admitted to colleges and universities through non-traditional criteria. Its purpose is to promote continued high academic standards, foster increased communication among its members and honor academic excellence for those students admitted to college via developmental programs.
Financial Aid Counseling
The Financial Aid office prepares financial aid packages based upon financial needs as determined by the students Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The ASP faculty and staff will conduct workshops in conjunction with the Financial Aid office to ensure students' understanding of their financial commitments.
First Year Experience Course
Selected ASP students enroll in a three credit First-year Experience course taught by faculty from the School of Academic Programs and Services. This course counts toward students' grade point average, financial aid progress, and credit count. It provides a structured introduction to higher education and Shippensburg University, applied learning strategies, and career and major exploration. The curriculum exposes students to proven strategies that will result in greater, academic, professional, and personal success.
ASP faculty and staff are available to discuss any concerns the student might be having adjusting to college, professors, roommates, homesickness, etc. Problems beyond the scope of the ASP faculty and staff will be referred to the Counseling Center. The University Counseling Center (UCC) provides individual, couples, and group counseling, crisis intervention, and psychiatric services for undergraduate and graduate students.The UCC is located on the first floor of Wright Hall.
Peer Leader Program
The ASP Peer Leader Program matches incoming students with academically successful ASP upperclassmen who will mentor and guide freshmen through their academic and social adjustment to college. The upperclassmen serve as role models, as people with answers to questions about the campus, the community, career, job opportunities, financial aid concerns, and academic scheduling. In general, Peer Leaders are students who care about helping freshmen to get through the first year.
Throughout the summer and academic year, ASP provides social and cultural activities organized by ASP students. Past events have included: Novemberfest, Mardi Gras Celebration, Game Night, bowling, a trip to Washington D.C. and much more.
Study Hall/Study Groups
College students are expected to study two hours for every one hour they are in class. With this in mind, ASP offers organized study halls and study groups where students have the opportunity to study in an environment where they can work independently or in groups to review, process what they have been taught, prepare for exams, and where they can easily get assistance from the ASP faculty and staff.
The ASP faculty and staff works very closely with the Learning Center staff in providing content-based tutoring on a walk-in and appointment basis, learning strategies workshops, and learning specialist services. The Learning Center is located in the library.