The Office of Undergraduate Academics (OUA), located on the ninth floor of the Wesley J. Howe Center, provides advising support for students referred by academic and faculty advisors.
OUA’s Academic Support Center (ASC) provides a wide range of academic support services to undergraduate students. Services provided by the ASC include academic tutoring, freshman quiz review sessions, the Peer Leader Program and Academic Success Workshops.
OUA administers the Early Warning System, the Reduced Load Program and the Academic Support Program.
- The Early Warning System is used by freshman course instructors and select sophomore course instructors to identify and provide names of students who are at risk in a course, from week 3 to week 12 of the semester. Reasons students may be at risk include: not attending class regularly or not turning in assignments regularly; being inattentive in class or appearing uninterested; exhibiting difficulty with English; requiring additional help such as tutoring; or running a D or an F. Referred students are contacted by OUA and asked to set up an appointment to receive assistance.
- The Reduced Load Program reduces a student’s workload in each semester by extending the time from entrance to graduation from eight semesters to ten semesters. The Freshman Option permits students to reduce their workload by one technical course in each of their first two semesters. The courses are made up the summer following the freshman year.
- The Academic Support Program serves students who have been placed on Academic Probation. It is designed to guide students so they may take full advantage of available academic support services. Program elements include regular OUA advisor meetings throughout the semester, reduced course load options, tutoring services, academic success workshops and counseling services.
Additional OUA Services
- Assisting students considering leaves of absence or withdrawal. OUA also provides support to students returning from leaves of absence.
- Processing Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate (IB) and other transfer credit requests. OUA reviews student credit overload requests and undergraduate requests to enroll in graduate courses.
- Providing support and guidance to students interested in pursuing prestigious scholarships and research fellowship opportunities. Past student awards include Goldwater Scholarships, Fulbright awards and Peace Corps opportunities.
- Helping faculty develop coherent program study plan templates for use by advisors as they guide students in building study plans and semester registration plans.
- Working with faculty and administrators to develop curriculum-associated academic policies and procedures.
OUA staff and related offices are available remotely.