Student Access provides support services to all students which will, in combination with the talents and resources of the student, provide opportunities to develop independence and achieve academic and personal success. We believe self-advocacy skills are acquired through support and encouragement promoting autonomy and lifelong learning.
Specific services include:
- Academic Success Coaching
- Academic success workshops
- Disability accommodations
- Proactive student outreach to promote success
- Early Alert programming
Availability to Prospective Students
Student Access encourages prospective students to examine their options before making final decisions about where to go to school. Our professional staff are available to meet with prospective students who may be interested in learning about our services, meeting our staff, touring our offices and discussing the types of academic support resources available at TU.
What is Academic Success Coaching?
Several hundred students utilize Academic Success Coaching every semester. Academic Success Coaching is open to all students and involves academic mentoring and support to help students improve. Our Academic Success Coaches work one-on-one with students to provide accountability for coursework and partner with students to create individualized academic success plans as they pursue their academic goals. Academic Success Coaching meetings typically occur once a week for around 30 minutes. In addition to these meetings, Academic Success Coaches check in with students periodically during the week through e-mail, text messaging, and phone calls. On average, 80% to 90% of students who use academic success coaching regularly demonstrate Academic Success (increased GPA and/or meeting Scholarship and College requirements).
Spring Student Access Academic Success Coaching Achievement Rate
Academic Improvement Rate for Perfect Attendance = 87%
Academic Improvement Rate for Regular Attendance = 85%
Fall Student Access Academic Success Coaching Achievement Rate
Academic Improvement Rate for Perfect Attendance = 89%
Academic Improvement Rate for Regular Attendance = 81%
What are Academic Success Workshops?
Academic Success Workshops are weekly group workshops open to all students. Workshop Leaders facilitate discussion and activities related to improving academic performance and skills. The workshop calendar is available on the Portal and www.utulsa.edu/student-access.
Student Access covers a range of topics to help students improve performance, both in Academic Success Coaching and at Academic Success Workshops. While students developed many of these skills during high school, Student Access can help them adapt and improve performance to succeed in college courses. Some topic examples include:
- Preparing for exams
- Study skills and strategies
- Notetaking skills
- Reading and listening comprehension
- Learning styles
- Memory and concentration
- Organization and time management
- Presentation strategies
- Overcoming test anxiety
What if I have a Disability?
Students with diagnosed disabilities (or who think they may have a disability and want to find out) work with Student Access to receive accommodations that will provide access to all educational opportunities. Student Access provides ongoing support and assistance to students with all disabilities, including ADHD, learning disabilities, psychological disabilities, and physical disabilities. In order to receive accommodations best suited and approved for their needs, students provide documentation of their disability to Student Access. Depending on the type of disability, additional documentation may be needed from the student’s diagnosing professional. Students can schedule an appointment with Student Access staff to discuss documentation and requested accommodations. After accommodations are approved, each student works with Student Access staff to set up arrangements for their accommodations.
Making a Disability Accommodation Request
To make a request for disability accommodations, at a minimum, students should submit the Application for Disability Services on the Disability Services Portal and have their health care provider fill out the Disability Verification Form and/or submit supporting documentation as stipulated in the appropriate policy (ADHD Guidelines or Learning Disability Guidelines). These forms can be found on our Forms & Policies page. Students will then speak with a professional staff member at Student Accessregarding their needs. Once a decision is made regarding accommodations, students meet with a professional staff member at Student Access to review their accommodations, discuss how to utilize them, and sign the Rights and Responsibilities form.
Utilizing Accommodations Each Semester
Every semester, students can log on to the Disability Services Portal to request which accommodations they would like to notify each of their professors about for each of their classes. To utilize alternative testing and notetaking services, students need to log on to the Disability Services Portal. Specific procedures and deadlines can be found in the Rights and Responsibilities. Additionally, for specific accommodations that require service providers or materials, students need to submit an Accommodation Request Form before every semester (the earlier the better) to make arrangements for those accommodations (e.g., such as interpreters, CAN/CART providers, alternative textbook formats).
Some examples of disability accommodations offered may include:
- Extended time on exams
- Taking exams in a distraction-reduced environment
- Computer use for exams
- Notetaking assistance
- Recording lectures
- Priority registration for classes
- Documentation of ongoing medical absences
- Notifications for allergies
- Alternative formats
- ASL interpreting
- Special seating in classes
- Housing and meal plan accommodations
Accessible Campus Map
For building and parking accessibility, please visit the ADA Campus Map.
Social Opportunities Program
The Social Opportunities Program (SOP) aims to assist students with disabilities in achieving academic, educational, and social success through intentional and collaborative opportunities for support and skill development. The program specifically focuses on students with autism spectrum and social disabilities, although we welcome any student to participate. SOP participants can participate in one-on-one targeted Academic Success Coaching and/or low-stress group activities that are funded by the program. The SOP Academic Success Coach maintains some open office hours to allow for flexible walk-in assistance as well as scheduled meeting times and meetings in low-key locations such as the campus coffee shop. Some past group activities have included campus tours, movie nights, pizza parties, and football tailgates. SOP participants can also choose to live together on campus and receive additional support for independent living skills. The SOP program targets several specific support areas:
- Transition to college
- Academic and study skills improvement
- Social skills and problems
- Health and wellness
- Positive recreation
- Housing and living with roommates
- Independent living
- Enhancing speech patterns
- Communication and presentation skills
- Involvement and volunteering
- Time management and organization
- Goal-setting and self-advocacy
- Stress management and anxiety
- Interacting with professors
- Work and career preparation
Early Alert Programming
Student Access works with faculty and advising professionals to proactively identify students who may need assistance and support. Students can be referred based on a variety of factors such as making a low grade on an exam, missing class, or getting behind on assignments. Student Access actively reaches out to these students individually to help them get back on track before problems increase. Student Access can connect students to resources early and provide ongoing support as they work on academic goals. Recent semester GPA outcomes for students who were helped through Early Alert Programming are shown below:
Student Access connects students with peer and professional tutors for support in specific course content. Tutoring is free to TU students utilizing the Student Access Tutoring Center.