History of Academic Support

In 1997, Academic Support was formed under the leadership of Dr. Kathryn Jarvis. Primarily functioning as the home of undergraduate and graduate entrance exams, Academic Support was very different from what it is today. However, as testing was gradually phased out, more programs focused on student success and became residents of Academic Support.

Academic Support’s final transition was moving to the current Academic Support Suite in RBD Library. A destructive fire in the basement of Haley Center left Study Partners as nomads, initiating the relocation.  Because of the generosity of the Provost, RBD Library, and several donors, Academic Support was able to begin operating on the ground floor of RBD Library. Study Partners transitioned into the Learning Commons on the 2nd floor and Supplemental Instruction (SI) administration was moved to the Haley Building as time progressed.

Program History

The tutoring program, Study Partners, was the first section of Academic Support to form in the 1970s.  Formerly located in the basement of Haley Center, Study Partners was highly popular among students seeking course assistance on a drop-in basis. However, as the program continued, it expanded into other disciplines that would benefit students.

Supplemental Instruction, an incredibly fruitful approach students can use to support their success, began in 1996 and quickly came under Academic Support’s leadership. The ability to review collectively with peers and a student-leader has been invaluable to many Auburn students.

Another uniquely designed program, Study Smart, is available to students out of the Academic Support. Focused on developing successful study habits, Study Smart has benefited countless students since 1997. It also provided the foundation for Academic Coaching. What began as small group coaching to help students with academic issues, has grown to be an individualized, proactive service designed to empower participants to achieve their academic goals.

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