The student-led 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 became obvious to the Department of Student Affairs that expansion into other realms of academic coaching would be beneficial to students.
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 became residents of Academic Support.
Supplemental Instruction, an incredibly fruitful tool for achieving academic success, was begun in 1996 and quickly came under Academic Support’s leadership. The ability to review collectively with peers and a student-leader who successfully completed the course in a previous semester has been invaluable to many Auburn students. Another uniquely designed program, Study Smart, is available to students out of the Office of Academic Support. Focused on developing successful study habits, Study Smart has benefited countless students at risk since 1997. It also provided the groundwork for Academic Coaching. What began as small group coaching to help students with academic issues, it has grown to be an individualized proactive service to empower participants to achieve their academic goals.
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 donators, Academic Support was able to begin operating on the ground floor of RBD Library, although Study Partners transitioned into the Learning Commons on the 2nd floor as time progressed.