The Academic Advancement Center:
Celebrating 35 years of helping students!
The Academic Advancement Center (AAC) offers support services that assist Ohio University undergraduates to reach their academic goals. Through credit courses, individual and group study sessions, our staff is here to guide students to academic success.
A Brief History
In 1969, the Ohio Board of Regents established funding for academic support services . At OU, University College was designated as the unit responsible for administering these funds. Tutoring and reading lab were the initial services offered. Writing and study skills components were added in 1972. The four components were moved into a new facility on the first floor of Alden Library and were given a title of Student Development Center. In 1981, a new name of Academic Advancement Center was adopted to reflect the academic mission of the center.
In 1979, The University Curriculum Council approved UC 110, “Learning Strategies,” and UC 112, “College Reading Skills,” which created for credit instructions for these skill areas.. UC 106, the one-credit “Academic Computing Class” was added to the center in 1998.
Also in 1979, the center successfully competed for a Student Support Services TRIO grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The College Adjustment Program (CAP) continues to the present time, providing comprehensive support services and in recent years offering small scholarships to students enrolled in the program.
Supplemental Instruction was initiated in 1989 as a program that teaches the process of learning and content for high risk courses (rather than high risk students). The program expanded in 1991 with grant funding and then UPAC funding. With the addition of these funds, trained Student Leaders now deliver group tutoring to thousands of students in traditionally difficult courses each year.
Since 1990, the AAC has provided free tutoring services to students with verified disabilities (registered with the Office of Institutional Equity), offering academic support for private course tutors for up to four hours per week per course.
In response to the growing need for undergraduate students to have technological proficiency for academic success and to have access to a technologically based program, the AAC successfully sought 1804 funds to establish and develop the Learning Center Computer Lab. The lab opened in 1996.
· Ohio Board of Regents established funding for academic support services under budget line item entitled Development Education.
· University College was designated as responsible for administering these funds.
· Began offering tutoring and reading lab.
· Writing and study skills support added.
· Four components (tutoring, reading lab, writing and study skills) given the title Student Development Center and moved into first floor of Alden Library.
· University Curriculum Council approved UC 110, “Learning Strategies,” and UC 112, “College Reading Skills.”
· Awarded TRIO grant from U.S. Department of Education to establish College Adjustment Program (CAP).
· Student Development Center renamed Academic Advancement Center.
· State gradually reduced and eliminated support for Developmental Education Services.
· UPAC awards and contributions from the Provost and University College replaced lost funds.
· Supplemental Instruction (SI) initiated.
· AAC began offering free tutoring to students with verified disabilities (registered with the Office of Institutional Equity).
· SI program expanded with grant funding and UPAC funding.
· AAC Computer Lab opened thanks to 1804 funds.
· UC 106, “Basic Academic Computing Skills,” added to center.