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2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalogue 
2022-2023 Undergraduate Catalogue [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Support Services


Academic Advisement (OAA)

One of the central functions of academic advising is to assist students with all aspects academic planning while providing a foundation for appropriate academic decisions throughout their undergraduate degree. Saint Anslem College has a faculty lead advising model in which students are assigned a faculty advisor in their major department. Through a strengths-based approach, faculty advisors help students identify and achieve their educational and postgraduate goals. Although the responsibility for fulfilling general academic requirements of the College and of the specific major rests exclusively with each student, advisors can provide information regarding policies, procedures, requirements, and educational options. Students are encouraged to make an appointment with their assigned faculty advisor every semester to discuss their academic progress and course selection for the upcoming semester.

The Office of Academic Advisement supplements and compliments the central role of the faculty advisor. It provides

resources and support to all students and faculty. In particular, the OAA is a resource for students who need advice on choosing or changing a major, or considering and planning for graduate or law school.

In collaboration with the faculty, the OAA also oversees the academic advisement program for students who have not yet declared a major. Advisors on the Undeclared Advising Team provide developmental advising to all undeclared students through the first two years or until they declare a major. Advisors meet regularly with their advisees and get to know each individual’s particular interests and goals.  Once a student has declared a major, the student will be assigned a faculty advisor within the major department.

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

The Academic Resource Center offers students assistance in developing or refining the academic skills that lead to college success. The ARC’s professional and student staff provide services such as academic counseling, group and individual learning skills assistance, writing support, and peer tutoring. The ARC is equipped with large tables for individual and small group study and tutoring. The adjacent Writing Center is available for review sessions, workshops, seminars, and small group presentations. Below are services available in the ARC free of charge:

College Achievement Program (CAP) - The College Achievement Program is a non-credit, 8-week program for first-year students. Through weekly 75-minute sessions, CAP provides the opportunity for students to develop the strategies and strengthen the skills essential for college success. Topics include the following: organization and time management strategies, reading, writing, note-taking skills, critical thinking, and test preparation. The program is tailored to the first-year curriculum. 

The Writing Center -The goal of the Writing Center is to support students as they strive to become more effective writers. Writing assistants support students at all stages of the writing process. They discuss essay topics, help to develop outlines, review drafts, and encourage students to revise their work. Writing assistants work with students to help them develop composing and revising strategies applicable to all writing assignments, focusing on the development of students’ lasting skills.

The Peer Tutor Program - The Peer Tutor Program is designed to provide all Saint Anselm College students quality academic assistance. Peer Tutors offer individual and small group tutoring in most courses. This program supplements the assistance provided by faculty members. Peer Tutors are Saint Anselm sophomores, juniors and seniors. All Peer Tutors have been recommended by faculty and have participated in ongoing staff development workshops. Currently, over 65 students tutor across the curriculum. With over 2,800 tutoring sessions held each year, the Peer Tutor Program has become a vital academic support service at Saint Anselm College.

Services for Students with Disabilities - The Director of Disability Services arranges for academic accommodations for students with disabilities. Students with appropriately documented disabilities who are enrolled at Saint Anselm College may be eligible for reasonable accommodations. Academic accommodations at Saint Anselm College may include extended time for exams, a distraction reduced environment, help with note-taking, preferred seating arrangements, and the use of audio recorders in class. It is the student’s responsibility to contact and submit documentation of a disability to the Director. Students should allow three weeks for the evaluation and decision on the documentation submitted.