Academic Support Programs

Student Academic Support Center. The Student Academic Support Center (SASC) helps students develop confidence in their abilities and achieve their potential. The center's services, based on best practices in learning assistance, include needs assessment, student-to-student tutoring, and one-on-one instruction with professional staff. In collaboration with faculty and other staff, SASC coordinates specialized services for students with disabilities, manages Academic Alerts through the CARE Network, and supports initiatives of the advising program. Affirming the mission of Luther College, the center serves all students, challenging them to "learn in community and discern [their] callings." Go to http://www.luther.edu/sasc/ for information regarding SASC.

Care Network. The CARE Network is the online reporting vehicle for faculty and staff to alert the Student Academic Support Center (SASC) when students are in academic or personal difficulty. The SASC office sends an e-mail to the student to encourage the use of the SASC resources. An e-mail notice regarding the student's progress is also sent to the academic advisor and any relevant athletic coach or musical ensemble directors.

Disability Services. Luther College is committed to providing equal educational opportunities for individuals with disabilities, in accordance with state and federal law and regulations, including the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. To ensure equal access for students with disabilities, Luther College provides reasonable accommodations that do not alter the nature of the academic or residential programs. Both Luther College and the ADA emphasize that a student must register with Disability Services by providing appropriate documentation about the disability from appropriate professionals and also make timely and reasonable requests for accommodations and services. Accommodations may vary from class to class and be different for individuals with the same disability. Go to http://www.luther.edu/sasc for information regarding disability services.

TRIO Achievement Program. The TRIO Achievement Program is a TRIO Student Support Services project funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education that supports the retention to graduation of students with financial need and those whose parents do not have a four-year college degree ("first generation"). Students with documented disabilities are also eligible to apply for the program. For federal income guidelines, visit www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html.

TRIO positions and empowers participating students to thrive at Luther College by providing holistic, individualized support and comprehensive programming that promotes their academic success, personal development, and sense of community.

Incoming TRIO students have access to a course in the fall, GS-100, that serves as the foundation for their learning and development over the next four years. Taught by professional staff with assistance from peer leaders, the class meets twice a week and is worth 2 hours of credit. The course sets the stage for the Luther experience and helps students, regardless of academic profile, get off to a strong start. Applications to the TRIO Achievement Program are available in the TRIO office and online at trio.luther.edu.