Student Support Services

SUPPORT SERVICES

Advisement Center

The Academic Advisement Center provides assistance to all students in the attainment of their educational goals, through academic advisement and intervention to help make a successful transition to, and establish their place, in University life; referral and mentoring; assist students to take responsibility for learning how to set academic, career, and personal goals, and the strategies for achieving them; and provide guidance to help them graduate in a timely manner, successfully meeting all requirements. The Academic Advisement Center advises all students in the first year of their collegiate experience and Sophomores who have yet to declare a major. Juniors and Seniors will meet with their academic faculty advisor at least twice (2) each semester.

ADA Compliance Program for Students with Disabilities

The ADA Program offers quality services, reasonable and effective accommodations to students with disabilities to enhance their academic success, participation in educational programs, and quality of campus life. Saint Augustine’s University supports the protection available to members of its community under all applicable Federal laws, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Title IX of the Educational Amendments of 1972, and Title VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Each student’s program of study is given individual

attention to take personal needs into account. The ADA Compliance Officer invites all students with special needs of all types to take advantage of the support services provided by the University, to enable them to reach their full academic potential. The ADA Compliance Office is located in the Hunter Building, Room 201.

Career Services

The mission of The Belk Professional Development Center at Saint Augustine’s University is to provide career planning and job search assistance to students and alumni seeking opportunities in internships, coops, and full-time and/or part-time positions. Career Services is the official campus liaison between job seekers, academic departments and employers, providing assistance and resources to all constituencies. There are a wide range of career services provided to assist students in exploring and identifying different careers, developing job search skills, and implementing job search strategies, just to name a few. Career Services is located in the Goold Hall, Basement.

Library Services

The mission of the Library is to provide informational resources, services and programs, which meet the educational goals and research needs of the University and community. The Library resources at Saint Augustine’s University are located in the Prezell R. Robinson Library, which provides information and research services for the University community. Equity of access is provided to the physical collection of books, magazines, and audiovisual materials through an automated, online library system. Training is provided to library users in small groups and/or large group instruction on using the online library system and accessing and evaluating information resources. The Library staff is comprised of information educators who prepare students, faculty, and all users to be knowledgeable and creative information consumers.

The Prezell R. Robinson Library consists of three floors with resources such as an Archives Room, which houses documents relating to the history of the University and rare books. The facility also contains seminar rooms with space for study groups and computer labs. Throughout the Library are individual carrels and study tables that will seat up to 500 students.

The Library has over 100,000 volumes that represent courses offered by the divisions of Business and Computer Science, Liberal Arts and Education, Natural Sciences and Mathematics, Social Sciences and the division of Military Science. The information resources are in many formats- print, video/DVD and other audio recordings, Internet and NC LIVE. There are approximately 300 periodicals that provide current information in support of the five academic divisions.

About 30 newspapers of local, regional and national coverage are included.

The Testing Center

The Testing and Assessment at Saint Augustine’s University provides a variety of assessment services and assistance to faculty, students, and other members of the University community. The goal of the Testing and Assessment is to institute quality testing and assessment and conduct evaluations that are essential to developing the needed strategies to assist faculty working with first and second year students. These services include:

  • Working with academic units to facilitate and coordinate initial skill assessment in Reading, Writing, and Math.
  • Assisting academic units with the appropriate course placement and credits depending on a student’s incoming skill level.
  • Providing a service and location where students can take independent exams, as well as state and nationally administered tests.
  • Provide evaluation measures to assess student performance.
  • Facilitating student assessment through exit exams.
  • Providing resources on testing and assessment in support of improvement efforts and faculty research.

The following tests are offered:

  • Accreditation Council for Accountancy and Taxation
  • ACT Assessment Test (ACT)
  • American Board of Optician/National Contact Lens Exam
  • Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES)
  • Certified Information Systems Manager (CISM)
  • CFP Certification Examination
  • University Level Exam Program (CLEP)
  • DANTES Subject Standardized Test (DSST)
  • Electrocardiographic Examination
  • Foreign Service Written Exam (FSWE)
  • Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT)
  • Human Resource Certification
  • Law School Admission Test (LSAT)
  • Medical University Admissions Test (MCAT)
  • Miller Analogy Test (MAT)
  • Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination (MPRE)
  • Pharmacy University Admission Test (PCAT)
  • Pharmacy Technician Certification Board, Inc. (PTCB)
  • PRAXIS Series
  • Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT)
  • TEST of Spoken English (TSE)
  • World Languages other than English Assessment (WLOE)

GRE/MCAT/LSAT/GMAT Testing

Honors Program students will have available to them the Kaplan Preparatory Course materials. These materials will facilitate the preparation of the student for the professional school examination in their major. Both study materials and practice exams will be provided.