Special Academic Programs

Special Academic Programs


Academic Achievers Program (AAP)

The Academic Achievers Program (AAP) is a federally funded academic enrichment program designed to provide students with additional support and motivation needed to excel in their chosen academic career. Evidence shows that students who participate in these programs are “more than twice as likely to remain in University”.

The program helps students achieve their success through personalized attention, individualized academic coaching and advisement, a dedicated personal academic trainer, enhanced academic courses, smaller class sizes, a dedicated licensed counselor, a more proactive approach to education and cultural enrichment activities. The Academic Achievers Program, nationally known as Student Support Services, is part of the TRIO family of programs (i.e. Talent Search, Upward Bound and Ronald E. McNair Post Baccalaureate Achievement) and is located in the Boyer Building.

First-Year Experience Program

The First-Year Experience Program at Saint Augustine’s University is a mentoring program for first year and transfer students, designed to assist them with the transition from high school to University. The program strengthens students’ thinking, problem solving and communications skills, as well as promotes spiritual, social, financial and physical well being.

The Program consist of a series of activities and events that assists students in becoming familiar with the University, their surroundings, and the opportunities that are available to them. Assistance is provided for academic advisement, scholarships, financial aid, housing, health services, student organizations, and other important areas of the University.

It is mandatory for all new and transfer students to complete all scheduled activities and events of the program.

The Gateway Lifelong Learning Program

The mission of “The Division of Extended Studies” is to offer non-traditional, continuing and alternative academic educational opportunities for adult learners. The Division of Extended Studies is designed to give working, nontraditional and community University transfer students an option to pursue a degree and/or personal/professional development.

Scheduling of courses, academic content, the teaching/learning style, accessibility and convenience characterize the non-traditional educational programs which help adult learners cope with the pressures of life, including those of home and work, while completing their educational goals and objectives. These academic programs address the learning needs of employed adults who prefer an educational delivery system that is participatory and experientially related to the workplace. An example of an educational program consistent with the lifelong learning philosophy is the Organizational Management (OM) major, which is offered through The Division of Extended Studies. This unique program offers an ideal alternative academic opportunity for the employed adult to complete the Bachelor of Science degree in an accelerated format while attending classes during the evening and weekend. The Organizational Management major enables adult learners to develop:

  • Interpersonal skills.
  • Written and oral communication skills.
  • Problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • An understanding of research techniques and applications.
  • Self-knowledge and self-image growth.
  • Self-reliance and leadership skills.

Admission Policies for the Programs in The Division of Extended Studies Advisory Admissions Committee for the Adult Degree Completion Program The main purpose of this committee is to monitor the various policies and processes established for the degree completion program. The Committee is comprised of the Provost, Division Dean, and the Registrar.

Admission Policies

Adult learners must have earned a high school diploma or GED Certificate. Credits placed on an adult learner’s transcript upon entry into the degree completion program are those with a grade of “C” or above. The adult learner’s previous grade point average and credits below the level of C are not considered in the admissions process, and are not shown on the transcript that will become the official record of the adult learner’s performance in the University’s

degree completion program. Adult learners, who have transferable credits from accredited Universitys and universities that correspond with the General Education and Elective requirements of the Organizational Management Plan of Study are able to complete their bachelor’s degree from Saint Augustine’s University in approximately 3 semesters.

Note: Adult learners who formerly attended SAU will be considered as returning adult learner admitted into the Extended Studies Program.

  • Adult learners who do not have corresponding credits to meet the General Education and Elective requirements of the OM Plan of Study must recognize that additional time beyond the major coursework will be required for degree completion.
  • In order to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from Saint Augustine’s University, adult learners admitted into the Gateway Program must meet all of the graduation requirements as published in the University’s Catalog including, but not limited to, General Education requirements and the minimum total number of credit hours.
  • Adult learners must have three to five years of progressive work experience with supervisory and/or program development responsibilities and be age 21 or older. The Admissions Committee for the degree completion programs will consider any exceptions to the admissions policies.

Admission Requirements

The University requires all freshmen and transfer students with less than twenty-four (24) semester hours of transferable credit to meet all freshman requirements including the Freshman Studies course. .

  • Have official transcripts from each University or university attended sent to the Gateway Program Office for a tentative assessment.
  • Submit an application with fee to the Organizational Management Program.
  • Submit an application with fee to the Organizational Management Program.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation
  • Provide an on-site writing sample, which demonstrates the competency required to function in the Organizational Management program
  • Meet with Assessment Counselor for preliminary review of the official transcript(s) hours and Plan of Study
  • Provide evidence of financial capability to complete the program through personal financial aid and/or employer assistance
  • Participate in an admissions interview and/or orientation session
  • Pay class reservation deposit.

Note: Admission information regarding the Gateway Adult Learner Program is also located on the University’s official Web site: http://www.st-aug.edu/default/ gateway.htm

Honors College

The Honors College at Saint Augustine’s University seeks to provide a venue that assists and allows high achieving, dedicated and highly motivated students to enhance their leadership capacity as they strive to become prominent leaders in today’s global society. The program is designed to enhance individual growth and development of student attributes that are necessary for an evergrowing and culturally diverse workforce environment. Activities will focus on developing time management skills, fiscal responsibility, networking strategies, public speaking, and community service and involvement.

Admission to the Honors College

Talented high school seniors with a 3.5 and above grade point average who have been named Presidential Scholars will participate in the Honors College. Second-semester freshmen with a 3.5 GPA the first semester will be formally invited to apply for admission into the program. Rising sophomores who have completed 30 hours with a 3.5 GPA may apply for entry as well. Formal entry into the program includes submission of an application, an essay, two letters of recommendation and an Induction Ceremony.