The Learning Support Services Program at Schreiner University serves a limited number of students, usually 60-70 each year, who have been diagnosed with dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, or a specific learning disability in reading, mathematics or written expression. Students in the program attend regular college-level courses, are held to the same high standards, and complete the same curriculum requirements as all other degree candidates. In addition to the LSS staff, the Schreiner University faculty is dedicated to helping students realize their full potential. Students admitted to the Learning Support Services program must be highly motivated, have the intellectual potential for success in a rigorous academic program, and have the ability to meet the demands of college life.

While the LSS program is specifically designed to provide academic support to students with dyslexia, attention deficit disorder and/or specific learning disabilities, we can accept a limited number of students on the Autism spectrum who can participate in the program effectively and appropriately.

Students with traumatic brain injuries, intellectual disabilities, perceptual disorders, mobility impairments or psychological disorders seeking academic accommodations may, with appropriate documentation, qualify under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Accommodations under Section 504 are provided at no charge.

*** Some features, such as tutor registration, may be modified to ensure safety during the 2020-2021 academic year due to COVID 19.***

Expectations:  Students in the LSS program take college level courses, with no modifications in course content.  They take the same tests as other students, complete the same assignments and are graded on the same standards as all other students.

Flexibility:  The program services are designed for flexibility to meet the individual needs of each student.  Student use the services as much or as little as they want, making changes in their use of the services throughout the semester.

Freshman Fall Class Schedule:  Class schedules for incoming freshmen are created by the Director with course selection determined by the student’s intended major.  The minimum course load (12 credit hours) necessary for full time status is recommended for new freshmen.  This allows them to successfully transition from attending high school while living at home to meeting the academic and social challenges of an independent college student.

IDST 1301-Freshman Seminar: All new LSS freshmen are scheduled into a special section of this orientation course required for all freshmen. The class is team taught by the LSS Director and the Tutor Coordinator which allows them to become better acquainted with students and to more effectively disseminate information about accessing program services. Course content is oriented to meet special needs of LSS students.

Tutoring: Regularly scheduled, individual tutoring, provided primarily by degreed adults with some peer tutoring, is available in most undergraduate courses except Engineering and Nursing. If no tutor is available for a particular course, every effort will be made to find one as soon as possible. Formal tutor registration takes place at the beginning of the semester, usually during the first week of classes.

Students are encouraged to register for two one-hour sessions of tutoring per subject, per week.  Students can make changes to their tutoring schedules to meet their needs throughout the semester, increasing or decreasing time with tutors, adding or dropping tutors or changing from regularly scheduled tutoring to ‘as needed.’ After a student has been scheduled with a tutor, changes in that schedule can be made directly with the tutor.

Students who cannot attend a scheduled tutoring session are expected to notify the tutor at least one hour in advance.  Such absences will be noted as ‘excused’ on tutor attendance records.  If the student is a no-show or does not notify the tutor of a cancellation within the required timeframe, the absence will be noted as ‘unexcused.’  Students with repeated unexcused absences will be dropped from the tutor’s regular schedule and will be reinstated only after meeting with the Tutor Coordinator or Director.

Peer Notes: Copies of peer notes for lecture classes can be arranged at any time throughout the semester by completing the appropriate request form. Most requests will be filled within 7 business days after they are received.  Note-takers are usually students already in the class who are paid for copies of notes. Note-takers are expected to bring notes to the LSS office within 24 hours of the class, make required copies, and place the copies in the appropriate bins for pickup by the LSS student. If students do not receive notes in a timely manner or if the notes are incomplete or illegible, the Notetaker Supervisor should be notified immediately.

Audio (Electronic)Textbooks: Electronic copies of textbooks and other required reading can be provided upon request.  Most requests can be filled within two business days. They are obtained through the publisher or through an e-book library.  A pdf of the text is given to the student, who can access it through the text-to-audio feature on their laptop or ipad or through free downloadable reading software.  Students requesting an electronic book must provide a USB for downloading the material.

Testing accommodations: Students in the LSS program are expected to take the same tests as other students.  Modifications in the testing environment can be arranged for any test. They may include extended time (double time), testing in a reduced distraction environment, having a reader, using a computer or a scribe for essay questions, and assistance completing scan-tron answer forms.

Academic Advising: LSS Director and Tutor Coordinator advise all new students and assist with course selection for Spring semester of Freshman year.

Monitoring Progress:  Faculty submit four-week and mid-term grades for all students.  The grades are reviewed by LSS staff, with appropriate interventions implemented as necessary.  Except for these reports, the LSS staff does not have access to students’ attendance or grade records in their classes.

  1. A completed Schreiner University application with a non-refundable $25.00 application fee must be submitted. Checking the “yes” box under “Interested in Learning Support Services” ensures that your application will be coded correctly and all your documentation will be forwarded to the LSS office.
  2. All freshmen and transfer candidates must submit an official high school transcript and transcripts of all academic work attempted at other colleges or universities attended.
  3. ACT or SAT scores are required of all Schreiner applicants. LSS applicants are encouraged to take the test(s) with accommodations, such as extended time, that will help them best demonstrate their ability.
  4. Diagnostic statement from a qualified professional indicating that the applicant meets the criteria for dyslexia, primary attention deficit disorder or a specific learning disability. Recent ARD, IEP or Section 504 documentation from a high school can satisfy this requirement, as well as results from private testing by an educational diagnostician, psychologist, or medical doctor for attention deficit disorder diagnosis.
  5. Individual Achievement Test – The results from an individually administered achievement battery, such as the Woodcock-Johnson or Wechsler Individual Achievement Test, taken within one year of application are required only for students who do not meet the automatic admission requirements regarding ACT/SAT and GPA. Individual test scores (not cluster scores) must be included for reading comprehension, reading decoding and math computation. These results are used to help determine whether the student’s academic skills are sufficiently developed to support their success in a rigorous academic environment.
  6. Student Questionnaire – All students are required to submit the student questionnaire found here (PDFWORD) to admissions@schreiner.edu or to the LSS Director as part of their application process.
  7. To preserve confidentiality, all required documentation can be emailed to the Director at jgallik@schreiner.edu or mailed to:

    Dr. Jude Gallik, Director
    Learning Support Services
    CMB 6238
    2100 Memorial Blvd.
    Kerrville, TX 78028

  8. Questions about documentation, the application process or any aspect of the program can be directed to the Director at 830-792-7258 or jgallik@schreiner.edu.

  1. Diagnostic Categories Accepted
    • Attention Deficit Disorders
    • Dyslexia
    • Dysgraphia
    • Dyscalculia
    • Specific Learning Disability (e.g. disorder of written expression, learning disability in basic reading skills, etc.)
    • High functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder
  2. High School Experience
    • Diploma Type: recommended or distinguished preferred
    • No modified courses senior year (accommodations okay)
    • Class Rank – prefer 3rd quarter or higher
    • Passed all STAAR and EOC tests
  3. SAT/ACT Scores
    • Prefer ACT composite score of 16 or higher, SAT Math & EBRW of 800 or higher
    • Emphasis on reading comprehension
  4. Academic Achievement Levels
    • 8th grade or higher in all areas preferred (reading comprehension, math, writing)
    • Emphasis on reading
  5. Personal Attributes
    • Interested in college
    • Self-awareness
    • Proactive
    • Self-regulation/self-management (independent study skills)
    • Interpersonal skills

LSS Director: Dr. Jude Gallik 830.792.7258 | Email: jgallik@scheiner.edu
LSS Tutor Coordinator: Susie Upton, M.Ed. 830.792.7377 | Email: supton@schreiner.edu

The LSS Testing Center is available to Schreiner students who are in the Learning Support Services Program or who have been approved for testing accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Students seeking testing accommodations must submit documentation of a qualifying condition and must meet with Dr. Gallik to complete an application before scheduling an exam.  Dr. Gallik can be contacted at jgallik@schreiner.edu or 830-792-7258.

Test requests must be received at least two business days before the scheduled test time.

Students must have a signed copy of the Testing Policies on file prior to testing.  (Can be completed at time of test if not already on file.)

Test Request Deadlines
Testing Policies
Test Request Form

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