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Learning Support Services2018-11-16T10:32:38+00:00

Too often, bright and intellectually capable students are academically unsuccessful because they are hindered by a learning disability. However, an intelligent, motivated student who is diagnosed with a specific learning disability can, with proper guidance and learning assistance, succeed academically despite his or her disability. Responding to the needs of such students, Schreiner University offers a comprehensive Learning Support Services (LSS) Program.

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.

Students with co-existing Autism Spectrum Disorders, traumatic brain injuries, intellectual disabilities, or severe psychological disorders are not eligible for the program, but may, with appropriate documentation, qualify for academic accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students participating in the LSS program will be charged a fee for the services. Current fee information is available from the Cost of Attendance page.

Selection of Students: In addition to documented specific learning disability, at least average intelligence and basic academic skills (reading, writing, math) sufficient to do college level work, students admitted to the program must demonstrate initiative and commitment.

Student Summaries: After students complete the required individual interview with LSS Staff, a one-page summary is prepared for tutors and instructors which includes information on the nature of the learning disability, intellectual profile, academic skills levels, background and tutoring recommendations.

Individual Tutoring Plans: At the beginning of each semester, tutors prepare individual tutoring plans for their students using the student summaries and ideas from their LSS Tutor Manual. The plans are reviewed at the end of the semester to determine which strategies were most effective. These effective strategies are compiled and attached to the student summaries, thereby creating a history of effective strategies for each student: useful information for future tutors.

Mountaineer Days: New Freshmen receive academic advising from LSS staff and select courses for Fall. All schedules are reviewed and finalized by the Director.

IDST 1201-Freshman Seminar: All new LSS freshmen are scheduled into a special section of this 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.

Tutor Registration: Formal registration for scheduled tutoring takes place within one week of the first day of classes each semester. Individual tutoring, provided by degreed adults, is available in all courses offered at Schreiner. Tutors are certified by the College Reading & Learning Association.

Note-Takers: Note takers for any class can be arranged at any time throughout the semester. Note-takers are usually students already in the class who are paid for copies of notes. Books on Tape: Textbooks and other required reading can be audio-taped upon request.

Recorded Textbooks: Textbooks and other required reading can be recorded upon request. Using Kurzweil 3000 software, books are scanned onto CDs. The CD’s are accessed using compatible reading software, issued to the student for use on a personal computer, which displays pages from the text on the computer screen while simultaneously reading the text aloud to the student.

Alternative Testing: Modifications in the testing environment can be arranged for any test. They may include extended time, testing in a room alone, having a reader, having a scribe, using a computer for essay questions.

Mid-Term Reviews: Instructors of all freshmen are polled at mid-term to determine current course grades. A formal mid-term review is conducted with each freshman, identifying troublesome classes and planning strategies for grade improvement. Mid-term grades for returning students are obtained from the registrar’s office and students are contacted about planning for grade improvements as necessary.

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

Student Recognition: Once a year, a dinner is held recognizing the academic achievements of students in the LSS program who had semester grade point averages of 3.0 or higher. Typically, one-third of LSS students are honored each year, many of whom also made the Dean’s and President’s lists. A “Wall of Fame” is the LSS office displays graduation photos of recent LSS graduates.

Evaluation: At the end of the Fall semester, students evaluate all their tutors. At the end of the Spring semester, students and faculty evaluate the program as a whole. Modifications are made in response to evaluations as appropriate.

The following are required to complete the application process for the program:

  1. A completed application with a non-refundable $25.00 application fee must be submitted. These forms may be obtained from the Admissions 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 including writing sections scores—Results of the ACT or the SAT must be submitted. Scores from nonstandard administration are acceptable. ACT and SAT scores are also used for possible scholarships.
  4. Wechsler Intelligence Scale or Woodcock Johnson Cognitive Battery — Complete results of the Woodcock Johnson Cognitive Battery or Wechsler Adult Intelligence Scale IV must be submitted, including scaled scores and age-scaled scores for all subtests, as well as index scores.
  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 must be submitted. Individual test scores (not cluster scores) must be included for reading comprehension, reading decoding and math computation.
  6. Diagnostic statement from a qualified professional, which include the diagnosis of a specific learning disability, dyslexia, or an Attention Deficit Disorder.

To preserve confidentiality, all required documentation can be sent directly to:
Dr. Jude Gallik, Director
Learning Support Services
CMB 6238, 2100 Memorial Blvd.
Kerrville, Texas, 78028

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