The Academic Advising and Learning Support Services (AALSS) is an academic administrative unit that is responsible for providing advising and academic support to all students at AUK. AALSS is designed to help students become independent and successful learners by developing an understanding of their degree program requirements, fostering an appreciation of the importance of liberal arts education, improving their study skills, increasing their understanding of course content, developing their literacy skills, enhancing their self-confidence, and cultivating a positive attitude toward learning. All services are free of charge to AUK students. Led by a Director, the AALSS is comprised of three centers: Academic Advising Center, Tutoring Center, and Writing Center. For additional information, please email: AALSS@auk.edu.kw.
ACADEMIC ADVISING CENTER
The Academic Advising Center is dedicated to the academic success of its students. AAC advisors empower students to take an active role in their own education by guiding them to a deeper understanding of the liberal arts curriculum. The AAC provides academic advising, educational planning, course selection, retention initiatives, and registration to all currently undeclared students. Academic advising is a planning and teaching process in which advisors and students collaborate to define, develop, and reach academic and educational goals that are consistent with the student's personal interests. Academic advising is a shared responsibility where the advisor serves as a mentor/teacher aiming to enhance the student's self-awareness and personal responsibility. Students meet with the AAC advisors to discuss their educational plans and progress, and identify the academic requirements to achieve their career goals. When students declare a major, they are assigned by the appropriate department chair to a faculty advisor. Students are ultimately responsible for reviewing and understanding the requirements of the degree program in which they are declared. The AAC provides consistently accurate information, in-depth and holistic advising support, and appropriate referrals to all other university resources.
PALs: Within the academic advising program is the Peer Academic Leaders program (PALs). Comprised of Dean's List students who serve as peer advisors, the PALs program provides a mutual connection between existing and newly admitted students and offers support in areas of educational planning and academic information. PALs are guided by senior AAC advisors and the assistant director.
Retention Initiatives: The AAC Academic Retention Advisors are responsible for encouraging the academic success of at-risk students by providing individual academic counseling, identifying student needs and trends, and implementing programs designed to promote student persistence. The retention advisors develop and maintain appropriate files and records and work with the faculty to benefit the at-risk students. Students in academic jeopardy are required to participate in the programs defined by the retention advisors.
Student advising records with the Academic Advising Center are part of the college record. Advising information is released when necessary for purposes of registration and follow-ups. It is the AAC's professional and ethical responsibility to respect and consider confidential all information including academic records and status, family information, health (mental and physical), and all other issues pertaining to the student. Students' personal records are released and confidential information is shared with parents, family members, and/or guardians only when a student has completed and signed a "Disclosure of Academic Records Form" (available in the Office of the Registrar).
The Assistant Director of the AAC supervises all activities of the center and follows up on undeclared student cases with faculty advisors, department chairs, and deans of colleges. The Assistant Director reports to the Director of AALSS. For additional information, visit the Academic Advising Center located in front of Gate 3, call ext. 3241, or email: AAC@auk.edu.kw.
The Tutoring Center is committed to helping students develop the skills needed to succeed and flourish as they advance in their academic endeavors. The Tutoring Center strives to work with faculty to understand, develop, and improve academic support to supplement class learning; recognize and respect the rights and equality of all who seek assistance; provide well-trained professional, paraprofessional, and peer academic support specialists; and foster an open professional learning-centered environment.
The Tutoring Center provides free academic support in all subjects to all students at AUK. Tutoring is provided individually, in small groups, or in Supplemental Instruction sessions coordinated with faculty. TRC services are designed to help students improve their study skills, increase their understanding of course content, enhance their academic performance, and encourage them to develop a positive attitude towards learning. Students are encouraged to become independent and successful learners through individual tutoring and academic skills workshops. TRC staff and tutors possess high academic standards and excellent leadership skills, and are thoroughly trained to provide students with the most effective learning strategies individualized to their particular subject matter, course requirements, and learning style. The center provides a range of services that include explaining challenging concepts, discussing assignments, and providing reinforcement of classroom instruction. Students can schedule appointments through the Tutoring Center's appointment scheduling program (TutorTrac) or they can drop in for assistance. Tutoring assistance is available Sunday through Thursday.
The Assistant Director of the Learning Support Services (LSS) supervises all activities related to the Tutoring Center and collaborates with faculty, department chairs, and deans of colleges to continuously develop more effective tutoring and academic skills workshops. The Assistant Director reports to the Director of AALSS.
The Tutoring Center is located on the ground floor of the Sciences Building. For more information, call ext. 3247/3248 or email email@example.com. Appointments are also available through TutorTrac tutortrac.auk.edu.kw.
The Writing Center promotes an understanding of writing as a way of thinking, learning, and communicating. To serve this mission, the AUK Writing Center aims to:
- Cultivate an environment of collaborative inquiry with students seeking help with various writing and reading needs, concerns, and goals;
- Develop students' understanding of the various writing purposes, audiences, genres, and styles;
- Develop student' strategies for critical reading and engaging with a variety of texts;
- Support students' efforts in all stages of their writing processes by offering thoughtful and constructive feedback;
- Support faculty efforts to develop and integrate a variety of writing assignments into their courses;
- Provide resources on writing for the entire university community.
The Writing Center serves the entire AUK community: students from all departments and majors are welcome, as are staff and faculty who need help with their projects. The WRC provides multilingual support (English, Arabic, French, Spanish, and Italian) through individual or small-group consultations in which students, staff, and faculty explore ideas through the written word. All WRC staff and student consultants are selected for their professionalism and collegiality and are thoroughly trained in current best practices in writing. They provide a non-evaluative, reader's response to students' writing and help at any stage of the composing process: identifying and understanding audience, developing and expanding ideas, organizing ideas into a coherent whole, researching and evaluating external sources, incorporating external sources, understanding the conventions of academic writing, and communicating ideas clearly.
The Writing Center's overarching goal is to inspire a love of reading and writing in the AUK community. Students can schedule appointments through the Writing Center's appointment scheduling program (TutorTrac) or they can drop in for assistance. The WRC is open Sunday through Thursday.
The Assistant Director of the Learning Support Services (LSS) supervises all activities related to the Writing Center, and collaborates with faculty, department chairs, and deans of colleges to continuously develop more effective reading and writing consulting support and classroom workshops. The Assistant Director reports to the Director of AALSS.
The Writing Center is located in the Sciences Building, A207. For more information, call ext. 3200/3201 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Appointments are also available through TutorTrac tutortrac.auk.edu.kw.