Academic Support/The PEAK
Academic Services: The PEAK (Personal Enrichment and Knowledge)
All students, at one time or another, need help with academic questions: What should I major in? How can I improve my study skills? Is a tutor available to help me in a class? What are my graduation requirements? How can I increase my grade point average? Academic Services will assist students in addressing all of these questions, and many more.
The PEAK is located on the third floor of Main Building and houses Academic Services.
Students can visit the PEAK for academic advising, to participate in the Academic Success Program, to ask about accommodations for a disability, to schedule study time with a tutor, or to learn about improving academic skills like time management and study strategies. Please click on the links in the submenu for more details.
Students are encouraged to visit the PEAK to improve their academic habits and to learn how to maximize their potential.
Use the links below to view each section:
All students are assigned to an advisor upon enrollment. Traditional first year students are assigned to first year advisors, a group of faculty and staff who are specially trained to help ease the transition between high school and college. Students are assigned to a faculty advisor in their major disciplines usually in the second semester. If a student changes majors, he/she is reassigned to an advisor in the new major discipline.
Academic advisors help students with academic planning, scheduling classes, interpreting college policies and procedures, and tracking students’ progress toward graduation or program completion. Advisors are an extremely valuable resource for students.
Academic Success Program
Students in the Academic Success Program will be encouraged to take PRIDE in becoming engaged learners at Greensboro College. Through interactive workshops, online inventories and individual meetings, students will be empowered to take ownership of their college journey. The program director also serves as the academic advisor for students in the Academic Success Program and will monitor students’ academic progress and stay in close contact with students’ professors.
First-year students* who are admitted into the Academic Success Program are required to:
- Meet bi-weekly with the program director for their first year.
- Enroll in First Year Seminar.
- Attend Academic Success Workshops.
- Meet bi-weekly (at least) with faculty to discuss individual performance and academic progress.
- Participate in tutoring and other academic enrichment activities as deemed necessary by the director.
*Transfer students may also enter the Academic Success Program. The program director and Office of Admissions will determine expectations for individual transfer students.
Take PRIDE in your academics
Students who are not in the Academic Success Program can meet with the director to discuss a variety of academic success topics, such as time management, study habits/skills, note-taking techniques, and how to make best use of your learning style.
Resources on a variety of academic success topics will be available in the PEAK lobby (3rd floor, Main Building).
Office of Academic Accessibility
A variety of services are available to students with documented learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, or other disabilities. Students are strongly encouraged to disclose this information to the Director of Academic Accessibility. Accommodations and services are tailored to the student and may include:
- extended time on tests
- referral to professional tutor/coach
- applying for alterations to academic requirements in selected cases
- use of technological supports in the Blackwell Learning Lab
- referrals for educational testing
- individual advising and monitoring
- testing in an environment with reduced distractions
- ability to record lectures
- course advising.
Mission & Goals
The primary mission of the Office of Academic Accessibility at Greensboro College is to provide ongoing, comprehensive support to students. The office will serve as advocates for students with disabilities and promote awareness of disability issues campus wide. Through these services, our goals are to facilitate wellness and academic success for all students. For students with disabilities, this includes assistance in the development of self-awareness, self-advocacy and independent learning skills necessary for each student to thrive intellectually, spiritually and professionally.
Greensboro College provides a wide variety of support services to students with documented disabilities. These services include but are not limited to:
- Special section of First Year Seminar course focusing on self-awareness, self-advocacy, time management, strategies instruction and other coping mechanisms needed for college success
- Individual coaching and consultation services
- Individualized instruction in study skills
- Access to assistive technology
- Referral for testing services
- Development and implementation of an individual 504 plan outlining classroom accommodation needs
Any student wishing to receive services from the Office of Academic Accessibility Services must submit to the college appropriate documentation that justifies any special accommodations or modifications that are requested. For some accommodations that involve substantial changes to a course of study, such as a class substitution, additional documentation and approval process may be required.
Appropriate documentation meets all of the following criteria:
Required Documentation: Psychoeducational evaluation completed within 5 years prior to enrollment at Greensboro College that includes assessment of ability, achievement, strengths, weaknesses and appropriate recommendations completed by a professional who is certified or licensed to perform any assessments administered
Required Documentation: Formal letter from a licensed physician, psychiatrist or psychologist indicating the diagnosis, treatment (medications), assessment of how the diagnosis may affect performance in college and recommended accommodations, and a psychoeducational evaluation as described above
- Permanent Sensory or Physical Disability
Formal Letter from a licensed physician indicating the Diagnosis and extent to which the condition may affect the student’s ability to function in the college environment
- Emotional/ Mental Illness
Formal letter from a licensed psychiatrist or psychologist indicating the precise diagnosis, its extent, treatment (medications), and the way in which the disability may affect the student’s ability to function in the college environment.
To disclose a disability that may require accommodations, please fill out and return the form below.
If you have any questions, please contact:
Director of Academic Accessibility
323 Main Bldg.
336-272-7102, ext. 5591
How do I request special housing accommodations if I have a disability?
The learning environment and residential living are central to the Greensboro College experience, particularly for first-year students and sophomores who are required to live in our residence halls. It should be noted that living within the community, learning to share space and be considerate of others is part of the complete college experience. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Greensboro College is committed to providing appropriate housing accommodations for all students. We evaluate all requests for exceptions carefully and we require all special housing requests based on disability to include the following:
- Appropriate documentation of the condition or need that is the basis of the request.
- A clear description of the desired housing configuration.
- An explanation of how the request relates to the impact of the condition.
- An indication of the level of need for the recommended configuration and the consequences of not receiving the desired configuration.
- Possible alternatives if the recommended configuration is not possible.
To evaluate requests based on medical, psychological or other disability related conditions accurately and equitably, Greensboro College will need documentation. Documentation consists of an evaluation by the appropriate professional that relates to the current impact of the condition to the request.
Housing Accommodation Request Forms should be returned directly to the Office of Academic Accessibility with documentation that supports the specific request.
Academic Services Staff
Alley, Lisa B.
Director of Academic Support
Dept/Office: Academic Services,PEAK
Location: 307 Main Building
Phone: 336-272-7102, ext. 5342
Director of Academic Accessibility
Dept/Office: Academic Accessibility
Location: 323 Main Building
Phone: 336-272-7102, ext. 5591
Bunch, Martha M.
Associate Vice President for Academic Administration
Dept/Office: Academic Affairs,Academic Services,PEAK
Location: 205 Main Building
Phone: 336-272-7102, ext. 5287
Green ’94, Tica
Director of Academic Success
Dept/Office: Academic Affairs, Academic Services, PEAK
Location: 305 Main Building
Phone: 336-272-7102, ext. 5493
Testing Accommodations Student Request Form
All testing accommodations will be provided through Academic Accessibility unless the instructor chooses to provide the necessary accommodations. Exams may begin as early as 8 a.m. and must be completed by 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.
The form below must be completed at least three days prior to the exam. The form will generate an automated request for accommodation email which will be delivered to the professor indicated and to the Office of Academic Accessibility. It will then be the professor’s responsibility to make arrangements with Academic Accessibility. If there are any questions, please contact Georgie Bogdan, director of academic accessibility, at 336-272-7102, ext. 5591, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peer tutors are available each semester in most first year level courses and some upper level courses. Tutorial services are free for all students. Sign up sheets and schedules for tutors are posted weekly in the PEAK, third floor, Main Building.
In addition, the Writing Across the Curriculum program includes a professional writing tutor housed in the Cowan Humanities Building. These services are also free for all students.