A strong support system
The office of Academic Support offers a wide range of services to students with various needs in order to enhance academic and personal achievement in higher education and equip them for lifelong use and expansion of the knowledge they develop at MVNU. Every attempt is made to provide personal, individualized attention and support to students.
This office was first established in 1991 as a program funded by a grant from the Teagle Foundation. Since that time, the staff and services have been expanded to better serve the growing needs of MVNU students. There are no additional fees for any of the services provided by the Academic Support office.
Peer Instruction (PI) is a service that is available to all students on the main campus in traditional undergraduate programs who desire assistance with study strategies, time management, or general education core courses. Peer Instructors are student employees hired by the office of Academic Support who are trained to assist peers academically. Students make appointments with Peer Instructors by phone or in person. Students in the nontraditional and graduate programs must follow the procedures for this type of assistance as outlined by those programs.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an intensive assistance program involving student employees who provide weekly group study sessions for students in designated courses. SI is provided for all students enrolled in the courses with SI attached. The SI Leader attends class daily, takes notes, models how to be a master student, and leads weekly SI sessions outside of class on topics covered during the week. MVNU offers SI for many courses in the General Education Core, including but not limited to the following:
- American Government
- Art in the Western World
- Christian Beliefs
- General Chemistry I & II
- General Psychology
- History and Faith of Biblical Communities
- Introduction to Math Systems
- Introduction to Statistics
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Music in the Western World
- Principles of Biology
- U.S. History Before 1865
- U.S. History Since 1865
- World Civilizations I & II
The SI Leader is a carefully selected student employee who has been successful in his/her respective SI course in a previous semester. The SI study sessions not only involve material covered in the course, but also focus on effective study strategies and time management techniques. National data demonstrate that students who attend SI sessions average from one half to one full letter grade above the average of the students who do not attend SI.
Academic Support offers courses that equip first-time freshman students with the necessary skills to make the transition to the academic demands of higher education. These courses are elective courses with credits toward graduation, and any student may choose to enroll. In addition, these courses are required for students who are likely to encounter challenges with college level work, based on indicators of ACT/SAT scores and high school grade point averages.
- University Success Strategies – Designed to equip first-time freshmen with the skills necessary for achieving academic excellence in a Christian liberal arts context. Emphasis is placed on developing a mindset of lifelong learning that prepares students for meaningful service to God and humankind.
- Reading Success Strategies – Provides the students with skills in reading comprehension, reading speed, and vocabulary development for university-level textbooks.
- Critical Thinking – Designed to teach students to evaluate and reason in a more multifaceted manner than the approach required for high school. These higher levels of cognitive processing are necessary for the complexity of academics in higher education.
Kelleyann Stackhouse, '20“I'm thankful for professors who care about me as an individual person and push me to do my best.”