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Academic Support Center Hours:
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Other times by appointment
Academic Support Center
The Academic Support Center is located in Mabee 406, near the library. We offer many services to help our students with their academic progress. All our services are free of charge to Park University students!
The mission of the Park University Academic Support Center is to encourage and help students achieve academic excellence during their studies at Park by helping them learn to think critically, communicate effectively, and become independent learners in order that they may engage in lifelong learning and better serve a global community.
We offer the following services:
Subject Area Tutoring
We offer FREE tutoring for many classes including math, foreign languages, computer science, accounting, and more! Our peer tutors have demonstrated proficiency and have been recommended by faculty to assist students. Our professional tutors already hold a Bachelor's degree or higher. Most of our professional tutors are adjunct instructors at Park.
Our clients are among the top students on campus! During the spring 2010 term, the students who used our services three or more times had an average GPA of 3.23.
To get the most benefit from tutoring, we recommend that students work with their tutor regularly. Based on statistics from the Spring 2010 terms, 65% of students who met three or more times with a tutor for a single subject made an A or B in the course!
Why struggle on your own, risking your GPA, when you could spend some time with a tutor in the relaxed atmosphere of the ASC and boost your GPA?
To schedule an appointment with one of our tutors, go to Parkville Campus Appointments/ to create an account and then access the schedule.
Placement Testing for New Students
Incoming students to Park University may be required to take placement exams. Required tests may include math skills, reading skills, writing skills, and/or English proficiency for non-native speakers. We use the COMPASS/ESL tests, produced by ACT. Students who need to take these tests may wish to prepare by looking at sample questions. For more info about COMPASS and sample questions, go to www.act.org. Point to the tab labeled "Assessments," and choose "COMPASS" from the menu that drops down. On the COMPASS page, the menu at the left includes the words "Sample Questions." Click that to have choices of sample questions from different tests.
If you need to take placement tests on the Parkville campus, call the Academic Support Center, 816-584-6330, to make an appointment.
If you are outside the KC metro area, but planning to attend the Parkville campus, you may be able to make arrangements to take the placement test in your own area in order to receive results and complete your advising before you arrive in Parkville. Call the ASC at 816-584-6330 for more information on scheduling your placement test through the COMPASS/ESL Remote Testing Network. When you call, please tell us you live outside the KC area and would like to set up a Remote COMPASS placement test.
College Skills Seminars
Informal sessions on topics you can use. Learn study tips and time management skills useful to any student, whether just out of high school or returning to college after a few years. Seminars are scheduled through SS100 (Freshman Seminar) classes and by appointment.
Disabilities Accommodations For Students With Special Needs
We can assist our students who have special needs because of documented learning disability or physical challenges. Please let us know your needs! The website below has information concerning our policies, process, and procedures.
We have a lab with computers available for internet research and word processing. Our staff will help you learn how to use this equipment if you are not familiar with it. The computer lab is open during our regular office hours, except during final exam week.
StepUP is a program operated through the Academic Support Center. The goal of StepUP is to provide the support and services for our students to persist, excel, and graduate. StepUP provides a social and support network for students who are willing to work consistently toward their academic goals.
StepUP students work with a professional mentor who assists them in setting goals, developing talents, and making connections with people and services to help them be successful in their quest for a college degree. They may also take part in several special events through the year, and be eligible for recognition, gifts, and incentives. StepUP services are provided at no charge, but space in the program is limited. To apply, pick up an application in MA406.