Student Support Services

Draft Version
This is a DRAFT catalog for review and advising purposes. Items in this catalog draft are subject to change until the catalog for 2019-2020 academic year will be officially published on August 1, 2019. The statements set forth in this catalog are for informational purposes only and should not be construed as the basis of a contract between a student and this institution. Should changes in a program of study become necessary, those changes will be applied liberally by the institution while the catalog is in draft mode.

  • Students with Bereavement Issues or Emergencies
  • Violations of Title IX (sexual assault, sexual misconduct)
  • Student Withdrawal from University
  • Parents Association and Parents' Board
  • Academic Success Center
  • Orientation
  • Outreach Counselor
  • Student Access Services
  • Wellness Office

Student Support Services is designed to offer guidance to students in times of need. Our mission is to provide personal attention and resources to students as they work to achieve their academic and personal goals. Student Support Services serves as a major link between academic and student affairs striving to improve student retention through positive communication and relationships with students, faculty, staff, and families. We will help students find the necessary information or resources so they may have a personally rewarding education at Bradley University.

ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER

The Academic Success Center strengthens comprehensive learning, enhances retention, and promotes student success by providing academic support services to Bradley students. The programs provided include:

ACADEMIC ADVISEMENT

Academic Advisement at Bradley is decentralized, meaning that all students are assigned a faculty advisor in the major they are currently declared in, including the Academic Exploration Program. If a student changes their major, they will be assigned a new academic advisor. Advisors help students to define academic and career goals, provide course planning assistance, clarification of academic policies and regulations, and provide awareness and guidance to those interested in studying abroad or in registering an internship for credit with the Smith Career Center. Students should feel comfortable contacting their academic advisor not only during registration periods, but all year long. We also provide online resources to aid students in the advising and registration process. The Academic Success Center offers supplemental advising to all students who may need help deciding on specific courses for all-university degree requirements and offers support to faculty advisors with any questions they may have about academic policies and requirements.

ACADEMIC EXPLORATION PROGRAM (AEP)

The Academic Exploration Program (AEP) helps students with undecided majors and undeclared majors (exploratory students) identify and pursue their academic and professional goals. Through a combination of instruction, reflection and exposure, students gain the experience and confidence to declare a major and succeed professionally. The key to success in the Academic Exploration Program rests with the student-academic advisor relationship. Each student in AEP is assigned an advisor, with whom they will spend time in the classroom and in one-on-one advising within the first semester. The award-winning academic advisement in AEP is integrated throughout the AEP curriculum and helps students select the major and career path that's best for them through the lens of whole student development.

ACADEMIC COACHING

Students experiencing challenges that are causing academic difficulty (poor time management, test anxiety or inadequate test-taking strategies, low reading comprehension, etc.) can meet with an ASC staff member to create a learning improvement plan and to identify strategies to improve their likelihood of academic success.

AEP 115: Learning Enhancement Strategies Seminar

The Learning Enhancement Seminar (AEP 115) is for University program students to ensure they have the college-level study skills necessary to be successful at Bradley.

TURNING POINT RETENTION PROGRAM

Many students experience some form of academic difficulty during their college career. At Bradley, students whose difficulty has resulted in academic probation are required to participate in the Turning Point Program (TPP). The Turning Point Program's mission is to assist first-time probation students as they work to regain good academic standing. Program participants complete an online course that helps students understand what academic probation is and how it might affect them academically and financially. TPP Coaches are available to meet with students to discuss topics around student success, academic advisement, course registration and academic planning.

TUTORING

The Academic Success Center and select academic departments provide free drop-in tutoring. Schedules for all free tutoring services provided across campus are provided on the ASC website.

UNIVERSITY PROGRAM (UNV)

The University Program (UNV) helps students get started at Bradley on the right track by ensuring appropriate academic advisement and goal-setting for major(s) of interest. Students in University Program majors will be assigned an advisor in their college or a professional advisor and will spend time outside of their traditional classes working toward developing habits that enhance academic success and identifying major options that align with students’ interests, skills, and goals.

ORIENTATION

Freshmen Orientation will give students the necessary tools to deal with a wide range of emotions as they begin their “college career” at Bradley University. Orientation is a necessary introduction to college life and to the challenges and opportunities students will encounter. Because of its importance, it is required that first year students attend one 2-1/2 day sessions offered during the summer. During Orientation, students will meet other students through social activities, register for fall semester classes, become familiar with campus and learn about campus life, and participate in “team orientated” events.

STUDENT ACCESS SERVICES

The Office of Student Access Services (SAS) is committed to the fulfillment of equal educational opportunity, academic freedom and human dignity for students with disabilities. The SAS exists to provide reasonable and appropriate accommodations for qualified students with documented disabilities, to assist students in self-advocacy, to educate the Bradley community about disabilities, and ensure compliance with federal and state law.

WELLNESS OFFICE

The Bradley University Wellness Office offers current and accurate health information and programming on the 8 dimensions of wellness: Emotional, Environmental, Financial, Intellectual, Occupational, Physical, Social, and Spiritual, by promoting smart and healthy behavioral choices through collaboration within the university, out in the community, and nationwide. 

Our vision is to create a culture where making healthy choices in all 8 dimensions of wellness and acceptance of all individuals is the norm at Bradley University. This is accomplished through the programming provided by the student groups housed from the Wellness Office that include HEAT (Help, Empower and Teach) Get Fit Stay Fit, as well as by the internship opportunities for both counseling program students and those interested in health and wellness.