Academic Support

The Wick S. Sharp Learning Center, located on the top floor of Pfeiffer's library, offers a variety of academic and support services to help students achieve success in college. Programs are available to develop or reinforce basic skills, to supplement classroom instruction, and to allow students to pursue areas of personal interest. The Learning Center can help students ease the academic transition from high school to college by helping them:

  • Find a more efficient approach to studying
  • Sharpen writing skills
  • Increase reading comprehension, vocabulary, and speed
  • Manage math and test anxiety
  • Improve class performance


  • Learning specialists to provide counseling and instruction in reading, writing, math, and study skills
  • FREE tutoring services by certified tutors
  • Video tape instruction for basic algebra.
  • Supplemental Instruction (S.I.) for several high risk courses
  • English Proficiency Exam review
  • Graduate exam preparation; i.e., Praxis, GRE, LSAT, MCAT, GMAT, etc.
  • Workshops on time and stress management, test taking, study skills, study abroad, etc.
  • Special needs assistance. A Kurzweil reading system is available for visually impaired, international, and learning disabled students.

Basic Skills Instruction

A number of courses have been specifically designed to prepare students for their other college courses. Individualized programs are also available in these skills areas. The goal of the programs is to teach students "how to learn" what they need to know in order to manage the increased academic demands of the university curriculum. Assistance is available in reading, writing, math, and study skills. 

Disability Services

The Learning Center, located a 1/2 floor above the cafeteria, serves as the collection point for all documentation of physical handicaps, learning disabilities, and other disabling conditions.

Students should submit all relevant documentation to the Director of Academic Support Services and schedule a meeting to arrange for all eligible, "reasonable accommodations" provided by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act.  

Disability Handbook

In order to discuss your personal needs and appropriate documentation, please contact:

Dr. Jim Gulledge, 504 Officer
Director of Academic Support Services
Office: 704-463-3366
Fax: 704-463-1363