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Academic Success Center

Supporting students in reaching their goals

The Academic Success Center (ASC) supports students in creating a foundation of academic and personal growth, encouraging them to take responsibility for their successful journeys to reach their goals. The ASC works across campus to implement student success initiatives based on sound research including academic advising, undeclared students, gateway courses, general education and High Impact Practices.

The following are areas in which the ASC works to increase student success:

  • Academic Advising
  • Early Intervention and Support
  • First-Year Experience
  • General Studies (undeclared) students
  • Research on student success


  • TRIO Student Support Services - ASPIRE

    TRIO Student Support Services-ASPIRE is a program sponsored by the University of Montevallo and funded by the U.S. Department of Education. ASPIRE offers a variety of academic and personal support services that enhance students’ chances for success in college. Students may receive assistance from the ASPIRE program through tutoring, study-skills classes, academic counseling, career exploration, course advisement and registration, computer lab access, computer-assisted instruction, and cultural and social enrichment activities. To be eligible, applicants must be U.S. citizens or Permanent Residents and must be currently enrolled, or accepted for enrollment, at the University of Montevallo. Additional criteria for participation in the ASPIRE program require applicants to:

    • Have a limited family taxable income (as determined by the U.S. Department of Education);

    • Be potentially the first in your family to complete a baccalaureate (4-year) degree; or

    • Have a documented disability.

    The ASPIRE program is funded to serve 200 eligible students. Due to federal guidelines, priority must be given to:

    • Students who are both income eligible and first generation college students;

    • Students who are both disabled and income eligible; and

    • Alumni of other TRiO programs (including but not limited to Upward Bound and Talent Search)

    ASPIRE seeks highly motivated students with educational histories that reflect a need for academic support, and who want to make full use of the ASPIRE program to help reach their goal of becoming a successful college graduate.

    Main Central, Lower Level
    R. Denise Myers, Director
    Phone: (205) 665-6094
    Fax: (205) 665-6096

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  • Learning Enrichment Center (individual and group tutoring)

    The Learning Enrichment Center (LEC) provides assistance to students in identifying their academic needs and in strengthening their academic skills. The LEC staff also offers guidance for students as they begin to navigate their way through their college experience, leading them to the most helpful resources on campus.

    Services provided through the LEC include the following:

    • Individual Tutoring: These sessions provide you with the opportunity to meet one-on-one with a peer tutor to assist you with your academic concerns. Tutors at the LEC are well-versed and can help students in a number of different courses. Individual tutoring can be set up by appointment, according to tutor availability, and can be arranged to take place on a weekly basis.

    • Small Group Tutoring: These sessions are available by appointment and can also be arranged to take place on a weekly basis.

    • Facilitated Group Study: Want to study with a group, but don’t know how to start one? We will help you form a study group and provide a peer tutor to assist your group.

    • Assessment of Academic Needs: Do you find yourself struggling in your courses, but don’t know why? The LEC can provide an assessment of your needs to determine the type of assistance that will best suit you.

    Carmichael Library, Lower Level
    Randi Tubbs, Director
    (205) 665-6113

  • TRIO McNair Scholars

    The McNair Scholars Program is the federally funded TRIO program that prepares participants for doctoral studies, involving them in research and other scholarly activities.

    The program’s goal is to increase diversity among doctoral degree holders by encouraging and preparing students from underrepresented groups to successfully complete their postgraduate studies.

    McNair Scholars have their needs assessed upon entering the program and an Individual Education Plan developed to assure progress toward academic and personal objectives.

    McNair Scholars will participate in the program during their junior and senior years. They will submit research proposals for presentation at the University of Montevallo Undergraduate Research Day and at least one other conference. They will also submit the results of their research for publication.

    McNair Scholars have a strong reputation for academic excellence. Because of this reputation, many doctoral-granting institutions offer them special incentives such as admission fee waivers or special internships, scholarships and other financial assistance.

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    Sharpe House-first floor
    Roberta Leichnitz, Director
    (205) 665-6570

  • TRIO Upward Bound

    Upward Bound is a federally funded program that provides academic support, counseling, tutorial services, career mentoring, cultural exposure, and community service opportunities necessary for potential first-generation college students and/or economically disadvantaged youth to complete both high school and college.

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    Sharpe House-second floor
    Sharon Gilbert, Director
    (205) 665-6268