Catalog of Abilene Christian University, 2005-2006 Page: 9
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Mission, Traditions and Services 9
ACU student teams and academic programs have won national
honors and grants in writing, debate, print and broadcast journalism,
integrated marketing communication, accounting, business marketing,
communication, computer science, psychology, physics and more.
The university's graduates who apply have an average acceptance
rate of greater than 80 percent into medical school - compared to a
national average of about 40 percent. This is just one example of the
exceptional academic quality seen throughout ACU. The university's
Honors Program challenges the brightest students and gives them
excellent preparation for the demands of graduate research.
The university offers programs and services that give undergraduate
and graduate students the technology, information and academic
support they need to learn and develop.
The Margaret and Herman Brown Library supports the teaching and
research programs of the university. Students have Internet access
to the library's online catalog of more than one million items in all
formats, including more than 2,400 periodical titles. In addition,
students can access more than 20,000 online journals many of them
The university has access to statewide information through TexShare,
and ACU is part of a regional library consortium. These and other
partnerships enable ACU students and faculty to conduct free or
inexpensive searches. ACU is also a selective depository for U.S.
government documents and is the home for numerous special
collections and archives. Experienced librarians provide personalized
support to students, faculty and staff.
Office of Career and Academic Development
The Office of Career and Academic Development provides services that
help students accomplish their academic, career and life goals. Career
development services are designed to help students find or confirm
a major/career and to help students prepare for and locate career
opportunities. To accomplish these things, the following services
* Individual Career Counseling
* Workshops and Seminars
* The Discovery Program
* Career and Life Planning Course
* Career Tests (interest and personality tests)
* Career Link - online career management system that
connects students with employers and alumni
* Career Library
* Resume Evaluations
* Mock Interviewing
* Campus Job Interviews with prestigious corporations,
school districts, churches and other organizations
Academic development services help students deal with issues such
as excessive absences, a recent crisis, poor grades, being unhappy or
feeling unconnected with other students. Professional staff address
these issues by:
* having a Web-based referral system (SOS) when faculty or staff
are concerned about a student
* meeting with the student to create a plan of action using
appropriate on- and off-campus resources
* facilitating connections between students, faculty and staff
* providing accountability for implementing a plan of action
Alpha Academic Services
Alpha Academic Services is comprised of two separate but related
programs. One of these, a federally-funded Student Support Services
program (SSS), provides tutoring and counseling services to qualified
students. The second program, Student Disability Services (SDS) offers
assistance with academic accommodations to students with
documented disabilities. Alpha students receive assessment of their
individual learning styles and study habits and assistance in adapting
study strategies to their unique learning characteristics. SSS is limited
to 200 participants per academic year. Qualifications are based on
level of parental education, family taxable income, or disability
documentation. Participation in SDS is limited to students with
documented disabilities that affect the ability to participate fully in
academic opportunities. Disability documentation must be current
(within 3 years) and include assessment data. Both programs provide
service at no additional cost to the students.
ACU receives grants from the U.S. Department of Education to fund
four programs designed to help under represented and disadvantaged
students succeed academically in middle school through graduate
school. The four programs and their purposes include the following:
* Talent Search serves students in the Abilene Independent
School District in grades 6-12. This program provides enrichment
activities to disadvantaged students in these grades to encourage
their completion of high school as well as entrance and success
in higher education. This program serves 750 students per
* Upward Bound serves students in high school (grades 9-12)
with tutoring and counseling throughout the academic year as
well as an intense on-campus summer educational experience.
The program goals are successful completion of high school
and entrance into higher education. This program is funded
to serve a total of 64 students from Abilene, Cooper and
Excel High Schools.
* Student Support Services serves 200 university students
who meet the program qualifications with tutoring, academic
counseling, and financial assistance to enhance their chances
of success at the university level.
* McNair Scholars Program serves approximately 30 under-
graduate students at ACU who are under represented in their
chosen field of study. The purpose of the program is to provide
participants unique opportunities for developing high level
academic and research skills needed for successful admission to
and completion of master's and doctoral programs.
The Writing Center is located in the Brown Library for students who
need help with their writing. Any student in any class who wishes
to discuss his or her writing assignment with an experienced and
trained tutor can call 674-4833 and schedule an appointment (or drop
in, when available) and receive personalized, one-on-one assistance.
Appointments last half an hour or one hour, depending on the needs
of the student. Services are free.
Diverse, Global Learning Opportunities
Many students participate in the Study Abroad programs in England,
Uruguay and other locations. About 600 students each year travel to
various states and nations on Spring Break campaigns, which are
week-long experiences involving many different service projects for
churches and communities. Students can grow spiritually through
The college begins classes Sept. 20 on its new campus
in northeast Abilene. College officials were already
planning the move from the original campus when its
Administration Building burned Jan. 28. Only a
few records and 5,000 library books were saved.
John G. and Mary Hardin "saved" the
school, which was in danger of closing
in the nation's financial depression,
with their donation of $160,000 worth
of bonds. The "bean bell" rang all
night Feb. 22 after the announcement
Bobby Morrow, sophomore sprinter from
Abilene Christian, wins three gold medals
in track and field at the Olympic Games in
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