Since 1989, Davis & Elkins College has offered a program providing individualized support to students with documented learning disabilities.
This comprehensive program moves far beyond federally mandated accommodations by taking a holistic approach to the development of these students. The program includes regular, weekly, one-hour sessions with a Supported Learning Program instructor. During these weekly meetings, strategies for time management, organizational skills, learning strategies and various study skills strategies are learned, implemented and monitored. Specialized technology, along with specialized assistance, provides students with support for success in academics, social interaction and independent living skills.
To participate in the Supported Learning Program, a student must meet the admission requirements of the College and complete a separate Supported Learning Program application. The program is fee-based and admits a limited number of students on a yearly basis.
All students in the Supported Learning Program have access to the following services and forms of support:
- Weekly one-hour meetings with a Supported Learning Program instructor.
- Five hours of supervised study hall each week.
- A one-credit class for all incoming students, “Study Skills for Success.”
- Regular monitoring of progress throughout each semester focusing on student-specific goals and objectives.
- Support and guidance in identifying learning strengths and weaknesses.
- Help implementing effective time management and organizational skills.
- Strategies for effective test taking, note taking, studying, etc.
- Guidance in balancing the social and academic dimensions of college life.
Depending on a student’s learning disability and individual needs, students may also have access to the following forms of support:
- Weekly group meetings for students with ADHD, ADD and Executive Function challenges.
- Testing accommodations and other forms of academic support, such as proofreading.
- Access to classroom notes provided by peer note takers.
- Assistive technology (e.g. books on CD, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Kurzweil, Intel Reader).
Fill out an online application for the Supported Learning Program.