The purpose of the Academic Achievement Programs has remained constant through the years: to facilitate access and provide an opportunity for a college education to students who, if evaluated on traditional criteria, might not have access to the University of Maryland.
The Academic Achievement Program goals are to provide leadership, development, monitoring and evaluation of all its activities and services sponsored by the individual programs in the department.
The mission of the Programs is to provide academic and counseling support to aid in the retention and graduation of at-risk students. Specifically, the mission is to provide services that enhance the academic potential and personal growth of each student served.
The philosophy of the Student Support Services/Intensive Educational Development Programs (SSS/IED) of the University of Maryland is that grade point average and standardized test scores do not always provide a full or accurate assessment of a student's potential for success. SSS/IED Programs offer an avenue for students with the potential to succeed to have access to the institution who have not met the university's regular admission requirements.
The mission of the Programs is to provide academic and counseling support to aid in the retention and graduation of at-risk students. Specifically, the mission is to provide services that enhance the academic potential and personal growth of each student served. Student Support Services (SSS) works in concert with Intensive Educational Development (IED), the federally funded SSS providing counseling and the state-funded IED Program providing academic support. The SSS/IED Programs provide a one-credit college orientation course (EDCP 108E) during the Summer Transitional Program (STP). Two three-credit courses, Developmental Heuristics I (EDCI 288D) and Developmental Heuristics II (EDCI 288E) are offered to first year students, during the fall and spring semesters, respectively. A one credit career development course, College and Career Advancement: Skills and Concepts (EDCP108D), is provided to second year students during the fall or spring semester.
The Student Support Services/Intensive Educational Development Programs provide an admissions option for students who display the potential to be successful at the University of Maryland even though the academic profile may be less competitive. Specifically, the programs provide undergraduate students with instruction in skills enhancement, academic tutoring and counseling support necessary to improve retention and graduation rates.
Assisting incoming freshmen to the University is certainly a vital role of IED and SSS. However, the valuable support of these programs continues throughout each AAP student's time at the University, from their first year right on through to graduation.
While the IED and SSS programs are funded through different entities and maintain separate staff, their collaborative efforts and holistic approach help to bring workshops, counseling and academic skill enhancement to students in the following components: