Educational Support Services

Our office seeks to create a vital link between the University community and its undergraduate students, articulate the institution’s academic purposes, and help students understand and negotiate the institution’s academic rules, regulations, and requirements.

Educational Support Services coordinates a variety of areas including:


  • to assist students in developing meaningful education plans by coordinating advisors and mentor support personnel who help students plan, select courses, schedule, and register for classes.
  • to promote academic advising by providing appropriate resources, information, and support so that undergraduate students may learn to take a proactive role in the academic advising process, and thereby empowering themselves to become capable of making informed decisions regarding the selection of appropriate courses based on their individual interests and abilities.
  • to provide academic support for student success through meetings and academic support contracts.
  • to help undergraduate students fulfill their educational objectives and achieve their academic goals.
ALPHA Program

Anderson University believes that all students deserve a fair chance to succeed. We know success depends on students being prepared to meet the rigors of college-level study, and the ALPHA program is designed to support students who have the potential to succeed but have not fully developed the skills necessary for success in college.

In considering new student applications, the committee for admissions carefully reviews academic records, scholastic aptitude scores, and recommendations. Based upon these factors, we may accept students conditionally for participation in the ALPHA program. As part of the program, students are expected to participate in an orientation designed to help them get ready before the beginning of classes.

During the fall semester, students in this program are limited to enrolling for no more than 12-15 hours, though we recommend 15. In addition, these students must enroll in LART 1010 (Strategies for Academic Success), a three-credit-hour course focusing on academic, study, and life skills necessary for success in college.

For more information, contact Dianna Stankiewicz, Director of Learning Assistance at or (765) 641-4227.

Academic Probation

Students may be dropped from the university at any time when excessive class absences or academic performance indicates inability or unwillingness to achieve normal progress toward a degree. Typically, however, students not in good academic standing are placed on academic probation for a maximum of two consecutive semesters.

To be in good academic standing, students must maintain the following standards:

Hours Earned GPA
1-29 1.6
30-59 1.8
60 or more 2.0

In general students on academic probation may not participate in any extracurricular activities. The provost has the final authority over the conditions placed upon students on academic probation.

All students on academic probation are expected to develop and sign an academic support contract with the director of educational support services before attending classes. The academic support contract may include, but is not limited to, such items as study assistance, limits on work commitments, housing, course load, and class attendance.

Students not achieving acceptable standards are barred from returning to Anderson University for a period of at least one semester. Students who are readmitted, after having been barred once, are expected to attain a 2.00 current GPA in their next 12 hours and must continue to achieve or make substantial progress toward the stated minimal standards in order to continue. If they are barred again, it will be for at least two years. Any subsequent readmission will be regarded as a final opportunity to continue studies at Anderson University.

The provost may request the barring appeals committee to review and make recommendations regarding cases when necessary. Extenuating circumstances may justify the continuation of students whose cumulative grade point average falls below the stated standards.

Helpful Steps to Choosing a Major
  • Research major options. For a list of all majors and minors offered at Anderson University, visit Programs A to Z.
  • Talk with the staff at the Center for Career and Calling. Their staff is available to discuss different options with you. Check out their web page information to see what they have to offer and take advantage of their services
  • Read the Undergraduate Catalog. While this seems very basic, it is a resource that is often overlooked. Catalog listings include course descriptions for you to read and information within the areas of study.
  • Speak to students in the major. Advanced students in the major will be able to give you an idea what their course of study has been, what their career goals are, descriptions of professors, etc.
  • Speak to alumni. This can be done informally or you may solicit help from faculty or Alumni Office staff.
  • Visit with professors. Professors are good sources of information about what students in the major have gone on to do and what kinds of benefits students get from majoring in their subject area.
  • Utilize your academic advisor. Your advisor is ready to answer questions about choosing a major and direct you to appropriate resources.
  • Read departmental literature. Literature can often be obtained from a department secretary upon request. These are materials the department has put together to give students like you the information you need to make an informed decision about whether this is an appropriate major. It may also list important departmental requirements.
ASPIRE Professional Development Checklist

Our advising model is called ASPIRE. It encourages students to consider professional skills and experiences while enrolled in college.

The checklist includes:

  • attending the majors fair
  • creating a four-year plan
  • using Handshake
  • creating a resume
  • creating a LinkedIn profile
  • identifying internships, practicums, and volunteering opportunities

View the complete checklist.

Contact Us

The office of Educational Support Services is located in the Registrar’s Office on the second floor of Decker Hall, Room 258C. Office hours are Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Paula Blount
Director of Educational Support Services
(765) 641-4597

Brent Doster
Undergraduate Academic Success Coach

Beth Parker
Assistant to the Director
(765) 641-4191

Mailing Address:
Educational Support Services
1100 E. 5th St.
Anderson, IN 46012
Fax Number: (765) 641-3015