The Academic Resource Center
Programs and Services

Programs and Services
Programs and services are available to all currently enrolled HSSU students who endeavor to improve their academic performance. Included are:
• Developmental, Remedial, Co-Requisite and Foreign Language Courses.   
• ARC Tutorial Laboratory
• ARC Test Accommodations Laboratory
• University Testing Service
• Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accommodations
• ARC Content Workshops 

Developmental Studies Education Program
The ARC offers Developmental Studies courses for students who demonstrate a need to strengthen their academic skills in preparation for college level course work. Courses in mathematics, reading and writing are provided, based upon the student’s needs. The designated courses are determined by a standardized placement test. 
The ARC Tutorial Center
The tutorial service is an integral component of the ARC. Tutoring is offered to support academic skills related to coursework and is offered to all enrolled HSSU students.  Tutorial assistance is offered in the following areas:
• Mathematics
• Science
• Writing
• Reading
• Spanish
• Accounting
• Economics

A broad range of hours are scheduled in order to accommodate day, evening and weekend students. The service is staffed with professional and peer tutors. Students may be served individually or in small groups on a first-come first-served basis. The schedule is located on the ARC webpage.

The ARC Test Accommodations Center
The ARC offers testing for students who need to make-up tests in which they did not demonstrate mastery. The lab maintains multiple versions of tests and are able to administer the tests by appointment or as prescribed by faculty members. Students who are determined to have disabilities are accommodated under the direction of the ADA coordinator. The ARC TAC provides services university-wide.

View the Test Accommodations Lab Schedule here.

University Testing Service
Harris-Stowe State University requires a standardized testing evaluation program to determine the placement of students at the freshman and professional level, as well as to evaluate the progress of students throughout their college experience, and to aid in academic program evaluation.  Testing includes:
• Accuplacer
• Exit Exams for majors in Criminal Justice, Mathematics, Biology and Business
• Praxis II
• HiSet (GED)

Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Accommodations
Harris-Stowe State University is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act. 

Section 202 of the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act
“No qualified  individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability,  be excluded from the participation in or be denied the benefits of the service, programs or activities of any public entity, or be subject to discrimination by any such entity.”

Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act
“No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States shall solely, by reason of his handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.”

While ensuring the academic integrity of its programs and courses, the University is dedicated to providing reasonable accommodations needed to ensure equal access to educational opportunities for individuals with verified disabilities. An ADA coordinator is housed in the ARC to verify eligibility and coordinate services (as defined by Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act), while the highest standards of confidentiality are maintained. Students are required to self-identify for services and to provide requested documentation. Forms for the application process can be found on the ARC webpage. Applications should be submitted to the ARC ADA office.    

ARC Content Workshops
Experienced, trained workshop mentors and peer learning assistants host content workshops. The workshops involve enthusiastic dialogue, relevant application of course concepts, specific course related study techniques, strategies for exam preparation, peer collaboration, specific content practice and clarification, emotional support and various additional topics.