The University College is the academic unit ensuring that Fayetteville State University students make a successful transition to the University, master the University’s core learning outcomes, enter the major program of their choice, and graduate in a timely manner.
The mission of University College is to provide educational opportunity to the citizens of North Carolina, to the military, and to individuals from around the nation through outreach programs; to provide the highest quality learning experiences; and to produce global citizens and leaders as change agents for shaping the future of the state by promoting the mastery of core student learning outcomes. The University College promotes excellence through engaging instruction in the core curriculum, through effective academic support, through outstanding academic advisement, and through innovative enrichment programs.
Academic Access Programs
College Access Programs
The Office of College Access Programs mission is to encourage and assist youth who are traditionally under-represented in post-secondary education with preparation for, entry into, and completion of a post-secondary education. We provide a broad range of high-quality college preparatory services to students, parents, and educators. These include the 21st Century Community Learning Centers, an afterschool program that assists students in core subjects (math, reading, science, social studies) by providing out-of-school time services to students and their families through community learning centers that offer an array of enrichment activities to complement regular academic programs; the TRiO Talent Search Program, funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the purpose of providing academic support services to students in middle and high school, who reside in Cumberland, Hoke, and Robeson counties; Upward Bound, which provides participants with academic support services and activities that will enhance their academic skills, thereby ensuring that they will complete high school and enroll in and complete a program of post-secondary education; and Upward Bound Math & Science, which helps students recognize and develop their potential to excel in fields in math and science and to encourage them to pursue postsecondary degrees in science, technology, engineering and math.
Educational Opportunity Centers
The Educational Opportunity Centers Program (EOC) is funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the purpose of providing assistance to adults who want to pursue a college degree. The services are offered to adults residing in Cumberland, Harnett, Hoke, Robeson and Sampson Counties in North Carolina. EOC helps students choose a college, complete admissions applications, complete financial aid application, choose a career, complete scholarship searches, and resolve loan defaults.
Academic Support Resources
Student Support Services
The Student Support Services Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education for the purpose of providing academic support services to students who meet the federal eligibility criteria. These support services are offered to students on a yearly basis to enhance their academic skills and improve their retention and graduation rates. Academic support activities include peer tutoring and collaborative learning strategies. Enrolled participants are provided the following: tutorial services in math, science, critical thinking and English; counseling services, including personal, financial, career, and graduate school advice; academic support instruction including study skills/habits, test-taking skills, and computer workshops; and educational and cultural activities.
Bronco STAR (Supporting Transition, Access, and Retention)
Bronco STAR is a program at Fayetteville State that works toward increasing access and decreasing barriers to a college degree for students who learn differently. The Bronco STAR project works in two ways:
- For students: Students who have learning differences, and do not learn the traditional way may benefit from our package of services. Bronco STAR participants have regular meetings with an Academic Success Coach, one-on-one tutoring, dedicated study space in the Bronco STAR HUB, access to assistive technology, and the ability to learn from one another to meet school and life goals.
- For faculty: The STAR program also addresses students’ needs by helping faculty become better teachers. Our faculty development program shares ideas based in Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in regular workshops as well as semester- and year-long learning community partnerships.
The University College Freshman Center provides assistance to first-time freshmen as they make the transition to the university. The center is staffed by the Retention Counselor and Freshman Seminar instructors who assist students in resolving the variety of problems they face either as freshmen or as first semester transfer students. The staff provides information about academic advisement, university policies and procedures, career planning, academic support resources, and other similar matters. The Retention Counselor works closely with the faculty of Freshman Seminar and University Studies. University Studies instructors provide viable information to first semester transfer students as well.
Freshman Seminar I and II is a two-semester orientation to the university that is required of all first-time freshmen. These courses are designed to introduce students to the university experience in general, and the history, policies, procedures, and resources of Fayetteville State University. Students participate in orientation sessions in the Counseling Center, the Chesnutt Library, the Office of Career Services and Placement, and the Business Office and Office of Financial Aid. The courses are intended, further, to help students develop an academic plan that will enable them to graduate in four years, and acquire the time management skills, study habits, and other skills that are necessary for success at the university.
University Studies is a one-semester orientation to the university designed specifically for transfer students who enter FSU with fewer than 30 transfer credits (freshman status). The course content is comparable to that of Freshman Seminar I and II.
Freshman Seminar/University Studies instructors serve as academic advisors for all students enrolled in their respective classes. They seek to help students resolve the variety of problems they may face in making the transition to the university. They assist students with academic advisement and career planning during the freshman year, and direct students to other resources for assistance, as needed.
Transfer students who enter FSU with 30 or more transfer credits are not required to complete University Studies.
University College Learning Center
The University College Learning Center houses several academic support programs to provide computer-based instruction and peer tutoring in a variety of subjects.
The Mathematics Center provides computer assisted instruction and tutoring for students who wish to strengthen their mathematics skills. Students who sign Extension Grade contracts in mathematics or statistics courses may be required to complete weekly assignments in the Mathematics Center. Students in other courses may also seek assistance from the Mathematics Center.
The Writing Center provides a confidential, nonjudgmental environment where student writers can work with other writers through peer tutoring and/or computer programs. Tutors provide feedback and strategies on every part of the writing process, from getting started to organization, style clarity, development, surface problems, and documenting sources. The Writing Center also provides resources for students to use independently, including dictionaries, thesauri, grammar handbooks, handouts, and workbooks, style manuals, and computer assisted instruction.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) is provided in some classes at Fayetteville State University. In this program, which is used in more than 900 colleges and universities throughout the world, highly-qualified students, known as SI Leaders, provide four one-hour sessions of academic support each week. Since the SI Leader attends class, he or she knows what the course instructor has covered in class. SI Leaders review notes, conduct practice quizzes, and carry out additional assignments to reinforce the knowledge and skills required by the class.
Academic Enrichment Programs
Freshman Interest Groups
The University College supports freshman interest groups at Fayetteville State University. Freshman interest groups are sets of linked courses, usually for students in a common major area. Students enroll in all of the courses linked through the freshman interest group. By linking together students, faculty, and courses, freshman interest groups create more opportunities for enrichment, interaction, and exploration.
The Honors Program
The Honors Program, a component of University College, promotes honors-as-excellence. The goal of University Honors is to recognize and reward excellence in the common educational experience in a way that encourages all students to strive for excellence, through access to a number of programs that encourage and support leadership, service, scholarship, and co-curricular activities within academic and public communities. The Honors Program includes the following scholarship programs: Global Scholars, Robert H. Short Scholars, McLean Honors Scholars, the Dr. Valeria Fleming STEM Scholars, and the University Honors program.
The Office of Honors and International Education provides educational opportunities to students who are interested in studying abroad. It assists international students who choose to study at Fayetteville State University. It also supports programs to promote global literacy throughout the curriculum.
As part of its commitment to support the military, the University College houses Fayetteville State University’s Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) programs, both Air Force and Army. Students who meet the requirements may choose to enroll in these programs, which lead to commissioning as an officer upon graduation.
Global Studies Certificate Program
The Global Studies Certificate is an interdisciplinary credential program that enhances global awareness to produce global citizens and leaders. The certificate also provides students the opportunity to develop an individualized program of specialized global skills and knowledge consistent with previous experiences, personal interests, and professional goals.
Learning Outcomes for Global Studies
- Students who complete the certificate will be able to:
- Explain the origins and influences of global diversity.
- Engage and interact effectively with people from other nations, and challenge their own assumptions about the people and cultures of other nations and backgrounds.
- Evaluate complex global issues based on specialized knowledge of global perspectives.