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Academics for Student Athletes

Kate Halischak, Director
Third Floor
Beth Ray Center for Academic Support

The mission of Academics for Student Athletes (ASA) is to enable student athletes to achieve academic success through the provision of services that support the teaching and learning mission of the university. ASA strives to provide outstanding academic support and counseling that strengthen the persistence and success of student athletes through graduation, the academic performances of student athletes, the academic self-direction for student athletes, and the maintenance of NCAA compliance.

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Academic Success Center

Clare Creighton, Director
102 Waldo Hall

The Academic Success Center (ASC) supports students as they learn how to learn. The ASC offers Academic Coaching, Supplemental Instruction, ALS 116, The Learning Corner (online at, and academic success workshops, and engages in cross-campus collaboration and referral.

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Academic Learning Services (ALS) and University Exploration (UEXP) Courses

Jesse Nelson, Director 
102 Waldo Hall

Academic Learning Services courses are designed to help students acquire a basic foundation of skills necessary for success in the university environment. They are not intended to form a significant part of any student’s program, but instead, to help them complete a regular university degree program.

ALS is housed within the Academic Success Center. Many campus organizations and programs make up the courses within ALS, UEXP, and instructors come from throughout the university.

ALS courses are listed at

UEXP courses are listed at

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Center for Teaching and Learning

Kay Sagmiller, Director

Brooke Howland, Assistant Director

Cub Kahn, Coordinator, Hybrid Course Initiative

Jeanna Towns, Office Manager
466 Learning Innovation Center (LiNC)

The CTL supports excellence in teaching and learning in the academic curriculum and learning in co-curricular settings. We have particular expertise in pedagogy and course design; general education; writing in the disciplines; difference, power and discrimination; teaching and learning technologies; global learning; GTA training and development; and classroom assessment techniques. Our services include individual consultation, faculty workshops and seminars, faculty learning communities, and orientations.

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Collaborative Learning Center

Victoria Heiduschke, Library Experience Coordinator 

Located on the main floor of The Valley Library, the Collaborative Learning Center (CLC) offers a variety of resources for OSU students. During scheduled hours, peer tutors and graduate teaching assistants from the College of Science and the Writing Center are available to help students succeed.

Free drop-in tutoring is available from the Math Learning Center, Chemistry (Mole Hole), and CAMP. Students may also make appointments with Writing Center consultants. There is no charge to use any of the learning services available in the CLC. Current schedules and a list of participating departments are available on the CLC website at

The CLC is designed to be a welcoming space for students. As part of the Learning Commons, it provides easy access to all of the resources in The Valley Library as well as

  • Computer workstations configured for both individual and collaborative work
  • Moveable whiteboards
  • Moveable tables and chairs, providing seating for more than 100 students
  • "Mini" classrooms equipped with whiteboards, tables and chairs.

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College Assistance Migrant Program (CAMP)

Amas Aduviri, Director
337 Waldo Hall
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331

The College Assistance Migrant Program is a federally-funded program through the U.S. Department of Education that provides support for first-year college students from migrant/seasonal farmworker backgrounds.

To be eligible, the student or the student’s parents must have worked at least 75 days in the past 24 months in migrant/seasonal farmwork (including crop, dairy, poultry or livestock production, the cultivation or harvesting of trees, or work on a fish farm), be eligible for participation in a Migrant Education Program, or have attended a High School Equivalency Program (HEP) within the last 12 months and have completed a GED.

CAMP students are eligible for the following scholarships and services:

  • Placement testing and academic advising
  • Quarterly book allowance to cover the cost of textbooks
  • Monthly stipend throughout the academic year
  • Personal counseling
  • Travel allowance
  • Supplemental aid to reduce debt and meet financial need
  • Internship in residence halls
  • Orientation/study skills workshops
  • Financial aid counseling
  • Health services
  • Free tutoring
  • Career orientation, job search skills development
  • Other services as needed

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Computer Centers

Students at Oregon State have access to a wide variety of computer resources, from microcomputers to supercomputers, throughout the university. There are general access microcomputer facilities available to students at no charge. The microcomputer systems are networked so that they can act as workstations to access the campus mainframe and other facilities nationally and internationally.

All facilities contain laser printers. The Milne facility is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week during the regular academic year.

In addition, many individual colleges, schools, and departments at OSU have their own computer facilities for use by students and faculty.

With thousands of individual computers located all over the campus, OSU students and faculty don’t have to look far for the computer resources they need.

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Difference, Power and Discrimination (DPD) Program

Nana Osei-Kofi, Director
316 Waldo Hall

The Difference, Power, and Discrimination (DPD) Program offers curriculum development support and education for faculty who teach DPD courses at Oregon State University. The DPD Program promotes the advancement of undergraduate courses that provide multidisciplinary perspectives on difference, power, and discrimination in the United States.

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Ecampus Success Counseling

Thomas Casey, Student Success Manager

Success counseling is an academic counseling service for undergraduate Ecampus students. Success Counselors work in partnership with students to improve academic skills, to identify support resources, and to address obstacles to academic success at OSU. Success counseling is individualized, strengths-based, and holistic.

For further information, visit

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Math Learning Center

Thomas P. Dick, Director
108 Kidder Hall

The Mathematics Learning Center provides assistance in all lower-division mathematics courses. Help is available on a drop-in basis at no cost to students. Center hours in 108 Kidder Hall are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Fridays from the second week of the term through dead week. MLC tutors are also available evenings in the Valley Library, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m., Sunday through Thursday. Make-up tests are sometimes administered in the MLC. Study materials, reference texts, and calculators are available. A computer lab is available for use by advanced math students in connection with some math courses. For more information, visit the website at

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University Exploratory Studies Program

Kerry Kincanon, Head Advisor
102 Waldo Hall

The University Exploratory Studies Program (UESP) is an academic advising program for students who choose to explore majors at Oregon State University.

OSU students who are undecided about a major can elect to be in UESP. UESP students work through a decision-making process to help them learn more about themselves and the numerous academic options that OSU offers. They are encouraged to declare a major and transfer to an academic school or department once they have found the best fit. As part of a successful academic and university experience, UESP has targeted several important learning outcomes for its students:

  • Per the university requirement, UESP students should complete the First-Year Skills courses (Writing I, Speech, Mathematics) in the baccalaureate core by the time they have earned 45 OSU-generated credits, and the Second-Year Skills course (Writing II) by the time they have finished 90 OSU-generated credits.
  • UESP student should know how to access and utilize MyDegrees, OSU’s online degree audit system.
  • UESP students should engage with active exploration activities and resources.
  • UESP students should pursue involvement outside of the classroom.
  • UESP students should set goals related to major declaration in alignment with UESP’s defined major-decision making process.

UESP believes that regular consultation with a trained academic advisor will aid students in meeting these learning outcomes and moving through the major decision-making process. UESP students are required to meet with an advisor at least once a term to discuss major options and experiential learning opportunities and to plan course work for the subsequent term. Many students in UESP will also utilize Sigi3© , ALS 114, and the UESP website to assist in their exploration. UESP and the Career Development Center co-sponsor access for all OSU students to Sigi3©, a comprehensive career planning website. Students can use the site to help them clarify their interests, values, and abilities, as well as find extensive information about the world of work. UESP coordinates ALS 114, Career Decision Making, a two-credit class available each term to any first- and second-year student interested in exploring major and career options in a classroom setting. UESP also provides a departmental website with exploration strategies, information about major and career exploration events on campus, and links to several career information websites.

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The Writing Center

Dennis Bennett, Director

Galina Romantsova, English Language Learning Coordinator

Chris Nelson, Graduate Writing Center Coordinator
123 Waldo Hall

The Undergraduate and Graduate Writing Centers are support services for students and faculty at Oregon State University. Their mission is to provide writing programs that enable students at all levels to function effectively, efficiently, and confidently in an academic environment.

The Writing Centers offer free help with any writing task at any stage of the writing process and are open to all OSU students, as well as to staff, faculty, and members of the Corvallis community. Writing assistants can help with all aspects of the writing process from brainstorming and organization to questions of grammar and usage. Call 541-737-5640 for an appointment.

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Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC) Program

Vicki Tolar Burton, Director
306 Waldo Hall

The Writing Intensive Curriculum (WIC) Program offers support and training for faculty who teach writing intensive courses in the majors and promotes excellence in the teaching of writing at the university.

Primary functions include:

  • Offering faculty development seminars on best practices for teaching writing in the disciplines.
  • Consulting with faculty who are designing or revising WIC courses.
  • Reviewing WIC course proposals and assessing WIC courses in the Baccalaureate Core.
  • Consulting with and making presentations to departments on issues of writing in the major.
  • Publishing the WIC newsletter, Teaching with Writing.
  • Developing and maintaining the WIC website, a rich resource for students and faculty, In addition to writing help, the website includes criteria for WIC courses as well as links to a list of approved WIC courses.

Annually, the program invites departments to nominate their most outstanding student writer for a WIC Culture of Writing award in the discipline. Students who want information on WIC courses in their major should consult their departmental advisor.

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