The Center for Academic Achievement (known as The Center or CAA) covers seven main areas: tutoring, testing, counseling, disability services, academic coaching, commitment to learning, and The Learning Co-Op. For detailed information on any of the areas the Center specializes in, please call 407-303-7747 ext. 110-6413.
ADU offers free tutoring for all students. Within the Center for Academic Achievement tutoring for general education and nursing programs are available. Tutoring for other professional programs such as Sonography, Radiography, Nuclear Medicine, Nurse Anesthesia, and Occupational Therapy are available free of charge within their respective departments.
Both distance and on-campus students can receive online tutoring help by accessing Smarthinking through their ANGEL homepage. Smarthinking offers online help with most math, science, and English courses. When it comes to English help, it's important to remember that both ADU and Smarthinking tutors will not correct a paper, but will help students understand what types of errors were made and work with students to help correct them. Students who submit a paper on campus or with Smarthinking will receive it back within one to three school days depending on the service a student utilizes.
The CAA offers a variety of tests that students may need. These tests are provided by appointment only, and are listed below:
- The American College Test (ACT) is offered monthly; pricing with ACT differs so please check with the CAA
- The Test of Essential Academic Skills (TEAS) is offered monthly at $45
- Microcomputers Challenge Exam has a $35 sitting fee, and costs $35 for each credit
- College Level Examination Program (CLEP) tests have a $20 sitting fee; pricing with CLEP differs so please check with the CAA
- Placement Exams are free for on-campus students. There may be a fee with remote testing.
For both on campus and distance students The CAA offers free, confidential counseling. The school counselor is a licensed mental health counselor who is also certified for online counseling. In addition, mental health screening days are held throughout the academic year to help individuals identify mental health concerns and specific ways to access treatment for themselves and/or a loved one. These events promote prevention, early detection, and treatment of prevalent, under-diagnosed, and treatable mental health disorders, and alcohol problems affecting college students.
Through personal screenings, effective and appropriate referrals will be made for the following: depression, bipolar disorder, suicide prevention, anxiety, post traumatic stress disorder, eating disorders, and alcohol problems. These events are supported by Screening for Mental Health, Inc. (SMH) and the National Depression Screening Day.
The CAA has a disability coordinator to help students who qualify for a disability to get the classroom accommodations they need. Specific documentation is required. Please contact The CAA for more information.
All new, incoming, non-professional program students will be assigned an Academic Coach. Students will meet with their Academic Coach every other week for 30 minutes to work in areas such as academic advising, time management, motivation, and study help.
Commitment to Learning
CAA is committed to helping students gain skills which will enhance their ability to learn. It achieves this goal in part by offering free individual, group, and online modules on the following topics:
- Text Anxiety
- Time Management
- Study Skills
- Learning Style Assessment and Study Techniques
- Nursing Success
- English Help for Non-Native English Speakers
- Stress Management