Academic Success and Achievement Programs (ASAP)

The ASAP Office provides programs and activities to help students take an active role in their success at IU Northwest.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support program that offers peer assistance in historically challenging academic courses by scheduling twice-weekly study sessions. SI study sessions are study groups in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, practice test items, and learn study skills that will help in both current and future courses. The sessions are facilitated by SI leaders, students who have previously and successfully taken the course, and been recommended by the instructor. Supplemental Instruction is offered to enrolled students at no cost. For further information, contact ASAP in Hawthorn 425 or call (219) 981-4296.

ACES - Achieve, Connect, Engage, Succeed

The ACES Program is designed to focus on student success.  Students in the ACES have been admitted to Guided Studies based on high school GPA and test scores.  While in ACES, students participate in workshops on a variety of success-oriented topics, including study skills, financial literacy, career planning, and stress management.  They also meet regularly with a student success coach to develop a personal plan for success.  The ACES curriculum consists of a minimum of 12 credit hours of specific course work including a required course from the School of Education (EDUC-U 100), composition or math and additional courses from the general education core requirements.  After successfully completing the program, students will be transferred to a major field of study. Support services for ACES participants include the ACES Study Lab (219) 980-6597, Writing Center (219) 980-6502, the Math Assistance Center (219) 980-6590), and Career Services (219) 980-6650. For further information, contact ASAP in Hawthorn 425 or call (219) 981-4296.

21st Century Scholars

In a collaborative effort with the Indiana Commission on Higher Education and Americorp, the 21st Century Scholars program specialist offers direct support to 21st Century Scholars, connects students to on-campus resources, and provides informational sessions and success related programming.  The four goal areas of support are:  academic performance and persistence; student engagement and enrichment; career exploration and preparation; and financial literacy and debt management.  

For more information or to make an appointment, please contact the 21st Century Scholars office in Hawthorn 448 or call (219) 981-4354.  

New Student Orientation

New Student Orientation is mandatory for all new freshmen and transfer students. Multiple orientation programs are offered during the summer and are designed to give students the tools to transition successfully into IU Northwest.  Students will have an opportunity to learn more about financial aid, parking, student accounts, academic support services, student life, and the how-to’s of being a successful student.  Participants will interact with faculty, staff and current students during NSO with opportunities for academic advising, registration, and tours. Parents and guests are welcome to attend orientation and parent programming is provided. Reservations can be made through New Student Orientation or by contacting the Academic Success and Achievement Programs Office at (219) 981-4296.

Placement Testing

The university requires that all new students not transferring in college level English or math are placed in courses commensurate with their academic abilities. English placement is completed online and can be done from any computer off or on campus. Based on admissions materials, many students are placed in a math level without having to complete testing but some students may still be required to complete math placement in person.  Appointments are required and can be scheduled online through the Placement Testing Center or by calling (219) 980-6830.  Students who have experience in a foreign language in high school are encouraged to take the Foreign Language Placement Test. Tests are offered in French, German, and Spanish and permit the awarding of special credit. There is a $13.80 fee for each test.

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