Educational Support Programs
Educational Support Programs (ESP) administers four university programs
(Disability Support Services, Educational Opportunity Program, Student
Support Services, and the Student Learning Center) whose main goal is to
assist in the retention of all undergraduate students, with a special emphasis
on providing support for students from non-traditional populations.
DISABILITY SUPPORT SERVICES
Disability Support Services (DSS) is committed to assist students in achieving
equal access to all academic programs and facilities at California State
University, Chico and to ensure that they have the opportunity for intellectual
growth at an optimal level of independence. This commitment is consistent
with university policy and with federal and state laws.
Staff specialists meet with students individually to plan and arrange for
appropriate accommodations. Staff also work with the campus community to
eliminate physical and program barriers.
Accommodations available to students may include
Note takers, readers, research and lab assistants
Sign language interpreters
Assistive computer equipment
Learning disability assessment
Liaison with faculty and administration
On-campus mobility assistance
In addition, students with disabilities are eligible for certain programs,
including Supplemental Instruction (SI) and tutoring at the Student Learning
Student Responsibility: It is the students responsibility to initiate
the request for accommodations from Disability Support Services. Students
are encouraged to consult community agencies for services outside the scope
of Educational Support Programs, including attendant care, mobility training,
and rehabilitation services.
EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY PROGRAM (EOP)
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES (SSS)
The Educational Support Programs Office functions as the home base for
all Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) and Student Support Services
(SSS) students once they have been admitted to the university. The Educational
Opportunity Program is a state-funded program open to residents of the
State of California only, whose purpose is to retain and graduate low-income,
first-generation college students. Student Support Services is a program
funded by the United States Department of Education to provide academic
support services to low-income, first-generation students. Students who
are not eligible to apply through EOP (residents of states other than California)
may also apply through Student Support Services. All EOP/SSS students are
offered support services designed to assist them in overcoming the many
obstacles that a new educational and social environment may present. The
various services are described below.
EOP Admissions provides admissions assistance through the Educational Opportunity
Program for students who are historically low-income and educationally
disadvantaged. Students may be academically under-prepared or lacking the
subject requirements, grades, or test scores normally required for college
attendance, but have demonstrated the potential for academic success. All
EOP applicants are automatically considered for Student Support Services.
For more information or to request an EOP application, call 530-898-4028.
The EOP/SSS Freshman Year program is a year-long living and learning experience
designed to assist EOP/SSS freshmen with their transition to California
State University, Chico. EOP/SSS students benefit from a Summer Bridge
program, in addition to an orientation prior to the start of the fall semester.
During their first year, participants will be enrolled as a group in a
block of general education classes and have the opportunity to live in
an on-campus residence hall. All EOP/SSS students will enroll in an EOP/SSS
orientation class designed to help their transition to college life. EOP/SSS
students will have a head start establishing the support and friendships
necessary for a successful college experience.
Orientation Programs are offered to all new EOP/SSS students. Services
include academic advising and registration assistance, information on major
and career options, presentations on available support services, and an
introduction to university life and the Chico environment.
Beginning with our students first year of attendance, and continuing throughout
their career as an EOP/SSS student at CSU, Chico, EOP/SSS takes an active
approach in assisting with our students academic progress. EOP/SSS provides
activities such as academic advising, peer counseling, individual and group
counseling, monitoring academic progress, and regular contact with faculty
and major advisers.
EOP/SSS students also benefit from learning assistance workshops, tutorial
assistance, social and cultural activities, career planning assistance,
assistance with graduate and professional school applications, short-term
loans, and a financial aid adviser.
EOP/SSS advisers maintain close contact with students by serving as advisers
to several student organizations and teaching EOP/SSS orientation classes.
STUDENT LEARNING CENTER (SLC)
The Student Learning Center is a multifaceted program offering comprehensive
academic enhancement activities outside of the traditional classroom.
The Student Learning Centers goal is to help students become independent
and effective learners so that they may be better prepared to meet the
academic standards of the university and their own educational goals.
The center, located on the fourth floor of Meriam Library, is available
free of charge to all students.
The Student Learning Center offers study skills development, tutorial programs,
and learning assistance workshops. Each activity involves staff interaction
with students. Study skills assistance is available through informational
workshops and drop-in appointments in time management, note-taking and
review, reading and study efficiency, concentration and memory, research
paper construction, and exam-taking.
Tutorial assistance is offered for several General Education and other
lower-division courses, such as biology, chemistry, and accounting. Assistance
is provided on a one-to-one basis or in small groups by appointment, and
through the use of self-help materials.
Supplemental Instruction (SI) offers peer facilitated workshops for selected
General Education courses. SI workshops help students understand the course
material better and improve their academic skills. These skills, which
include reading comprehension, time management, note-taking, and test-taking,
are developed and reinforced in an interactive small-group atmosphere.