Welcome to the website for the Office of Academic Advising and Support Services! We want to help you be successful academically. The purpose of this site is to provide an overview of some of the academic services offered to Lipscomb University students as they make the journey from first-time freshman to the final semester before graduation. Our mission at Lipscomb is to integrate Christian faith and practice with academic excellence. To that end we want to provide as much support as possible to you as you strive for excellence in the classroom. Academic Advising and Support Services encompasses several different areas of programming, all designed to maximize your academic potential. The areas involved:
Lipscomb University follows a model of advising in which the majority of our academic advisors are full-time faculty. We believe that building relationships with faculty members through the advising process is an important element in academic success, providing you with the opportunity to seek guidance for the present and building a network of support for the future. You will be assigned to an advisor in your chosen field of study - and no one knows a program and coursework any better than those who teach in the department! Your advisor will be able to help the student make a connection between what is happening in the classroom and laboratory and what you will do for the rest of your life.
We want to help you succeed academically. So, we've developed several programs that could best be labeled as "supplemental instruction" or "academic enhancement" programs. These include our Writing Studio, Math Lab, and Academic Skills Workshops. These are open to all students, and hours/schedules are posted each semester. The Writing Studio is coordinated by Dr. Stacia Watkins, while the Math Lab is coordinated by Dr. Gary Hall. Workshops are available on a wide variety of topics such as time management, improving reading skills, dealing with test anxiety, managing the classroom, and others that have a bearing on academic success. Watch this site in the future for links to materials relative to these topics.
Need a little extra help? We provide several programs for students who need extra academic support and guidance while here at Lipscomb. Turning Point is a program for students who are on academic warning. Transitions is a conditional admission program for freshmen entering the university on a special probationary status.
This section contains links to various pages within our sites that are designed to help you if you have trouble in certain areas, such as "Test-Taking Anxiety" or "Memory Skills." Each page has hints and suggestions to help you increase your overall performance in that particular area. These are designed so that they can be done on your own, but they also work well as supplementary material to some of our workshops.