Texas Tech academic advisors serve as university guides for students on their path toward academic progress and graduation. Advisors facilitate student growth and development, guide degree plan implementation, and assist students in navigating the world of higher education. Every major and every department provides academic advisors, either faculty or professional, to work with students during their academic careers. Academic advising is an active process that requires input and investment from the student and the advisor. Students maintain ultimate responsibility for their academic progress; the advisor holds the role of guide, facilitator, mentor.
Academic advising is not simply course selection advising. The goal of academic advising is to provide a means of communication and a consistent point of contact for academic support and progress. To that end, many departments require regular meetings between advisors and students prior to registration for the following term. Students should be aware of the advising requirements from their college and department.
Academic Recovery Process
All students admitted to Texas Tech have the potential to be academically successful. Texas Tech recognizes that many factors can undermine a student’s academic performance. The Office of the Provost provides dedicated academic advisors and the Academic Recovery Process to engage, review, and advise motivated students who, for whatever reason, have found themselves on academic probation or academic suspension.
Through intensive academic advising, students will develop a personalized Academic Recovery Plan that will investigate the causes of past underperformance, anticipate future challenges, identify and implement strategies for addressing these issues, and construct short- and long-term course selections to speed and support recovery.
This generalized Academic Recovery Process is required for Undecided/Exploratory (TTUD) students, Pre-Engineering students, and declared students in some academic colleges. Students who are not in academic good standing should review the policy on academic standing and check with their Associate Academic Dean to determine the best route back to academic success. Students who are denied when applying to return to any specific academic college from academic suspension may be eligible to return to the university as TTUD students after successfully completing an approved Academic Recovery Plan with University Advising.
Contact: Texas Tech University Advising, 79 Holden Hall, 806.742.2189, firstname.lastname@example.org, www.advising.ttu.edu/recover
Academic Testing Services
Academic Testing Services provides a wide variety of standardized exams integral to the admissions, enrollment, matriculation, and graduation/certification/licensure requirements of Texas Tech, the state of Texas, and specific employers recruiting Texas Tech graduates. These standardized exams meet specific requirement needs for undergraduate, graduate, and professional career path programs at Texas Tech. Exams administered include, but are not limited to, the following: Accuplacer, ACT, GRE, LSAT, MAT, MPRE, PRAXIS, SAT, TEAS, Texas Educator Certification (TExES), TSI, and TOEFL. To learn more about TSI compliance see www.depts.ttu.edu/tsi/.
ADA Testing Accommodations are available to students registered through Student Disability Services. This program provides an optimal test environment for students needing extended test time, reduced distractions, and assigned readers or scribes. Testing protocol is based on the student’s approved Letter of Accommodation issued by Student Disability Services.
Additional programs include computer-administered GSP, classroom make-up exams, CLEP and other credit-by-exam options, and proctoring for distance-learning exams. All exams are administered by expert staff in an appropriate proctored test environment.
Students may choose to take the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) rather than the TOEFL. However, IELTS is not administered on the Texas Tech campus. A full list of test centers is available on the IELTS website at www.ielts.org. Information regarding scores accepted at Texas Tech for both the TOEFL and the IELTS can be found in the Admissions and Graduate School sections of this catalog.
Contact: Pat McConnel, Director; 214 West Hall; 806.742.3671; email@example.com; www.depts.ttu.edu/testing
First Generation Transition & Mentoring Programs
First Generation Transition & Mentoring Programs (FGMTP) promotes success and retention for first-generation college (FGC) students through various elements of student programming. Two programs—First-Year Success and Second-Year Success—offer first- and second-year FGC students the opportunity for both personal and professional growth. Through scholarships, academic workshops, community service, interaction with peer mentors, weekly tutoring, and one-on-one guidance sessions with professional staff, FGMTP take higher education to the next level.
Contact: 109 Doak, 806.742.7060, www.fgc.ttu.edu
Marsha Sharp Center for Student Athletes
The Marsha Sharp Center for Student Athletes is a facility to support the academic success of student athletes at Texas Tech. The 15,500-square-foot facility has a hall of honor to recognize the academic performance of student athletes, two classrooms, two computer labs, tutoring rooms, and administrative offices. In addition to enhancing academic performance of student athletes, the center also serves as the primary facility to administer the J.T. and Margaret Talkington Leadership Academy for student athletes at the university. It is also a meeting facility for the Student Athlete Advisory Committee and for other athletic and campus meetings and events.
Office of Community College and Transfer Relations
The Office of Community College & Transfer Relations has been incorporated into Undergraduate Admissions. Effective January 2, 2018, the office is now the Office of Undergraduate Admissions Transfer Advising.
Support Operations for Academic Retention (SOAR)
The Learning Center’s mission is to provide students with the resources needed to obtain academic independence and success in a welcoming environment.
The Learning Center provides resources to enhance the academic success of all enrolled Texas Tech undergraduate students by offering the following free services:
Online tutoring available Monday through Thursday from 7:30 to 10 p.m. (www.lc.soar.ttu.edu)
Drop-in peer tutoring for math, physics, chemistry, biology, accounting, engineering, and Spanish.
Academic coaching designed to provide students with skills such as time management, note taking, goal setting, and test-taking strategies.
On-site staff that can provide individual attention and assist students with identifying and overcoming academic hurdles.
A study area to accommodate individual and group studying.
The Learning Center is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
Contact: www.lc.soar.ttu.edu, 806.742.3664
Programs for Academic Development and Retention (PADR)
PADR courses are primarily college specific and focus on developing purpose and direction, addressing and overcoming factors that limit academic performance, and effectively utilizing campus resources to build and maintain academic success. Classes meet two to three times per week with an average enrollment of 25-35 students. For more information about the PADR program, visit www.padr.soar.ttu.edu.
Programs for Academic Development and Retention offices are open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Contact: Box 45020 Lubbock, TX. 79409, www.padr.soar.ttu.edu, 806.742.3928
Supplemental Instruction (SI)
Supplemental Instruction (SI) targets historically difficult entry-level courses and offers students weekly peer-led review sessions. SI sessions are provided free for all undergraduate students who want to improve their understanding of course material and improve their grades.
Research shows that students who regularly attend SI sessions achieve an average grade level one-half to one full letter grade higher than students who do not attend.
SI sessions are led by professor-recommended students, known as SI Leaders, who have shown excellent competency in the subject area. The SI Leaders attend every lecture and create activities and worksheets for each session based on the material presented in the most recent lecture. SI review sessions offer guaranteed study time and additional support outside of the classroom. Please refer to www.si.soar.ttu.edu for the current schedule of SI sessions.
Contact: Box 45020, Lubbock, TX 79409; www.si.soar.ttu.edu, 806.742.3664
Texas Success Initiative (TSI)
The Texas Success Initiative (TSI) is a developmental education program mandated by the state of Texas to ensure that students enrolled in Texas public colleges and universities possess the necessary academic skills to succeed. State regulations require that all students enrolling in public higher education institutions demonstrate college readiness in reading, writing, and mathematics by earning passing scores on the TSI Assessment Test or providing proof of exempting ACT, SAT, STAAR, or TAKS test scores; an associate’s or bachelor’s degree from an accredited public institution of higher education; honorable discharge from the U.S. military; or active U.S. military service. More information can be found at www.depts.ttu.edu/registrar/private/tsi.
The TSI Assessment Test is available through Academic Testing Services, 214 West Hall, 806.742.3671. Students will need to present their driver’s license or passport for identification purposes. After testing, students must submit their test scores to the TSI Compliance Office, 103A West Hall.
Students with questions about their status regarding the Texas Success Initiative should contact the TSI Compliance Office at 806.742.3661. Students who have tested but did not meet the minimum scores in one or more sections of the TSI Assessment Test are required to obtain TSI advising through the TSI Developmental Education Office, 806.742.3242, www.depts.ttu.edu/tsi.
TSI Courses (TSI)
Reading and Writing Courses
TSI Non-Course-Based Option Courses (NCBO)
Reading and Writing Courses
Refresher TSI Workshop Courses (REF)
Reading and Writing Courses
Tech Transfer Acceleration Program (TTAP)
The Tech Transfer Acceleration Program (TTAP) is a partnership between Texas Tech University and South Plains College (SPC). To qualify for the program, students must have applied and been denied admittance to Texas Tech. After subsequently applying and being accepted into TTAP and South Plains College, each student must co-enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours at SPC and one credit hour at Texas Tech during each semester.
TTAP students live in the residence halls and attend class on the Texas Tech campus. The goal is for each student to complete a minimum of 12 credit hours and achieve a cumulative 2.5 GPA by the end of the semester to transfer successfully to Texas Tech.
All TTAP students must attend mandatory orientation prior to the first class day, adhere to the program requirements, and maintain at least a 2.5 GPA.
Contact: TTAP Office, 08 Holden Hall, www.ttap.ttu.edu, 806.742.3645.
The TECHniques Center, a program of Student Disability Services, is a fee-for-service academic enhancement program that is the only one of its kind at a public institution in Texas. The program provides supplemental academic support services to meet the needs and promote the retention of undergraduate students with documented evidence of learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders.
Student participants are undergraduates majoring in degree programs that they have chosen. They are expected to meet the same academic requirements and have the same curricula as other students. Qualified staff members work closely with students enrolled in this program to provide support, assistance, and guidance. Certified tutors provide interactive study skills and content tutoring and are trained to work with each student’s individual learning style.
Contact: 242 West Hall, www.techniques.ttu.edu, 806.742.1822, firstname.lastname@example.org
TTU Discovery! Program for Students Exploring Majors
Choosing a major is a big decision, but the decision does not have to be difficult. Students who are exploring majors have access to academic advisors who are trained to work with them through the Discovery! process. These advisors help students find their direction to an amazing university experience, an on-time graduation, and a future career field that will be fulfilling and rewarding.
The Discovery! process incorporates an expansive list of exploration activities that students can complete on their own with the guidance of academic advisors. Providing students the option to choose their own Discovery! elements creates a truly individualized process geared toward meeting students where they are in their research endeavors. Activities (intended to help students identify their values, interests, skills, and abilities) include interviews, career assessments, real-world research, and other tools through campus partners. In one-on-one meetings with advisors, students identify a personalized Discovery! Action Plan that outlines steps to build upon the knowledge they have gained through initial research and guide further exploration. With valuable experiences that inform their thinking, students are better equipped and more appropriately motivated to be successful in their chosen fields of study. The Discovery! process provides flexible options in a stable environment that foster decision making and the identification of a best-fit major.
Contact: Texas Tech University Advising, 79 Holden Hall, 806.742.2189, email@example.com, www.discovery.ttu.edu
University Writing Center/Graduate Student Writing Center
The University Writing Center and the Graduate Writing Center assist writers during the various stages of their writing projects without regard to their level of proficiency or their particular college. The University Writing Center serves the entire Texas Tech University community, while the Graduate Writing Center serves graduate students and postdoctoral associates.
Both writing centers strive to create supportive environments in which writers and their tutors can work effectively one-to-one either in person or online. In addition, the centers train writing tutors to become knowledgeable, effective readers of and responders to texts from various disciplines. Tutors read and respond to texts at any stage of the writing process and address sentence-level issues as well as global issues involving focus, organization, and development.
The University Writing Center is located in Room 175 of the English/Philosophy Complex and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday. Please check the website for additional hours. Writers may call the center to make appointments for 30-minute sessions. They also may bring their writing projects as either a hard copy or an electronic copy. To submit texts for online tutoring, writers may access the University Writing Center through the website 24/7 (uwc.ttu.edu).
The Graduate Writing Center is located in Room 43 of the Administration building, inside the Graduate Center. It is open Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Friday from 9 a.m to 12 p.m. Please check the website for additional hours. Writing consultations are 50 minutes long and are available both onsite and online. Graduate students and postdoctoral associates may make appointments by following the scheduling link on the website (www.grad.writingcenter.ttu.edu). In addition to writing consultations, the Graduate Writing Center offers writing workshops, boot camps, and writing groups.