PLUS Program

PLUS Program

The PLUS Program’s Embedded Learning Strategy model blended with a Learning Conversation approach is designed to empower rather than rescue students. Based on their past educational experiences, students may view this as a change and must realize that periods of adjustment accompany any change.

Student self-direction and control of their learning process are crucial components of the University experience and lead to success beyond the University.

The PLUS Program Learning Consultants and Learning Associates will challenge and support the students in developing skills, both academic and social, leading to self-direction, confidence and independence.

Participate in the PLUS Early Connection Program this Summer!

The PLUS Early Connection Program is a summer transition program designed to assist incoming freshman PLUS students making the transition to college.  Accepted PLUS students will move in to campus on August 12 and participate in a variety of activities, class sessions, off-campus trips, and tutorial sessions to get you ready for Fall semester.

For questions, please contact The PLUS Program by phone at 740-826-8280 or by email at You can also visit the PLUS Early Connection Program page.

PLUS Program Mission

Initiated in 1983, the Muskingum University PLUS Program provides quality academic support for Muskingum students with learning differences, thus continuing a tradition of individual attention to all students that is reflective of the University mission. By providing appropriate support and structure to meet the academic needs of qualified students, it stands to reason that the possibility of student success is enhanced.

Some students with learning differences may not meet the normal admissions standards but may show promise for successfully participating in college. Therefore, part of the mission is to admit such students and provide the structured and specialized academic support of the PLUS Program, thereby providing opportunity for these students to have a successful higher education experience.

The PLUS Program encourages individual fulfillment by assisting students in uncovering their unique strengths and passions, reinforcing self-confidence and building life-long learning skills. As students begin to know and value themselves as learners, they develop self-awareness, self-management and self-advocacy skills, so they are better equipped to reach their whole person potential. An Embedded Learning Strategy instruction model that is blended with a Learning Conversation approach provides the foundation for students to develop critical thinking, positive action, ethical sensitivity and spiritual growth, which fosters students' potential to lead personally satisfying, socially responsible and vocationally productive lives.

Muskingum University’s caring community is extended as PLUS Program services are offered within an environment that is knowledgeable and appreciative of learning differences and how they uniquely manifest and effect each student.

Respect for human dignity is a deep-rooted value in the PLUS Program, which is committed to empowering rather than rescuing students.  

The mission and philosophy of the PLUS Program are congruent with the mission of Muskingum University.

Additional information may be obtained from the PLUS Program by phone at 740-826-8280, by e-mail at, or by mail at Walter Hall, Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio 43762-1199.

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