PLUS Program Services
The PLUS Program reflects the University’s commitment to supporting the success of the whole student.
The PLUS Program provides comprehensive academic support services for college students with learning differences to foster the development of skills essential for success in college. A fee-for-service program, the PLUS Program offers four levels of services to meet each student’s unique learning needs.
One-on-one support from Professional Learning Coordinators and/or Consultants:
- Academic monitoring
- Academic planning
- Academic support and strategies
- Course content tutoring using various learning styles
- Career planning/preparation
- Executive functioning
- Transition support
One-on-one support from peer mentors:
- Communication/social skills
- Independent living
LEVEL OF SERVICES
Each student may select the level of service that best meets their unique learning needs. Each level of service has a specific fee which is added to the student’s Muskingum University bill and may be calculated into the student’s financial need.
- Premier – comprehensive academic support – up to 5 hours per week
- Select – less frequent academic support – up to 3 hours per week
- Transitions – support for transition from high school to college OR college to career – up to 1.5 hours per week
- Connections- communication and social skills to foster success- up to 3 hours per week
Students who need academic and communication skills support can "bundle" Connections and Select for up to 6 hours per week for $4,750 per semester.
PROFESSIONAL LEARNING COORDINATORS AND CONSULTANTS
According to their selected level of service, each PLUS student meets regularly with assigned Professional Learning Coordinators and/or Consultants who support the student’s individual learning needs, monitor academic performance, and provide content tutoring using various learning modalities.
- Possess a Bachelor’s or Master's degree in a content area in which they tutor
- Are knowledgeable about learning differences and diagnosed disabilities
- Are skilled in the customization and application of learning strategies for students who learn differently
- Are skilled in collaborating with faculty, academic advisors, and families on behalf of their assigned students
To support students’ learning of course content and academic progression in a degree plan, Learning Coordinators and/or Consultants are actively involved in their assigned students’ academic progress and individualize methods to meet each student’s learning needs.
- Individualize tutoring strategies using various learning styles
- Identify each student’s strengths to encourage an appropriate selection of courses
- Monitor academic progress throughout each semester
EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING SKILLS
Executive functioning skills are the mental processes that enable students to successfully manage themselves and their resources to achieve a goal.
- Self-control – regulate emotions and control behavior during stressful situations
- Working memory – manage multiple and complex tasks
- Cognitive flexibility – adapt to new tasks quickly
Since executive functioning skills can be challenging for many students with learning differences, Learning Coordinators and/or Consultants work with each student to develop skills essential for success in college and life beyond college.
- Stress management
- Time management
- Organizational skills
- Planning for multiple or large tasks
- Memory strategies
Students at all PLUS Program levels receive support during their transition from high school to college as well as college to career. Learning Coordinators and/or Consultants work with each student’s unique needs to promote student independence through the development of skills essential for success in college and a future career.
- Self-advocacy is understanding ones learning needs and communicating those needs to others.
- Self-determination is the setting goals and making decisions and taking action to reach those goals.
CAREER PLANNING AND PREPARATION
The PLUS Program is committed to supporting students in developing skills to be successful in college as well as life beyond Muskingum University. To support students’ preparation for the job search process, the PLUS Program collaborates with MU Career Services to plan and host workshops related to resume writing, job/internship application, and interviewing skills. Many of these workshops are held to prepare students for the nationwide Workforce Recruitment Program (wrp.gov) process for paid internships and employment.