Academic Support Programs

The Divisional Support Program (DSP) is a program designed for select first-year students who are chosen to participate based on the criteria established by the dean of the college to which the student has applied. DSP participation lasts one semester and focuses on developing students' academic skills and creating an individual support network to help these students succeed at Niagara.

The Academic Success Program (ASP)  is a one-semester program for first-year students who find themselves in academic difficulty at the end of their first semester. ASP provides opportunities for students to meet with academic counselors to explore issues underlying their academic performance, and to explore a variety of strategies for fulfilling their personal goals and academic potential.

Academic Counseling for Student-Athletes  is provided to first-year athletes in their first semester at Niagara, helping to monitor and support their academic transition. Counseling is also provided for select at-risk student-athletes with GPAs below 2.5 during the spring semester.

The academic counselor for student-athletes serves as the liaison with athletic administration on the support of the academic needs of student-athletes, the monitoring of selected student-athletes and helping coaches understand the special academic issues of student-athletes and their role in helping team members manage those responsibilities.

What the Academic Support programs offers students:

  • Regular one-on-one progress conferencing with a program advisor, focusing on developing academic skills and developing strategies for improving academic performance. In addition, advisors will help students develop individual support networks to help in their Niagara success.
  • Assistance in setting academic goals that will result in improved academic performance and academic success.
  • Instruction on how to best manage a college course load, with a focus on the expectations of college professors, best practices in communicating with professors, and the value of a course syllabus.
  • Demonstration of best practices for studying, note taking, and test taking.
  • Assistance in self/time management, including how to use semester mapping for assignments and tests and how to create daily/weekly time management plans.
  • Introduction to academic policies and procedures and how they may impact students' decisions, such as class attendance, drop/add, and satisfactory academic progress.
  • Navigation through various campus resources, such as peer tutoring, the Writing Center, Counseling, Career Services, Health Services, Campus Activities, and Student Records and Financial Services.