Services Provided by the Center for Advanced Learning (CAL) Program
Transitioning into University
The CAL Program staff assists with the challenges of transitioning to university life. Support includes tutoring for course material, program accommodations and advocacy. Staff are present on an "as needs basis" so students can access information and secure a listening ear during office hours. The CAL seminars cover a variety of topics to assist in the development of self-regulated learning, including: identification of learning styles; practicing the skills of goal setting, scheduling and time management; note taking; studying; test taking; critical thinking; self advocacy and efficacy; and the maintenance of mental and physical health. Mentors are assigned to assist entering students where appropriate. If particular needs are beyond the program's scope, personalized arrangements are made to access appropriate assistance.
Extensive tutoring is arranged with regard for each student's class schedule. Every student receives at least four hours a week of individualized assistance. CAL tutors have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in their area of specialty. Peer tutors are not utilized.
Assistance in Obtaining Study Aids
Students are provided with study aids such as textbooks in CD format, carbonless copy paper, tape recorders, and volunteer note-takers.
Computers are available at work stations and in the testing room. To address problems with reading comprehension and written composition, students are assisted in the use of software, e.g., WYNN Software for reading and Dragon Naturally Speaking for composition.
Initially and unless otherwise specified, the CAL Director is the studen's primary advisor. The student's interests, learning style and skill levels are considered in the advising process. The student is advised according to the anticipated major. Depending on student progress, and as soon as possible after the first semester or academic year, the Director and relevant Barry personnel will assist the student in confirming a major area of study. A new primary advisor within that major is then appointed. The Director will collaborate with the new primary advisor to maintain program continuity for the student.
CAL personnel regularly communicate with faculty and other university departments in order to heighten awareness of the unique learning needs of CAL students and to seek the appropriate accommodations.
Accommodations are made to equalize access to the curricula and to "level the playing field" in taking tests and examinations. Depending on the nature of the disability, CAL students can utilize accommodations such as extended time, readers, scribes, and computers within a distraction free environment. There is coordination between the CAL program and instructors in matters of test accommodation.
Note: Barry University students who are not in the CAL Program can receive testing and classroom accommodations at no cost by registering with the Office of Disability Services (305) 899-3488.
The CAL Program believes in a collaborative, problem solving approach in promoting a student's academic success. Ideally, the CAL staff, students and parents work together, especially in the first semester, to effect transitioning. The Program is based on a gradual release of responsibility model. The goal is to assist all students to become self regulating college students as early as possible.
Cost of the CAL Program
The fee for the 2012 - 2013 academic year is $3,500 per semester. This fee is subject to change.