About the CAL Program

A Fee-for-Service Support Program for Post-secondary Students with Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit Disorders

The program at the Center for Advanced Learning (CAL) exists to support undergraduate and graduate students with diagnosed learning disabilities and attention deficit disorders. The primary goal is to assist students in developing skills and strategies that will help them to function successfully in a post-secondary academic setting and to attain their academic goals, despite having learning challenges. A secondary goal is that the Barry University academic experience will facilitate a positive transition to the work place and the practice of lifelong learning. The CAL Program believes in a collaborative, problem solving approach for promoting a student's academic success. CAL is a comprehensive fee-for-service program. The current fee of $3500 per semester is subject to change.

Scheduled tutorials assist CAL students in building skills and strategies while working on course content. Students attend a minimum of four hours of scheduled weekly tutorials with professional tutors who have higher educational degrees in specific content areas. CAL students are also encouraged to make use of the premises between classes and tutorials and have unlimited use of the computers and assistive technology. A two credit course, “Strategies for Academic Success" (ST 010) is required for entering CAL students and assists them in transitioning to post-secondary education. Students are guided in exploring and developing an understanding of their individual learning profiles. Specific active learning topics such as time management, organization, note-taking, effective test preparation, stress management, and study skills are included as well as orientation to the university experience.

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