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Marist College Learning Support Program

Mission Statement

The mission of the Office of Accommodations and Accessibility is to support students with documented disabilities in becoming empowered, independent learners by providing the appropriate accommodations and services necessary to access the educational opportunities at Marist College.

Program Description

Program Overview

Since the late 1960s, Marist College has enrolled students with diverse special educational needs, believing their similarities to other college students to be greater than their differences. In 1982, the Office of Accommodations and Accessibility formally began its Learning Support Program. Each participant in the Program receives a complement of academic services that are designed to meet his or her individual needs. The Program focuses on the development and use of strategies that will promote independence and personal success. To this end, each student is expected to serve as his or her own advocate in a continually increasing fashion.

Each student is enrolled in credit-bearing courses and completes degree requirements set forth for all students. Learning Specialists work closely with faculty and administration to assist the students. Each individual is encouraged to openly discuss his or her learning needs with appropriate faculty at the start of the semester. Specialists frequently assist students in preparation for this meeting. Participation in the Program is available to students on a continual basis for as long as the Specialist and student mutually agree is necessary. Students are expected to assume increasingly higher levels of responsibility for their academic success and to function independently as soon as possible beyond the freshman year. The Learning Support Program is a fee-based program.

Description of Services

The Program emphasizes the development of compensatory strategies. Each student is assigned to work one-on-one with a Learning Specialist. Typically, freshmen meet with their Specialist two sessions per week. While the goals of each session must be individualized, typical sessions concentrate on:

  • Improving writing skills
  • Note-taking skills
  • Organization skills
  • Test-taking strategies
  • Time management skills

The Specialist will also establish a plan for necessary and appropriate academic accommodations. 

Target Population

Students with a primary Learning Disability or ADHD.

Program at a glance

How many students are enrolled in this program? approximately 220

What are the annual costs for a student to attend this program? $2575 per semester

Is this program public? Students apply to this Program when they apply to Marist; students must have a primary Learning Disability or ADHD to qualify for the Program.

Is this program fee-based? Yes

how large is the instition associated with this program? 6,657

What type of institution is associated with this program? Private