The Student Support Services (SSS) Program
The Student Support Services (SSS) program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. It provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students towards the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of SSS is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.
Services provided by the program include:
- Instruction in basic study skills
- Tutorial services
- Academic, financial, or personal counseling
- Assistance in securing admission and financial aid for enrollment in graduate and professional programs
- Information about career options
Academic Advising Program
In collaboration with the various academic departments the area of academic affairs offers a program of academic advising. The objective of the Academic Advising Program at Rust College is to help students in planning their academic program according to their needs and interests and to guide them in fulfilling all requirements for graduation. Freshmen are assigned to counselors/advisors in the First Year Experience Program/COPE Center. After the freshman year and as soon as the student selects a major area of study, a faculty member from the major area of study is appointed as the student’s academic advisor. The Division Chairperson functions as the academic advisor of any student in the absence of the academic counselor.
Academic Enrichment Program (AEP)
The primary objective of the Academic Enrichment Program (AEP) is to ensure that intellectual, cultural, and social activities are essential aspects of education at Rust College. The Academic Enrichment Program is a graduation requirement. Students are required to register for 1/2 semester hour credit of AEP each semester during their first two years of attendance at Rust College. Students must receive a total of 2 AEP semester hour credits with appropriate letter grades. Letter grades will be based upon attendance at the specified programs. These programs include lectures, seminars, assembly and chapel programs, concerts, plays, art exhibitions and any other program which adds to the total development of students.
The Dean of Students maintains the record of attendance and submits the grades to the Registrar’s Office. Students involved in approved off-campus programs (such as Internship) must make arrangements with the Dean of Students to complete the requirements. The following are the AEP course numbers for the purpose of registration and reporting grades. During the Regular Semester:
- Freshman Level AEP 111/112—Academic Enrichment
- Sophomore Level AEP 211/212—Academic Enrichment