A program of continuing education designed to serve persons on and off campus in both credit and noncredit courses is available. Special workshops, institutes, conferences, etc., are scheduled throughout the year and Continuing Education Units can be earned for certain programs when an application is filed and appropriate processing fees are paid.
The TRiO program is sponsored by Graceland University and funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. TRiO provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic university requirements and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of TRiO Student Support Services is to increase the retention and graduation rates of its selected participants. Program eligibility is based on the grant guidelines which state TRiO participants must be low income and first generation, or low income and disabled. This under-represented population is given assistance as they overcome barriers, specific to them, which can thwart their attempts to earn four year degrees. The TRiO Program provides small group or one-on-one tutoring, personal counseling, academic advising, informational workshops, peer mentoring, and advocacy.
Institutional Support Services provides free tutoring assistance. If a tutor is available, the student will be assigned to a tutoring group. Tutoring groups provide supplemental assistance and review throughout the semester. Institutional Support Services also provides developmental courses for freshman needing review or remediation in English, math, or study skills. Developmental courses may be a condition of enrollment for some entering students according to Graceland’s Admission requirements.
Graceland University is committed to full compliance with the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As part of the implementation of this law, the university will continue to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities so that they can participate fully in the university’s educational programs and activities. Although Graceland is not required by law to change the fundamental nature or essential curricular components of its programs in order to accommodate the needs of disabled students, the university will provide reasonable academic accommodations.
Students with physical disabilities are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Disability Services in Zimmermann Hall before classes start or as early as possible. The office will work with the course instructor and the student to arrange for reasonable accommodations. Students are required at their own expense to provide documentation verifying disability.
The general definition of a student with a disability is any person who has “a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s activities, and any person who has a history of, or is regarded as having, such an impairment.”
Graceland provides specialized clinical services to students who have the potential to do college work, but whose past academic performance has been inhibited by certain learning dysfunctions. Services provided by Chance supplement a carefully structured academic program designed by the student and the program clinicians. The central objective of the Chance Program is to remediate poor reading, writing, and oral language skills so the student might participate fully in the university’s educational program. There is an additional charge for the intensive clinical instruction. Persons interested in the Chance Program should contact the program director.
The Graceland University Writing Center provides a supportive environment and attentive assistance to students in any academic program and at any level of writing ability. The Writing Center serves students’ writing needs by acting as a resource for improving their particular writing assignments or the general quality of their writing skills. Writing Center tutors function as experienced, interested readers who collaborate with students at any stage of the writing process to help them become more effective and capable writers.
The Writing Center, located on the lower level of the FMS Library in Room 16, is open with the following schedule:
Monday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.,
Tuesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Wednesday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Thursday: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Saturday: Not Open
Sunday: 8 p.m. to 9 p.m.
While walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended to guarantee an available tutor. You may schedule an appointment by calling Francis Acland, Director, at 641-784-5077, Tracee Knapp, Assistant, at 641-784-5078, by signing up on the schedule posted by the Writing Center door or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com respectively.
In addition to the face to face center on the Lamoni campus, the Graceland University Writing Center began offering an online tutoring option for distance education students in the summer of 2008. Distance education students can arrange an online appointment by sending the paper to firstname.lastname@example.org. The Writing Center will call the student's preferred phone number and the session will proceed just as if the student and tutor were in the same room.
You may visit the Writing Center for additional resources on My Graceland.
Since 1973, Graceland University Educational Talent Search (ETS) has served students ages 11-27 from northern Missouri and southern Iowa. The ETS program, which is funded by a TRiO grant from the U.S. Department of Education, selects 800 participants each academic year. The Talent Search program is designed to offer support services to low income, first generation students who have potential for postsecondary education, to encourage rigorous high school curriculum, to graduate from secondary school and enroll in postsecondary education as well as encourage dropouts to return to school. The ETS staff members provide educational services, and field trip opportunities in the areas of study skills, learning styles, careers, team building, tutoring, mentoring, college and job shadowing, ACT Test preparation, scholarship searches, financial literacy, FAFSA assistance, campus visits and in completing college entrance requirements and applications. The objective of the program is to encourage and assist all student participants to enroll, enter and successfully complete a four year college degree.