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Eligible students who apply and are accepted into the SSS program are given access to various services throughout the academic year. Read about them below:

The program provides one-on-one and group tutorial services in several 100 and 200, and some upper level courses for SSS students only, during the academic year. Undergraduate and graduate students are recruited to serve as SSS peer tutors from within the university community, which would include academic departments, academic advising centers, and other campus entities.

Individualized requests for tutorial services are submitted to the tutor coordinator, tutor/ student match sessions are conducted, and contractual agreements are forged between tutors and students. Students are afforded two hours of tutoring per week

Institutional data reveals that several entry-level courses serve as academic progression bottlenecks and have below average passing rates. Math and chemistry are among the most difficult courses at the institution and they are core courses associated with STEM disciplines. SSS offers a smaller class size option (25 seats maximum) in Math (119 & 125) and General Chemistry (120 and 130), which are foundational courses for a number of majors. These courses are essential pre-requisites for progression in highly competitive majors (business, engineering, computer science, pre-med).

Enrollment in SSS courses requires students to sign a course enrollment agreement, and to meet at least once per semester for a progress report with the Instructor and the SSS Course Liaison.

The program offers the opportunity for SSS participants to attend various outings during the academic year. This would include theater events, lecture series, concerts, and other identified events, in an effort to expose students culturally and to promote personal and professional growth and development.

The program will offer a series of workshops designed to rekindle and enhance participants’ knowledge of academic success strategies, career/graduate school preparation, financial/economic literacy, and personal/social development. These workshops will be planned to accommodate the learning styles of our students utilizing online modules and face-to-face interactive workshops. A variety of topics related to the above categories will be explored featuring various presenters, activities, and learning outcomes. Examples include:

  • Academic Success Strategies: study skills, habits, and attitudes; goal setting; time management; teaching, thinking, and learning; library systems and services; learning styles; memory and left brain/right brain functions; the relationship between food, health, and learning; speed reading; note taking; negotiating with faculty; interpersonal relationships; and test-taking strategies.
  • Career/Graduate School Preparation: job searching; interviewing; resume/cover letter writing; assessing career interests and skills; networking; applying for graduate school; letters of recommendation; choosing a graduate program; and funding graduate school.
  • Financial/Economic Literacy: understanding student loans, searching for financial aid, credit card debt, evaluating financial goals, steps to financial success, benefits and burdens of major purchases (automobile, home), and budgeting process as part of the planning process.
  • Personal/ Social Development: assessments, dinner etiquette, and diversity and inclusion.

Enrollment into graduate school is a highly prized program objective supported with institutional commitments, resources, and experiences. The program recognizes the need for students to become knowledgeable about the graduate school process and will offer the following services designed to facilitate graduate enrollment: graduate school applications process, writing the personal statement seminar, and graduate school visitation days, Council of Graduate Schools identified visitation institutions.

The Program will also offer students opportunities to engage in research with faculty during the academic year, including a summer research institute. During the summer, the institute will provide up to 15 participants with the opportunity to undertake a six-week faculty-supervised comprehensive research project that will include a literature review, a development of a research question, and written and oral analyses of the research.

The program provides a limited number of awards to eligible SSS participants each semester. To be eligible to apply for a Pell Grant Supplement Award, the student must be an active participant and have a demonstrated financial need. New SSS participants are eligible to apply for an award after the completion of their first semester as an active participant. Continuing SSS participants must meet the program requirements to remain an active participant to be eligible to apply for an award.

Students should monitor their UTK email for additional information. The Pell Grant Supplement Award application and additional information is distributed each semester by email.

The SSS Computer Lab is open to participants Monday through Friday from 8 am-5 pm. Several computers are accessible with free printing available.

The SSS staff is available to assist students as needed. We have developed liaison services with other offices. Referrals to campus resources including diagnostic testing for learning disabilities, academic coaching, basic skills, financial aid advice, and assessment inventories are among other services provided.

SSS attempts to provide information and points of contact to research opportunities both internally and externally for students seeking to add/gain research experience to their resumes and CV’s.