Each month I meet with a group of New Jersey independent educational consultants to share ideas, discuss newsworthy topics and have a delicious lunch. The primary focus of our monthly meetings, however, is to hear from an admissions representative from a variety of colleges and universities. Typically, the college representative delivers an overview of the school’s academic programs, campus culture, and admissions process. There is always plenty of time for questions and answers. It is a great opportunity to stay current with the ever-changing college admissions process and a wonderful chance to get to know the New Jersey representative from each school.
This month Vincent Segovia, from the University of Arizona, delivered an overview of UA and its admissions process. Vincent also introduced us to UA’s fee-based learning support program, SALT (Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques). Through SKYPE, he connected us to three representatives of the SALT Center: David Cillo, Laurel Grigg Mason and Evan Greer, one of their students.
SALT has been assisting students with learning differences and/or ADHD for nearly 35 years and delivers academic support services to UA students who qualify. SALT is not a school within a school. Instead, SALT provides academic support services. Each student is assigned to a learning specialist who serves as an advisor and meets with the student each week. One-on-one tutoring is available in most academic disciplines and skill development workshops are offered regularly. Students have access to up-to-date assistive technologies through the Computer Resource Lab.
To be considered for the program, a student must apply to both UA and the SALT Center. The student is required to identify his/her learning or attention challenge and upload documentation, if available, when they apply to the SALT Center. The student must be admitted into the university before being considered for SALT. Once admitted into the program, a student commits to two consecutive semesters. After the two semesters, a student may decide to continue in SALT or opt out. The program’s goal is to arm the student with the skills and strategies necessary to become a self-advocate and take responsibility for his/her education.
The SALT Center’s Assistant Director of Admissions and Recruitment, David Cillo, encourages all students interested in the program to apply as early as possible. Last year SALT received approximately 600 applications for 200 slots. Any student that qualifies for the program but is not invited, due to limited space, is waitlisted. SALT offers a limited amount of need-based scholarships.
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