Counseling services on a short-term basis are available to assist students in dealing with personal issues and emotional concerns. Individual counseling sessions, self-help resources, and workshops on various topics are offered on campus to assist students with their psychological well-being and individual development. Students may use this service by making a confidential appointment at Adams Center. There are no fees for these services. The counselor also is available as a resource for referral information on area professionals for long-term counseling.
The Academic Skills Center (ASC) is committed to promoting an environment that fosters academic and personal growth. Services assist students to meet challenges in specific coursework as well as provide opportunities for skill development required for graduation and professional school admission. The ASC provides educational guidance through course-specific tutoring, personal academic coaching, as well as programs and services for students with disabilities, students in transition, and international students.
The ASC provides free individual tutoring, group study sessions, and workshops designed to strengthen reading, writing, and study skills. Content-area tutoring is available in courses such as biology, chemistry, calculus, economics, foreign language, and more. Writing assistance is available for students needing help at any stage of the writing process. As students prepare to apply to graduate schools, they can receive feedback on application letters for colleges, scholarships, and fellowships.
The ASC also supports the academic interests of international and transfer students transitioning to Austin College by offering meaningful activities designed to connect them to campus resources and assist them with strategies that encourage persistence. The ASC facilitates orientation and other programming efforts for both transfer and international students. The professional staff of the ASC offers academic coaching to develop students’ class management techniques, organizational skills, and other strategies needed to persist in an academic environment.
In addition, the director coordinates support for students with documented disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act-Amendments Act. The goal of the disability support program is to develop students’ self-advocacy skills required for academic and personal success. The programs and services offered through the ASC help students cultivate the learning skills and study habits they need to be successful. All students, regardless of classification or level of accomplishment, can benefit from the services provided by the Academic Skills Center.
Lemuel Scarbrough Center for Writing
The Lemuel Scarbrough Center for Writing supports a culture of writing at Austin College. Located in the Abell Library Center, the Scarbrough Center for Writing (SCW) provides free peer writing assistance, writing workshops and resources, and support for the teaching of writing across campus. Working collaboratively with students and faculty, the Center aims to cultivate deep engagement with the writing and thinking practices that drive intellectual inquiry, civic engagement, and professional endeavors. Appointments can be scheduled online or on a walk-in basis.
The mission of Austin College Career Services:
*Seek. Provide students with a framework and tools to assess strengths, interests, and values.
*Connect. Guide students in their career development through occupational exploration, experiential learning, reflection, and networking.
*Build. Teach and coach students to implement strategically their liberal arts education and personal career goals in an ever-evolving world.
Ideally, students will begin this process in the first year of college, continuing over the course of their academic careers. Upon graduation, they will emerge with the requisite career/life planning skills, prepared to implement their educational experiences in the professional world.
In addition to individual advising, Career Services offers regularly scheduled workshops and sessions tailored to students’ needs using specifically designed programs for freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. The Four- Year Plan offers a student guidance on different ways to engage in career planning throughout their time at Austin College.
Career resources include career development literature, an informative website, and specific job and internship listings posted on Handshake, a career portal that personalizes student’s career recommendations and connects students — no matter where they live — to local, national, and international companies, as well as Austin College Alumni. Career Services also provides access to FOCUS2 On-Line Career Management System. This program is available online and assists in assessing interests, personality, values, and skills identifying possible occupations related to a student’s profile. Career Services coordinates visits by employment recruiters and graduate/professional schools, giving undergraduates, employers, and schools a forum for interaction and discussion. In addition, Career Services conducts studies in employment patterns of graduates to assist current students in predicting what opportunities may be available for them.
Experiential learning opportunities are an integral way for students to gain insight into the world of work, explore vocation, and participate in servant leadership. Through Career Services, students may receive assistance in developing these off-campus experiences through the Career Study Off-Campus program, an academic internship program, and the GO Global Outreach Fellowship, an opportunity to serve abroad in the summer. Additionally, the service provides guidance on finding additional internship opportunities. More information about these unique experiential programs may be found under Off-Campus Opportunities of this Bulletin.
Health Services in the Adams Center is staffed by a registered nurse to assist Austin College students in meeting their health needs. There is no charge for office visits with the nurse. Local physicians conduct medical clinics in the Adams Center. Specialties include family medicine, dermatology and GYN. There is a small charge for physician appointment. The physician clinic schedule is available on the Austin College website. Students are responsible for the cost of any prescription medications, laboratory, x-ray, or other outpatient services ordered.
Health Form Policy: The health forms packet is sent after the admission deposit is paid and must be completed and returned to the Adams Center, Suite 61629, prior to matriculation for new or returning students. This packet includes the following:
- Comprehensive Student Health and Disability Form
- Documentation of a physical exam completed during the previous year
- Documentation of the required immunizations, including proof meningitis vaccination and a negative TB test within one year of entry (if positive TB test, confirmation of negative chest x-ray or treatment is required).
- Family and personal health history
- Insurance Waiver
- Insurance Brochure
A Texas State Law effective 1/1/12 requires all New and Transfer Students to have documentation of receiving a Meningitis Vaccine at least 10 days prior to start of the semester. A booster is required if immunization was more than five years prior. The only exceptions to this State Law are 1) if student is 22 years of age or older (effective 1/1/2014) 2) or by declination affidavit. More information about a possible exemption can be found on the Austin College Health Services website.
Each student is required to submit proof of health insurance. A family policy may provide this coverage, in which case a waiver must be submitted online. When family health coverage is not available, Austin College offers a policy through third party vendor. Information about student health insurance is available on the Austin College Health Services website. The student’s account will automatically be billed for the health insurance policy if proof of insurance is not provided prior to matriculation. Contact Health Services at 903.813.2247 if you have questions regarding insurance.