STLCOP Supports Students

Support for Academic Success

Earning a Doctor of Pharmacy degree is a challenging and demanding undertaking. We realize that we ask a lot of our students, and we celebrate their successes with them. However, there may be times when a student feels the need for some additional help in order to understand a specific concept or ensure the best possible academic outcome. We do not ignore these needs. That’s why we’ve developed programs designed to offer a variety of services in settings that help ensure each student’s success.

  • No disability should prevent a student from succeeding. STLCOP’s Disability Services program is coordinated by Rebecca Jones, director of academic support, who serves as a liaison between students, faculty, and administration and is an advocate for fair and reasonable student accommodations. In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, we offer accommodations such as extended test times and separate testing environments. Once a student is accepted into the program, we work to create cooperative arrangements between students, faculty, and staff in order to create and adhere to any special accommodations needed.
  • STLCOP students are used to excelling. They earned high GPAs in high school, performed well on standardized tests, and participated in school and community activities. These students expect their success to continue, and we do too. But if the demands of college life and rigors of our curriculum become overwhelming, the Success Center is a student’s first stop for help. The Center provides academic support, counseling, information about STLCOP organizations and more. Staffed by the coordinator of student life, director of academic support, coordinator of residence life, director of professional student affairs and counselors, our breadth of knowledge extends to all corners of campus life and student experience. Contact the Center’s administrative assistant, Alicia Wojciuch, for more information.
  • Sometimes we just need a friend to talk to. STLCOP’s Students As Mentors program pairs first years with older students in order to create a bond that allows new students to feel more comfortable and confident. Student mentors are chosen to guide their charges in both academic and personal realms, offering real-world advice from someone who’s been there and lending a hand when needed. STLCOP provides mentor pairs with a small stipend to share in activities that facilitate relationship building, such as grabbing a coffee or going to a movie together. To learn more, contact STLCOP’s director of academic support, Rebecca Jones.

Student Support

  • Group tutoring sessions are offered on a regular basis for most subjects, and many students find these sessions helpful academically while building friendships and a sense of camaraderie. Private tutoring sessions are also available. STLCOP’s director of academic support, Rebecca Jones, can assist in locating a tutor and directing students to the appropriate groups.
  • For help with specific writing projects, the Norton Writing Center provides one-on-one assistance from trained student volunteers who can help with various styles of writing. This service is a form of tutoring, and students are expected to do their own work, but they can ask questions and discuss ways to improve their writing skills with center staff. Information is also available about grammar, punctuation and usage, all designed to help make the written word more readable and clear. Located in the O.J. Cloughly Alumni Library, the center is open Mondays from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Tuesdays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Center staff also visit Residence Hall on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 10 p.m. to assist students on site. More information is available from Susan Mueller, writing center coordinator.
  • Students who find academic achievement difficult and are placed on academic probation can receive extra help through the Probation Support Program. Probationary students are matched with a member of STLCOP’s faculty or staff in a mentoring relationship. Although participation is voluntary, students who are struggling to maintain their academic standing typically find this program extremely helpful and deans occasionally require participation as a condition of probation. Students and their faculty or staff mentors usually meet twice a week to discuss specific areas of difficulty and develop strategies for time management, effective study habits or dealing with personal issues that may be affecting class performance. Inquiries can be made to the director of academic support, Rebecca Jones.

Career & Personal Support Services

College life isn’t all about grades. It’s important to do well academically, but maintaining a balance between academic and personal success helps create a more positive outlook for yourself and others. When STLCOP students have questions or concerns about non-academic issues, help is available on campus.

To help students determine exactly what career path within the broad field of pharmacy best suits their ambitions, skills and personal desires, Career Services offers a wealth of information about internships, job openings and professional contacts. An annual Career Fair allows students to browse opportunities, talk with professionals, and sometimes interview for job openings.

When the stress of college life becomes overwhelming, the Counseling Center is a resource that helps students regain their emotional balance and stability. It’s not uncommon for students to experience anxiety, mild depression or homesickness, especially in their first year of college. Counseling Center staff collaborate with students to identify effective strategies to cope with such challenges. Even minor emotional upsets and concerns can benefit from one or more confidential, private sessions with a professional counselor. Students seek help dealing with stress, test anxiety, self-confidence, identity issues (such as sexual orientation), personal trauma (such as a death or violent relationship), and addiction. Sessions are free and are not part of the student’s academic record. For more information contact Michelle Hastings, campus counselor.