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PLUS Program Professional Staff

The foundation upon which the PLUS Program is built is its professional staff. Learning Consultants are selected for their academic preparation across the various subdisciplines and for their ability to work in a directive fashion in both one-on-one and small-group sessions. PLUS Program learning consultants have the greatest impact on enabling students to enjoy academic success by providing academic support and content-based learning strategies instruction.

"The staff of the PLUS Program and the Center for Advancement of Learning helped build in me the confidence to allow me to reach my goals and live out a dream despite a learning disability."

PLUS staff members regularly participate in in-service educational opportunities directed toward enhancing effectiveness in learning strategies instruction and increasing understanding of the needs of the disabled University student.

Each learning consultant is assigned primary responsibility for approximately ten students, for whom they make regular faculty contacts, and parent contacts when indicated. Upper class students are assigned a primary learning consultant on the basis of their major, and also receive support in elective courses from other content specialists.

PLUS Program students, like non-PLUS students, are provided with academic advising. During the first year at Muskingum, advising is done by the faculty member with whom each student takes the First-Year Seminar course. As students declare academic majors, they select an advisor in that department and PLUS Program staff continue to serve as Program advisors only. Learning consultants guide students in determining how many credit hours to take and in considering their best options in selecting a major. Some PLUS students may be advised to reconsider their intention of pursuing an academic major that requires special licensing and certification requirements or proficiency on basic skills tests. Because some learning problems significantly affect basic skill proficiency (required by the Ohio State Department of Education for selection into teacher certification programs), teacher certification is limited to those disabled students who meet such standards. [Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 suggests that "it is discriminatory to restrict the range of career options in counseling learning disabled students as compared to non-disabled students with similar interests and abilities unless such counsel is based on strict licensing or certification requirements in a profession that may comprise an obstacle" (Vogel, 1985).]

For Muskingum University and PLUS Program admission materials, or for more information about admission into the PLUS Program, please contact our office by phone at 740-826-8280, by e-mail at jlapp@muskingum.edu, or by mail at Walter Hall, Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio 43762-1199.

Additional information may be obtained from the PLUS Program by phone at 740-826-8280, by e-mail at ethenry@muskingum.edu, or by mail at Walter Hall, Muskingum University, New Concord, Ohio 43762-1199.

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