Educational Resources

Educational Resources is responsible for the Academic Support Center, the Center for Accommodative Services (CAS), and the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). Also listed under this heading is information on the TRiO Student Support Services Program.

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center (ASC), located in the Joan Weill Adirondack Library, offers a broad range of services, at no charge, to Paul Smith's College students. Our professional staff and peer tutors provide students with the personal support to help them transition to college and achieve their goal of graduating from PSC. Students can choose from a variety of service options including peer tutoring, Supplemental Instruction (SI), academic success counseling, study groups, writing assistance, and assistance with academic withdrawal from the college.

Peer Tutoring: Available to all students in most subjects offered at the College. Regularly scheduled tutoring is designed based upon student needs and tutor availability and may be arranged as individual or in small groups.

Supplemental Instruction (SI): Offers students an opportunity to meet on a regular basis to review notes, discuss important concepts and develop study strategies. It is available for a variety of high enrollment/high challenge courses each semester and sessions are led by SI leaders who have successfully completed the course and work closely with the professor. The SI and Study Group schedule is posted online and in the Academic Success Center. It is updated throughout the semester.

Academic Success Counseling: Success counseling is provided on an individual basis focusing on each student’s needs. These may include improving time management techniques. Study methods or how to incorporate personal interests into academics. Success counseling is also provided as part of the Academic Recovery Program and Transitional Program.

Study Groups/Workshops: Led by peer tutors; they provide a great opportunity to review material, work on problems and review for tests. Study groups are arranged on an as-needed basis throughout the semester and are posted on our SI and Study Group schedule available online and in the Academic Success Center.

Writing Center: Assistance for writing in any course is provided by peer writing consultants and faculty. Students may develop writing plans, review drafts, and learn skills needed for information literacy.

For additional information contact the Academic Success Center Director at academic_success@paulsmiths.edu or visit us on Starfish in My Success Network.

Center for Accommodative Services (CAS)

Paul Smith’s College recognizes its responsibility to provide equal access to opportunity for students with disabilities under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (as amended). The College will provide reasonable adjustments and/or accommodations to assure that students will have equal opportunity to learn, grow, and succeed during their time at PSC. The entire college community (faculty, staff, and students) has the broad responsibility to adhere to this philosophy of equal access to opportunity.

Paul Smith’s College has charged the Center for Accommodative Services with providing leadership for our efforts to assure equal access for our students. The college will support the authority of the Center for Accommodative Services in these efforts. The current best practices and compliance for disability support services are represented on the Center for Accommodative Services (CAS) website. The office is located in Joan Weil Adirondack Library, room 209.

To initiate recognition and consideration as a student with a disability, students should:

All services are completely voluntary, and it is the student's responsibility to request them. Students are encouraged to identify themselves early to ensure timely accommodations. The first step is to submit a Disability Disclosure/Application for Accommodations & Services to: Learning Specialist, Center for Accommodative Services, Paul Smith's College, Paul Smiths, NY 12970.

The Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is a collaboration between the New York State Education Department and Paul Smith’s College. The Paul Smith’s College HEOP Program provides supplemental academic and financial support to New York State residents who meet academic and income eligibility guidelines and are selected. Please note, there are a limited number of spaces in HEOP; not everyone that is eligible will be selected.

All prospective HEOP applicants must:

In addition to the admission requirements for Paul Smith's College, HEOP applicants must complete the following:

For eligibility guidelines and the on-line HEOP application please go to: www.paulsmiths.edu/academic-resources/heop

You may also call the HEOP Office on campus at (518) 327-6480 if you have any questions.

TRiO - Student Support Services

TRIO - Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally-funded program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education, which provides comprehensive academic support services to eligible baccalaureate degree seeking participants at Paul Smith's College. Participants are either first generation college students (neither parent completed a four-year college degree), meet family income guidelines, and/or have a documented learning disability. The mission of the Student Support Services program is to increase student persistence and graduation rates at Paul Smith's College by providing a range of services which include:

All program services are provided at No Cost to participants. TRiO Student Support Services is located in Room 207 of the Joan Weill Adirondack Library. Contact us through Starfish in Success Network or by phone at 518-327-6330.