ACADEMIC SUCCESS CENTER
Your Future Begins at Vaughn
At Vaughn, we want to do all we can to make your entire college experience a successful one. The staff of the Academic Success Center (ASC) is here to help achieve this goal. We offer a number of resources to ensure the success of all our students and graduates. The ASC is just one of the College’s valuable assets that help students reach their goals, both professionally and personally.
College Resources to Help You Succeed
At the ASC you will find academic advisement (L102), disability services (L204), the testing center (L204), tutoring and supplemental instruction (L200), the writing and math centers (L202), the higher education opportunity program (HEOP) (L203), and the STEP and Upward Bound programs (L201). Plus, a quiet place to study – a welcoming environment where you can collaborate with your faculty or fellow students, and an open door when you need some extra help.
The College’s testing center handles the testing and placement of all incoming students in cooperation with our admissions office. Appointments for taking the Accuplacer test for English and math course placements are made through the admissions office. The testing center is also a resource for students who need college testing accommodations for their classes.
Our tutors can provide extra support which students may need during their academic careers at Vaughn. Students who need tutoring in different subjects have the option of turning to their peers for extra help. Our peer tutors work with their fellow students on a one-on-one or small group basis.
Additionally, there is a study space where individuals and small groups can go to work on group projects or cram for that all-important exam. Our tutors are approachable, helpful and comforting to many students on campus.
The academic advisement office is where students go to register for courses and receive guidance about their degree programs throughout the semester.
The Math and Writing Centers are housed within the Academic Success Center in room L202. Assistance and technical support for writing and math are available. This assistance includes providing students with writing and math counseling, electronic resources and workshops geared toward math, writing and mentoring. Services are offered at all levels of writing proficiency. Developmental math and the fundamentals of algebra and precalculus are the focus of math proficiency. Supplemental instruction from approved student tutors and additional faculty members in the field is available for advanced math courses.
Our Academic Success Center provides a comfortable environment for freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors to study, collaborate with faculty and fellow students, and ask for help when needed.
Programs at the Academic Success Center
Vaughn participates in the New York State Education Department’s Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). The HEOP program at Vaughn is jointly supported by the College and the New York State Department of Education. This program has been designed for educationally and economically disadvantaged New York State residents who otherwise might not be able to attend college. HEOP provides several academic and financial support services to assist students. These services include the summer immersion program, tutorial services, counseling services and financial assistance. To find out more, email call 1.866.6VAUGHN, extensionext. 160 or click here.
This is an intensive six-week summer program to introduce pre-freshmen to fundamental math, science, technical and aviation-related concepts.
Upward Bound (UB) is a federally funded TRIO program that helps low-income and first-generation community youth achieve college and career success by providing a year-round comprehensive system of support including tutoring, college entrance examination preparation, college and financial aid application assistance, and cultural field trips.
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The Upward Bound Program at Vaughn College services students at three sites: Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, August Martin High School, and Grover Cleveland High School. Our main office is located in the Academic Success Center at Vaughn College.
The program is FREE to eligible students. The student/applicant must be:
(1) Attending 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade at Grover Cleveland High School or August Martin High School and (2) First-generation (parent(s)/guardian(s) have NOT obtained a bachelor’s degree) and/or low-income (family taxable income qualifies under federal TRIO guidelines)
Our scholars receive tutoring and homework help from instructors in all Regents subjects including Living Environment, Biology, Earth Science, Chemistry, Spanish, English, U.S. and Global History, Algebra II, Trigonometry, Calculus, Geometry, and Physics. The months of January and June are dedicated to Regents prep to ensure our scholars achieve outstanding scores on statewide administered exams.
July to August
On Mondays through Thursdays, our scholars choose to participate in any of the subjects above plus College English, College Calculus, Flight, Sports, Rocket Building, Hydroponics, Robotics, Career Development, and more. On Fridays, our scholars can choose to attend field trips for cultural and intellectual enrichment.
College entrance examination prep is offered in the Fall or Spring at August Martin High School and Grover Cleveland High School. All UB scholars receive free SAT fee waivers which include: two free SATs, with or without the essay, six free SAT Subject Tests, two free Student Answer Service (SAS) reports, unlimited score reports to send to colleges, waived application fees at participating colleges, and free CSS Profile applications to apply for financial aid from participating schools.
Throughout the year our cultural field trips have included events such as a cooking workshop, drone flying workshop, the Liberty Science Center, Lunar New Year in Flushing, pumpkin picking, and more.
Upward Bound scholars participate in one day or overnight college tours throughout the year when school is not in session. We have visited institutions such as Bowie State University, College of William & Mary, Ohio State University, Penn State University, Columbia University, and other colleges and universities.
Upward Bound is College Bound
Our scholars have attended and graduated from:
West Virginia University, Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology, New York Institute of Technology, New York University, Daytona State College, Nassau Community College, Dowling College, South Texas College, Mercy College, CUNY Borough of Manhattan Community College, Queensborough Community College, Laguardia Community College, Bronx Community College, Hostos Community College, Kingsborough Community College, York College, New York City College of Technology, City College, College of Staten Island, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Hunter College, Queens College, SUNY University at Albany, Old Westbury, Cobleskill, College of Technology at Canton, Cortland, Farmingdale
Please note that all program components and services are subject to change.
The Science and Technology Entry Program (STEP) prepares historically underrepresented and economically disadvantaged secondary school students for entry into postsecondary degree programs in STEM (science, technology. engineering and mathematics) and the licensed professions.
For more information on the STEP program, contact or click here.
Members of the faculty and staff conduct mini-lectures in workshop formats that are geared towards the student and college life throughout the academic year. These lectures are not a part of the general curriculum. They cover topics such as effective study habits and time management.
Meet the Academic Success Center Staff
Executive Director and Management Adviser
Executive Director/Disability Coordinator
Backup Disability Coordinator