The Learning Center Program
The primary mission of The Learning Center (TLC) program is to support undergraduate students with learning differences or challenges. Students are assisted both academically and personally through content tutoring as well as life coaching. The TLC program is designed for student retention through a holistic approach geared at improving learning, building confidence, and empowering students with the necessary tools to succeed in college and in life. An individual approach facilitates learning through self-help strategies, self-advocacy, and spiritual growth within the context of the Mercy core values. The Learning Center provides opportunities for students to create bonds with an academic development specialist, who supports the student through his or her college career, while encouraging independence.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Learning Center (TLC) program?
It is a highly specialized, fee-based program offering support for students with learning disabilities or other challenges that impact their learning. We also work with students who have psychological or emotional needs, as well as with students within the autism spectrum. Highlights of the program include:
- a personalized coaching/mentoring program that offers both academic and personal assistance so that students have the greatest chance of completing a successful college education;
- one-on-one sessions with academic development specialists that help students develop time management, organizational, study, and testing skills;
- content tutoring in many subject areas and evaluation of progress through tracking of grades, assignments, and reports;
- arrangement of accommodations required by students' individual in-class and testing needs if there is a documented disability;
- guaranteed two hours of one-on-one assistance per week with an academic development specialist, and extra sessions if needed (depending on availability);
- development of socialization and life skills in a warm, friendly, and safe environment;
- high graduation rates throughout the years; and
- bonding relationships with our students, which continue long after graduation.
How do I enroll in the TLC program?
- Apply to Georgian Court University. (There is a place on the application asking if a student is interested in the TLC program. The student must indicate "yes.")
- If a student would like to disclose a learning disability, he or she can send in an IEP, 504 Plan, or other documentation to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at the time of application. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is located in Lake House and can be reached by phone at 732.987.2700.
- Once a student is accepted to Georgian Court University, a request for an interview will be mailed to the student.
- The student is required to come to TLC for an interview with the Director of ADSC and may enroll in the program at that time.
- The student will be notified by mail about the date of the TLC orientation.
**Please note: Although admission decisions are not based on enrollment in The Learning Center, if students are not otherwise qualified for admission, they may be considered for admission contingent on their enrollment in the intensive TLC program.
What if I decide to join TLC after I have begun taking classes at GCU?
A student may join TLC at any point during the school year. However, for optimum benefit, it is suggested enrollment occur at the beginning of the semester.
Why is there a fee for the TLC program?
The staff consists of professionals who work one-on-one with students, twice per week, to optimize success within the college environment. Workshops and events are offered as part of the TLC experience. (If a student were to obtain assistance through outside tutoring, the cost would be far greater in terms of hourly rates for college level academic support and services.)
Do I have to stay enrolled in TLC the entire time I am at GCU?
No. The amount of time that a student may need TLC is completely individual. Enrollment is dependent upon the student's academic and/or personal needs throughout their college experience.
Do I have to enroll in TLC to get accommodations?
No. Students with a documented disability can request accommodations under Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). There is no charge for accommodations.
How can I get more information about TLC?
A student may call The Academic Development and Support Center (ADSC) about the TLC program, accommodations, or to arrange a visit.
Luana E. Fahr, M.S. Ed, LDT-C
Director of Academic Development and Support Center
Location: Lower level of Sister Mary Joseph Cunningham Library
Phone Number: 732.987.2650
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Wednesday: 8:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Evening appointments are available as needed.