The Learning Connection
The primary mission of The Learning Connection (TLC) is to enable students with learning disabilities or other difficulties that impact academic performance to optimize their chances of success at the college level. TLC offers a holistic approach where students are supported both academically and personally through tutoring and coaching. TLC is geared toward student retention and graduation by empowering students with the necessary tools to succeed in college and in life as a productive global citizen. Students create strong bonds with their Academic Development Specialists who help them achieve academic and personal self-confidence, skills for self-advocacy, and spiritual growth within the context of the Mercy Core Values.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is The Learning Connection (TLC) ?
It is a highly specialized, fee-based program offering support for students with learning disabilities or other difficulties which may impact academic performance. It is for students who feel they need structured assistance beyond their accommodations to optimize success in their college coursework. 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.
- If a student would like to disclose a learning or other 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, the student is required to come to the Academic Development and Support Center an interview with the Director and may enroll in the program at that time.
- The student will be notified by mail about the date of the TLC orientation.
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. Disabilities Services
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 that enrollment occurs at the beginning of the semester.
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.
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: 8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Tuesday: 8:00 a.m. -6:00 p.m.
Wednesday 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
Thursday: 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
*Evening appointments are available as needed.