SIU Achieve Program
The Achieve Program is a comprehensive academic support service for students with learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and other learning differences. Achieve specializes in systematically providing a variety of comprehensive services which exceed services provided by most compliant programs at universities. Achieve is a self-supportive, fee-for-service program; participation is voluntary and confidential. Achieve complies with FERPA and HIPAA regulations. Every year, Achieve accepts approximately 45 new students into the program.
Services include: case management; supervision; academic monitoring with instructors; academic coaching; communication of progress and concerns among all stakeholders (with student permission); individual reading and writing assistance; individual or group tutoring in most college courses; time management and organizational assistance; use of adaptive technology including Kurzweil for reading assistance and LiveScribe for note taking; test proctoring accommodations including proctors for time, reading and writing, private quiet rooms, and instruction in strategies to reduce anxiety and improve test performance; and a large suite of offices and rooms including two large computer labs and several private study rooms only for students in the program . Staff provide technical support in the computer labs and tutorial support for students for extended hours through the week. Referrals for mental health counseling are also provided upon request. Parents can expect accountability for services provided through regular reports and contact with their student's case manager. Achieve keeps the number of students assigned to each case manager very low (10-12 students) to allow for intensive support and responsiveness when necessary. For students on the spectrum, Achieve offers intensive case management and supervisory support in addition to all other services. Achieve partners with a variety of services on campus to provide specialized support to executive functioning difficulties, as well as a student's academic, social, and emotional transition to University life.
Students interested in Achieve must apply to the University and also apply specifically to the Achieve Program. Students must meet our application criteria, which includes previous diagnosis of disability, intellectual ability commensurate with college achievement, and social and emotional maturity expected of someone making a transition to university living. If students meet our initial application criteria, they will be invited to complete an interview and brief assessment with Achieve Program staff. The final decision to accept a student into Achieve is made at the conclusion of the interview. Achieve application materials can be found online at achieve.siu.edu. We accept completed applications and supporting materials by email, mail, and fax.