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Appalachian State University College STAR Project

College STAR (Supporting Transition, Access, and Retention: A UNC System Project Supporting Students with Learning Differences) is a collaborative project designed to enable participating universities to help our campuses become welcoming environments for students with learning differences. Funded with grant support, and with collaboration from the UNC General Administration, East Carolina University,  Appalachian State University, and Fayetteville State University are currently working together to build models of student and faculty support focused on student learning and understandings about Universal Design for Learning.

As-U-R is our student centered initiative. On campus, we serve students through lead tutoring, the As-U-R program, and provide technological supports. We have also just launched the ASU chapter of Eye to Eye, a mentoring program that pairs college students with learning differences and/or ADHD with similarly labeled students at Hardin Park Elelmentary School.

AppSTAR is our faculty based initiative aimed at educating faculty members about learning differences and implementing teaching strategies that enhace all students' learning by incorporating UDL Principles. ASU faculty have access to College STAR workshops and seminars, UDL based Faculty Learning Communities, and our annual Course Re-Design. We also encourage our faculty to invest in our specifically designed Professional Development Modules.