Jan 17, 2021  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Support Services

The Office of Academic Success 

The Office of Academic Success (OAS) consists of the following units: academic advising, and the Student Success Center. Services provided by OAS are but not limited to: advising workshops, supplemental instruction, student learning assistants, and early alert notifications.


The Office of Academic Success gives students the opportunity to begin their college experience early and prepare them for success in college and beyond.  The Office of Academic Success empowers students to develop skills to make their college career more successful.  It helps motivate them to set higher goals in school and in life thereby holding them accountable for demonstrating attitudes and behaviors that coincide with reaching their goals.

The Office of Academic Success provides OAS 103  which is an academic recovery course for students readmitted to the university and/or display a need for support through academic recovery.

The Office of Academic Success also provides OAS 201  which is a leadership course to empower students academically, civically, and professionally through leadership training development. 

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic support model that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. The SI program provides regularly scheduled review sessions on course materials outside the classroom. SI study sessions are informal seminars in which students compare notes, discuss readings, predict test items and develop tools for effective organization.  

Once a notification has been received by faculty/staff, the necessary supportive action will be executed. The system will notify all necessary supportive service of campus department that should be notified. These areas include but not limited to: Student Affairs, Residence Life, Counseling Center, Student Success Center and Health Center.

Academic Advising 

The primary purpose of Academic Advising is to provide services for the enhancement of student personal, academic and professional success. Academic Advising supports students by managing quality academic advising services, develop an academic plan for career aspirations,  supplemental instruction, peer advising and skills development activities.  Academic Advising  provides leadership for faculty and staff to assist students to gain self-confidence, to promote positive learning attitudes and to develop academic maturity. Academic Advising provides advising for undeclared students and serves as a secondary advising resource for students who have declared a major  

Student Success Center/Tutorial Services

The Student Success Center providess tutorial services, academic workshops, and study halls. With the assistance of student learning assistants, reinforcement and tutorial assistance is provided in  English composition, mathematics, science, and the humanities. Students are encouraged to seek assistance from the Student Success Center throughout their academic journey. The center provides a student centered approach to providing services the students deem beneficial to their overall academic achievement.

First Year Programs

The mission of First Year Programs is to provide services and programs to help facilitate the successful transition to the college campus for first-year and transfer students. The goals of First Year Programs are:

(1) to introduce students to university student support services and campus resources, such that transition to the college environment will be a positive experience; (2) to help facilitate student adjustments and choices to challenges related to the intellectual, emotional, and aesthetic components of student life by providing appropriate information; and finally (3) to provide opportunities for students to experience academic success at Shaw University.

The First Year Programs are intended to be a positive experience and most importantly, it promotes Shaw University’s Motto, Pro Christo et Humanitate (For Christ and Humanity).

First Year Programs’ Course Requirements

  • Freshmen                  OAS-100
  • Transfer                    OAS-101
  • Adult Students           OAS-102

All  students should register for and attend their OAS course their first semester at the University. 

CASES is an OAS 100, 101 and graduation requirement.

As an integral part of their OAS 100 or 101 class, Raleigh Day students participate in CASES (Cultural, Academic and Spiritual Enrichment Seminars). The CASES component of the OAS class is designed to 1) expose the students to the cultural opportunities that our downtown Raleigh location has to offer our student body, 2) enhance their academic skills and perspective, and 3) enrich their spiritual growth.


The CASES program includes specific mandatory events which all students are required to attend depending on the semester they begin school.  It also requires students to choose among a variety of cultural opportunities to attend during the semester they are taking their OAS class. Those opportunities may include cultural festivals, museum visits, exhibits, and music or theatrical performances.


The mandatory university activities that OAS students must attend are as follows:

During the fall semester the required events include: Fall Convocation in September, The Bessie Boyd Holman Lecture Series in Ethics and Values in October, and Founder’s Day/Homecoming Convocation in October/November.

During the spring semester the required events include The Martin Luther King, Jr. Program in January, Religious Emphasis Week in February, and University Awards Day in April.


For those required university functions, students must wear proper attire in order to receive credit for attendance.

Male Attire: Males must wear a navy blazer (with Shaw University Crest), gray slacks, white button-down shirt, burgundy Shaw tie, and dress shoes.

Female Attire: Females must wear a navy blazer (with Shaw University Crest), gray skirt or dress slacks and white blouse, Shaw scarf, and dress shoes.


Students who have not fulfilled all requirements for the First Year Programs:

Will not be certified for graduation

Will not be allowed to run for an elected office

Will not be allowed to serve as a First Year Peer Mentor nor a Residence Advisor (RA)

Will not be allowed to pledge, participate in fraternity or sorority membership intake processes


Shaw University exists to advance knowledge, facilitate students learning and achievement, to enhance the spiritual and ethical values of its students, and to transform a diverse community of learners into future global leaders, adding value to the quality of life. Hence, within a liberal arts framework, the “Ethics and Value Thrust” of Shaw University aims to prepare future leaders for success in their major field of study and ensuring vocation with demonstrated knowledge, skills, and values of reflective moral reasoning and action contributing to the quality of life. As part of the University’s emphasis on ethics, values, and character building, worship at the Thomas J. Boyd Chapel is designed to strengthen the spiritual dimension of character development throughout the campus community.

The “Ethics and Value Thrust” is infused into the University core curriculum.