Academic Success and Tutoring

Tutoring 

CASA takes pride in offering top-notch math and writing tutoring, peer subject tutoring, and supplemental instruction, and proudly houses Disability/Access Services – ensuring inclusivity and accessibility for all. Best of all, these invaluable services are fully covered by your tuition and fees.

Academic Coaching 

Our dedicated coaches’ partner with you to set clear goals and develop personalized academic plans, supporting your success throughout your time at FSU. From honing essential skills like time management, study techniques, and note-taking strategies to mastering effective test-taking approaches and staying motivated, our coaches provide comprehensive support to help students thrive academically.

CASA is Here for You

FSU offers a diverse range of course delivery methods including in-person, hybrid combining in-person and online and completely remote where courses are all online.

To support students in their academic journey, we emphasize the importance of understanding your own learning and thinking processes, encouraging you to reflect on your own learning style. Through resources such as videos on metacognition, we empower students to approach their studies with confidence and adaptability. Additionally, we provide practical tips for organization, time management, and effective study habits, ensuring students have the tools they need to succeed both inside and outside the classroom.

Our commitment to academic excellence extends to comprehensive support services, including tutoring, supplemental instruction, and disability/access services. Whether you're seeking guidance on study strategies or accommodations for accessibility, our dedicated staff are here to assist you every step of the way. 

Disability/Access Services

Framingham State University offers equal opportunities to all qualified students, including those with disabilities. The University is committed to making reasonable accommodations as necessary to ensure that its programs and activities do not discriminate, or have the effect of discriminating, on the basis of disability. Disability/Access Services works with students with ADD/ADHD, learning and psychiatric disabilities, students with mobility disabilities, students who are blind or low vision, students who are d/Deaf or hard of hearing, and students with chronic medical conditions.

Disability/Access Services works to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified students. The purpose of accommodations, modifications, and/or auxiliary aids is to reduce or eliminate any disadvantages that may exist because of a disability. Framingham State University is not mandated by law to waive specific courses or academic requirements considered essential to a particular program or degree. Rather, the University is mandated to modify existing requirements on a case-by-case basis in order to ensure that individuals are not discriminated against on the basis of their disability.

 

Disability/Access Services at FSU

We hope the video linked above and the information included on this site will inform you about services at FSU. Should you have questions, please feel free to email disabilityservices [at] framingham.edu (disabilityservices[at]framingham[dot]edu).

Additional Information about Accommodations, Guidelines, Policies and Procedures

For questions about any of the above below, please contact:

Tanya Milette, Associate Director of Disability Access Services
disabilityservices [at] framingham.edu (disabilityservices[at]framingham[dot]edu)

World Languages student

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic success initiative that utilizes peer-led study sessions to support students enrolled in historically difficult courses.  SI is heavily concentrated within the STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) majors. SI sessions are scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings and assignments, and prepare for exams.  Students learn how to integrate course content and study skills while working together. The sessions are facilitated by SI Leaders, students who have previously done well in the course and who attend all class lectures, meet with faculty, and serve as model students. Students should check with faculty members to see if SI is offered for the course.

Who is an SI Leader?

SI Leaders are accomplished students who have successfully completed the course in which they serve as an SI leaders.  They are trained to share with other students what they have learned about course content and how to study.  Rather than lecture, SI Leaders help students make connections between course material and assignments.

Benefits of SI:

  • Higher course grades
  • Increased academic confidence
  • Increased engagement through learning with other students – establishing a tighter-knit community at FSU
  • Increased likelihood of graduating 

For more information about Peer-Led and Supplemental Instruction, please contact: 

Emily Turcotte, Academic Success Coordinator for Peer-Led Instruction
eturcotte [at] framingham.edu
508-215-5709

LaDonna Bridges, Dean of Student Success and Persistence
lbridges [at] framingham.edu
508-626-4906 

The Diverse Scholars Program

The Diverse Scholars Program at Framingham State University provides opportunities for students with intellectual disabilities, ages 18-22, to come to campus and engage in FSU courses, internships, and student life. 

Opportunities
Diverse Scholars can: audit courses aligned with interests and long-term vocational goals; join FSU student clubs and activities; attend job skills workshops; utilize FSU facilities, and build friendships with peers.

 

Accomplish
The Diverse Scholars Program provides students with opportunities for increasing independence, self-advocacy, self-expression, and social-emotional skills. Students work with their Ed Coach, peer mentor, and University staff to set and achieve personal goals.

Grow
A typical day on campus includes going to class, completing class assignments, spending time with peer mentors and friends, having lunch, visiting the career center, exercising, socializing, and more.

Background
FSU joins other state universities and colleges in offering the Massachusetts Inclusive Concurrent Enrollment Initiative, a statewide initiative since 2007. Click here for more information about MAICEI.   

Eligible students

The Diverse Scholars Program at FSU is open to students with intellectual and developmental disabilities who:

  • Are 18 to 22, have not passed MCAS, and are eligible for special education services as documented through an Individualized Education Plan (IEP); or
  • Are 20 to 21, have passed MCAS, but still eligible for special education with an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) because of significant functional disabilities, transition needs, etc.
  • Have academic and vocational interests aligned with FSU course offerings
  • Have expressed a desire to be independent
  • Have expressed interest in community social events

To Apply

If you are interested in applying to the Diverse Scholars Program at Framingham State University, please contact your high school's transition program to discuss eligibility. Applications are obtained and referrals to the Diverse Scholars Program are made through the prospective student's school district. 

Contact Information

For more information about the Diverse Scholars Program, contact: 

Alexandra Pielech
Diverse Scholars Program Coordinator
Framingham State University 
100 State Street
Framingham, MA 01701
508-215-5883
apielech [at] framingham.edu

LaDonna Bridges
Dean of Academic Success
Director, Center for Academic Success and Achievement
508-626-4906
lbridges [at] framingham.edu

Students in Residence Hall

Meet the Team

Allison Chisholm

Ally Chisholm

Academic Support Coordinator, Center for Academic Success (CASA)
Photo of Christopher Gregory

Christopher Gregory

Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Director of Academic Counseling

Colette Morin

Administrator, Center for Academic Success (CASA)
Alexandra Pielech

Alexandra Pielech

Diverse Scholars Program Coordinator, Center for Academic Success (CASA)