Demand 5: Academic Support

via community letter, Nov. 11, 2015:  RESOLVED Fall, 2018

"Due to the historic and current systematic socioeconomic oppression of Black persons in America, we demand that Emory University institutionalize an academic support system for Black students. The history of limited educational attainment for Black students in America leads to the conclusion that not all Black students are adequately prepared for the rigor of Emory University. This ill preparation is not due to lower intelligence than their other racial counterparts, however; it is due to the limited resources (e.g. inability to afford private tutors, having to use outdated textbooks in their public schools, etc.) that most Black students have had to use when attaining their primary and secondary education. Therefore, we demand an institutionalized academic support hub for Black students to have access to and to receive tutoring, specialized study skills, and career mentoring. Emory University has not created a program in place to aid Black students who are unprepared for the academic rigor of Emory's preprofessional academic track. In regards to the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields, The Center for Science Education along with the Hughes Undergraduate Excelling in Science (HUES) program will be shut down in December. The Multicultural Outreach and Resources at Emory (MORE) program has a limit on how many students can participate to receive the academic support and social mentorship of its program due to lack of funding allocated to OMPS. Therefore, we demand increased funding for the MORE program for Fall of 2016."

  • Office for Undergraduate Education (OUE) now requires academic support programs to provide reports on the demographics of their participants and mentors. 
  • Outreach initiatives were developed in certain programs that serve underserved groups, based on review of data. 
  • A common template was developed for reports by OUE to allow for aggregation of information across academic programs. 
  • STEM Pathways program was developed to serve under-represented and first-generation college students interested in STEM fields. Program includes a weeklong pre-orientation program, linked introductory courses in biology and chemistry, and PACE courses for STEM Pathways students. 
  • Rescheduling plan for classes was established for about 50 departments & programs and 2000 class sections.  
  • Advisor was assigned as graduation specialist, working with students who are struggling to make progress to graduation. 

Updated: July 2020