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2009-2010 Catalog 
2009-2010 Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Pre-College Programs

The following programs—with the exception of BASICS and BEAR CUBS—are part of the federal TRIO program, are funded by the U.S. Department of Education, and are housed on the Shawnee State campus. If you would like more information about any of the TRIO programs, please call the numbers below.


Shawnee BASICS, Basic Adult Skills in a College Setting, is designed to allow students to get a GED, learn to read, prepare for college, or enhance job skills. BASICS is free and is designed as a self-paced course of study.

Housed in the Advanced Technology Center, BASICS focuses on reading, writing, and arithmetic; however, it includes instruction in other areas as well. Classes in problem-solving, listening, self-esteem,  team work, time and personal management,and basic keyboarding skills enhance the marketability of the unemployed in Scioto County and the surrounding area.

Please call 740.351.3325 for further information about BASICS.

Talent Search

Shawnee State University’s Educational Talent Search program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and serves residents of Lawrence, Pike, and Scioto counties. The program provides services to students in grades 6-12 who want to pursue a college education.

Participants must meet certain guidelines, as established by the U.S. Department of Education.

Participants receive:

  • Educational Counseling: ACT test preparation workshops; information about specific colleges, universities, and other schools; assistance selecting, applying to, and enrolling in educational programs after high school; college life workshops; contacts with school representatives; and assistance selecting high school classes in preparation for college.
  • Career Counseling Services: Career exploration and planning, career interest testing and follow-up, goal setting.
  • Financial Aid Information and Assistance: Financial aid workshops for parents and students, information about grants, scholarships, college work programs, and student loans.
  • Assistance with Special Needs: Identification of support services for disabled students who may need additional help for college or vocational success (i.e., tutoring and counseling).

The Talent Search program is located on the ground floor of the Administration Building and is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Please call 740.351.3558 for further information.

Upward Bound

Shawnee State University’s Upward Bound program is funded through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education and serves students from several Scioto County high schools. The program focuses on students who are interested in attending college but who may need an extra ‘‘push’’ to turn that interest into reality. Upward Bound provides academic, social, recreational, cultural, and counseling services in order to generate the skills, motivation, and self-confidence necessary for success in college.

The primary goal of the program is to prepare students for college or technical education after high school. This is completed in two phases.

The first phase is the academic year component. During this time, Upward Bound develops college study skills and provides tutoring and counseling. Also, the program meets once a month for planned educational and exciting social activities that reward the students for their efforts.

The second phase is the summer component. During the summer, the students take part in a six-week, residential program on the campus of Shawnee State University. While living in campus housing, the students take interesting academic courses and enjoy fun social activities and educational travel experiences. The students have the opportunity to work, too. In other words, the student gets a taste of what college life is all about.

High school students are selected for the Shawnee State Upward Bound program if:

  • They show potential for academic success in college, but lack adequate skills, motivation, or self-confidence.
  • They are first generation college students, meaning that neither of their parents earned a bachelor’s (four-year) degree. Other students will be considered for the program, but the majority must be first-generation college students.
  • Their family income does not exceed the guidelines determined by the U.S. Department of Education. Other students will be considered for the program, but the majority must come from families whose income does not exceed the established guidelines.

For more information about the Upward Bound program, please contact our office, which is located in the Trio Center in the Administration Building. Our phone number is 740.351.3439.

Upward Bound Math Science Center

The Upward Bound Math Science Center (UBMSC) is designed to provide students in Appalachian Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia with an exciting learning experience in the math and science fields. The UBMSC at Shawnee State University provides academic, social, recreational, cultural, and counseling services in order to generate the skills, motivation, and self-confidence necessary for students to succeed in a university math or science program. The program is designed to expand the students’ math and science abilities and help prepare them for a math or science program at the university level.

During the summer, students are part of a six-week, residential program at Shawnee State University. While living on campus, students complete inquiry-based projects to make the connection between math and science and real world applications. They also take enrichment classes, are involved in social and recreational activities, and have the opportunity to travel to interesting places. Students get to know what college life is like through these different experiences.

During the academic year, professors and UBMSC staff mentor students via phone, newsletter, and Internet. Students are invited to submit project reports, creative writing pieces, and personal news, which may be included in a monthly newsletter or posted on the UBMSC web page. There are also opportunities for some students to participate in weekend activities throughout the year.

We recruit students from Appalachian Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia, who are not served currently by a UBMSC. Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled in grades 10 (sophomores) or 11 (juniors)
  • Meet Federal Income Guidelines and/or be potential first generation college students (neither parent has earned a 4-year degree)
  • Interest in a math or science career
  • Minimum 2.3 GPA

Note: Students with parents who have a two-year degree may apply to the program.

For more information, contact the UBMSC office at 740.351.3439 or toll free 1.877.SSU.UBMS (778.8267).