UArizona Alumnus Gives $1M to Enhance Learning Support Services for Students

Wednesday, June 23, 2021
College of Agriculture and Life Sciences adviser Serena Valle helps students understand the diversity of career paths within the college's 21 majors

Students in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences will soon have access to additional and expanded services to support their academic success thanks to a $1 million gift from a University of Arizona alumnus.

With support from the gift, the college will partner with the UArizona Strategic Alternative Learning Techniques, or SALT, Center, to provide learning assistance services to students. The college also will hire an additional staff person to provide mental health services to students.

The partnership is the first of its kind at the university and makes it possible for a larger and broader population of students to benefit from the SALT Center's nationally recognized model of support for students who learn differently.

Students typically pay a fee to use the SALT Center's complete suite of services. Through the gift-supported partnership, all CALS students will have access to an embedded SALT Center learning coach, a tiered program of academic coaching and support, and expanded life management counseling at no cost. Additionally, all CALS academic advisers will receive ongoing SALT Center training to recognize students with learning challenges and connect them with additional support.

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Rosemary Brandt
Director, External Communications