Beyond Access FAQs

Application

When is the deadline to apply to BA?

BA is an open-enrollment program; students are accepted on a rolling-basis. However, mid-semester enrollment and scheduling may be limited due to availability of students and available strategy instructors. Early semester enrollment is encouraged, when semester planning and strategy implementation can be maximized.

When do you encourage students to apply?

After submitting an admissions deposit to UConn—before the start of the semester or by the third week of the classes. Students are encouraged to enroll during the summer and winter breaks.BA meetings begin the first week of the semester and continue until the last week of the term.

Can students apply early to BA?

Students should submit their BA application after receiving acceptance to the UConn.

Do students need to submit a new application each semester or year?

Throughout their academic career at UConn, students participating in BA need only to submit an application once.  Those who are out of the program for one academic year, or longer, update their application by responding to follow-up questions. A new signed participation agreement and refund policy form are required of all students before attending their first semester meeting.

Admission & Enrollment

Will enrollment in BA affect acceptance to the university?

No, semester enrollment in BA is contingent upon acceptance to a university program.

Can BA help increase my chance of acceptance to UConn?

No, prospective participants must receive acceptance to a university program before applying to BA.

Can high school students use BA? Is it only for UConn Students?

High school students cannot use BA. Participation in BA is open to students attending the University of Connecticut on a part-time or full time basis. Commuter/Residential, non-matriculated students taking two or more UConn classes are included on a case-by-case basis. 

What type of students are you looking for (to join the program)?

BA is open to all students. Strategy instruction is most effective for students who are open to learning and exploring strategies, and engage in open communication with their strategy instructor. For progress in reaching their goals, students must practice skills and attempt related tasks outside of meetings, and provide feedback- share concerns or challenges.

How do students get accepted into BA?

Students must complete a general application form; an electronic form is provided on the BA webpage and printed forms are available at the Center for Students with Disabilities. After receiving applications, the BA Coordinator will contact students via email to receive additional information. The BA participation agreement and refund policy forms are required to finalize enrollment in the program.

What criteria are there?

Apart from the general application process, there are no additional criteria for participation.

How many students are in the program?

Semester enrollment varies from fall to spring and across UConn branches. Generally, enrollment is highest during the fall semesters. About 50 students enrolled in BA for the fall 2019 semester.

Is there a waiting list?

We currently do not have a waiting list. Based on patterns of enrollment, we obtain instructional support to meet the scheduling needs of enrolled students.

At a certain time, will space run-out for students to participate?

We monitor enrollment trends and have sufficient coverage to accept students at various points in the semester. Should an unexpected volume of participants occur, an enrollment cap warning will be posted on the CSD and BA web pages.

How do I choose which track to participate in?

Think about your level of needs and strengths. If you have challenges with executive functioning and/or attention, consider meeting 2-3x weekly.  If you need assistance with reading, writing, or studying/test-prep, consider scheduling extended-time (1 hour+) meetings. Meeting lengths vary including 30-minute, 45-minute, 1-hour, and 1-hour + sessions. Students are open to modify track enrollment within the first 4 weeks of participation.  As part of the application process, students will need to inform the BA Coordinator of their preferred meeting track—Track I (1-hour weekly), Track II (2 hours), and Track III (3 hours).

What happens if I want to change my BA Track after I have started?

You can change your BA Track at any point during the semester. *For partial refund, a request to reduce weekly hours must take place within the first 4 weeks of the semester.  Increase to weekly hours can happen at any point during the semester. Please notify the BA Coordinator and your assigned strategy instructor to reduce or increase weekly meeting hours.

What happens if I leave BA, can I come back?

Students’ needs change from semester-to-semester. You have the option to re-enroll in BA with each new semester. While some students stay in BA for their entire academic career, others participate for one semester or year; and some leave, returning to the program in a future semester or deciding not to come back.

How do I continue in BA for the next semester?

Send an email notification to the BA coordinator, including your strategy instructor, to communicate return for the upcoming semester. Please indicate which BA Track you will enroll in and complete a new fall/spring participation agreement and refund policy form online. Before the start of the semester (**by the 3rd week of August/ 2nd week of January**), provide your strategy instructor with preferred meeting days/times for scheduling. They will follow-up to confirm your first appointment.

My son/daughter is participating in a pre-college program at UConn, can they participate in BA while they are on-campus?

Incoming UConn students are welcome to participate in BA during their participation in a summer program. Please keep in mind that many summer programs have full schedules that may limit students’ availability to attend BA sessions during office hours (8AM-5PM). Those interested in summer BA should contact the BA coordinator in early spring.

My son/daughter has _____ disability; can a strategy instructor work with them? Is BA intended for students with a specific disability?

Strategy Instructors are trained to work with students with a variety of different learning styles. Many students in BA have more than one disability.

Scheduling

How do I know who I’m working with and when we will start? How are meeting days/times determined?

During the enrollment process, students are asked questions used to pair them with a strategy instructor. New students will receive an email introduction/notification of their assigned strategy instructor before the start of the semester. In early communication about participation in BA, students are asked to indicate preferred meeting days/times, which strategy instructors use to arrange weekly meeting schedules.  Strategy instructors notify students of meeting schedules via email (UConn outlook/Gmail accounts).

Is BA offered over the summer?

With advance notice, strategy instruction can be arranged for students enrolled in a UConn program or classes.

Payment

How do we pay for BA?

BA fees are applied to students’ university accounts. Payment can be made electronically through the Student Administration system, by mail, or in-person at Bursar’s office.

How soon after we apply does the fee go on our bill?

For students who have completed documentation (application, participation agreement, and refund policy), BA fees charges will be applied to fee bills as soon as possible. It can take 2-4 business days to process charges to reflect on bursar fee bills.

How do I know if we’ve been charged already?

Through Bursar email communications, students are notified of new/remaining balances on their fee bill. By logging into the student administration (https://studentadmin.uconn.edu/) or contacting the bursar office, students can check their fee bill charges.

Strategy Instructors

My son/daughter has ____ disability; can a strategy instructor work with them? Is BA intended for students with a specific disability?

Strategy Instructors are trained to work with students from various backgrounds. Many students in BA have more than one disability.

What type of training/educational background do SI’s have?

Strategy Instructors have varying educational backgrounds. Instructors include full time staff members and current students enrolled in a master’s or doctorate program.  Common educational backgrounds include School Psychology/Counseling, Social Work, and Higher Education & Student Affairs.  Strategy Instructors receive ongoing supervision and training opportunities; these include bi-annual training weeks and ongoing semester workshops.

Do SI’s have access to syllabi and HuskyCT?

If students provide a copy of them, syllabi can be accessed by Strategy Instructors. Strategy instructors do not have access to students’ HuskyCT unless students log-in during their meetings.

Do SI’s have access to grades?

Strategy Instructors do not have access to students’ grade during the semester, unless students provide such information.

Programming/Other

Is BA tutoring?

BA is not a tutoring service; but can be used to connect students with a tutor and other resources on-campus. Certain major programs offer tutoring opportunities for pre-determined courses. Students are encouraged to use campus resources including the writing center (https://writingcenter.uconn.edu/), the quantitative center (https://qcenter.uconn.edu/), language tutoring (https://languages.uconn.edu/), and supplemental instruction sessions (https://achieve.uconn.edu/si/). Some major departments offer tutoring services e.g. UConn Engineering tutoring center (https://undergrad.engr.uconn.edu/advising/tutoring/tutoring-schedule-2), which students should utilize as needed. Strategy Instructors help students navigate and connect with campus resources. Should an instructor have specialized training in an area related to a student’s class or major, they can incorporate supplemental review of course material with focus on learning strategies. Students are encouraged to advocate for their needs through open communication and utilization of resources including their instructor(s), major department, and tutoring centers.

Is there a social component to BA?

The CSD offers a support group and mentoring program (REACHing Peers https://csd.uconn.edu/reaching-peers/ ) to students seeking additional socialization and opportunities to connect with peers. Those opportunities are open to any student regardless of involvement in other CSD programs or services. Students enrolled in BA can focus on development of socialization skills through their one-on-one strategy instruction. As UConn Huskies, students have ongoing opportunities to connect with their peers. While socialization can be challenging, students are encouraged to work with their Strategy Instructor for support  (addressing concerns, challenges, and barriers in effort to) building campus connections and engagement.

Is BA a type of Therapy?

BA is not a counseling or therapy service. Students experiencing mental challenges are encouraged to connect with campus mental health services (https://counseling.uconn.edu/); some students receive referrals to other community providers (https://counseling.uconn.edu/referral-services/). Regional campus students can contact the clinical case manager at their campus Mental Health Resource Center for help connecting with mental health resources.  Strategy instructors can introduce anxiety management and stress reduction strategies to students experiencing difficulty in identifying or using effective coping mechanisms.