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Faculty Resources

Course Reserves
Test Proctoring/ Make-Up Testing/ADA Testing
Mobile Lab Requests
Academic Alerts/Kudos
Supplemental Instruction
Syllabi Statements
Office Hours
Tutor Training 



Course Reserves

Instructors may select to have certain items placed on reserve in the library for their students to be able to access and use.  Contact: for assistance with this service. 

Test Proctoring/ Make-Up Testing/ADA Testing

Academic Resource Centers staff can provide Accuplacer placement testing, proctoring/make-up testing, and ADA testing services for class placement, meeting ADA accommodations or in the case of a faculty emergency, professional development obligations, or serious illness. The Testing Request Form must be submitted at least 72 hours (3 work days) in advance. Testing is generally available during the normal hours of operation. When proctoring is unavailable, other options include:
Testing through Brightspace D2L

  • Student scheduled, individual appointments, made through the ASC
  • Change to class schedule
  • Colleague reciprocity

Mobile Lab Requests

Limited mobile labs equipped with Chromebooks are available upon request.  When mobile labs are not available, on site computer labs may be an option. Please complete the Lab Request Form to inquire and/or make a reservation.

Academic Alerts/Kudos

The Academic Alert System is a proactive communication tool that allows instructors to voluntarily alert students regarding their progress. Alerts can be issued when an instructor wants to offer praise, encouragement, or has concerns about a student’s performance.  Academic alerts of concern allow appropriate supports to be identified and implemented early, while "kudos" provide positive reinforcement and motivation.

Alerts of either kind generate an email message to the student, the student's advisor and the Director of Learning Services.  When a student receives an alert, he/she is advised to, first, connect with the instructor and then connect with the Academic Support Center (ASC) if appropriate.

How To Submit an Academic Alert

  1. Log on to the portal system where you access your email.   
  2. Click on Alerts/Kudos   
  3. Select the course of the student for whom you are submitting an alert.  
  4. Enter in the CRN number.  
  5. Select the student's name.   
  6. Put a check next to the alert option that best describes the issue you are having with that student.  
  7. Hit SUBMIT.  


We offer in-class workshops that address students’ academic needs. Our presentations are intended to supplement the content expertise of our faculty. Some presentation examples are listed below. We are also happy to work with individual instructors to create presentations that complement particular course needs. Please schedule presentations at least one week in advance. Presentations are available between the hours of 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Monday – Friday, unless special arrangements are made with the workshop leader. Instructor’s presence is preferred.

Academic Resource Centers Services
This workshop will provide information on the Academic Support and Library services available.  Students will learn what resources and services are available through and how to access them. Contact: or

Tutorial Services
This workshop will provide information on the Academic Support Center tutorial services.  Students will learn what they can expect from a tutoring session, what they should bring to a session, when they should see a tutor and how to make the most of their tutoring experience.  Contact Email:

Test Taking Strategies
In this workshop, students will learn test-taking strategies and how to deal with test anxiety.  The workshop will give students a starting point for approaching testing situations. Contact:

Note-Taking Strategies
Students will learn different types of note-taking strategies including the outline, visual, and Cornell methods.  Tips on how to deal with key words and vocabulary are also highlighted. Contact:

Researching Using Databases
This workshop will help students get started in using databases in their research.  Students will learn how to access, refine, and use filter options to conduct a fruitful research. Contact:

Study-Strategies for Effective Learning
This workshop will prepare student to employ study techniques to assist them in mastering the material they are learning.  Active versus passive reading will be examined as well as the pitfall of procrastination.  Contact:

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI), created at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, is an academic assistance program that utilizes peer-assisted study sessions. 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, take notes, and act as model students. SI sessions are regularly scheduled, informal review sessions in which students compare notes, discuss readings, develop organizational tools, and predict test items.

SI is a free service offered to all students in a targeted course. SI is a nonremedial approach to learning as the program targets high-risk courses rather than high-risk students. All students are encouraged to attend SI sessions, as it is a voluntary program. Students with varying levels of academic preparedness and diverse ethnicities participate. Staff will work with individual faculty members to develop an SI option designed to work with specific courses and particular teaching styles. Contact: for assistance to set up supplemental instruction.

Syllabi Statements

As a matter of success and retention, faculty are encouraged to use one or more of the following (or comparable) syllabi statements to ensure students are informed regarding opportunities for support:

Academic Resource Centers
All three West Virginia Northern Community College campuses provide student support through the Academic Resource Centers (ARC) which consists of the Academic Support Center (ASC) and the Learning Resource Center (LRC/Library). The centers located on each campus are staffed by professionals and paraprofessionals who provide academic and personal skill development opportunities. The centers provide students with the following:

  • individual and interactive academic spaces
  • programs that enhance academic success
  • research assistance
  • guidance in using their student portal and D2L system
  • tutoring support, including an online tutoring option
  • ADA accommodation support and services
  • mentor student through the FYS class, intended to connect students to the college community
  • provide counseling and mental health referrals
  • offer individualized placement testing, including test practice
  • learning strategies instruction
  • academic coaching
  • study groups and study partners
  • professionals who provide individualized support to students.

ADA Syllabi Statement
As required by the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, reasonable accommodations are provided to ensure equal opportunity for students with verified disabilities. Accessibility Counselors work with faculty, staff, and community agencies to arrange for reasonable and appropriate accommodations. If you are already registered with the ASC and have a letter verifying that you are a qualified student with a disability, please speak with us regarding your letter/accommodations as soon as possible.  We will work with you and the ASC to plan and implement reasonable accommodations.

Please Note:
Students who do not register with the ASC to have their disability verified are not eligible to receive any special accommodations.

If you have a disability that requires accommodation, contact:

Wheeling Campus

Weirton Campus

New Martinsville Campus

Office Hours

Faculty members are invited to schedule a few office hours each week in the ASC/Library to offer instructional support and/or advising assistance to students. Contact: or

Tutor Training 

We welcome faculty to provide professional development for our paraprofessional staff. Workshops and/or training activities can be scheduled at a mutually convenient time. These collaborations are a win-win for student success at Northern: support staff have an opportunity to acquire mandatory training hours and strengthen their skills, while faculty members enhance their FERC and merit applications. Contact: