Although Dr. Dorothy Muller is retiring after 40 years, she talks about assisting students and faculty with the same level of enthusiasm you suspect she brought to her arrival on campus in 1977.

It was a younger, pregnant new Ph.D. who arrived in Greenville with her husband in 1976. She made ECU one of her first stops and began her career with the university as a part-time adjunct professor of reading. The following year, she was on the faculty full-time--sharing her expertise on reading in content areas, a specialty which she now acknowledges as a pre-cursor to the concepts of Universal Design for Learning which she would champion through College STAR.

Muller worked directly with students until 2006, ultimately becoming Dean of the Office of Undergraduate Studies whose mission was to support distinctive education and to provide academic support services to assist students in obtaining the best education ECU had to offer. read more

College STAR News

  • 8 is Great—And Works!

    Time management is a struggle for everyone but but it can be especially challenging for students with learning differences who are adapting to a new, unstructured life in college. 

  • Tiered Feedback Serves Faculty And Students

    It started out as a personal time management strategy, but now Dr. Lindsay Masland is teaching others a tiered feedback system she is using in courses designed with Universal Design for Learning principles.

  • As-U-R Helps Student Find Her Passion

    It’s all coming together for Appalachian State student Catherine Gillespie and she gives the As-U-R program a lot of the credit. When Catherine transferred to Appalachian State from Virginia Wesleyan College, she brought with her some paperwork for the Office of Disability Services.   Thanks to the linkages among various departments in Boone, she then found a home at As-U-R where she has been learning how to deal with her executive functioning challenges.  

  • Advocacy Is The Key For Freshman Zoe Smith

    For Zoe Smith, a sophomore in the As-U-R program at Appalachian State, it is all about being an advocate.  First she learned to advocate for herself as a middle school student with a learning difference.   At East Chapel Hill High School, she stared a support group for students with learning disabilities.   Now she’s a participant and advocate for the College STAR program at Appalachian State.

  • New Network Director to share the UDL Story

    Ruben Watson brings both passion and experience in supporting students to his new role as Network Director for the College STAR program.   Ruben joined the College STAR team in July after four years as program director of the Michigan State University College Advising Corps.

  • Tiered Feedback - Faculty Learning Communities

    Faculty Learning Communities have been a staple of the College STAR program since its inception.  The 2016-2017 year, however, will feature the debut of the first multi-campus virtual faculty learning community.

  • Nurses Offered Multiple Ways to Demonstrate Leadership Skills

                      Dr. Jan Tillman is very aware that the advanced practice nurses in her leadership course are a heterogeneous group.    They are older than the traditional East Carolina University student and bring years of clinical experience to the table.   They are practicing nurses, moms, dads, veterans and have varied ethnic backgrounds.    So she knew from the start that they would also bring a wide variety of learning styles to the table. 

  • ReDesign Workshop Practices What it Preaches

       The spring Course (Re)Design Institute at Appalachian State was deliberately structured to model the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) practices that are at the core of the workshop.   Lead instructor Tracy W. Smith, a professor in the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, created a hybrid learning experience with flexible timelines designed to maximize face-to-face time and support each participant.

  • FSU Librarian Champions Bronco Star Program

    Access services librarian Velappan Velappan was an early champion of the Bronco Star program at Fayetteville State University. He saw immediately how he could assist Bronco Star students, and he welcomed the opportunity to join a Faculty Learning Community on Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

  • As-U-R Benefits Raises Funds and Celebrates Success

    As-U-R students were the star attraction at the First Annual As-U-R Benefit.   Held April 29 at the Turchin Center for the Visual Arts, the event gave parents and other boosters the chance to learn more about As-U-R and hear firsthand from student participants.