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

  • ECU Chapter of Eye to Eye Mentoring Program Kicks off a New Year

    Late on Friday afternoons, the Project STEPP office is quieter than usual. Watching a group of students leave around 3:15, you might assume they’re rushing off to start the weekend early. However, for these ten Pirates, this mass exodus leads two blocks down the street to a community center where they’ll spend the next hour and a half elbow-deep in paint, glitter, glue, or construction paper while chatting with a child about topics including school, goals, families, sports, and most importantly, the challenges and triumphs of being a student with a learning disability and/or ADHD.

  • Technology and the Pirate Tutoring Center

    At ECU, tutors in the Pirate Tutoring Center (PTC) are utilizing new methods to deliver tutoring; the iPad and Tegrity, a desk top lecture capture recording system. In a recent article in EDUCAUSE Quarterly, Redfield and Larose describe an intelligent tutoring center as one that combines computer programs and face-to-face tutoring to better address the needs of all students desiring assistance. The vision for the PTC is to be a place where multiple educational resources are available and tutoring methods of delivery are a combination of online Tegrity recordings, iPad applications, bamboo tablets, and other innovative approaches to providing tutoring materials.

  • ECU Can Now Access Read and Write Gold

    Read and Write Gold, a literacy software solution, allows individuals to access any curriculum and complete reading, writing, and research assignments as well as take tests independently. Users can access digital content and have text read aloud with highlighting using natural sounding voices, which boosts reading comprehension and allows writers to listen to their written work. Faculty can provide instruction utilizing the principles of Universal Design for Learning (www.cast.org) that is vital to meeting the needs of diverse learners. Read and Write Gold is free to all faculty, students and staff at ECU through the ECU Download Center (https://download.ecu.edu, click on Classroom Tools). Consult the ECU Office for Faculty Excellence for the Read and Write Gold training schedule. Additional training sessions can be scheduled through the Office for Faculty Excellence.

  • Fall 2012 ECU Pirate Tutoring Center Lead Tutors Contribute to Student Success

    Pirate Tutoring Center Lead Tutors who are utilizing the Muhlenberg Learning Assistant model are making a positive impact on the academic success of the students they teach. A grand total of 440 students (n=702) sought tutorial services at least 3 or more times for Chemistry 1120. 95% of these students passed the class. This pass rate is 12.7% higher than the pass rate of other tutors who work with students 3 or more times a week. In Psychology 1000, all 20 students (n=100) who attended tutorial sessions passed Psychology 1000. This pass rate is 8% higher than the pass rate of other tutors who work with students 3 or more times per week. Congratulations, Brittany Satterwhite, Kelly Reburn, Cori Wright, Julianna Womble, Evan Arthur, Rachel Johnson, Michael Shea, Ruby Behairy, Clair Parker, and Jason Atkinson!

  • ASU As-U-R first complete applicant

    November 7, 2012: Appalachian State University's As-U-R will be interviewing their first complete applicant (a current student at ASU) for admission into the program next week!

  • ASU UDL-intensive Faculty Learning Community

    November 7, 2012: The call for applications for Appalachian State University's UDL-intensive Faculty Learning Community is going out to chairs and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd-year faculty members this week! <\p>

  • Building ECU Students: Think, Value, Communicate, Lead

    College STAR and the US Department of Education (Title III) are partnering to support faculty and the Office of Institutional Planning, Assessment and Research in designing and implementing an educational assessment tool to document and measure the student learning experience at ECU. This assessment tool, the TVCL (Think, Value, Communicate, Lead) Matrix, is a flexible solution for faculty to clearly articulate the expected skills and learning outcomes students achieve in their courses. Imbedded in the matrix are opportunities for faculty to utilize the principles of Universal Design for Learning. This effort is being led by faculty from College of Business, School of Communication, Department of Biology and College of Human Ecology. The first interactive workshop on introducing this matrix to faculty was hosted by Dr. Sharon Ballard, faculty in the College of Human Ecology. Nineteen faculty members attended this workshop. Faculty appreciated the interactive use of the “duplos” to begin the process of illustrating and applying this matrix to their instructional practices. Following this workshop, seven faculty members from the College of Human Ecology formed a Pirate CREW to evaluate the relevance and applicability of this matrix in their academic unit.

  • Project STEPP Challenge Course 2012

    When most students picture their first days of college, dangling from a 50-foot climbing tower or tightrope-walking across a suspended cable probably aren’t the images that come to mind. Yet for the students in Project STEPP’s 2012 cohort, activities like these were an integral component of their first week on campus.

    Project STEPP’s “Boot Camp” provides each incoming cohort with an intensive introduction to college life during the week before fall classes begin. Varieties of sessions connect students with key campus resources, improve their academic readiness, and facilitate social connections with members of their new support system at ECU.

  • College STAR at ASU has gone online!

    Check out our website: http://collegestar.appstate.edu/

  • ASU College STAR team announces new student support program

    Appalachian State University College STAR team announces new student support program, "As-U-R: Supporting Students with Executive Functioning Challenges." As-U-R, which is directed by Dr. Monica Lambert, is currently recruiting students from the ASU student body for its first cohort. The program will be piloted during the 2012-2013 year, with recruitment of prospective ASU students for the 2013-2014 cohort to begin early in 2013.