CLASS Philosophy: Building independence and skills
CLASS illustrates its commitment to student success at Augsburg College by providing those academic services needed to accommodate individuals with learning, attentional, psychiatric or other cognitive-based disabilities, as well as students with physical disabilities and other health concerns including temporary disabilities. The foundation of CLASS, however, is deeply rooted in the promotion of student independence and the personal realization of one’s full potential. Augsburg students who are eligible to receive CLASS services, once admitted, will work one-on-one with a CLASS Disability Specialist. The Specialist will work to provide academic guidance and service-related assistance whenever appropriate. No additional or supplemental fee is required for CLASS services.
Disability Specialists provide:
- Determination of appropriate accommodations
- Individual support
- Instruction in learning strategies and compensatory techniques
- Help with time management and organizational skills
- Academic advising
- Housing assistance
Accommodations may include:
- Scanned exams
- Extended time exams
- Readers for exams
- Scribes for exams
- Notetakers in class
- Recorded or electronic textbooks
- Access to assistive technology (such as speech recognition software and screen reading software)
- Adaptive PE courses
- Sign language interpreters
Eligibility for CLASS Services
To establish your eligibility for these services, submit documentation that meets the requirements set out in our Guidelines for Documentation of Disability. Appropriate documentation for a cognitive-related disability usually includes a current psychological, psycho-educational or neuro-psychological evaluation. CLASS does not administer evaluations. If your high school has not done or will not do the necessary testing, you may wish to seek out an independent assessment. CLASS maintains a list of assessors in the Twin Cities but accepts documentation from any qualified assessor as long it meets our guidelines.
In some cases, we may ask for a treating clinician to complete and return the Verification of Disability form (.pdf document) as a supplement to other documentation. If you are unable to download them, these forms can be mailed or faxed to you or your clinician on request. If you have an Autism Spectrum Disorder, we ask that you fill out and return to us our PDD questionaire(.pdf file)
You do not need to wait until you have been accepted to the college before determining your eligibility for CLASS services. We will review documentation for any prospective student who has applied for admission to Augsburg. We will contact you about your eligibility once we have reviewed your documentation.
Important Note: The process of establishing your eligibility for CLASS support is unrelated to the process of admission to Augsburg College. No information you provide to CLASS will be passed on to the admissions committee. The Admissions office may provide us with your name and address if you ask them to do so, and may help you arrange a visit with us, but we do not participate directly or indirectly in admissions decisions.
Admission to Augsburg College
Students with disabilities are evaluated for admission to Augsburg College according to the same criteria and standards as other applicants. Once admitted to the college, students with disabilities complete the same General Education Core Curriculum and must meet the same essential course requirements (with or without reasonable academic accommodations) as students without disabilities. For information about General Education requirements, please visit the Registrar’s page. For information about major requirements, visit the Online Course Catalog.
You do not need to disclose your disability to Admissions, and disability is not taken into consideration in admission decisions. Any documentation of your disability should be sent directly to CLASS and not included with your application to the college. The CLASS mailing address is:
2211 Riverside Ave, CB#57
Minneapolis, MN 55454.
To contact Undergraduate Day-School Admissions, please call (612) 330-1001 or 1(800) 788-5678. You can also visit the Day Admissions website. For information about admission to other programs at Augsburg, follow the Admissions links from the Augsburg homepage.
The CLASS staff includes full-time professionals and numerous student workers. The Disability Specialists are professionals who have graduate degrees as well as experience in providing direct service to students with disabilities. They provide individualized academic support services for students with learning, attentional, psychiatric, or other cognitive disabilities, as well as physical and other health conditions.
The Accommodations Team coordinates testing accommodations, notetaking services, audio textbooks, requests for books through Learning Ally (formerly RFB&D), and maintains adaptive technology such as Kurzweil and other assistive software.
Other Information about CLASS and Disability Services
Know Your Rights and Responsibilities, Students with Disabilities Preparing for Postsecondary Education (from the Office for Civil Rights)