Office of Academic Assistance
Students may contact the academic assistance coordinator for assistance in further developing their academic skills. This includes such areas as study skills, note-taking skills, time management, test-taking skills, and other skills that help students succeed academically. Study skills videos that help improve reading, writing, and math are available. The class-tutoring program is funded by and coordinated through this office. The coordinator will help a student engage an individual tutor, if one is available, but payment is the responsibility of the student.
The Office of Testing Services administers the CLEP and proctors tests for correspondence courses for on-campus students. For general information, fees, or to schedule an appointment, call 479-524-7464.
Student Support Services
Student Support Services (SSS) is a Federal grant-funded TRIO program designed to promote retention and graduation for on-campus undergraduate students through intensive academic support. Students who have disabilities, who are first-generation college students, or who meet federal income guidelines are qualified for participation in SSS. Services include instruction in a variety of study skills, group and individual tutoring, academic counseling, cultural events, academic workshops, and referrals to other campus services. Scholarship funds are also available to qualified students. In order to qualify for a scholarship, a student must be an active participant in SSS, have less than 60 credit hours accumulated at the end of fall semester of the year applying, be receiving a Pell Grant for the current school year, and meet program-set GPA requirements.
Office of Disability Services
It is the goal of John Brown University that all enrolled students be given equal opportunity to succeed in their quest for a higher education that is based upon our “Christ Over All” philosophy and that integrates the educational principles of “Head, Heart, and Hand.” In accordance with the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008, John Brown University is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to students who are disabled. The coordinator of disability services works with students and instructors to arrange appropriate assistance in learning and physical access. Students having documented disabilities are encouraged to contact Jarrod Heathcote, Coordinator, at (479) 524-7464, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or stop by the Office of Disability Services located in the Learning Resource Center (LRC), Room 150.
International Programs Department
The International Programs Department (IPD) serves the needs of international students including F-1 Visa students, Walton scholars, Missionary Kids (MK’s), and Third Culture Kids (TCK’s). International Programs Department directs and supports international educational opportunities through studies programs and missions opportunities. They also sponsor regular on-campus social and cultural activities are sponsored to promote intercultural awareness and understanding among the entire JBU community.
The International Programs Department of John Brown University supports students, faculty, and staff who benefit from and contribute to the Christ-centered intercultural environment of JBU.
United States Student and Exchange Visitor Program
IPD represents the Department of Homeland Security through Immigrations and Customs Enforcement on behalf of international students who have been accepted by John Brown University. IPD issues an I-20 to international students so they can obtain and maintain the proper F-1 immigration status.
Walton International Scholarship Programs
The Walton International Scholarship Program (WISP) awards scholarships to 60 students from Central America and Mexico. IPD attentively seeks to support growth and long-term success for its WISP scholars. IPD also ensures the return of WISP students to their home countries to satisfy the scholarship requirements and to benefit their home countries to satisfy the scholarship requirements and to benefit their home countries.
IPD administers our Semester and Summer Irish Studies Program as well as a variety of JBU international summer studies programs and mission teams. IPD also links students with international and domestic studies opportunities offered through the Council of Christian Colleges & Universities and other JBU approved programs.
Walton International Scholarship Program
Education of young people shapes a nation. Soviet leaders recognized this fact and during the mid-20th century recruited many promising young scholars from third-world nations to receive free education in universities of the Eastern Bloc. The offer was eagerly accepted, and the result was that these formally educated students-their thinking now shaped by ideals of Marxism, socialism, and atheism-returned to their homelands to rise to positions of political and economic leadership.
American entrepreneur Sam Walton decried this pattern and took it upon himself to provide an alternative for these bright individuals: Come to the United States for training in economic freedom, individual responsibility, and faith. To accomplish this goal, he established programs at John Brown University and two other private liberal arts colleges in Arkansas, by which are provided 60 annual scholarships at each school for students from Central America and Mexico. Funded independently of all other university aid programs, Walton grants cover tuition, room and board, and other associated expenses. One stipulation of the scholarship agreement is that upon completion of their training, all recipients must return to their home countries for a period of time equal to that of their studies in the U.S.
Over 1,200 students from Central America and Mexico have received the scholarship, and a very high percentage have completed bachelor’s degrees and returned home, where the value of an American education is unmistakable. John Brown University’s graduates of the Walton Scholarship Program have attained noteworthy positions in business, engineering, politics, computer science, journalism, education, and ministry. Mr. Walton’s dream is being fulfilled.