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As-U-R History

As-U-R was created under College STAR (Supporting Transition, Access, and Retention), a grant-funded project that supports the development of initiatives focused on helping postsecondary campuses become more welcoming to students with learning and attention differences.  As-U-R was founded at Appalachian with a $1.5 million grant that ended in December of 2017. 

Since then, As-U-R has received tremendous support from Appalachian's administration and has found its permanent home in the Student Learning Center. In the efforts to continue to provide our students with the most exceptional support, As-U-R holds an annual benefit each April to showcase our students talents, celebrate our graduating class, and reconnect with our alumni. This event is open to parents, family, friends, guardians, and our campus partners and is a great opportunity to see the impact of our program in our students' lives.

We are so appreciative of all of the support that we receive from our donors. Thank you and we look forward to the continued growth and success of As-U-R on Appalachian's campus.

Student Testimonials 

“After five years in this program, As-U-R has taught me a lot of life skills and has helped me grow into a successful person who is going to succeed in the post-college life. As-U-R helped push me through”

-Dylan, Class of 2019, Import Operator for Epes Logistics

“As-U-R has helped me grow as a student and expand my character. Being a part of the As-U-R family allows you to connect with people who will be lifelong friends. It is a family environment and all about developing students into young responsible adults and prepare us for our future.”

-Shabazz, Class of 2019, NBA Draft Prospect

"As-U-R helped me cultivate the skills I needed to succeed in school and everyday life. Since entering As-U-R, I have discovered strength and confidence I never knew I possessed. Through emotional and academic support, As-U-R always got me to the finish line."

-Allison, Class of 2018, Youth Care Worker in the Psychiatric Residential Treatment Center at Grandfather Home for Children


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