The most identifying characteristic of being in PALS is that students are not lost in the academic shuffle. With our follow-up system, PALS students at Limestone College are in no danger of "falling between the cracks." Our follow-up system is specifically designed to keep the professors, the PALS director, and the students informed of their progress toward a degree from Limestone College. If a student is not successful at Limestone College, it will not be because of being lost in the crowd.
In Fall 2004, PALS added life coaches for all new PALS students. The coaches meet face-to-face with the students, at least once a week, and touch base with them the other four days via either phone or email. These coaches assist the students in developing "systems" for getting to places on time, staying on track, doing assignments, etc. This coaching has really enhanced PALS overall success.
The purpose of PALS is to provide students with identified specific learning disabilities with opportunities to be successful and independent learners in an academic environment within three years after beginning PALS at Limestone College. It is the responsibility of each student to take advantage of the opportunities provided. The PALS program only works to the extent the student fully utilizes it.