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Jones Learning Center

Jones Learning Center

The Jones Learning Center is a comprehensive support program for students who learn differently.

The Jones Learning Center (JLC) is designed to serve students with documented learning disabilities, Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), or Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) with average or above average intellectual abilities.

The JLC is a comprehensive fee-based program designed to offer academic support to students who are intellectually capable of obtaining a college degree, but who also need support to accommodate for learning challenges caused by specific learning disabilities, AD/HD, or ASD. 


A one-of-a-kind set of tools with two tracks.

The JLC offers two tracks of support. The comprehensive program provides a daily 30-minute appointment with an Academic Program Coordinator who functions as a coordinator of services and academic coach.  These sessions help students to plan and organize their time and tasks. Students and coordinators talk about each class, the assignments of each, and how to begin/continue/reach out for support. The coordinator also helps the student to make the most of the peer tutoring time, discusses the class notes (provided), and assists in coordinating any additional services needed. 

The JLC also offers individual assistance through two full-time writing specialists.  Students can sign up for time to work with the writing specialists for individual support on papers or any type of writing assignment.  They can help with any part of the writing process: brainstorming a topic, structuring research, outlining, etc.  Our students receive testing accommodations such as 1-to-1 testing where a staff member can read/take dictation for the student or they can just receive accommodations, such as extended exam in a quiet room by themselves. The peer tutoring through the JLC is 1-1 and subject specific. In addition, we offer very small group study/lab sessions taught by our full-time staff members, and have an evening peer writing assistant who provides individual support.

The Track 2 program is designed for students who want to design their own level of support. The baseline includes a twice a week appointment with an Academic Program Coordinator, provided class notes, access to two professional writing specialists, and testing accommodations (monitored with extended time in a private room). From there, students can choose subject specific tutoring add-on services for an additional fee if they are needed.

In addition, the JLC offers social thinking, independent living skills, and workforce readiness support for individuals with ASD through the services of our Autism Specialist.


University of the Ozarks has been ranked as one of the “50 Best Disability Friendly Colleges and Universities” in the country by the online publication College Choice.

According to College Choice, the rankings “highlight universities that have strong programming and solid support services for students with needs including, but not limited to, learning disabilities, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD), autism spectrum disorder (ASD), visual and hearing impairment and those with physical needs that require special access, accommodations, service animals and/or alternative transportation.”

The publication praised Ozarks’ Jones Learning Center, which was established in 1971 as one of the first programs in the country to assist college students with learning disabilities, for having a comprehensive fee-based program that helps students with learning disabilities, AD/HD, and ASD.

The JLC is a unique environment of support, challenge, and acceptance. Our dedicated staff provides individualized support, yet encourages each student’s independence and personal growth. Academic support coordinators and program specialists work to provide customized academic and life coaching on a daily basis, and additional academic support is provided by regularly scheduled peer tutors. In order to help students with learning disabilities to truly live a full life, we are dedicated to reaching beyond the classroom to teach skills that will help graduates to obtain meaningful employment after graduation. These, and many more included services, are what makes the Jones Learning Center the best choice for many college students who learn differently.

Dody Pelts, JLC Director
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