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Learning Effectiveness Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Learning Effectiveness Program

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is the difference between LEP and DSP?

A: The Learning Effectiveness Program (LEP) and Disability Services Program (DSP) are two separate departments at the University of Denver. However, we work together very closely to ensure that all of our students' individual academic needs are met.

Many LEP students work with DSP to receive academic accommodations, but some may choose not to. DSP accommodations are available to all students with documented disabilities or medical issues at no cost, whether or not those students are members of LEP. 


Q: Do students in the LEP take a modified curriculum?

A: No. All University of Denver students must meet the same graduation requirements. The curriculum is not modified for students in LEP.

Q: How many students are enrolled in the LEP?

A: Each year, the LEP serves approximately 300 students. We have limited available space. Interested students are encouraged to apply and contract early.

Q: Do we disclose a student's participation in the LEP to faculty members?

A: No. It is up to the student as to whether or not they choose to disclose. We do however coach students about the most effective ways to communicate with faculty.

Q: Does the LEP staff routinely report student information directly to parents or other parties?

A: No. Our relationship is first and foremost with students. We do however recognize the importance of communication between the student, parent and/or other members of their support system. LEP academic counselors coach students on the best ways to effectively communicate, which we know is fundamental to the student's success.

Q: Are there circumstances when LEP staff may communicate directly with parents or other parties?

A: If there is a FERPA form signed by the student on file in the Registrar's Office, giving permission for information to be shared, we are able to speak with parents or other parties as specified by the student on the FERPA form.

Q: What is the cost of the LEP program?

A: The cost of LEP services (JETT Weekend, academic counseling, tutoring, executive functioning support related to time management and organization, and social events) is $1,350 per quarter, and is billed through the Bursar's Office. 

Q: Do LEP students participate in the Study Abroad program?

A: Yes. The majority of LEP students do experience a study abroad program. Some LEP students have experienced a tremendous shift in their world view and their view of themselves as learners through seeking out and finding programs that support their learning style.