The Center for Student Success (CSS) provides academic support programs that enable students to realize their potential as self-directed learners and future professionals. CSS comprehensive program empowers students to achieve their academic, personal, and spiritual goals via opportunities for enhance learning, interpersonal development, personal responsibility, and leadership. This array of programs and services offered by the CSS supports the overall mission of Oakwood University to transform students through biblically-based education for service to God and humanity.
CSS mission is to help students thrive at Oakwood University and beyond by providing academic and transitional support. Utilizing a holistic approach we develop services which empower students to take responsibility for their learning.
Academic AdvisingAcademic CoachingLearning ConsultationsStudent Empowerment Workshops/SeminarsAcademic InterventionFirst Year Experience & AdvisingTutoringMentoring Reading & Writing LabFaculty/Staff Consultation
Academic AdvisingThe goal of academic advising is to help each student follow an individualized path through the curriculum, allowing that student to meet his or her personal, professional, and academic goals.
Advisers also serve as a primary point of contact with the University. Students should always inform their Advisers if they are experiencing particular problems in class, suffering health issues that interfere with their studies, or are encountering other unforeseen events that pose a challenge to their academic success. Advisers work with their students to resolve the issues, often seeking assistance from administrators or partner offices, as necessary.
Beyond academics, Advisers also provide guidance on achieving personal and professional goals. They often advise students on pursuits outside of the classroom and help students coordinate their academic choices with emerging career goals.
Academic CoachingAcademic Coaching is a working partnership that focuses on the ‘process of learning.' Together the student is able to examine their learning styles, habits of working, and current difficulties or barriers to success. Then together this team (coach and student) works to create and put in place more effective strategies than are the norm. The aim is to heighten awareness of what it takes to achieve academic success and anchor this with new strategies, a supportive relationship, and personal accountability.
Learning ConsultationsLearning Consultations is a service provided to assist students with better understanding of their academic learning profile. Services are designed to help the student develop the study skills necessary to meet the demands of college level learning. During these consultations the student has the opportunity to assess their study skills, understand their individual learning style, and learn new strategies that will make them a more effective learner at the college level.
Student Empowerment Workshops and SeminarsStudent Empowerment workshops and seminars are multi-media presentations on academic and non- academic topics that assist students in their education and career endeavors.
Topics include but not limited to:Time ManagementLearning StylesStudy Skills StrategiesFinancial LiteracyGoal SettingTest PreparationStress Management
Academic InterventionMany students experience some form of academic difficulty during their college career. Some students may simply struggle through a class or two or maybe through a single term. For others, academic difficulty may be more severe and/or long lasting. Whatever the situation, the Academic Intervention Program’s mission is to help students overcome the difficulties they have been experiencing and place them back on the path to fulfilling their educational goals.
PASSport Program – The PASSport retention initiative was created as a need to retain students who are in academic jeopardy or who would have been previously suspended. Its focus is to reconnect the student to the school and to educate them academically, spiritually and emotionally. The objective of this program is to provide strategies that provide student success.
First Year Experience & Advising FYEA provides programs and services that support students’ academic success and personal adjustment to university life.
TutoringTutoring is offered for a variety of subjects to all enrolled students. Depending on the course, we offer in-person and small group.
PASS – Peer Assisted Study Groups The PASS program offers small group peer-led study sessions for multiple courses each semester. The sessions are led by students who have exceled in the course previously and been selected and trained for the position. The PASS leader offers several study sessions weekly, permitting currently enrolled students to review content, ask questions, discuss issues, and employ effective studying strategies.
Peer MentoringPeer mentoring provides a student-to-student connection and resources for first-year students in the classroom. Peer mentors wear many hats as they assist first-year students in their transition from high school to college. These include being a role model of a successful student, a coach for academic skills, a tutor for course content, and a resource for campus information.
Reading & Writing LabThe Writing Lab assists students with all levels of writing. Students receive tutoring from peers who provide direction at every stage of the writing process, including beginning a paper, writing a thesis, organizing ideas, using APA style or simply getting feedback from a second pair of eyes.
The Reading Lab is designed to improved students comprehension, vocabulary, and study skills through individualized and computer assisted instruction.
Faculty & Staff ConsultationConsultation is available for faculty and staff who may have specific questions or concerns about a student or need information about how to intervene with an individual. CSS aims to collaborate with all parties invested in students’ academic success.
Dean of Student Success, Helen Fischle, M.S.W.email@example.com
Contact Center for Student Success7000 Adventist Blvd. NWHuntsville, AL 35896
Phone: (256) 726-8259Fax: (256) 726-7522
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