Having trouble at college? You might find the answers your looking for in the library in Room 106D.
That’s the location of the new Student Success Center that opened Thursday, April 7, which offers a variety of services and workshops to help them on their college journey. For example, the center offers tutoring, advising and life coaches to help with any problems that arise as students wade through their college years.
The Student Success Center was developed by the Department of Student Success and Academic Affairs and aided by the Athletics Department, which helped furnish money to pay for the life coach.
Laurie Carter, vice president of Student Success, said that even though the program was a collaborative effort between Student Success and Academic Affairs, the entire campus works together to help the Student Success Center work.
“EKU has made significant commitment to help students succeed,” Carter said.
Carter is credited with developing the idea of the Student Success Center. She said she was inspired to develop the program because she remembered what it was like to be a college student—and the difficulty associated with those years, as students are often sent from one office to another in search of help. Carter said she envisions the center as a “one-stop shop,” a place where students may have all their needs met. Additionally, Carter said the Student Success Center’s main goal is to help students succeed and help them in their quest to attain their goals and deal with the rigors that come along with it.
Carter said the center provides assistance to help first generation college students, using student and faculty tutors and advisors who can offer students guidance and support. The center also features a series of workshops, called the Chellgren Success Series, which help students with their study and test skills. The series is named after Paul and Deborah Chellgren, the Student Success Center’s donors. Carter added that the Student Success Center is almost completely funded by the Chellgrens and the money spent by the university toward the program came from her department alone. With the Chellgren’s gift, the center didn’t cost a lot to build, Carter said, adding that she’s grateful to the library for permitting them to use the space.
Even though Carter was the one who initiated the program, Lara Vance, associate director of the Student Success Center, is the one who primarily oversees the operations. Vance also works alongside Matt Schumacher, director of retention programs.
Vance said the Chellgren workshops will usually be scheduled during the evening hours, after the center has closed. The workshops, which as a bonus will offer free snacks, will tackle such subjects as helping students figure out which major is right for them, Vance said.
Vance said the tutors are mostly student gurus who are specifically assigned to the Student Success Center. The gurus don’t rotate between the other tutoring centers on campus, and they work with students to improve studying skills, time management skills and critical reading skills. She also said the center is working on providing financial aid workshops to help students with the FAFSA and other university forms. Furthermore, Vance said they are working with various groups such as freshman academy, first year courses and the college of education to make the Student Success Center successful.
“Lots of good collaboration so we can offer students a variety of workshops,” Vance said.
Because the Student Success Center just opened and is the very first of its kind at EKU, everything they do is a learning experience, Vance said. They are still researching how the center might evolve, examining data from other campus tutoring centers and listening to instructors and students to learn how they can better serve the student body, Vance said.
At this point, the Student Success Center plans to be open during the summer, making it available for summer school students and those going through orientation, Vance said. The specifics of the summer schedule are still being ironed out, Vance said.
During the spring and fall semester, the Student Success Center, located in Room 106D of the Crabbe Library, is scheduled to be open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information about the center or the Chellgren Success Series, visit studentsuccesscenter.eku.edu or contact Lara Vance at email@example.com.