Our Mission Statement
The Center for Student Academic Success provides programs designed to increase student retention by providing a range of resources and support to students, faculty, and staff that will enhance student success. The University philosophy on providing academic support is geared towards helping students to transition to personally responsible adults who are empowered to pursue motivation and accountability for their own academic and personal success.
Our Vision Statement
The Center for Student Academic Success strives to serve as a leader in exemplary academic support programming and initiatives through inclusive and affirming practices that will position all students on a path to lifelong learning and success.
CSAS encourages prospective students to examine their options before making final decisions about where to go to school. Our professional staff are available to meet with prospective students who may be interested in learning about our services, meeting our staff, touring our offices and discussing the types of academic support resources available at TU.
CSAS covers a range of topics for free to help students improve performance, both in Academic Success Coaching and at Academic Success Workshops. While students developed many of these skills during high school, CSAS can help them adapt and improve performance to succeed in college courses.
Academic Success Coaching
Several hundred student utilize Academic Success Coaching every semester. Academic Success Coaching is open to all students and involves academic mentoring and support to help students improve. Our Academic Success Coaches work one-on-one with students to provide accountability for coursework and partner with students to create individualized academic success plans as they pursue their academic goals.
Tutoring is one of the services we provide to ensure students understand the content of courses. The tutoring program at TU is designed to give students confidence and skills necessary to succeed in course work.
Academic Success Workshops
Academic Success Workshops are weekly group workshops open to all students. Workshop Leaders facilitate discussion and activities related to improving academic performance and skills. The workshop calendar is available on our website.
The CSAS offers a comprehensive range of services and accommodations for students with disabilities. Our goal is to provide services that maximize students’ independence and ability to fully participate in the TU curriculum. CSAS staff work closely with students who have a diagnosed disability to receive accommodations that will provide access to all educational opportunities. Prospective and newly admitted students are encouraged to contact us to discuss their individual needs.
Early Alert Success Programming
CSAS works with faculty and advising professionals to proactively identify students who may need assistance and support. Students can be referred based on a variety of factors such as making a low grade on an exam, missing class, or getting behind on assignments. CSAS actively reaches out to these students individually to help them get back on track before problems increase. CSAS can connect students to resources early and provide ongoing support as they work on academic goals.
Social Opportunities Program
The Social Opportunities Program aims to assist students with disabilities in achieving academic, educational, and social success through intentional and collaborative opportunities for support and skill development.
Faculty and Staff Consultation and Programming
CSAS professional staff provide consultations and programming for faculty and staff about the ADA, universal design, and inclusive practices in education.
CSAS aims to help students develop self-advocacy skills that will serve them throughout life. We believe this is acquired through support and encouragement promoting autonomy and lifelong learning.
To achieve this desired end, CSAS promotes specific learning objectives for students. Through their work with CSAS, students will be empowered to:
- Demonstrate academic progress with an end goal of achieving good academic standing (2.0 or higher).
- Create and evaluate their own success plans for self-monitoring of academic progress and making academic achievement a priority.
- Understand their personal academic strengths and challenges.
- Learn and engage in positive, responsible academic behaviors and skills.
- Develop strategies for self-advocacy as well as coping with adversity.
- Exhibit an understanding of personal goals and values, as well as how to think critically and make decisions based on these.
Sub-goals of these learning outcomes include the following:
- Show proficiency in individual coursework.
- Learn about and commit to the highest standards of ethical behavior and integrity.
- Learn new study strategies and improve study skills.
- Enhance test preparation techniques.
- Learn about and commit to the highest levels of personal responsibility and accountability.
- Learn about and improve time management skills.
- Learn about and build assertive communication skills.
- Understand the value of inclusion in academic and professional life.
- Demonstrate honesty.
- Advocate for themselves and learn strategies for interacting with instructors.
- Exhibit an understanding of personal goals and values, as well as an ability to identify congruence or dissonance with behavior.
- Strive for self-improvement and growth.
- Respect boundaries and interact positively and productively with others.
- Think critically about decision-making and seek to make decisions that contribute positively to themselves and others.
- Pursue health and wellness.