New Academic Success Center Open for Students
The brand new, state-of-the-art Academic Success Center provides integrated student services in the Albert W. Brown Building.
Fostering academic success is at the center of SUNY Brockport’s mission. Starting this fall, it’s at the center of campus, too.
The newly constructed Academic Success Center (ASC), centrally located in the Albert W. Brown Building, integrates several student services once isolated from each other across campus. The all-in-one venue now encompasses Advisement and Retention (previously two separate offices), ASC Tutoring (formerly the Student Learning Center), and Student Accessibility Services (formerly the Office for Students with Disabilities).
“The ASC has been a 10-year project,” said Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs Kathryn “Katy” Wilson in her remarks at the facility’s ribbon cutting ceremony on August 30. “The [College] has worked diligently in cross training, implementing new technology, and creating systems that better serve our students in a one-stop-shop format.”
According to Thomas Chew, director of the ASC, services now part of the center have undergone more than a relocation.
“A lot of our offerings are enhanced iterations of what we’ve done in the past,” said Chew.
Enhancements have taken the form of extended tutoring hours, a revamped academic communication tool called EagleSUCCESS, student success workshops, assistive technology, and an online tutoring service called STAR-NY.
The offices within ASC now operate under a unifying mission: welcome, empower, and encourage students to reach their fullest potential inside and outside of the classroom. Staff perform collaborative guidance, training, and problem-solving with the ultimate goal of providing students the support and resources they require throughout their academic career in order to successfully graduate.
Chew believes the open layout of the ASC and more integrated services will prompt students to take advantage of support in multiple areas — including some that are new to them.
Some of the services are even new to Brockport.
The ASC team recently welcomed Assistive Technology Specialist Andrew Newman, who will provide assistive technology support to students with disabilities and others who may benefit from such resources.
“Students with documented disabilities and accommodations are eligible to check out assistive tech like smartpens, screen magnifiers, and Frequency Modulation systems,” said Newman. “Text-to-speech, speech-to-text, and text conversion to MP3 software are tools available to the entire campus community.”
According to Newman, assistive technology has the potential to enhance the learning experience for any student, and it’s what makes learning in a college setting possible for many students with disabilities.
Workshops and one-on-one appointments with Newman will be available throughout the semester. Interested students are welcome to learn more by stopping by Room 180 in the ASC.
For many students, like junior Honors student Adrianna Thrasher-Scutt, the new format for student services will allow for improved time management and productivity on a day-to-day basis. Thrasher-Scutt works as a peer mentor and tutor and also receives support from Student Accessibility Services.
“I can now work with multiple groups of students in a smaller timeframe, increasing the number of people I can help as a tutor,” she said. “A student could even stop in for extra help in the tutoring center before taking a test in Student Accessibility Services.”
The ASC welcomes any questions and inquiries from all students. “We will be able to help you — no matter what,” said Chew, “especially if you’re not currently seeing success in your studying and learning.”
Students are encouraged to stop by for:
- tutoring in writing, mathematics, study skills, or specific courses
- studying or completing coursework in one of multiple breakout rooms, with tutors and advisors available nearby
- academic advisement and planning
- assistance with medical, physical, emotional, or learning disabilities (accessibility and advocacy)
- assistive technology support
- student success workshops
- evaluating financial aid eligibility
- declaring a major
- understanding transfer credits and degree audit reports
- resolving probationary status
- military and veteran support
- and much more.
“We want students to know that college should stretch and challenge them, but we are all here to help along their journey,” said Wilson in her remarks. “They are the future, and we want them to be successful.”