Center for Student Success
The Center for Student Success (CSS) provides academic support programs that enable students to realize their potential as self-directed learners and future professionals. The CSS comprehensive program empowers students to achieve their academic, personal, and spiritual goals via opportunities for enhanced 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.
The mission of CSS is to help students thrive at Oakwood University and beyond, by providing academic and transitional support. Utilizing a holistic approach, we develop services that empower students to take responsibility for their learning.
Programs and Services
The 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.
Student Empowerment Workshops and Seminars
Student Empowerment workshops and seminars are multi-media presentations on academic and non-academic topics that assist students in their education and career endeavors.
Center for Student Success Workshops
Workshop Presenters Date Location Time
ü Time Management Peer Mentors 3/22/18 Cunningham Hall 5:30 PM
3) Test-Taking/Study Skills Student Workers 4/5/18 Cunningham Hall 5:30 PM
4) Career Exploration CSS Staff 4/12/18 Cunningham Hall 5:30 PM
& Mapping Room 334-337
5) Managing Stress & Anxiety TBD 4/19/18 Cunningham Hall 5:30 PM
6) Tutoring Blitz Tutors 4/24-26/18 Library Evenings
Many 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.
Student Taking Academic Responsibility(STAR) – STAR retention initiative was created based on a need to retain students who are in academic jeopardy or who would have been previously suspended. Its focus is to reconnect students to the school and to educate them academically, spiritually and emotionally. The objective of this program is to offer strategies that provide student success.
First Year Experience & Advising
Tutoring is offered for a variety of subjects to all enrolled students. Depending on the course, we offer one-to-one and small group tutoring.
STAR (Students Taking Academic Responsibility) – Peer Assisted Study Groups
The STAR program offers small group peer-led study sessions for multiple courses each semester. The sessions are led by students who have previously excelled in the course and have been selected and trained for the position. The STAR leader offers several study sessions weekly, permitting currently enrolled students to review content, ask questions, discuss issues, and employ effective studying strategies.
Reading & Writing Lab
The 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 improve students’ comprehension, vocabulary, and study skills through individualized and computer-assisted instruction.