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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

Academic Advising

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.

Academic Coaching
Academic Coaching is a working partnership that focuses on the ‘process of learning.’ Working with the Academic coach, the student is able to examine his or her 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 Consultations
Learning Consultations is a service provided to assist students with better understanding of their academic learning profile. Services are designed to help students develop the study skills necessary to meet the demands of college level learning. During these consultations students have the opportunity to assess their study skills, understand their individual learning styles, and learn new strategies that will make them more effective learners at the college level.
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.

Topics include but not limited to:
Time Management
Learning Styles
Study Skills Strategies
Financial Literacy
Goal Setting
Test Preparation
Stress Management

Academic Intervention

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.

PASSport Program – The PASSport 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
FYEA provides programs and services that support students’ academic success and personal adjustment to university life.

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.

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 previously exceled in the course and have 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 Mentoring
Peer 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 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.

Faculty & Staff Consultation
Consultation 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.