Snead State Celebrates Opening of ASC

8/22/2014

The Open House at Snead State Community College on Wednesday, Aug. 20, went just as most open houses do. Employees and students toured the new Academic Success Center and reviewed material available describing the services offered by the ASC.

But what set this Open House apart from others just like it are the vision and planning that went into the development of the Academic Success Center.

“This is a culmination of a dream our College Strategic Planning envisioned several years ago. We wanted to take the success of our TRiO program, which serves a smaller number of students, and develop something that would serve all of our students. At the time, we called our idea ‘TRiO on Steriods.’ Through a lot of discussion, planning and review, our idea is now called the ‘Academic Success Center,’” said Snead State President Dr. Robert Exley.

The role of the ASC is to provide tutoring support for students with one goal in mind – student success. The plan for the ASC may have begun as part of a strategic planning meeting at the College, but it has become the focus of the College’s Quality Enhancement Plan required through for reaccreditation with SACSCOC.

The ASC houses a learning resource lab that includes a computer lab, access to online tutoring, course syllabi and review materials for select courses. Small and large group tutoring sessions will be led by peer tutors and are structured to give students individualized attention. One-on-one tutoring is also available for select courses. The ASC will host workshops for students addressing topics such as study skills, college navigation skills, classroom etiquette, resume building, interview preparation and more.

“The ASC provides support services that are designed to improve academic performance,” said Quality Enhancement Plan Coordinator Dr. Dustin Smith. “We don’t want students to drop classes or drop out of college because they are struggling with the coursework. We want to help them be successful, so they stay on track to graduating from Snead and move forward with their educational and career paths.”

The Open House for the ASC closed with the symbolic planting of a tree in front of the center located on Usry Avenue, close to the Bevill Center on the Boaz campus. The “tree of knowledge” represents the College’s commitment to promoting students’ academic success.

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