The renovations for the Academic Success Center cost over $100,000, and one of the new additions includes flat screen TVs located in the soundproof study rooms with converters for students’ laptops.
The upgrade is nearly complete and will give students a space to study with classmates as well as provide the technological resources needed for students to receive tutoring and academic advising.
“This is not the quiet room; students can talk in here,” ASC Director Ashley Briggs said. “We are here to make you successful and want you to have those foundations to better yourself.”
There are five part-time graduate assistants, 11 tutors and a supplemental instructor available to help students in several subject areas. ASC Supplemental Instructor Zoe Barnett tutors students in math, APA writing and test preparation.
“Most of my students are working from My Math Lab [an online math program], so availability of technology has been a problem in the past,” Barnett said. “I had to take my students to the general lab in the library, which was very awkward.”
The renovations will be completed in two phases. Phase one focused on the completion of the Success Center, which was under construction from August to December. The ASC received help from Information Technology Systems to fund the technological advances and an endowment from Sen. Gerald Long to renovate the space.
The second phase, which is not yet complete, will focus on Academic Advising Services, a program that advises students with pre-medical, nursing and general studies majors.
Although ASC is located inside the library, Briggs said that the space is not technically a part of the library, as it operates separately.
“We do tutoring, but we do more than that,” she said. “We will present student success workshops starting off in February, and there will be topics in time management, study skills, how to find your passion and other topics that students are wanting.”
Briggs sent out surveys last semester asking students for their feedback about which particular workshops ASC should offer and which times and locations students prefer. Using the survey results, NSU Intern Lamario Fortson and Graduate Assistant Essie Hullaby will oversee the workshops as a part of their thesis research.
The Academic Success Center is located on the first floor of Watson Library and open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Friday, 8 a.m. – 2 p.m. and Sunday, 4 p.m. – 9 p.m.