By ROB W. ANDERSON
Local college students seeking help with degree planning have an additional resource at Northeastern State University.
The Student Academic Success Center officially opened Thursday as NSU President Dr. Steve Turner and Provost Dr. Bill Rugg were on hand to mark the moment. The center is designed to continue the university’s growth in student retention and academic success.
Turner noted the university’s need to attract students to the Tahlequah campus and guide them to attaining their goals of earning a degree in higher education.
“I see us today literally standing in the threshold of another chapter in engaging and giving our students opportunities for success,” he said. “This area gives us an opportunity to bring in a lot more people to the library and make this area much more interactive, but it also gives us more opportunity to get involved in the level of advisement that students should come to expect from us. This is a threshold, too, that you’re seeing our library become connected and remain in a position of relevance for years to come. I applaud everyone involved, and it really is a banner day that we’re here.”
The SASC, which will also be an information, referral and follow-up hub, is located on the first floor of the John Vaughan Library and is now available to students for initial and continuing multimodal contact.
“Today, we’re here to celebrate a very momentous occasion, and I’m delighted to be a part of it,” said Rugg. “My absolute, my bottom line, my mantra and reason I’m here in this career is academic quality and student success. And those are measured by something called retention. And retention is everybody’s job.”
Rugg believes the center will help not only students, but staff.
“Everyone of us can help, and a center like this can help us all do our jobs better,” said Rugg. “I certainly applaud the efforts of our advising center and all the work that has been going on. We know the [Center for Admissions and Student Enrollment] building was set up as a one-stop shop for students to come in and get registered, go through admissions and financial aid. This is really a one-stop shop for helping students with decisions and advising, and really, anything they might have a question about.”
Student response to the center has been positive, and Thursday’s official opening will allow the center to provide each NSU student more time and individual guidance, said SASC Director Dr. Jerrid Freeman.
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