History of the Winthrop University Academic Success Center
Winthrop University’s Academic Success Center (ASC), housed under University College, opened its doors in August 2010 with help of the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The small office served 233 undergraduates in the Fall 2010 semester and more than 500 in the Spring 2011 semester. Because the ASC established itself as an invaluable resource to the campus, Winthrop made the decision to fund the ASC in the 2011-2012 academic year. Through offering a wide variety of services including: one-on-one peer tutoring, group tutoring, academic coaching, workshop presentations, the creation of academic action plans and success contracts, and specialized services for students on probation or with incompletes on their transcripts, the ASC has become an integral part of the Winthrop community. The office also helps students through discussing mid-semester grading reports, and piloted the Learning Initiatives for Freshmen and Transfers (LIFT) program in Spring 2011.
Since its establishment, the ASC has helped over 1300 students and employed over 100 tutors. Data shows that clients who utilized the ASC eight or more times exhibited a much higher rate of success than students who did not utilize the services. Since its inception, the ASC and its staff have received many accolades: Michelle Wolf, Director, received the Karen Quinn Scholarship to attend the NCLCA Leadership Institute; Alexandria Mahon, Assistant Director, received eMaster Tutor Trainer certification; and in May 2012, the ASC received CRLA International Tutor Training Program certification. The office is continuing to grow to better serve the Winthrop community, and help more students along the path of success to achieve their goal of a four year degree.