One place where UT students can learn to navigate the ins and outs of the university is the Student Success Center.
Located at 1817 Melrose Ave., the SSC provides students information about all aspects of campus life including policies, deadlines and campus resources. The SSC also provides study skill tutoring programs and supplemental instruction sessions, as well as other services that give students the tools they need to graduate.
Tammy Kahrig, associate director of the SSC, said the main focus of this relatively new center is to “help students succeed and persist to graduation.”
The center has developed a Retention Task Force in an attempt to determine why some students are more successful in college, what causes a student to be successful and ways for the university to help more students succeed and graduate.
“Some students come to us asking for a tutor in chemistry, for example, when what they may need is to develop their time management and other study skills,” said Kahrig. “We will help them connect with a chemistry tutor, but we will also give them new study tips and help them make a plan for success”
Although the center does not provide subject tutors, they provide students with the information they need to find the correct tutor. “If you don’t know the answer, we’ll find it,” said Lisa Barassi, student employee of the SSC. The center provides a network of referral for students to find the solutions to most any problem they have.
A new program that the SSC has developed is Supplemental Instruction. In this program “(the SSC) pays students to attend classes and develop study sessions for other students in the class,” said Kahrig.
The Supplemental Instruction program seeks to target historically difficult classes. Instruction sessions are currently available in Math 119 and 130. The sessions are free.
The SSC’s peak times are near the end of and at the beginning of the semester, when students are searching for ways to improve their grade point averages. The center provides information about calculating GPAs and helps students determine exactly what grades they would need to earn to achieve their goals, such as keeping their scholarship or returning to good academic standing.
Also under the SSC umbrella are the African-American Achievers and African-American Incentive Grant, both programs that aim at providing black students with academic and financial opportunities. The SSC also assists students who have the Tennessee Pledge scholarship and beginning this fall, will work with incoming students who are recipients of the Tennessee Promise scholarship.
When referring to the structure of the SSC, Kahrig highlighted two main points. First, “(the SSC) couldn’t exist on our own. A big portion of our foundation lies in other our collaboration with other offices on campus, such as the Registrar’s Office, University Housing, the Black Cultural Center, advising centers and other student affairs units.”
Second, she said one of the biggest resources the SSC provides is their Web site, which includes suggestions, guidelines and links to other Web sites that concern students. The address is http://studentsuccess.tennessee.edu.
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Published: Wed Jan 31, 2007 | Modified: Wed Jan 31, 2007 12:09 p.m.