Center for Academic Achievement is a resource to help you rise to the challenge of your classroom pursuits.
The Mission of the Center for Academic Achievement is to support the retention and graduation of students enrolled at Clarion University of Pennsylvania and its pre-college programs, through a variety of support services that promote academic success, enhance personal development, and provide an equitable educational experience leading to graduation.
Administrator: Dr. Brenda Sanders Dédé
Associate VP for Academic Affairs 115 Carrier Hall Ext. 2223
provides comprehensive academic advising for students and faculty. This office serves as the primary source for all undecided and liberal studies advisement. This office also provides drop in advisement to all university students. Advising Services Center also serves as a resource for all faculty for professional development and answers to advising questions
Contact: Joseph Croskey 144-B Ralston Hall Ext. 1879
helps students stay in college and develop permanent ties with Clarion University through co-curricular programming (Orientation & Discovery) and activities that:
• Cement students' and families' commitment to Clarion University.
• Forge positive and active relationships among students, and among students, faculty and staff.
• Ensure that students are informed self-advocates who accept personal responsibility for their education.
• Engage students in productive co-curricular and extra-curricular activities.
Contact: Erin Schuetz 111/112 Ralston Hall Ext. 1766
serves students who have potential for college success, but who would benefit from a learning experience before enrollment in the fall semester. The primary objective of this program is to provide students the opportunity to use learning, living and social skills developed through interactive and cooperative experiences, which ease the transition from high school to college.
Contact: Regina Jack 132 Ralston Hall Ext. 1875
supports all students in their efforts to become better writers rather than produce perfect papers. Writing consultants must assist writers at the level of each individual's ability; therefore, written work will reflect each writer's ability as well as personal style. To this end, the center's writing consultants do not "fix" or proofread papers, nor do they tell writers what to do.
The Writing Center is not a panacea for the ills of writing, but a support service for any writer who values feedback as part of the learning/writing process.
Contact: Dr. Chris McCarrick 107-A Davis Hall Ext. 2739
We support all students at Clarion, including those that may experience some form of academic difficulty with specific academic subjects and/or their basic learning skills. The center has two components, the Learning Skills Lab and the Tutorial Center.
The prime objective of the Learning Skills Lab is to provide students with instruction in basic learning skills to become independent learners. The Tutorial Center provides supplemental aid to classroom instruction in the content areas.
Contact: Chris Hearst 118 Ralston Hall Ext. 2249
provides an array of services which may include study skills assistance, academic advising, financial literacy training, and career and financial aid counseling.
During the academic year, workshops and on-going services which focus on academic survival and learning-to-learn activities are offered. Reserved slots in AE 100: Reading/Study Skills, are offered to program students.
The services provided are individually designed and are based on the student's needs as identified by appropriate documentation and through discussions with the program staff. Student accepted into the program must meet eligibility requirements established by the institution and the United States Department of Education.
Eligibility includes any student enrolled or accepted for enrollment at Clarion University who meets the following requirements:
1. Is a first-generation college student (neither parent has a baccalaureate degree); or
2. Meets income guidelines as outlined by the United States Department of Education; and/or
3. Has a documented disability; and/or is in need of academic support services.
Contact: Shelly Silvis 104 Ralston Hall Ext.1871
available to any enrolled Clarion University student having a documented disability. The Office of Disability Support Services provides student with reasonable accommodations as documented through evaluations. Appropriate accommodations are individually based upon identified need. The coordinator meets with these students each semester to determine the effectiveness of the accommodation and to evaluate the need for any further services.
Contact: Jennifer May 102 Ralston Hall Ext. 2095
provides programs and opportunities for members of under represented groups to share their cultures and experiences with each other and with members of other groups.
The office supports a number of initiatives and groups, including: Academic Excellence Program, Annual Minority Student Recognition Dinner, ASIA, Black Student Union, Building Bridges, Community Outreach Programs, Eastern/Western Alumni Program, Eyes on the Prize Mentoring Program, Hazardous (Hip Hop Dance Team), Leadership Institute, Men of Color Think Tank, MLK Series, Project SOAR (a retention program for State System Partnership Programs), UMOJA publication, Unity Night, and Women United.
Contact: Rogers Laugand 277 Gemmell Ext. 2043
serves residents of Clarion, Jefferson and Venango Counties by providing assistance in secondary course selection; assistance in preparing for college entrance exams and completing applications for admission; information on financial aid programs and resources for locating scholarships; assistance in completing financial aid applications; connections to programs on economic literacy; career counseling and activities; exposure to campuses of higher education and cultural events; and guidance in secondary or postsecondary school reentry. Required to serve 835 participants annually, participants are selected based upon eligibility criteria established by the US Department of Education.
Contact: Rhonda McMillen-Toth 219 Ralston Hall Ext. 2071
encourages the acquisition of academic skills and motivation needed for success in high school, college, and everyday life. The program, designed for selected high school students in grades 9-12, operates an academic year component and summer residential component for students from selected high schools in western Pennsylvania.
Contact: Michelle Lagnese 107 Ralston Hall Ext. 2342