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Academic Success Center

Located in Rahall Suite 243 off the Atrium, the Academic Success Center (ASC) at Concord University is a one-stop-shop for student needs--whether it is assistance with coursework, advising, financial aid, or another reason. We're here to help! In fact, we LOVE to help students. We offer a wide variety of free services which are designed to equip you with strategies and resources you can use to:
  • Succeed in your courses
  • Become a confident and independent learner
  • Develop productive and effective study and learning habits
  • Manage your time
  • Reduce stress and anxiety
  • Explore and determine your major
  • Return to good academic standing
  • Achieve your goals and earn a CU degree
We encourage you to stop by and visit us!
 
Want to refer someone to the Academic Success Center?
Let us know if someone needs our help! Any faculty, staff, parent, or student can fill out our Student Affairs Referral Form, and we'll take it from there. 
About ASC
Our Mission
The Academic Success Center works with students individually to help achieve their academic, personal, and career goals. We work in collaboration with each student to develop good study skills and to enhance academic success. 

ASC History
Beginning in August 2008, Concord established the Academic Success Center (ASC) to coordinate various campus retention efforts.  Under the administrative purview of Student Affairs, the ASC is a “one-stop-shop” for students requiring support services.  The ASC provides direct and referral services for tutoring, advising, financial aid, payment issues, housing, and other impediments that interfere with academic progression.

 Specifically, the ASC provides the following services, either directly or through referral:
  • Academic advising for freshmen with high risk factors, including undecided majors
  • Coordination of the SMARTHINKING online tutoring program, piloted in 2008-09 with continued use through the present
  • One-on-one and group tutoring (direct and referral)
  • Coordination and evaluation of UNIV 100 First Year Experience Course and UNIV 400, Teaching Assistant course
  • Coordination of the Parents Club
  • Counseling and interviewing students who withdraw from the University
  • Liaison services for students with Admissions, Business, Registrar, Financial Aid, and Technology Offices
  • Participation/organization of early advising efforts for incoming students
  • Resource for faculty/staff
  • Establishment and coordination of a campus-wide Retention Committee to address retention issues
Academic Coaching
CU students who are on Academic Probation, or who have been provisionally admitted to CU, are required to attend Academic Coaching sessions with a member of the ASC staff. However, we welcome any CU student who feels he/she would benefit from Academic Coaching to visit us and set up coaching appointments! Sessions usually last 10-20 minutes. ASC staff members can help you come up with a plan for succeeding in your courses this semester, develop study strategies and a time management plan, and learn organizational, goal setting, and self-management skills - and these are just a few of the things we can help with! 
Visit us in Rahall Suite 243, off the Atrium by the sand volleyball court, anytime Monday-Friday from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM! We welcome walk-ins or appointments! 
 
Course Selection
Concord publishes a list of Courses Offered online each semester. This list will be made available to students shortly before the advising period begins each semester. 

Check the course descriptions in the Academic Catalog to see descriptions of courses and whether or not they have prerequisites.

Each major/department has Four-Year Plans and Progression Sheets which provide a recommended road map of what classes to take and when.
 
 
CU Food Pantry

Take what you need - Share what you can. 

Picture of two cabinets in Rahall Technology Center atrium that house the CU Food Pantry. Doors are open showing the stock of canned goods and other non-perishable food items available for students in need.

Rahall Technology Center Atrium - by the sand volleyball court

The ASC began the CU Food Pantry in Fall 2016 to provide CU students who may not always have the resources with food or other essential items. If a student is hungry, it is unlikely he or she is able to focus on doing what it takes to be a successful college student. Ensuring that students do not go hungry is one additional way we support our students at Concord!

 

How can you donate? 

Students and community members can bring non-perishable food items, toiletry items, or school supplies for college students to the Academic Success Center, Rahall Suite 243 off the Atrium. Stop by anytime Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM. If we aren't open, leave donations on top of the food pantry cabinets! You can also donate money to the food pantry online through the CU Foundation. All donations are used specifically for the ongoing support of the CU Food Pantry. 

What kinds of items do we need?

We strive to stock items in our food pantry that provide well-rounded meal options for our students. Helpful items include:
  • Soups
  • Pasta
  • Rice
  • Microwaveable meals
  • Mac-n-Cheese
  • Fruit cups
  • Veggie cups
We also accept toiletry items and school supplies, including:
  • Deoderant
  • Shampoo
  • Feminine hygiene products
  • Toothpaste
  • Notebooks
  • Binders
CU Gap Fund

CU Gap Fund

silhouette of Marsh Hall with the words "Thank You for Helping CU Students Fill the Gap" underneath
 

The Concord University Gap Fund is a grant dedicated to providing small awards to undergraduate Concord students who have high unmet need or who find themselves in a financial situation that may lead to their dropping out. Many colleges and universities around the country have such funds for students in these difficult economic times. One national report on these new emergency/mini grant funds explains that the rising cost of a college education "often leaves students strapped for cash and without the financial resources necessary to succeed in school and cover their basic needs, such as housing and food. These students are living on the edge, and a financial emergency can derail their dreams of obtaining college degrees. The contemporary financial aid system may not be nimble enough to respond to the nature or urgency of a student’s financial emergency.” This is where the CU Gap Fund helps our students. 

Eligibility/Process

  • Student must:
    • Be a currently enrolled Concord University undergraduate student in at least 12 credit hours;
    • Complete a short applicationincluding an explanation of the need for the emergency grant (and any relevant documentation). Examples of what constitutes allowable expenses include medical expenses, living expenses, transportation, childcare, schooling cost (not including textbooks); and
    • Not exceed the $1000 lifetime limit on CU Gap Funds. 
  • The CU Foundation will disburse funds to the students

Our goal is to disburse funds within five days of the receipt of the application. 

Donations

Donations to the CU Gap Fund can be made online through the CU Foundation. 
 
Success Workshops
The ASC offers a variety of success skills workshops throughout the year. 
Apps
Alarmy Pro - Alarm Clock
An alarm app that has required tasks to turn it off - take a picture, shake your phone, solve a math problem. You won't have trouble waking up anymore!

Doodle: Easy Scheduling
Use Doodle to find the best time for any event - maybe for your study group?? Suggest a number of times and invite participants to select their preferences. It's free and a breeze to set up!

Dropbox
Bring your files together in one central place, sync them across all your devices, and share them with others. 

Evernote
Take notes, create to-do lists, add images, scan documents with your camera, take handwritten notes, make sketches, and more!

Forest - Stay focused
Need to put your phone down and focus on studying? Plant a seed in Forest and it will grow into a tree over time! Can't resist the temptation and leave the app? Your tree will wither... Stop getting distracted by your phone and get more things done!

Freedom - Reduce Distractions
Block an unlimited number of distractions for as long as you want, and sync across your devices. Choose to schedule your blocks now, later, or create recurring blocks to help make focus and productivity a habit. 

Google Drive
Have all your files within reach from any smartphone, tablet, or computer. All your files are backed up safely so you can't lose them. Easily invite others to view, edit, or leave comments on any of your files or folders. 

Khan Academy
Over 10,000 videos and explanations at your fingertips in math, science, economics, history, and much, much more, as well as over 40,000 interactive practice questions with instant feedback and step-by-step hints. 

Mint: Personal Finance & Money
Mint is the free, effortless way to manage your money in one place.  

myHomework Student Planner
Track your classes, homework, tests and assignments. 

NaturalReader Text to Speech
NaturalReader is text-to-speech app that reads webpages, documents, and eBooks aloud. Use it to help you proofread your papers!

Oxford Dictionary of English
Look up definitions and spellings

Quizlet Flashcards
The easiest way to practice and master what you're learning - create your own flashcards and study sets or choose from millions created by other students. New features allow you to study charts, maps, images and figures!

RealCalc Scientific Calculator
Designed to operate exactly like a real hand-held calculator. It has all the standard scientific functions plus history, memories, unit conversions and constants. 

Wunderlist: To-Do List & Tasks
Wunderlist ia a simple to-do list and task manager app that helps you get stuff done. 


 
Help with Your Courses
We understand - college courses can be really hard! For help with one or more of your courses, take advantage of the free tutoring and online resource options available to you as a CU student. 
  • CU offers tutoring at the GRIP Center (Rahall Technology Center), as well as other places on campus. Click above to see the Fall 2018 tutoring schedule. 
  • Khan Academy is a free online resource with over 3,200 videos - instruction on everything from math to physics, finance to history, and hundreds of skills to practice at your own pace. 
  • Smarthinking is a free online tutoring program that provides tutors 24/7 for most classes
  • Browse some of the other resources that are available to you for free online, including videos of past ASC Success Workshops. 

Contact Us - Meet our Staff
The staff at the ASC are committed to helping all CU students achieve success! You can reach us at 304-384-6074, asc@concord.edu(link sends e-mail), or by contacting one of the individual staff members listed here. 



Web Resources

Ask Dr. Math
Blackboard Student Guide
CashCourse
Crash Course YouTube Channel
Guide to Grammar and Writing
How to Study
The OWL at Purdue
Quizlet
ULifeline

Success Workshop Videos

Adulting 101
A Better Thesis Statement
Citation Workshop
Course Selection 101
Dealing with Diversity
Growth Mindset
Plagiarism
Revision Strategies

Success Resources

Academic Balance
Academic Success Plan
Mid-Semester Success Check
Semester-at-a-Glance
The Study Cycle
Study Tips
Weekly Schedule Planner
 

 

 

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