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Academic Success District promotes student success through strategic placement of on-campus resources | UTSA Today | UTSA

The ASD is a collection of advising offices, mentoring programs, upgraded university classrooms, college-specific academic support centers and other learning hubs strategically moved to ground level locations clustered around the Sombrilla at the heart of the Main Campus. By aligning these programs and facilities, students have easy access to resources that help them be successful and enhance their overall academic experience – whether they’re first-gen, first-year, transfer students, or nearing graduation.

The student success hubs in the Academic Success District include the following:

The Tomás Rivera Center for Academic Excellence is located in the Multidisciplinary Studies (MS) building just off the Sombrilla Plaza. The center provides tutoring services, student success coaching, peer academic coaching, and other academic support programming.

The new Student Success Center (SSC) building is located between the Student Union and North Paseo Building. This hub is dedicated to advising services and is home to the following programs:

  • LEAD Summer Academy — a summer bridge program for incoming first-year college students who received conditional admission to UTSA
  • SOAR Student Success Program — designed to support and empower students who have fallen on academic warning or academic probation during their first year in college
  • Resilience & Retention (R&R) Advising Program — supports students who were academically dismissed or denied admission into the major of their choice through intentional, proactive interaction and advising techniques
  • Graduation Help Desk — designed to help students resolve roadblocks to graduation
  • Academic Success Coaching — provides individual coaching support designed to help students improve study skills, develop personalized study plans, and apply proven academic success strategies that they need to achieve their goals at UTSA
  • Transfer & Transition Student Success Services — specialized support for transfer students before, during and after transferring to UTSA
  • A call center where students can speak one-on-one with an academic advisor or meet with them in private offices

The Collaborative Learning Hub is a dedicated space for students to study and collaborate, located on the second floor inside the John Peace Library. Students can also work with a team of UTSA supplemental instruction staff who will support them with the tools and resources they need to be successful in challenging, high-enrollment core classes.

The Mentoring Hub, located on the ground level of the McKinney Humanities (MH) building, hosts a variety of programs dedicated to supporting first-year, first-gen and transfer student success. The hub is home to peer-to-peer First-Generation Programming, The First-Year Experience Program, Transfer & Transition Student Success Services (T2S3), theFirst to Go and Graduate (F2G&G) program, and more.

The F2G&G program represents a UTSA-wide culture of active recognition, encouragement and support of first-generation college students. Students are placed with trained peer mentors and faculty coaches who are also first-generation college students in what’s known as the student’s familia. This support system helps foster a sense of belonging that increases engagement and encourages retention at UTSA.

In addition to creating the student success hubs, several classroom upgrades were implemented in a collaboration between the division of Business Affairs and the Academic Affairs’ division of Academic Innovation. Four classroom personas, each with their own unique combination of integrated learning technologies, were developed to provide standard expectations and promote ease-of-use across different classrooms.

Each college at UTSA also has its own success center. These centers provide students with resources, programs, and services tailored to their disciplines in addition to leveraging university-wide initiatives to fully prepare students for their careers.

“The Academic Success District is the culmination of many different efforts to help students succeed,” said Vice Provost for Student Success Tammy Wyatt. “The new Student Success Center building, in particular, demonstrates how we’ve realigned and reimagined how to best serve students at UTSA.”