Student Success Center at NMSU provides resources to help students

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Date: 12/21/2017
Writer: Tiffany Acosta, 575-646-3929, tfrank@nmsu.edu

Preparing for graduate school can be a daunting task. For Luis Mata, it was a relief when he realized assistance was available at New Mexico State University’s Student Success Center.



The Student Success Center at New Mexico State University is a centralized, university-wide academic support service for students. Michelle Saenz-Adames (center), associate director, and Joel Ferguson, learning skills facilitator, with the Student Success Center help students like Jocelyn Schoonover, a business sophomore, reach their academic goals. (NMSU photo by Tiffany Acosta)

The Student Success Center was very important to me, because I am a first-generation college and high school graduate, and the thought of grad school alone was very intimidating, because I lacked guidance and resources and without the Student Success Center it was difficult to overcome that fear alone,” said Mata, who earned a bachelor’s degree in business in May and is in his first year at the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law.

Established in 1976 and now located in the Hardman and Jacobs Undergraduate Learning Center, NMSU’s Student Success Center is a centralized, university-wide academic support service for students.

“We provide support from a strengths-based approach in which students’ academic success plans focus on the strengths of the students and our plan over time will support the areas of growth,” said Michelle Saenz-Adames, Student Success Center associate director. “When students visit the Student Success Center they will find that we will support them in their quest to achieve academic success. In addition, we will connect them to other resources from which they can benefit to support their academic success plan.”

“I was a little skeptical about it at first, but it really changed my education for the better,” said Jocelyn Schoonover, a business sophomore. “My grades went up tremendously, because of the time I spent with Dr. Adames. She was very attentive to me, and she helped me in every way she could.”

Programs and services offered at NMSU’s Student Success Center include one-on-one academic learning and study skills support; financial wellness workshops and one-on-one peer coaching; freshman year experience (UNIV 150); graduate school preparation; learning and study skills workshops; mid-semester and UNIV courses; peer education (UNIV 350); QuickConnect Early Alert and Intervention Program; TRIO Student Support Services; TRIO Upward Bound Programs; Daniels Fund Scholar Success Program; Daniels Fund Boundless Opportunity Scholarship Program; and the Chase Scholars Mentoring Program.

“I think the Student Success Center is super important for students. In all honesty, it changed my entire look on school, and it helped me with my grades so much,” Schoonover said. “It’s amazing how much clarity it gave me. I know we sometimes get so caught up in school and we feel helpless, and that is how I felt until I went to the Student Success Center.”

Mata worked with Joel Ferguson, one of the Student Success Center’s learning skills facilitators, twice a week to prepare for graduate school.

“The most important thing about the Student Success Center is that it provides a competent and knowledgeable group of learning skills facilitators and staff to help overcome academic challenges, and if every student struggling with these issues could commit to the program it would be the simplest fix,” he said.

In addition to the wide variety of services NMSU’s Student Success Center provides, the center collaborates with faculty and staff across the university community to support students’ academic achievement.

“I wish everyone could try it if they are stressed about their academics or school in general, it relieves a lot of stress,” Schoonover said.

For more information on NMSU’s Student Success Center visit http://ssc.nmsu.edu.

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