Success Programs Undergo Reorganization
A change has come to the Office of Success Programs that aims to make life easier for the campus community.
Starting this summer, the academic programs offered by the office — GT 1000, tutoring and academic support services — will transition to the Office of Academic Affairs, which will be based in the Clough Undergraduate Learning Commons.
“By shifting the academic success programs to academic affairs, we’re consolidating all academic services under one unit,” said Anderson Smith, senior vice provost of academic affairs. “The reorganization will make life more convenient for students, and it just makes sense.”
Steven Girardot, the current director of the office, will become director of the Center for Academic Success (which will oversee the academic programs) and will report to Ray Vito, vice provost for graduate and undergraduate studies.
“The reorganization of the Office of Success Programs into two units allows both areas to move forward on new initiatives that will benefit the educational experience of undergraduates and help the Institute work toward the goals outlined in the strategic plan,” Girardot said. “For academic affairs, this re-organization is also an important component of the vision of Clough Commons, which includes enhancing and expanding academic support services.”
The other programs currently offered by Success Programs, including FASET Orientation, New Student Convocation, Welcome Week, Welcome Home Month, RATS Week and sophomore year nonacademic programs, will remain under the management of student affairs and will report to Dean of Students John Stein, who supervised the areas as director of Success Programs before becoming dean. These programs will be based in the Student Services Building.
“The reorganization provides a strong basis for ongoing collaboration between student affairs and academic affairs,” said William Schafer, vice president for student affairs. “We look forward to working closely with the new academic success programs office.”