SEPTEMBER 17, 2007

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OSU College of Arts and Sciences creates student success center

A new 4,000-square-foot student success center in the College of Arts on Sciences at Oklahoma State University is scheduled to open this fall.

The center, housed on the second floor of the historic life sciences east building, will bring together academic, pre-professional and career advising facilities in one seamless operation. It will combine student academic services, career services, outreach, and the pre-law and pre-health advising centers.

“The student success center allows us to integrate our support for students into one attractive, spacious and well equipped center in a modern facility,” said Peter M.A. Sherwood, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “It will enable us to more effectively serve our students and enhance the value of their educational experience.”

One of the center’s main features is an academic information center that will permit students to become familiar with academic disciplines and programs offered at OSU. A career resources library will provide job and internship search information. Students pursuing admission to medical, dental or allied health programs will find up-to-date resources and professional guidance. The facility also will be wireless with up to 15 computer stations.

The center will house up to 10 academic advisers, three career counselors and student interns. Seven outreach staff also will be based in the center. And while people are the college’s most valuable resource, technology is an indispensable tool.

“Today’s advisers are increasingly becoming facilitators who help students gain access to information needed to make decisions about their lives,” said Susan Weir, director of student academic services for the College of Arts and Sciences.

The College of Arts and Sciences serves about 5,000 undergraduate students per year. Students currently navigate between four advising areas on two different floors in life sciences east. The renovation came about after years of operation in separated and cramped facilities.

To learn more visit www.cas.okstate.edu.

Contact: Gary Shutt, OSU, (405) 744-6260