The Academic Assistance Center (AAC)

Academic Advising – an update from Dr. Warburton

The Spring 2012 semester saw a lot of activity in the Advising Assistance Center (AAC). Nearly 120 students (not counting quick walk-ins and phone calls) visited the AAC. Visiting students were sophomores and juniors for the most part, but students of all standings took advantage of the help offered by the center. Student evaluations overwhelmingly rate the AAC as being the best place to go to get advising questions answered in an efficient and easy way.

AAC assistants Katie Branson and Mike Fox are new graduates of the College Student Development & Administration (CSDA) Masters Program and are preparing to move on to the next phase of their respective careers. They were two of the founding members of the AAC and their energy, intellect and enthusiasm to help students has been a major part of the Center’s success. They will be missed.  Congratulations and best wishes from the Center for Teaching and Learning team!

This is also the last semester for advisor Karen Rice, who will be moving on to work with the Shepherd University Foundation office. She will be missed within the AAC and by the many students she has helped. Be sure to come back to visit us Karen!

Caitlin Pollard will be returning to the AAC as the senior graduate assistant in the fall.

AAC staffing will undergo a change in the fall with the hiring of a full-time staff person who will work with the graduate students.

This semester we also worked hand-in-hand with the Financial Aid Office to develop a process for students to work with the new federal policies associated with Satisfactory Academic Progress (SAP). Two SAP workshops were offered and were very successful. The groundwork for the SAP appeals is complete and the first students are already working with the AAC to prepare their appeals.  For more information or assistance with the SAP process, please contact Dr. Robert Warburton at 876-5401 or rwarburt@shepherd.edu.