“When a student succeeds, we all succeed.” This is the thinking that inspired Winston-Salem State University to create the Student Success Center—a vibrant “one stop shop” where all students can access support services, mentoring, advising, and the latest technology under one roof.
The mission of the new Student Success Center is to surround each student with solid support. The Center will be located in the heart of the WSSU campus in what is currently Hill Hall.
The Center will give students a place to gain in-depth experience in critical thinking, decision-making and problem solving. They will emerge with the skills to be leaders, competing successfully in the global economy. The Center will directly support the university’s commitment to develop graduates of distinction known for leadership and service in their professions and communities. Functions housed with the Center support WSSU’s new curriculum and will be mandated in many courses of study.
Research shows that consolidating student support services in a single location dramatically increases usage, and that increased usage dramatically improves grade point averages and graduation rates. Many of the current programs that are already available to students are limited in scope due to space, technology or accessibility issues, and students who seek support in one area may not be aware of other services available to them. Thus, many of the services are underutilized.
The interior design of the Center establishes a dynamic, open space where academic support services are within easy view in a welcoming environment. Enhanced communication, collaboration and mentoring among faculty, staff and students will help ensure increased awareness and use of the full range of support services.
The WSSU Student Success Center will be a magnet for those who want to optimize their performance in the classroom and in life. Successful students will come here to explore and pursue additional opportunities, serving as examples and mentors to their peers. All students will experience the energy and vibrant spirit within the center, where the name says it all: Student Success.