NKU to celebrate grand opening of unique new Student Success Center

For immediate release…
Monday – Sept. 9, 2013

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS, Ky. - Northern Kentucky University will celebrate the grand opening of its new Student Success Center on Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 11:30 a.m. on the plaza level of the NKU University Center.

The center is the result of extensive internal and external research into best practices in student engagement, retention and degree completion. That research revealed that students often lack awareness of where to go for help and have difficulty navigating university advising and support units.

The Student Success Center is an integration and co-location of more than a dozen student services, seeking to empower students and equip them for success at the university and beyond. It is based on two central concepts – centralized advising and one-stop student service.

“The Student Success Center is about much more than where these critical services are located,” NKU President Geoffrey Mearns said. “Student success has emerged as the primary focus of our strategic plan, and this center represents the commitment we have to empowering our students to succeed. The goal of the center is for the university to work in partnership with our students to help them get the support they need to excel.”

The center provides seamless access to core resources on campus. Students who visit the center, which is located in the NKU University Center, can receive services from a wide range of support offices. The center currently houses:

  • Career Services
  • First-Year Programs
  • Health, Counseling & Student Wellness
  • International Education Center
  • Learning Assistance Program
  • Norse Advising
  • Norse Tech Bar
  • Student Achievement
  • Testing & Disability Services
  • University Connect & Persist (UCAP)
  • Veterans Resource Station

And those offices aren’t just co-located. They will collaborate in new ways designed to make it easier for students to get the information they need.

For example, the university’s centralized advising center – Norse Advising – has created a professional advising network to standardize advising practices across NKU’s academic colleges. The advising center will also work with the university’s career services office to more closely connect a student’s enrollment decisions (such as selecting a major) to their career exploration.

The center will also coordinate key university retention strategies, such as implementing a comprehensive financial literacy program that involves six different NKU departments across three divisions. The program will send targeted information to students and their parents, enhance and personalize freshman orientation, and incorporate financial literacy directly into NKU’s University 101 transition-to-college course as well as its success skills tutoring program.

“Every member of the NKU faculty and staff plays a role in helping our students succeed and graduate,” Mearns said. “The Student Success Center is a reflection of that commitment.”

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