University Academic Advising Center Opening

Published Monday, August 26th, 2019

Coppin State University announces the launch of the University Academic Advising Center (UAAC), to provide students with academic support.

The UAAC is aimed at improving university retention by helping students strengthen their academic skills by assisting with educational plans and connecting them to campus resources. The UAAC also promotes the institution’s enrollment and student-centered culture goals.

“The creation of the UAAC was prompted by a series of conversations between Dr. Burnim and the Cabinet members on how to enhance the student experience by creating a place where students could get advice, direction, and help about their classes, assignments, careers, and personal skills. The idea is to alleviate academic stress and support increased retention and enrollment,” said Dr. Michael Freeman, Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs.

The center will supplement other university advising outlets, faculty advisors in academic departments, First Year Experience, athletes, honors programs, and mentoring initiatives. In addition, the center will feature at least two faculty members, who have demonstrated a strong ability to connect with students, to provide support. The identified faculty will be asked to hold their office hours in the center.

“I am excited about the launch of the University Academic Advisement Center, as it will serve to compliment and support the academic advisement role of faculty within the academic departments,” said Dr. Lewis.

The AAC will open on the second floor of Grace Hill Jacobs, and will offer a consistent, identifiable, and reliable space for students to receive information and academic advice. Hours of operation for the AAC are 8:00am to 8:30pm. Extended hours are to provide students a place to obtain one-on-one coaching, get answers to questions, and have someone listen to their concerns.

“Late night or off-peak hours,” said Dr. Leontye L. Lewis, Provost & VP of Academic Affairs, “will help accommodate working students and increase the probability of them connecting with the center. Once there, they will be exposed to knowledgeable, caring, and supportive professionals. This will increase the likelihood of future interactions with the advisors; and the likelihood of persistence and graduation."