Exciting changes are underway!
The 6th floor of the Rasmuson Library is undergoing a transformation into a modern, comprehensive student success center.
The units / offices which will be located in the UAF Student Success Center include:
Academic tutoring from multiple disciplines
Academic success coaching
First year academic advising
Speaking center, Writing Center, and Math Lab
Private and group study rooms
Check back with this site for student success programming and construction updates!
Academic success coaching available now
Topics we can help with include time management, online learning strategies, school/life balance, individualized study plans, reading & note-taking strategies, organization, effective communication, quiz & exam prep, setting priorities & goals, self- care, and much more!
Meet the team!
River Schumann is a senior at UAF pursuing a degree in Creative Writing and Environmental Studies. Originally from Georgia, he spent time living in California and Washington before moving to Alaska in 2021 to finish his degree. His strengths include writing and editing skills, time management, and navigating UAF technology and resources. River enjoys running and backpacking. He is interested in climate change advocacy and how storytelling can be used as a tool to inspire people to pursue effective change.
Bryana (Bry, like the cheese!) has her AAS in Early Childhood Education. She works as a professional development associate at Thread Resource and Referral. Her long term goals include opening a own center for children who have suffered from abuse and trauma. She is currently pursuing a BA in Child Development and Family Studies with a concentration in Administration in the Early Childhood field. She looks forward to working with students to help their school experience be a successful endeavor.
Note: Gwen specializes in academic coaching for dual enrolled students.
Gwen Bunch is a sophomore at UAF pursuing a degree in Fisheries and Ocean Science with a minor in Art. Gwen, born and raised in Alaska, is a graduate of West Valley High School and the North Star Middle College. Gwen loves fishing, downhill skiing, baking, cooking, and photography. Her strengths include organization, time management, academic motivation and note-taking. She is also a pro at setting up study plans for exams as well as designing individualized academic and personal schedules.
Concepts for the Student Success Center
A modern, inviting community environment that facilitates collaboration and private study
Student Success Center timeline
This center has been in the planning and development stages for almost three years and will be constructed on the sixth floor of the Rasmuson Library.
In 2019, a university steering committee was formed and QualityMetrics was hired to provide guidance and best practices on how academic libraries are changing to meet students’ needs by creating success centers that enhance the student learning experience.
In the Fall of 2021, Bettisworth North Architects and Planners, Inc. was hired to guide the design in collaboration with the UAF User Design Committee, which consists of representatives from the units that will relocate to the center. This group will meet throughout spring and on into the project.
Project documents approved in May BOR meeting for Formal Project Approval
Project design to be presented in Sept BOR meeting for Schematic Design Approval
Design development phase & construction draft documents (by Jan ‘23), then project goes out to bid (by Feb ‘23)
What about online and distance academic support?
The space will also feature a smart classroom for general use and for in -person and virtual sharing of programmatic opportunities, several zoom room rooms for tutor and student use, and a recording studio. Students will have access to group study areas, individual quiet areas, and coffee/snacks.
Virtual Access: The comprehensive services and support provided through the SSC will be accessible to all UAF students including online and distance students. The SSC’s virtual presence provides access to all services and support to all students regardless of location / modality. To enhance the student experience and improve UAF's rates of student success, retention, persistence and graduation; to close equity gaps in each of those areas through a number of strategies over the coming years.
Student Success Center mission statement
To modernize and enhance the student experience and improve UAF's rates of student success, retention, persistence and graduation; to close equity gaps in each of those areas through a number of strategies over the coming years.