Center of Excellence
The National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA), certified the Center for Academic Success (CAS) as one of only two Learning Centers of Excellence in the country in 2015.
The NCLCA created the Learning Center of Excellence certification program to promote professional standards of excellence, honor established and unique learning centers, encourage centers to develop, maintain and assess quality programs and services and celebrate outstanding achievements of centers that meet and exceed these standards.
The certification program is endorsed by the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA), and is the only certification program that recognizes learning centers that have a demonstrated history of excellence and have effectively exceeded the professional standards and best practices in the field of learning assistance. To date, three learning centers are certified as such.
CAS is a world-class, flagship university learning center and serves as a national model in the areas of college learning assistance, metacognition and student retention. The CAS thanks the Shell Oil Company, campus partners, CAS tutors, SI leaders, and staff for their dedication to helping LSU students achieve their dreams. Noting the Center’s importance to LSU, the Center is currently identified as an LSU presidential fundraising priority and is seeking to endow some of its most valuable and vulnerable academic support programs for LSU students. For donation or sponsorship opportunities, please contact the Student Affairs Director of Development, DeShanna Brown.
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LSU Division of Student Affairs is committed to providing valuable assessment and evaluation. It is a critical tool for improving the quality and accountability of programs and services we offer for students, parents, staff, and faculty.
CAS utilizes both formative and summative evaluation strategies in assessing our programs. The assessments are conducted to provide feedback to CAS faculty and staff so that programs can be continually improved for greater effectiveness. Assessment data are collected throughout the year by a variety of methods, including but not limited to:
- focus groups
- grade comparisons
- utilization numbers
- workshop and presentation evaluation
- satisfaction surveys
- feedback from students and faculty
- institutional data analysis
Overall, CAS services have been deemed very effective by students and faculty. Recent analysis of graduation rates shows that the CAS helps students earn their degrees.
The most common recommendation emerging from assessment data is to increase the services available to students; however, these services have been limited due to financial constraints. As a result of the recommendation, we added additional tutorial center and online tutoring options, increased the number and type of study strategies workshops (online and in-person), and increased the number of Supplemental Instruction (SI) sections offered (with available funding) for students.