Morrow, GA—In a proactive move aimed at increasing retention, progression, and academic success, Clayton State University held a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, October 1 for the new location of its Center for Advising and Retention (CAR).
“It’s changing the model of how we work with our students, recognizing that helping them reach their dreams and attain their goals doesn’t just happen in the classroom. It takes a dedicated set of professionals to help students manage through this pathway,” said Dr. Kevin Demmitt, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
In the past, advisors were spread out in 7 different buildings on campus, but now students at Clayton State essentially have a one-stop-shop where they can get assistance from the time they enroll until the time they graduate.
“This concept of centralized advising is very popular. The plus is that Clayton State University is on the front end of the process. We’re taking the proactive approach to assist and improve the graduation rate,” said Eric Tack, CAR’s Director.
CAR advisors are assigned based on the student’s major areas of study or their academic interest with the intent of enhancing their educational experience by helping them reach their academic goals.
“One of the that things this concept helps us to understand and helps us reinforce is that folks don’t have to do it all by themselves. They can do epic things, but sometimes you need to know who to ask for help, and understand how that help can bring together other people who can achieve great and epic things,” said Clayton State University President Dr. Tim Hynes.
Currently, there are 19 professional full-time advisors on campus.