Message from the Director
Congratulations for taking a great step toward enhancing your success at USF. The Academic Success Center has several key locations on the second floor of the Tampa Library offering a wide range of opportunities designed to enhance student success at all levels, from first-year through graduate school. We recognize that each student is unique; therefore, we strive to connect you to the service that might best fit your needs, both on site or online. In all of our programs our goal is to help students take charge of their success by guiding and facilitating the learning process. Our tutors are both undergraduate and graduate-level peer tutors who have received extensive and ongoing training and are well-prepared to support the learning process. Beyond tutoring, students can schedule academic coaching appointments to improve overall study skills or select from a range of learning support courses. Regardless of which services you choose, taking advantage of the many support services available in the Learning Commons is a “smart” move toward improving yourself as a learner.
Patricia A. Maher, Ph. D.
Director, Academic Success Center
In the spring of 2008, the USF Office of the Provost approved a proposal to consolidate many academic support entities on the USF campus, integrate them into the Library system, and create a Learning Commons. The overall goal was to optimize learning support services as integrated, seamless opportunities for all students to learn and to meet the criteria for success. Prior to this change, academic success programs and services at USF were decentralized and lacking an integrated organizational structure, resulting in either redundancy of services and/or service gaps, as well as problems informing students of available resources.
The Learning Commons project included the establishment of a centralized, comprehensive student learning support department called Tutoring and Learning Services or TLS, reporting to the Office of Undergraduate Studies. The new department was formed based on the consolidation of five decentralized academic support entities on campus, and by the second year, three additional centers were added. In 2014, Tutoring and Learning Services changed their name to the Academic Success Center (ASC) to better reflect the goals of the department. Currently the center offers a range of different options for subject-specific tutoring, a comprehensive Writing Studio, and other learning support services in the form of workshops, courses for credit, and specialized program support for several student cohorts ranging from first-year access programs to graduate students.
- Recruit, hire, train, support, and retain qualified students as tutors
- Assist students to become confident, self-directed, life-long learners
- Offer a variety of learning support options
- Represent an active concern for students’ academic well-being
- Create an atmosphere of mutual respect and trust for students
- Provide students with accurate, relevant, and appropriate information and referrals
- Continually review policies and practices to ensure that students are appropriately served
- Maintain an inviting, helpful, and approachable manner
- Make every effort to turn each situation into learning experiences for tutors, student- employees, and students
- Refer students as necessary to appropriate university resources for the purpose of enhancing their educational experience
The Academic Success Center (ASC), a diverse peer-to-peer collective in collaboration with the USF community, provides learning services, fosters intellectual independence, and cultivates professional development in support of student engagement and successful academic persistence.
The ASC, a centralized learning support hub for students, directly contributes to student success by:
- Remaining committed to a learner-centered environment by offering a broad range of services that respect diverse talents and ways of learning.
- Cultivating interpersonal skills through an atmosphere that embraces student-to-student collaboration and engagement.
- Creating partnerships across the university community to enrich students’ educational experience.
- Promoting practical competence and lifelong learning through professional development opportunities.
- Exploring and adopting innovative learning technologies.
- Developing ongoing assessment processes to inform planning and decision-making.
Code of Ethics
Philosophy: I will act in the best interest of all students, supporting the mission of USF and of the ASC.
Responsibility: I will take responsibility for my behavior and work to productively resolve conflicts.
Integrity: I will follow the USF Academic Honor Code, always promoting accuracy, honesty, and truthfulness.
Respect for individual differences: I will respect the diversity of ALL people, and I will not use my position to impose or impart my beliefs.
Excellence: I will strive for excellence by continuing to improve my job knowledge, skills, and abilities; by remaining open to constructive feedback; and, by seeking assistance as needed.
Professionalism: I will always remember that I am a mentor and will conduct myself in a responsible manner. I will not take on a role for which I am not qualified. I will be punctual, maintain accurate records, and keep confidential any information to which I have access. I will uphold professional relationships within the ASC.