BATON ROUGE – The Center for Academic Success, or CAS, LSU’s nationally acclaimed learning center, has garnered another national award. On Tuesday, Oct. 6, The National College Learning Center Association, or NCLCA, designated the CAS as one of only two Learning Centers of Excellence in the country. This esteemed organization, which represents more than 1,500 learning centers, supports higher education learning centers through professional development, certifications, standard-setting and awards.
NCLCA created the Center of Excellence award program in order 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.
In order to gain the designation of a Center of Excellence, applicants must meet stringent requirements, earning a 90 percent or higher for the overall percentage scores when assessed in several categories. Applicants must earn high marks in each of seven key categories: programs and services; organizational framework; academic integrity and learning environment; funding, resources and design; staff and professional development; promotion and public relations; and assessment and evaluation.
Of the schools that have applied to date, LSU and Texas A&M University are the only ones to have received this prestigious national designation. CAS exceeded standards in every category.
In addition to the honor bestowed upon it by NCLCA, CAS has earned numerous other program and website awards, including being designated as one of the top three learning center websites in the nation.
CAS is known as a pioneer both nationally and internationally in applying metacognition to college learning. The mission of the CAS is to improve student learning through promoting self-efficacy and lifelong learning by empowering individuals with transformational strategies and resources that foster critical thinking and metacognitive development in order to advance student persistence and success. This is demonstrated by the development of original content such as self-assessment tools, the Virtual Learning Center, the LSU-trademarked Study Cycle and the Study Group Starter Kit. CAS receives hundreds of requests each year from professionals and institutions requesting the use of CAS-created content, programs, tools and resources.
One of the reasons CAS is highly esteemed by faculty, parents and industry is the broad positive impact it makes on students.
“After just two consultations, the CAS empowered me to realize I could achieve a level of success that I never thought I was capable of doing at the college level. I never imagined I could earn three consecutive 100-percent As on my calculus exams and finish in the top of my class,” LSU student Tyler Robinson said.
CAS serves approximately half of the LSU undergraduate population – more than 12,000 students – and employs approximately 100 student employees as peer educators each year.
CAS services and programs improve student academic performance such as GPA, retention and timely graduation. First-year students who utilize CAS tutoring or Supplemental Instruction, or SI, are up to 24 percent more likely to stay at LSU and up to 29 percent more likely to stay in their major of choice. Furthermore, students who attend three or more SI or tutoring sessions in a given class typically earn up to a half letter grade higher in the course than students who do not attend.
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. 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 more information on the Center for Academic Success, visit lsu.edu/cas.
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