Center for Academic Excellence

Vacant, Director
Regina B. Artis, Assistant Director

Objectives

The objectives of the Center for Academic Excellence are:

  • To serve as the university’s central academic advising unit that provides academic guidance and support services such as tutoring, supplemental instruction, and developmental mathematics and reading courses.
  • To collaborate with academic and student affairs departments to provide a cohesive network of support services aimed to increase student academic achievement.
  • To develop and implement strategies designed to increase retention rates of all freshmen and sophomores.

Goals

The goals of the Center for Academic Excellence are:

  1. To increase the retention and graduation of students admitted to the University;
  2. To provide intensive quality academic advising and academic support services that foster academic success;
  3. To assist students in their transition to the university;
  4. To prepare undeclared students for their prospective majors;
  5. To provide students on academic probation a support network that will assist them in obtaining good academic standing;
  6. To enhance students’ reading and mathematics skills.

Courses with Descriptions

FRST 098. Basic Reading Credit 2
This course is designed to develop reading proficiency through the study of a variety of reading levels:  basic, literal, and critical. Specific emphasis is placed on developing comprehension, increasing vocabulary, and enhancing thinking skills while improving basic study habits.

FRST 100. University Experience Credit 1
This course is intended to introduce students to academic and personal skills essential for success in college and in life. Students learn to create success by applying proven principles for active learning, self-motivation, self-management, self-awareness, and interdepedence. This course focuses on fundamental principles of study skills such as goal setting, time-management, critical thinking, reading strategies, note taking and test taking. The course is also designed to familiarize and orient students to university life, provide information on the university organizational structures, as well as policies and procedures, with the aim of encouraging them to utilize these resources to attain their academic goals.

MATH 099. Intermediate Mathematics Credit 3
This course provides elementary properties of real numbers and basic algebra through solving of quadratic equations by various means. Students are assigned to this course based on their math placement exam score. Students whose major curriculum includes Math 101 or Math 111 are also required to take this course.

SCS 099. Strategies for Academic Success
Credit 0
This course is designed to equip the probationary student with essential competencies for academic success by maximizing the students' potential to become independent thinkers and self directed and successful learners. This course focuses on time management, utilization of university resources, development of quality study practices, prioritization of academic and social activities, adjustment to the university environment, and acceptance of responsibility for personal academic success.

Credit

Credit is given for math and reading courses taken in The Center for Academic Excellence, however, no quality points are received toward the completion of a degree.

Directory of Faculty

Regina Brooks Artis
B.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; M.S., North Carolina A&T State University

Caryn Atwater
B.S., Long Island University; M.S., Tufts University
 
Torrey Burden
B.S., University of North Carolina at Greensboro; M.S., North Carolina A&T State University

LaTonya Chalmers
B.S., Winston-Salem State University; M.S., North Carolina A&T State University

Daniel Ferguson
B.S., South Carolina State University; M.Ed., Clemson University

Andrea Fernandez
B.A., M.A., North Carolina A&T State University

Tammy Ford
B.S., University of Georgia; M.A. Piedmont College

Ella Hairston
B.A., Johnson C. Smith University; M.A., North Carolina A&T State University

C. Renee Hall
B.A., M.A. North Carolina A&T State University

P. Brandon Johnson
B.A., North Carolina A&T State University; M.A., University of Georgia

Wilson Jones
B.S., Winston-Salem State University; M.S., North Carolina A&T State University

Melinda Lee
B.S., Elizabeth City State University; M.S., American InterContinental University

Juanita Painter
B.S., M.A., Norfolk State University

Elise Rhodes
B.S., M.S., D’Youville College

Mary Westmoreland
B.A., M.A., North Carolina A&T State University

Angela White
B.S., University of North Carolina Chapel Hill; M.S., North Carolina A&T State University

Denise White
B.A., Dillard University; M.S., North Carolina A&T State University

Kirby Wilson
B.S., M.S., North Carolina A&T State University