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Wintrode Student Success Center

Students with outstanding academic records have many friends who want to reward their success. When it came to assisting students, however, Virgil and Josephine Wintrode always preferred to put their money on the student who needed just a little encouragement to get over the hump. They did so in 1988 when they created the Wintrode Challenge Award, a renewable scholarship aimed at students who exhibited promise but whose high school grades did not merit consideration for traditional scholarships. In the years since, dozens of these second-chance students have proved they could succeed in college and have graduated into productive careers.

Virgil Wintrode grew up on a farm near Parker, SD, and graduated from SDSU in 1941 with a degree in Agricultural Economics. He later received an M.S. in Government Management at Denver University. He served abroad as a consultant to national governments and U.S. agencies operating in the Middle East and Far East. For many years, he has been an investor with interests in real estate, banking, and farming in Florida. Josephine Wintrode, with degrees from Colorado State University and the University of Chicago, was an educator and principal of schools for American children when the couple lived abroad. Josephine died in 1997, and Virgil died in 2009.

Opening its doors in 2007, the Wintrode Student Success Center now features the Wintrode Tutoring Program, the First Year Advising Center, and the Academic Success Program. These programs continue the efforts of Virgil and Josephine Wintrode in order to help students overcome obstacles and gain the skills they need to move forward with confidence.

The Wintrode Student Success Center is funded by the Wintrode Endowment through the SDSU Foundation.

Wintrode Tutoring and Supplemental Instruction Program

The Wintrode Tutoring Program was started in January of 2005 with a donation from Mr. Virgil Wintrode, an SDSU alumnus. SDSU students receive free tutoring in select courses through scheduled appointments or walk-in sessions. Scheduled appointments typically are held in small groups, although requests for one-on-one tutoring may be accommodated, depending on tutor availability. Students who would like tutoring in a subject that is not on the regular course list should contact the Tutoring Coordinator for assistance with finding a tutor. View a list of courses or schedule an appointment online.

Beginning in the fall of 2011, the Wintrode Tutoring Program began collaborating with TRiO SSS to further develop the Supplemental Instruction (SI) program on campus. SI sessions are regularly scheduled weekly review sessions, led by an SI leader. Students do not need to schedule appointments to attend SI sessions. View the list of courses linked with SI or check MyState for the current semester schedule.

Both tutors and SI leaders provide assistance with understanding course content and developing study strategies that will help students to be more successful in their courses.

The Wintrode Tutoring Program is sponsored by University College.

First Year Advising Center

The First-Year Advising Center (FYAC) is designed to assist students with the college transition and with building a firm academic foundation. Academic advisors in the FYAC advise most incoming first-year students and all students who have not declared a major.

Advisors in the FYAC develop strong relationships with their advisees through frequent communication and by participating in activities, such as first-year seminars, welcome programs, and other events that allow for interaction with students. Advisors help students set academic, career, and personal goals and assist them with identifying strategies to meet those goals. They also connect students with important campus resources, such as tutoring, the Office of Career Development, and Student Health and Counseling. This means that students have a built-in support system at SDSU.

Students are required to meet with their academic advisor at least once each semester to set their class schedule for the following semester, but the advising relationship doesn’t stop there. Students are encouraged to meet with their advisor early and often – developing a strong relationship with an advisor will help students on their college journey.

The First-Year Advising Center is sponsored by University College.

Academic Success Program

The Academic Success Program targets students who are currently on probation or have been readmitted to South Dakota State University following suspension due to low academic achievement. Program participants in the Academic Success program are enrolled in UC 011, Strategies for Academic Success.

UC 011 is an early intervention course designed to assist students who have been placed on probation or readmitted following suspension to achieve greater success at SDSU. Through utilization of strategies which strengthen skills required for greater academic success, the course will empower students to become proactive, responsible self-advocates. This course is designed to help students identify issues that led to the probation or suspended status, develop a plan of action to ensure future academic success, and increase personal responsibility and self-management.

Students also have the opportunity to receive one-on-one guidance from an Academic Success Advisor, participate in workshops, and have access to tutoring and other resources to fit their needs. Students are matched with a successful peer mentor who will meet with students throughout the semester they are enrolled in the UC 011 course and beyond, if requested. Students who actively participate and successfully pass the course report higher levels of achievement, motivation and better GPA’s, as well as less stress and anxiety, and stronger connection and use of resources on campus.

The Academic Success Program is funded by the Robert F. Litke Mentoring Program and University College.