Military Student Success
South Dakota State University’s mission is to offer a rich academic experience in an environment of inclusion and access through inspired, student-centered education, creative activities and research, innovation and engagement that improve the quality of life in South Dakota, the region, the nation, and the world. Quality advising is integral to this mission and the overall success of SDSU students including supporting the unique needs of our military connected students. Minimum qualifications for our Student Success Advisors: Master’s degree in Education or related field completed; At least one year of academic advising or related experience; Experience working with a diverse population of undergraduate college students in a student-centered environment; Effective written and verbal communication skills; Strong interpersonal skills.
Student Success Advisor: Connie Johnson M.Ed
Student Success Advisors play an important role in the advising experience for SDSU students. Student Success Advisors are charged with improving the retention rate for a select group of students. This is accomplished by facilitating one-on-one consultations with students and by coordinating programs proven to positively affect student retention in higher education. The School Certifying Official (SCO) is a representative of an educational institute or training establishment who is authorized to submit enrollment certification to DVA (Department of Veterans Affairs) for VA education benefits.
What is a Student Success Advisor
Student Success Advisors are familiar with and utilize current technology, including ConnectState as advising tool and Banner Student and follow University procedures to process early alerts. Collaborate with academic advisors regarding student progress and needs while incorporating proactive and appreciative advising models when working with students. Attend required trainings and monthly advisor meetings. Promotes student growth and development through a holistic advising approach in which students receive support with course registration, academic performance, engagement, and financial well-being. Engage students in career advising conversations.
Military Connected Student Success Advisor
Assist students in assessing their interest and abilities, examining their educational goals, making decisions, and developing short-term and long term plans to meet objectives. Reinforce student engagement activities that lead to greater self-direction and self-sufficiency. Make students aware of and refer them to educational, institutional, and community resources and services. Help students develop learning strategies or other skills to improve academic performance and information regarding using military education benefits.
Disability Services: Nancy Hartenhoff-Crooks
The Office of Disability Services recognizes that disability is an aspect of diversity that is integral to society and to the campus community. To this end, the office collaborates with students, faculty and staff across the University community to create a usable, equitable, inclusive and sustainable learning environment. Disabilities aren't just physical in nature. If you find yourself struggling visually, auditory, emotionally, or intellectually from your time in service please check out the services provided by our disability services on campus.
SDState’s academic programs are meant to be challenging, and that’s why we offer free tutoring to all SDSU students through the Wintrode Tutoring Program—to supplement what you are learning in the classroom. Tutoring is provided for all students who want to improve their understanding of course material, improve their grades, and increase their self-confidence in relation to course material. In order to do this, peer tutors will help you better understand course content and develop learning strategies.
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