Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success
The Center for Learning, Advising and Student Success (CLASS) is a community of academic professionals and resources dedicated to guiding students on a pathway to graduation. The CLASS team is committed to helping students transition to college by providing academic support, such as advising, coaching and tutoring.
The advising center is the academic home for undecided and many pre-major students admitted to West Virginia University (WVU). Each student is assigned a professional advisor who specializes in one or more pathways designed to support majors that share complementary academic and career interests. Students continue to receive support until they are admitted to a college/school. Undecided students may remain exploratory for one year or until they have earned 30 credit hours, at which point they must declare either a pre-major or transition to a college/school.
The First-Year Experience office assists students in transitioning to college by providing tools and resources to establish a foundation for academic success. This is accomplished through building professional and social relationships, developing critical thinking skills and creating a holistic plan for success. The staff serves as the central contact for all First-Year Seminar faculty, including curriculum consultation, instructor resources, and professional development.
High School ACCESS Early College Program
The High School ACCESS Early College program offers traditional or home-schooled high school sophomores, juniors and seniors the opportunity to jump start their college career by enrolling in college courses. Students who possess a 3.0 or higher high school GPA may complete courses online, on campus or on-site in participating high schools. Students may enroll in courses that fulfill general education requirements at most West Virginia public colleges and universities.
Office of Student Success
The Student Success office helps all WVU students regardless of major reach their potential through academic support, such as tutoring and coaching. Student Success provides programming for first-generation college students (neither parent has graduated from a four-year institution), as well as students of color and other underrepresented groups through its RISE program. The First-Year Pathways program supports students who are provisionally admitted to WVU. WV GEAR UP students receive supplemental support from this office.
Student Support Services/TRIO
Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded TRIO program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. SSS helps undergraduate students from challenged backgrounds persist and graduate from WVU. To be eligible for SSS, students must be income eligible as determined by the federal government, first-generation college attendees (neither parent has graduated from a four-year institution) and/or have a documented disability. SSS provides participants with academic instruction and tutoring, advising, mentoring, financial aid information and application assistance, financial literacy education, graduate school preparation, and other supports necessary to earn a post-secondary education. The program is voluntary and participants are selected through an application process, as spaces are limited.
Upward Bound (UB) is a federally funded TRIO program sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. UB assists income-eligible high school students who will be the first in their families to go to college. Specifically, UB assists students from Preston and Grafton high schools with overcoming academic, social and cultural barriers to higher education, with the goals of being successful in high school and college enrollment, persistence and completion. UB must meet federally established objectives and provides both academic year and summer services to the students in the program.
- Joseph Seiaman
Retention, Persistence and Completion
- Rhonda Black
- Regan Bruni-Swan
Office of Student Success
- Rishira Dille
High School ACCESS
- Cindy Drumm
Student Support Services
- Frederick McDonald
Advising and Recruitment
- Landon Southerly
- Carolyn Peluso Atkins - Ed.D.
Public Speaking, Coordinator of the Presidential Ambassadors Program