Student Success Center

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The Student Success Center provides a central location to receive academic guidance, information and bachelor’s degree advising/planning.

  • As an upper-division institution, every student attending Athens State brings with them transfer credit, the center helps to provide appropriate course of action for every student’s individualized situation.
  • The center partners with other university offices to offer a broad set of resources and services to empower students to excel personally and academically.
  • The center also facilitates and coordinates strategic initiatives to support student success.

As a prospective student you are considering applying to Athens State for the upcoming or future semester.

Upper-Division University

Athens State is an upper-division institution offering college coursework for more than 50 bachelor’s degrees. All classes at Athens State are at the junior/300 and senior/400 level.

To ensure you meet Link to admission requirements and you complete the correct general education core courses for your future Athens State bachelor’s, please connect with an Athens State rep, listed below, and/or review the AGSC & STARS Guide.

All core general education requirement for each degree are listed in the current Link to University Academic Catalog and Athens State reps are available to assist.

Athens State Representatives Available to Assist

Less than 32 college-level credit hours earned? Prospective students should contact admissions or a community college rep.

More than 32 college-level credit hours earned? Prospective students are welcome to contact the Students Success Center staff.

Did you that Athens State has employees located at many of the northern Alabama community colleges?

*Appointments are welcomed

Transfer Course Equivalency Guide

Have a question about a specific course at your college, search it on the Link to Athens State Transfer Course Equivalency Guide to see what it will be articulated to when you transfer to Athens State.

Tip

It is always a good idea to look ahead at the requirements for the bachelor’s degree you plan to pursue to ensure you are selecting courses to fill bachelor’s requirements.

As a new student you have submitted your application, been accepted and are ready to begin classes in an upcoming term at Athens State.

New Students Must Understand:

  1. Their starting point, and coursework to complete in the first semester(s).
    • Every student has a different starting point based on their transfer credits they bring with them.
  2. All general education [gen. ED] requirements for the chosen bachelor’s: what is met and what remains.
    • It is important to understand what transfer credits fills specific requirements for the selected bachelor’s degree.
  3. How-to use their customized Degree Works advising tool for degree navigating and planning.
    • This tool maps out all core course requirements and show swhere transfer credits are applied.

Orientation Guide

The Orientation Guide can answer many common new student questions and orientate you to important tools and resources.

Common Topics Discussed Unique to Each Student

Includes the following list below, but may not be limited to only these:

  • Overall plan of required coursework and credit hours, referred to as a “plan of study”
  • How previous credits will transfer to meet general education requirements
  • Selection of different degree options and how previous credits will be applied (“What if” in Degree Works)
  • Options to complete any gaps in general education requirements
  • How the Curriculum Adjustment process works with your faculty advisor for upper-level 300 and 400 credits your think should fill a major requirement that is not automatic as shown on the Link to Athens State Transfer Course Equivalency Guide.
  • Navigating and using Degree Works to select classes for registration and how-to register

Assignment of a Faculty Advisor(s)

  • New students will be assigned a faculty advisor(s) specific to their major and also for some minors such as education. Faculty advisors become the primary resource for student as they progress deeper into degree major/minor specific requirements.
  • Secondary education students who minor in education, your minor (education) faculty advisor will be your key point of con-tact for teacher certification questions.

Tip

Be sure to receive transiting support as you start on the path to complete your bachelor’s degree.

As a returning student you have completed coursework at Athens State.

Student Support

For the most part, the Student Success Center can work with students on topics such as:

  • The Orientation Guide is a good resource to refresh yourself on key tools
  • A specific question, but do not know where to start
  • Action plan for GPA improvement and academic probation ( Link to GPA Calculator)
  • What is the next step(s) or what should be considered
  • What are the required classes for the major/minor (Degree Works)
  • Navigating gaps in general education requirements (100 and 200 level classes)
  • Change a major/minor and how it effects student progress towards bachelor’s completion
  • Registration assistance
  • Appropriate usage of university policies and/or procedures such as course retake
  • Withdrawing from a course after Add/Drop Week and possible consequences
  • A link between the student and the university
  • Readmission (please see Re-Admitting Students below)

Appropriate Contact

At times, the appropriate academic guidance will require the student’s faculty advisor or professional staff from within the specific college such as Teacher Education Services for field experience and internship questions. Although, with hours from 8 am to 4:30 pm Mon. through Fri., the Student Success Center remains a good place to start to get pointed in the correct direction.

Tips

  • Be sure to use Degree Works for course offerings and degree requirements. This tool will answer many questions about course offerings and teaching formats as you plan your future semesters.
  • Looking for online class options? Use Degree Works to see what of your course requirements are offered online in a given semes-ter and then begin to narrow course options based on what classes you have the perquisites to take.
  • Register for the classes you can as soon as registration opens, then add others later as needed. There is no penalty to add and drop classes and payment is not due until much later after registration opens–Check the Link to Important Dates for the last day to add/drop and payment due.

Previous Athens State students who have not been enrolled in coursework for two or more semesters, excluding a summer term, will need to re-admit.

Re-Admission Process

  1. Submit a Link to re-admission form
  2. Contact the Student Success Center for guidance to re-enroll.

The center can help you:

  • Reevaluate degree options
  • Understand any new requirements
  • Help address any questions
  • Plan coursework
  • Utilize student tools and recourses (Degree Works)
  • Find the appropriate contact for any outstanding question

Tips

Not sure if you need to submit the Re-Admission Form?

  • If you enrolled in courses in fall and did not enroll in courses during the following spring, summer and the then next fall, to enroll in classes in spring or then after would require re-admission.
  • If you conferred a degree or another program from Athens State and you are starting a new program or degree, you must submit a new application for the new program/degree.

Degree Works is a web-based tool that enables students and their advisors to review past, present and future academic coursework to evaluate which degree requirements are complete and which degree requirements remain. It is one of the most important tools you have as a student.

*Important note, for Degree Works to work it requires your official transcripts from all previous schools attended to be received and evaluated by the university.

Degree Works is a Great Resource that Shows: (*Requires official transcript(s)).

  • How transfer courses are applied towards degree requirements*
  • What core classes are needed in order to complete your bachelor’s*
  • Grade point average (GPA) and course grades*
  • In progress / registered classes
  • Credit hours total: overall, earned at Athens State and earned at baccalaureate institutions*
  • Course information: description, prerequisite (if any), times and teaching method offered in the current/next term, CRN for course registration and how many open seats remain in the course section.

Video tutorials to learn How to use Degree Works:

Course Types

Degree Works will display the following course offerings/types as follows:

  • 100% Online/Distance Learning: Class is listed in Degree Works with only “TBA.”
  • On-Campus/at a Specific Location: Class is listed with a day or days of the week and times.
  • Blended: Class is delivered online and also has specific on campus/on location requirements. Class has a combined listing with “TBA” a nd specific days and times.

For detailed course information such as professor and to verify the location, time and days, please use the Link to detail course schedule.

Tips

Missing Classes? Did you completed other class(es), but do not see it your Degree Works? Degree Works functions from official transcripts. If you have coursework that is not showing it may be one
of these reasons:

  • Official transcripts must be received and evaluated from every attended college and university.
  • “In-process” course: Any class listed on your official transcript(s) as “in progress” when received by Athens State will require an updated official transcript that has a grade in order for it to be included in your official record.

Official Transcript send to: Athens State University, Office of Admissions, 300 N. Beaty Street, Athens, AL 35611

* New Students are highly encouraged to submit all
*official transcripts to Athens State as early
as possible.

The Student Success Center is a dedicated team with a passion for helping students. The center welcomes walk ins; however, it is best to schedule an appointment to ensure the appropriate team member is available to assist.

Appointments can be made by calling the Athens State Enrollment Center at 256-233-8130 or by emailing a team member listed below:

Vicki Johnson, Counselor
Primary focus College of Business

With more than 30 years of experience working with students in the College of Business, Mrs. Johnson has advised 1,000s of business students helping them achieve their goals. She is a graduate of Athens State.

Barry Devine, Counselor
Primary focus College of Arts and Sciences including secondary education majors in art, biology, chemistry, English, history, math and social science

Mr. DeVine has a tenure of more than 30 years at Athens State, including serving as head of dormitory resident and sports information director. For the last 15 years, he has assisted students in the College of Arts and Sciences, as well as, taught the Liberal Studies capstone class.

Beth Rice, Success Coach
Primary focus College of Education

Ms. Rice has a passion for helping students achieve academic success. She is the newest team member and brings with her nearly a decade of higher education experience from other universities.

Derrek Smith Photo, Director

Mr. Smith is dedicated to higher education. He cites the usage of his university’s student resources as the key to kick-starting his educational success, as well as, his student work study experience for introducing him to the profession of higher education.

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Contact:

Mon. – Fri., 8 am to 4:30 pm
Sandridge Student Center, 1st Floor

Temporary location due to renovations:
Athens State Enrollment Center
(Lower level of McCain Hall)

(800) 522-0272 or 256-233-8130

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