Mount Aloysius College’s Center for Student Success (CSS) provides holistic and strength-based support to all students in a proactive effort to foster academic and career success. The CSS is focused on providing services that are high impact, assessable, and equitable to all students.
CSS Strategic Plan
Mount Aloysius College recognizes that good academic advising and career development are key factors in the retention of students and their overall academic success. The ever-changing shape of the landscape of higher education on both local and national levels requires institutions to actively engage in plans to provide, assess, revise, and innovate these types of services on campus. In a time where there are fewer student to recruit, the importance of retaining students who enroll at our institution is more important than ever. The College continuously engages in examining programs, services, and extra-curricular activities. Vincent Tinto (1993) identified, “Retention is a by-product of a good educational experience”. As a result of these factors, we must be more proactive than ever to ensure we collaborate campus-wide to provide the necessary support to students to ensure they complete an education that does not only prepare them for their professional life, but as an active community member as well.
The unification of the Registrar’s Office, Student Success and Advising, and Career Development to form the Center for Student Success (CSS) will allow for continued support and development for faculty and advisors, stronger career development engagement at critical points in a student’s educational journey and more structure attempts to engage at-risk students.
Mount Aloysius has an excellent foundation in the offices of the CSS and good reasons to focus on the continued development of academic advising and career development across the institution. The creation of the CSS allows for all three individual offices to plan, implement, and support each other as new initiatives are enacted.
The CSS Strategic Plan has been developed to collaboratively meet not only the CSS Vision and Mission Statements, but also each of the individual office’s mission statements. The strategic plan consists of eight themes and corresponding tactics, which address opportunities in all three areas of the CSS.
The MACPASS awards students for attending academic, life, and career planning sessions! If completed, students gain access to priority registration for the upcoming semester, excellent student success resources, and entries into a drawing for 3 $100 gift certificates toward next semester’s books at the MAC Campus Bookstore.
When students attend an approved event, they will get a stamp from the presenter for their card that says “Approved MACPASS Event.” Signatures from advisors are also welcome.
CSS will offer a “T-shirt Tuesday” every Tuesday. The first 3 students to show their MACPASS in the Center for Student Success on Tuesdays during office hours get a free t-shirt.
The student will be in charge of their passport and replacement passports will not be awarded if misplaced. It is up to the students to collect stamps from those events or programs completed. Upon completion, the student turns in their card to Main 101 or the Registrar’s office by Monday, October 22nd. If completed, the student earns:
- The MACPASS Student Success Certificate of Completion – if you complete all 6.
- Access to priority registration for the upcoming semester – if you complete all 6.
- Any stamp is good for one entry into a drawing for 3 $100 gift certificates toward next semester’s books at the MAC Campus Bookstore, so turn in your card no matter how many stamps you have! A completed card gets you an additional 10 entries in the drawing.
Advisor Development Sessions
Academic advising plays a key role in the success of a student at the College. The relationship an advisor develops with a student not only helps foster persistence and academic achievement, but it can also be crucial when a student faces challenges that could derail the student from reaching his or her goals. A success advisor must able to transition from passive forms of advising (where the advisor does more talking than listening) to active forms of advising (where the advisor listens more while the student does the bulk of the talking).