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Get to Know Baylor's One-Stop Shop for Student Success

August 28, 2018
Success Center
Baylor’s Paul L. Foster Success Center offers a wide array of services to help your student find success while at Baylor, and when their time on campus is through. Dr. Sinda Vanderpool walks you through the many ways the Success Center helps students make the most of their time at Baylor.

Happy new year, Baylor Parents! More than January 1st traditions, the new academic year makes our hearts sing and our halls full here in the Paul L. Foster Success Center located in the Sid Richardson Building within the heart of campus. Our mission is to help every student connect and thrive as they navigate a Baylor degree, leading to a meaningful career. What makes the Baylor education transformative is the fact that we help students find meaning and purpose by pointing them to consider life as leadership and service to others.

As your student gets into routines this fall, make sure that they are taking advantage of all that the Paul L. Foster Success Center has to offer:

Academic Support Programs helps all students maximize their academic success by developing strategic learning skills and personal management strategies. Have your student take advantage of Supplemental Instruction, Tutoring, Academic Mentoring, and the Learning Lab where students can stop in for help with strategies and techniques on managing time, taking notes, and preparing for finals.

Career and Professional Development helps students set professional goals and navigate the path to a meaningful career. Have your student get plugged in today with CPD. From finding a job on campus with the Student Employment Office to finding an internship or working on interviewing skills—and taking advantage of the Career Closet to get professionally dressed, your student is sure to find the help they need to get ready for steps beyond their Baylor years.

The McNair Scholars Program aims to prepare low-income, first generation and other underrepresented students in acquiring the knowledge, skills and capacities necessary to successfully navigate a path to a Ph.D. program following graduation from Baylor.

OALA (The Office of Access and Learning Accommodation) helps provide equal access in all aspects of the college experience for students with a range of disabilities. From meeting with an assigned Accommodation Specialist to utilizing the Testing Center for a reduced-distraction environment, students with disabilities thrive when they use OALA’s services. If your student has received learning accommodations in the past, be sure to have your students get plugged in to the OALA office immediately. Note that students with permanent or temporary accessibility issues may be eligible to use the Baylor Disability Shuttle.

Student Success Initiatives strives to positively impact the success of Baylor students by addressing their social, emotional, and transitional and academic concerns. Undergrad students in their first semester are enrolled in a New Student Experience course to facilitate the transition to the rigorous academic environment at Baylor. First In Line offers first generation college students programs to maximize academic success. The Store offers a food pantry for students in need so they can bring their best selves to the classroom. Transfer Student Success meets the unique needs of transfer students at Baylor. VETS offers student veterans programs and community to maximize academic success. The Pre-Law program provides resources, advising, and support to students of all majors who are considering a career in law.

University Advisement coordinates academic advisement across Baylor’s many academic programs. Your student will likely be hearing from their advisor in the coming weeks to begin planning for spring semester courses. From considering a major change to ensuring your student is on path to graduate in four years, University Advisement can help your student connect to the right resources to maximize their success.

I wish you and your student a meaningful and invigorating 2018-19 academic year!


Dr. Sinda Vanderpool
Associate Vice Provost for Academic Enrollment Management
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