by Lindsey Walker
The newly formed Jackson State University Academic Enhancement Center (AEC) has already proven to be a success. Launched in the fall of 2010, the center provides faculty support, tutoring, mentoring and workshops to student-athletes. Non-student-athletes are encouraged to use the center as well.
“This center is imperative for the future of JSU because it provides services that assist students in their academic needs throughout their tenure,” said F. Janelle Jefferson, director of the Academic Enhancement Center. “I believe all students can benefit from having a go-to place for their academic needs.”
The center accomplished several impressive feats during the fall 2010 semester. Of the 250 students who used the center during that time, one of every four made the Dean’s List, which requires a semester grade point average of at least 3.0. Additionally, 79 percent of the students who received tutoring in math or math-related classes were able to successfully pass their classes. Of those who received tutoring in English or English-related subjects, 64 percent succeeded in their classes with improved grades.
“We are also working on establishing a website to offer more services and make information on tutorials and other academic support services more accessible,” Jefferson said.
The center’s goals are four-fold: to provide an atmosphere conducive to the enhancement of academic skills necessary for students to successfully matriculate at JSU; to provide faculty tutor sessions for student athletes and others with below satisfactory grade point averages; to continue to provide proper academic advisement through joint efforts with the Division of Undergraduate Studies and the Office of Academic Advisement; and to work closely with all persons involved in the students’ academic and athletic futures to ensure success.
“We just want everyone to know that the Academic Enhancement Center is available to assist students with any academic need,” Jefferson added.
The Academic Enhancement Center, currently in the process of moving from the Charles F. Moore Building to the Reddix Building, is open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday and operates under the auspices of the Division of Undergraduate Studies.