Dorothy Burton Nelson, Director


The mission of the Center for Student Excellence is to work in partnership with the university academic departments and campus community to assist students in becoming active, responsible, and successful learners. The center is committed to creating an environment which fosters student development and retention.

To fulfill this mission, the Center for Student Excellence provides specific programming and resources that encourage students to develop the skills and strategies that enhance academic achievement and personal and professional growth. Resources include career exploration and academic planning for students who need information for making life-impacting decisions. For students who experience academic challenges, counselor-led academic accountability groups or individual meetings with their assigned CSE advisor are offered to help them formulate effective study plans for achieving their academic goals. In addition to providing academic support for the general student population, the Center for Student Excellence provides specific services and resources for student-athletes and for students residing in campus housing.

Academic advisors are assigned to assist all incoming freshmen (new and transfer students with less than 30 hours). Students are advised in the center until they complete two full semesters or 30 hours, whichever comes first. The center also coordinates the delivery of Southeastern (SE) 101, the university's required academic success course for beginning freshmen.

Learning Assistance programs are offered on the main campus to all Southeastern students and include tutoring, Supplemental Instruction (SI), and topic-specific workshops and seminars. Qualified peer tutors provide one-on-one and small group tutoring with emphasis placed on the student's responsibility to actively engage in the learning process. SI targets historically difficult courses and guides students in developing course-specific critical thinking skills.