The University is integrating a number of its separately administered academic services and student support programs under a single entity located within the Rasmuson Library, the "Rasmuson Library Student Success Center." Having such a center inside the library will increase visibility and awareness of academic support services for all students, in an inviting, modern space where students feel at home.
In this newly renovated space, UAF's wide range of traditional and non-traditional students will be able to obtain comprehensive academic support services as well as on-site help for library resources, all in one location. The Center will offer spaces for students to learn on their own, from peers, and from tutors, and will be exposed to support and resources they may not have previously known existed. There will be group and individual study spaces, Zoom rooms, presentation spaces, and services such as advising, tutoring, and more.
This concept grew amongst many stakeholders at UAF, including the Student Academic Development and Achievement (SADA) committee many years ago, the Faculty Senate’s endorsement of a library Learning Commons in 2009, and more recently among the library director, the Chancellor and administrators and staff in student support services. Student success centers exist at many other universities and colleges, in order to ensure that students have wide access to the support they need. The timing of this project also dovetails with the Chancellor’s goal to modernize the student experience, including updating buildings and spaces to accommodate contemporary needs. This project will help modernize the library so it becomes a space students love to go, and as an added benefit, get the services they need to succeed.