Ike and Letty Evans Academic Success Center
“We want to thank the College of Engineering for encouraging us to gift the Academic Success Center. The center is a highly visible way for the college to show how very much it cares about its students. The message, through a variety of initiatives, is this: 'We want our students to be successful.' The center helps students as they transition from enrollment to graduation. The mentoring initiatives help them interface with others having similar experiences, making their time at K-State more productive, challenging and enjoyable while fostering intellectual curiosity and building critical thinking skills. This gift is our way of saying thank you for the support we received during our time at this great university.”
— Ike and Letty Evans
The Ike and Letty Evans Academic Success Center, or ASC, catalyzes experiences in support of student success by creating novel programs to meet the needs of engineering students as they transition from initial enrollment to graduation. The ASC partners with students to address their individual needs and unique goals, utilizing a student-centered approach with an emphasis on academic achievement. This approach focuses on innovative learning-centered environments, where students engage in academic and co-curricular activities.
Utilizing a student-centered approach, the Ike and Letty Evans Academic Success Center, or ASC, supports engineering students by helping them overcome personal challenges while developing their unique strengths. The ASC fulfills this mission through tutoring, mentoring, learning centers, first-year instruction and career awareness, so each student can reach his or her potential as a productive member of society.
The center is lighting the way for student success now and in the future. For many first-year students, managing schedules, finances and academics can be overwhelming; hence, the primary goal of the ASC is to give students an individualized option with the mentors, advisers and training that will empower them toward a successful experience throughout college and beyond.
The ASC staff provides academic advising for first-year and returning students to strengthen and improve upon their progress. The ASC also gives engineering students one-stop access to peer-to-peer tutoring, alumni mentoring, first-year instruction and diversity support programs, all designed to promote student success. These initiatives have been developed to welcome, empower and encourage students to reach their fullest potential. By providing a sense of belonging, the ASC staff help students navigate the pressures of college life and earn a degree.
With group study stations, computer workstations, conference rooms, team building areas and multimedia flex rooms, the associated facilities have been developed to continually reinforce the discipline of working in a team setting. This teamwork modality helps ensure that students are fully prepared upon graduation to join the rapidly changing workforce.
The ASC also offers workshops on topics such as study skills, time management, engineering careers and internships. The center’s Collaborative Learning Laboratory serves as home to the innovative Scholars Assisting Scholars program that hires upper-level students to tutor their peers, which also develops the tutors' own teaching and leadership skills.