The staff members of the Center for Student Success coordinate campus-wide efforts to promote learning and encourage success and retention through graduation. We continually look for ways to improve student satisfaction and connection with the Malone community.
The Center for Student Success offers the following services to all Malone students:
Advising and Testing Services
We begin working with new students upon completion of the online registration report to schedule classes for their first semester. We also provide students the opportunity to take ACT Residual, CLEP, and COMPASS placement tests. Testing accommodations are offered to students with disabilities registered with Student Accessibility Services. Upon request exams for other constituencies can be proctored as well.
Students transitioning to Malone University from high school or another college/university will find assistance in the following areas:
- Exploring various majors and career interests
- Examining how academic strengths fit into career objectives
- Developing an action plan to bring objectives into reality
- Understanding various testing options available in gaining academic credit
- Achieving academic goals by meeting with advisors in the Center early and often
Career Development Services
Our mission is to assist students as they discover God’s plan for their career/vocational goals. We seek to prepare students for effective internships, entry-level career positions and/or graduate school searches. Specifically we are prepared to train students in:
- Career decision making
- Career development strategies
- Job search skills
We work to equip students with the necessary skills to:
- Explore career fields and areas of vocational interest
- Gain appropriate career/vocational related experience
- Present themselves as viable candidates
- Conduct successful job searches
- Complete standout applications to graduate schools
Students can begin exploring career options and gaining direction by using Malone.MyPlan.com. This free resource helps students assess personality preferences, skills, interests, and work values. Students can research hundreds of occupations and academic programs to determine their best fit. The system will also help students determine which careers match with their major areas of study. We are happy to meet with students needing assistance to interpret the test results.
Students may attend workshops or make individual appointments in order to:
- Build professional résumés and cover letters
- Develop effective interviewing skills (Perfect Interview is available by request for mock interviews.)
College Central Network is a web-based job posting and résumé referral system that connects students with employers in the Northeast Ohio area and nationwide. Features include an online résumé template with a variety of styles from which to choose, automatic review of uploaded résumés, career-related announcements of on- and off-campus events, document library, and career advice videos.
Student Accessibility Services
Support Services are provided by the CSS to empower students with qualifying disabilities to maximize their educational and academic potential. Students seeking those services must provide documentation of their specific disabilities (physical, learning, or psychological). Based on the received documentation, accommodations, auxiliary aids, referrals for testing, and counseling support can be provided.
Students with disabilities should call the office for individual pre-enrollment appointments if they choose to self-disclose disabilities and plan to request accommodations. We will work with each individual student to determine appropriate accommodations. All students with disabilities are responsible to request the renewal of the accommodations prior to the start of each semester for as many of their classes as they so choose.
Study Skills, Peer and Professional Tutoring Services
We are prepared to help students learn how to study efficiently and effectively. Successful students spend 2 hours outside of class working on academic endeavors for every 1 hour in the actual classroom. They understand that being a full-time student is the equivalent of a full-time job. Other commitments, including co-curricular and employment obligations, must be balanced to leave time for health and relaxation. The term ‘homework’ represents only a small piece of this commitment; and students quickly learn the art of ‘studying’ includes reading, research, making and reviewing class and reading notes, drafting, revising, and editing papers, creating and reviewing study tools (such as flash cards and mind maps), creating and practicing test questions, sharing ideas with study partners, etc.
Workshop ‘classes’ are offered 12 times each semester with the Students for Success series. All students are invited to attend these 50-minute presentations (topics vary) and/or meet individually with office staff to discuss strategies including the following:
- Time management
- Reading strategies
- Note-taking strategies
- Overcoming test anxiety
- Test-taking strategies
- Making helpful classroom choices
- Stress management
- Integrating faith and learning
- Understanding advising and graduation requirements
- Navigating online courses and companion sites to ground courses
- Searching for internships and careers
- Writing résumés and cover letters
- Preparing for interviews
Free peer tutors are provided for subject content assistance and general study skill/accountability support. Students may attend posted walk-in sessions and/or make individual appointment requests with the peer tutors using our online form. Most 100- and 200-level courses are covered and we make every effort to connect students with tutors for any other subject request.
Fee-based professional tutors are available upon request. The fee is $20 per hour and students with disabilities are given priority if spaces fill quickly.
Center for Student Success Contact Information
|Office location and hours: Founders Hall 68; 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.