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August 29, 2008

Media Contact: Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
News and Information
The University of Texas at Tyler

UT Tyler Creates New Academic Success Department

After recent organizational changes at The University of Texas at Tyler, the university’s Academic Advising Center has become part of a new department within Academic Affairs called Academic Success, Dr. Peter Fos, provost and vice president for academic affairs, announced.  

“With Academic Success being housed in the Academic Affairs division, building and maintaining relationships with the individual colleges on campus and their advisors will be enhanced and strengthened,” said Fos. “The ultimate goal is to serve as centralized support for the college advisers in addition to providing quality advising throughout a student’s four-year undergraduate experience.”

Also housed within the new department is the Office of Academic Support, which provides peer assistance through Supplemental Instruction and Student Learning Communities. Previously, all three units were part of the Student Affairs division.

The mission of the Academic Advising Center is to provide excellence in advising while building relationships with students and supporting them in achieving their academic goals. The center also strives to lay the foundation for academic success from recruitment to graduation through the advising process.

“Continuing to build strong relationships with area junior and community colleges will also provide students with a more seamless journey through their undergraduate course work,” Fos added. “Ultimately, the students both native and transfer, will benefit from all of these enhanced collaborations.”

The mission and goal of the Office of Academic Support is developing and implementing innovative academic support programs that enhance student knowledge and comprehension of undergraduate course content.

These programs are made available in order to improve individual performance and achievement while positively impacting university retention and graduation rates.

For additional information, contact Fos, 903.566.7103.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. Nearly 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.


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