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Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) Grant

Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) is a grant-funded program that helps students who are on Probation/Exclusion and who are not making Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students will meet with an Academic Success Advisor and an Academic Success Coach located in CSU ADVISE - Schuster Building. The purpose of this program is to help students create an Academic Success Plan and arm themselves with strategies to help them meet their academic goals.

University Support Advising

A University Support Advisor will meet the student one-on-one or virtually to complete an assessment. The assessment is an informal meeting that allows the academic success advisor to get to know you and your specific struggles so that he or she can help you to develop strategies to achieve academic success. Then we will meet again at mid-term for the course check in to see how you are doing grade wise. We will go over GPA calculation, and explain what services we offer, so that the student can have a successful academic career. Your Academic Success Advisors are Christopher Holloway, Kristi Rosengrant, and Nadya Perkins.

University Support Coaching

Our University Support Coaches (Peer Mentors) are a great group of students who attend Columbus State University and do very well in the classroom. They have been trained on a variety of learning techniques, are very knowledgeable, and enjoy working with other students.
Our University Support Coaches will meet either in-person or virtually with students pertaining to the various areas the student might need help in, such as Time Management, Syllabus Review, Test-Taking/Study Strategies, Note Taking Techniques, and more.

University Support Tutoring

Our University Support Tutors are students who excel academically in the classroom and are able to communicate content effectively to fellow students. University Support Tutors provide in-person and remote tutoring in most core courses (Areas A-D).

Free Financial Literacy Workshop

A virtual workshop that teaches students about Budgeting, Navigating Student Loans, Establishing Credit, and Investing.

Free Learning Disability Testing

SIP has partnered with the CSU Counseling Center to provide students with an assessment to determine whether or not they have a learning disability. Students are referred to complete the assessment through University Support Advisors.

Free Strong Interest Inventory

The Counseling Center partners with the SIP Grant to give the Strong Interest Inventory Assessment, which provides robust insight into a person's interests, to help students to consider potential careers, their educational paths, and the world of work. The test is normally $25, but is offered free of charge to qualifying students. Please contact Christopher Holloway for more information on the Strong Interest Inventory and referrals.

  1. Log into your MyCSU account and click on the EAB link in the left-hand navigation.
  2. Click on "Get Assistance" in the blue box on the right-hand side.
  3. From the "I would like help with" drop down menu, choose "Academic Success"
  4. From the "Reason" drop down, choose "University Support Advising"
  5. From the "Type of appointment" drop down, choose "Advising for University Support Status." Click Next.
  6. Choose CSU Advise & SIP GRANT-Library as your location.
  7. Pick your University Support Advisor from the drop down. Click Next.
  8. Here you will see available times. Choose your day, and morning or afternoon.
  9. Once you click on morning or afternoon, you are given times to choose from. Click on your selected time and click Next.
  10. Add any additional comment information in the “Comments" section.
  11. Set up a reminder! We highly recommend the text option!
  12. Click on Confirm appointment!

  1. Log into your MyCSU account and click on the EAB link in the left-hand navigation.
  2. Click on "Get Assistance" in the blue box on the right-hand side.
  3. From the "I would like help with" drop down menu, choose "Academic Success"
  4. From the "Reason" drop down, choose "University Support Coaching"
  5. From the "Type of appointment" drop down, choose the type of coaching you were advised to receive i.e. "Time Management Coaching, Note-taking Coaching." Click Next.
  6. Choose CSU Advise & SIP GRANT-Library as your location.
  7. Leave the advisor choice blank. Click Next. Here you will see available times. Choose your day and morning or afternoon.
  8. Once you click on morning or afternoon, you are given times to choose from. Click on your selected time. Click Next. *Please note any request for you to bring in items such as syllabi or notes in the "Additional Details."*
  9. Enter comments/concerns/questions in the comment box.
  10. Set up a reminder! We highly suggest the text option.
  11. Click on Confirm appointment!

  1. Log into your MyCSU account and click on the EAB link in the left-hand navigation.
  2. Click on "Get Assistance" in the blue box on the right-hand side.
  3. From the "I would like help with" drop down menu, choose "Academic Success"
  4. From the "Reason" drop down, choose "University Support Tutoring"
  5. From the "Type of appointment" drop down, choose the course in which you wish to receive tutoring." Click Next.
  6. Choose CSU Advise & SIP GRANT-Library as your location.
  7. Leave the advisor choice blank. Click Next.
  8. Here you will see available times. Choose your day, and morning or afternoon.
  9. Once you click on morning or afternoon, you are given times to choose from. Click on your selected time and click Next.
  10. Enter comments/concerns/questions in the comment box. *In order to help the tutors, prepare for your session, please indicate which course and topic/concept you would like assistance with.
  11. Set up a reminder! We highly recommend the text option!
  12. Click on Confirm appointment! *Please be sure to bring any supplemental materials (class notes, textbooks, etc.) to your tutoring session that may help the tutors to better assist you!

Alyssa Johnson

Alyssa Johnson

Alyssa Johnson is an undergraduate at Columbus State University and a newcomer to CSU Advise.
She is an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing. She is excited to tutor students in
English and history. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and listening to music.

For other questions and/or more information please contact:
CSU ADVISE
Simon Schwob Memorial Library, Room 201
Phone: (706) 507-8780