TROY – Troy University’s new Student Success Center will officially open in a ceremony on August 20.
Located in Eldridge Hall, the open house will take place from 3 p.m. until 5 p.m. and will begin with a short program, said Eleanor Lee, dean of first-year studies.
The mission of the Center for Student Success is to provide programs and services that enhance Troy University students’ academic achievement, personal and social growth, campus and civic engagement, career development, and persistence to graduation. Tutoring is available in mathematics, chemistry, physics, biology, English language and composition, career development, study skills, and computer usage related to class assignments. Academic counseling and adaptive needs resources and staff are provided as well. A first-year testing program and TRIO, which includes Upward Bound and Student Support Services, is also housed in the Center.
“The main purpose of the center is to be successful in first-year studies,” Lee said. “We want to make our students successful in college so that they complete their degrees and we want to help them with their career choices as well.”
While the Center serves as a hub of the University’s First-Year Studies Program, its programs are available to all students.
A $2.1 million renovation to 28,744 square-foot Eldridge Hall allowed the accommodation of the Student Success Center. Originally built in 1940 adjacent to Shackelford Hall, Eldridge Hall served as the Troy Campus’ first dining hall. Since that time, the building has been put to other uses including serving as the home to the University’s Athletic Training Education Program. The building was named for Dr. Edwin Ruthven Eldridge, Troy Normal School’s second president. Eldridge is credited with awarding the University’s first college degree in 1889, and for moving the Normal School’s curriculum from three years to four years. During his tenure, the name of the institution was changed from Troy Normal School to Troy State Teachers’ College.