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Student Success Center

The Student Success Center (SSC) supports the holistic development of students as they navigate their college experience. By centering diversity, equity, and belonging, we prepare students to learn within a diverse world by engaging them around topics that are integral to their success and the land-grant mission of UMN Crookston.

Career Services   Multicultural Education   Tutoring   Extending the Classroom   Writing Center

First-Year Eagles Peer Mentors

First-Year Eagles Peer Mentors

The First-Year Eagles Peer Mentorship Program is designed to assist incoming students in making a successful transition in and outside of the classroom. Highly qualified peer mentors will be placed in each FYE (First-Year Experience) class. Mentors will support first-year students in their academics, assist them in locating resources, and encourage them to become involved on-campus and take pride in being a Golden Eagle. Mentors have not only experienced their first year and all of the challenges that come with it, such as: feeling home sick, changing or developing study habits, and more, they will also go through peer mentorship training to be better prepared to support their mentees.

Peer mentors will:

  • Be a positive role model for their mentees and their peers.
  • Lead the way to academic and social success.
  • Provide encouragement, support, and advice. 

Peer Mentor Details and Application

Academic Care Team

Academic Care Team

Academic Care Team

The purpose of the Academic Care Team is to provide additional communication and support for students who are academically at-risk. We value the individual academic support that instructors, advisors, mentors, staff, and peers provide to students and we encourage these people to continue working individually with students. If faculty, staff, or students would like additional follow-up on a student’s academic concerns or feels as though the student is academically at-risk, they can use this form to refer a student or they can refer the student via phone, email, or in person. The academic concerns may be related to:

  • poor academic performance,
  • a decline in grades,
  • attendance concerns,
  • potential undiagnosed disability,
  • academic dishonesty prevention, and/or
  • a desire to connect a student with academic resources (tutoring, Writing Center, organization/time management, peer mentor, academic coaching, etc.)

Academic Care Team referrals are sent to the Student Success Center and addressed by UMN Crookston’s Academic Care Team. The Academic Care Team will gather information from instructors, advisor(s), and other related individuals or departments, and then come up with a reasonable follow-up or course of action to connect the student with appropriate resources and, if necessary, provide additional academic interventions. The Academic Care Team is chaired and led by the Student Success Center, with representatives from the following departments: Student Engagement and Wellness; Disability Resource Center; Humanities, Social Sciences, and Education; Business; Math, Science, and Technology; and Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Academic Care Team Referral

Wellness Care Team

If your concern is related to student health, wellbeing, or behavior, your concern may be more suited for the Wellness Care Team. The Wellness Care Team is a multi-departmental committee that addresses issues related to student health and wellbeing and how it affects behavior on campus. The committee counsels on student concerns and creates actionable plans to connect students with resources and counsel faculty/staff in handling student needs and behavior.

Wellness Care Team Referral

Student Learning Resources

Student Learning Resources

Tutor helping students

Student Resources

Helpful Websites

Study Skills

Resource Links

Test Proctoring

Test Proctoring

The UMC Library provides limited proctoring of make-up tests as a service to faculty. This service should not be used for students with testing accommodations due to documented disability – those tests are administered by the Disability Resource Center.

Learn more about test proctoring

Golden Eagle Academic Recovery (GEAR) Program

Golden Eagle Academic Recovery (GEAR) Program

Students who do not maintain good academic standing (cumulative GPA of 2.0 or better) are placed on academic probation and become a part of UMN Crookston’s Golden Eagle Academic Recovery (GEAR) program. While participating in GEAR, both on-campus and online students will be placed in a Canvas site to assist the student with their academic recovery. The Canvas site will prompt students participating in GEAR to complete the following expectations:

  • Enroll in 15 or fewer credits
  • Earn a 2.0 or better GPA for the semester
  • Develop and complete an individual Academic Action Plan (AAP) to earn a 2.0 or better throughout the semester. Part of the AAP will include the following steps:
    • Visit with the Student Success Center (SSC) by the end of the second week of the semester to discuss your plan of action
    • Visit with your advisor during Weeks 5-6 to check your progress and update your plan of action, if necessary
    • Check your grades at midterm on MyU to be sure you are on track. If your grades are not where you would like them to be, we highly encourage you to request an academic coaching session to make a plan for your academic recovery for the rest of the semester.
    • Visit with your advisor during Weeks 11-12 to check your progress and select classes for the next semester
    • Visit with the SSC for the final AAP meeting during the last 2 weeks of the semester

Specific due dates for each meeting will be listed on the AAP and in the Canvas site.

Students need to attain a term GPA of 2.0 during the semester they are in the GEAR program to avoid academic suspension. Students who do not complete an AAP, or follow the terms of their plan, may lose their right to appeal an academic suspension.

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Faculty: Don't Cancel Class

Faculty: Don't Cancel Class

Planning to head to a conference? Out of town for a family event? If you’re expecting to miss one or more of your classes this semester, consider a Don’t Cancel Class workshop!

The Student Success Center offers a variety of workshops to engage your students while you are away. Our topics (listed below) range from career preparation to diversity to learning strategies, and we would be happy to tailor them to the needs of your class!

Some workshops can be shortened and combined to cover a single class period or can be presented as a supplement to a regular class.

To request a workshop, fill out the form below. Please fill out your request at least two weeks in advance of the date of your absence.

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Workshop Topics

Academic Support/Study Skills

  • APAS: How to prepare for graduation
    This workshop teaches students how to understand their APAS report and use it to prepare for graduation. Students will run an APAS report for their declared major and, if desired, a “what-if” APAS report for a different major. This workshop will include an overview of the various tags and symbols in the report, an explanation on how to interpret the different courses and requirements, and a breakdown of the APAS categories.

  • Common Grammar Mistakes
    This workshop covers the basics of English grammar with the goal of helping students recognize common grammar errors such as run-on sentences and incorrect comma usage. The content of the workshop can be tailored based on the needs of a class and/or the instructor’s preferences.

  • Metacognition
    This workshop helps students assess their study habits through the lens of metacognition. In simple terms, metacognition means thinking about one’s thinking. Students will be asked to consider their own learning processes and reflect on ways to apply what they learn to their current courses and study practices.

  • Preparing for & Reflecting on an Exam
    This workshop encourages students to look beyond the numerical score on a test and to use their past work to find ways to better prepare for future exams. It will encourage students to identify their own strengths and weaknesses, recognize past patterns and errors, and reflect on ways to better their time management and study strategies.

  • Note-Taking Strategies
    This interactive workshop will make use of class materials to teach students effective note-taking strategies. Students will learn the benefits of both typing and writing their notes and choose which method is best for them. They will also be given strategies for organizing their notes and will discuss the importance of taking good quality notes. This workshop will also teach a unique style of note-taking called the Cornell Method, which students will practice in real time during the workshop.

  • Reading Strategies
    This interactive workshop makes use of course-specific materials to teach students effective reading strategies. Students will learn about the SQ3R method and have the opportunity to practice it with course materials. They will also learn strategies for annotating, highlighting, reviewing, and note-taking while reading. If course-specific reading materials are unavailable, this workshop can also be done with a generic textbook selected by the Student Success Center.

  • Time Management
    This workshop will teach students the basics of effective time management. Students will learn practical strategies to help them prioritize tasks, organize their time, and balance their responsibilities.

  • Goal Setting
    This workshop teaches the importance of goal setting for a growth mindset and long-term success. Students will learn the SMART (specific, measureable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound) goal-setting method and will have the chance to develop their own SMART goal and action plan for achieving it.

  • Academic Etiquette
    This workshop teaches students basic etiquette for interacting with university professors, staff, and peers. It will cover how to compose a professional email, how to contribute during a class discussion, and how to approach office hours and one-on-one meetings with professors. Because of the content of this workshop, it is most appropriate for first-year students.

Career Services

  • Resumes and Cover Letters
    This workshop provides an overview of content, conventions, and formatting for resumes and cover letters. It can be customized based on the average age and experience of students in the course.
  • Professional Etiquette and Networking
    This interactive workshop teaches students how to communicate professionally for the purposes of job searching and professional networking. It will include an overview of best practices for professional social media and LinkedIn.

  • Interview Skills
    This interactive workshop prepares students to answer basic interview questions and pitch themselves to potential employers. Students will learn the basics of preparing and elevator speech and will practice interviewing one another.

  • Preparing for a Career in a Diverse World (cross-listed with Diversity)
    This workshop provides information on the importance of diversity in a global environment across all fields of study. Students will learn what multi cultural fluidity is, why it is important and how to learn it while still a student. We will discuss the top eight traits that companies are looking for in their employees and how diversity is linked to the majority of them.


  • Personal/Social Identity Wheels
    This hands-on activity workshop allows students to have a conversation about their personal and social identities. Students will discuss and share the privileges and/or disadvantages of their identities and reflect on the identities of their peers.

  • LGBTQIA+ 101
    This workshop focuses on the basics of diverse gender and sexual identities. Students will learn appropriate and current terminology relating to the LGBTQIA+ community and will have the opportunity to ask questions.

  • Inclusive Language
    This workshop focuses on language choices that accurately and respectfully represent diverse groups. In addition to being introduced to preferred terminology for multiple groups, students will learn the history and importance of inclusive language and will discuss current debates about terminology.

  • Preparing for a Career in a Diverse World (cross-listed with Career Services)
    This workshop provides information on the importance of diversity in a global environment across all fields of study. Students will learn what multi cultural fluidity is, why it is important and how to learn it while still a student. We will discuss the top eight traits that companies are looking for in their employees and how diversity is linked to the majority of them.

Graduate/Professional School

  • GRE Preparation
    This workshop gives students an overview of the purpose, subject matter, and sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). It will cover the best strategies for preparing for each section and the free or low-cost study resources available.This workshop is most appropriate for students who are planning to apply to graduate programs.

  • Personal Statements/Letters of Intent
    This workshop covers the basics of writing personal statements (also sometimes called letters of intent or statements of purpose) for graduate school applications. The focus of the workshop can be tailored to different application processes (for example: short response questions). This workshop is most appropriate for students who are planning to apply to graduate programs.

Health Services

  • Sexual Health & STIs
    This workshop covers sexual health and sexually transmitted infections from a factual and biological standpoint. Students will learn the importance of practicing safe sex and the resources available to them on campus.

  • Basic First Aid
    This workshop gives students an overview of basic first aid. They will learn when and how to administer basic first aid in the event of an emergency and learn how to handle specific situations.

  • This Bugs For You
    This workshop discusses common viruses and bacteria. Students will learn how these common viruses and bacteria are treated. Other topics in this workshop include proper handwashing, flu versus cold symptoms, gastrointestinal (GI) problems, etc.


  • StrengthsQuest 101: Knowing Your Strengths
    This workshop uses students’ Clifton StrengthsQuest results as starting point for discussion. Students can explore how their strengths relate to many different areas of their life or the focus can be narrowed to a particular field or major.
  • How to Vote/Voter Registration Process/Absentee
    (To be offered in the beginning of fall semester, before the 2020 election.)
    This workshop emphasizes the importance of voting regardless of political affiliation. Students will learn how to register to vote in Minnesota, apply for an absentee ballot, locate their appropriate sample ballot, and research candidates.

Faculty Resources

Department Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty & Staff

Chris Ehrhart
Director of Diversity
270-B Owen Hall
(218) 281-8580
SS Pro 3-Academic Advising, FYE Success Coach
270-C Owen Hall
(218) 281-8554
Dir. Student Success/Advising
270-F Owen Hall
(218) 281-8555
Academic Advisor, Head Coach - Women's Tennis
170-C Owen Hall
(218) 281-8429
Josh Parrill
Asst. Dir. of Student Success
270-E Owen Hall
(218) 281-8558
SS Pro 3-Academic Advising, Teaching Specialist
(218) 281-8386
SS Pro 3-Academic Advising
(218) 281-8179
Career Services Coordinator
270-A Owen Hall
(218) 281-8557
Academic Advisor
270-I Owen Hall
(218) 281-8559


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Student Success Center

University of Minnesota Crookston

270 Owen Hall

2900 University Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

PHONE: 218-281-8555



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