Student Persistence and Academic Success

The Office of Student Persistence and Academic Success (OSPAS) was established to support the college’s effort to meet the recruitment and retention strategic initiative to increase the student population to 1200 students by 2015. Therefore, the primary role of the office is to advise and guide students during their academic career. From the first day to graduation, OSPAS helps students stay on track throughout their time at Tougaloo College by providing personalized service, unique programming, and important information. Our students face academic, financial, work, and family challenges that complicate their education. Balancing work and school, securing financial aid, arranging transportation, coping with many, many other issues have profound effects on our students' ability to start, stay, and complete their academic goals.

Mission

Helping Tougaloo College students succeed and achieve their educational goals is our mission. The OSPAS supports the mission of Tougaloo College and its learning environment by coordinating an array of programs, resources and services. These efforts help students complete their term coursework, persist in their degree programs, and graduate in a timely manner.

Goals

  • Increase, sustain and maintain a student population in line with the college’s strategic initiative for recruitment and retention
  • Improve the academic performance of students through coordination of academic programs, resources and services to support sustained and systemic success for students
  • Promote co-curricular activities that complement student learning outcomes

OSPAS Staff

  • Act as tertiary advisors to track student progress toward graduation
  • Make adjustments to student records as a result of a change or formal declaration of major
  • Monitor students on academic plans and students who are on probation and warning
  • Manage the SAGE Early Warning system
  • Manage and monitor community service requirements
  • Facilitate assignment of advisors for transfer students
  • Monitor and collect data on students accepted to graduate and professional school
  • Assist students in completing graduate school applications
  • Address academic challenges of students
  • Provide technical assistance to faculty and staff regarding issues relative to persistence and graduation in collaboration with Careers Services and Faulty Development The student populations we serve are:
    • 2nd-4th year students
    • Transfer students
    • Re-Admitted students
    • Provisionally admissions students
    • Students on academic plans

Contact Information

We are here to help you. Feel free to call, email, visit, or write the Office of Student Persistence and Academic Success.

Campus Location:
The Old Social Science Complex, behind the Blackmon Building

Mailing Address:
Tougaloo College
Office of Student Persistence and Academic Success
500 West County Line Road
Tougaloo, MS 39174

Contact:

Michael Weaver
Interim Director of OSPAS
  601-977-6146
  601-977-6153 (fax)
  mweaver@tougaloo.edu

Barbara Powell
Interim Assistant Director of OSPAS
phone  601-977-4468
  brpowell@tougaloo.edu