The Centers for Academic Support & Retention (CASR) is a component of the Division of Academic Affairs. CASR provides the following academic support services: (1) Summer Bridge, (2) New Student Orientation, (3) Fall Convocation, (4) University 101, (5) college placement testing and skills remediation, (6) academic advising and intervention, (7) disability services, (8) mentoring, and (9) tutoring. CASR is comprised of the Academic Resource Center (ARC), the Center for Advising & Retention (CAR) and the Center for Testing, Accommodations, Data & Analysis (TADA). These centers form a retention and intervention infrastructure to assist students in persevering toward graduation – especially during their first year. The mission of the Centers is to “make more sophomores.”

Academic support services helps students master classroom skills. Classroom success is rooted in time invested in academic activities. We encourage students to remember why they came to college – to prepare for their careers through rigorous study. Staff members guide and mentor students’ course selection and progress and provide early intervention when needed. CASR seeks to create a student-friendly environment that attract students to the services we provide.

PRELUDE is a Summer Bridge immersion program which ensure that incoming freshmen who demonstrate a need for stronger basic skills are given a two-week residency to bolster their skills – especially in mathematics and in STEM areas. The goal is to ensure that incoming students enter their first semester in college-level courses so that they can start college on track toward without taking remedial courses that slow down academic matriculation. The PRELUDE Summer Bridge is offered to students needing this service and is voluntary.

Mentoring support is aimed at helping students develop outside the classroom. FMU believes in a holistic learning experience. CASR helps students adjust to navigating the University’s social and business environment with integrity. College is more than classes. Students also should embrace the history of the university and they should know who can help them if they reach points of crises. They should know how to build healthy relationships with faculty, staff and peers. They need to follow a plan. Students learn outside the classroom through their interactions with peers, faculty and staff. Relationships are beneficial and the key to retention. Building strong bond is essential.

Together, academic and mentoring support create a system of support so that students do not fall into academic jeopardy. However, if a student does falter, CASR staff provides guidance to set them back on the right path. CASR works to identify at-risk students in order to help them persist and succeed. CASR strive to provide good customer service to students, faculty and staff. The administrative office of CASR is located in Sarah A. Blocker Hall and can be reached at 305-626-3662.

Office Hours:  All offices are open from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm.

 Center  Building  Room
Centers for Academic Support & Retention Administrative Office Sarah A. Blocker Hall  Room 209
Academic Resource Center Sarah A. Blocker Hall  Rooms 102 & 116
Center for Advising & Retention Sarah A. Blocker Hall  Room 111