Center for Student Success
Dedicated to Student Success Focusing on the First Year
The Center for Student Success (CSS) is a bridge between the Academic Division and Student Affairs Division of the college. The CSS collaborates with faculty and student support service professionals to promote excellence in the academic experience of students, with a focus on the first year (30 credits or less). The CSS provides an array of learning opportunities designed to engage faculty and students working together in and out of the classroom. The CSS focuses on practices and programs that promote a foundation for student success: accepting challenge, taking personal responsibility, and becoming active participants in the learning process.
Office Location: Library Building, Room 124
TTY/TDD & Voice: NJ Relay 711
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00am-4:00pm
Academic Coaching is designed to help build the skills that lead to success in college and life. Coaching sessions focus on topics such as goal setting, time management, critical thinking skills, organizational skills, testing and effective note taking. To make an appointment, please call the Center for Student Success at 732-255-0400 ext. 2957.
Student Success Seminar - STSC 150
STSC 150 Student Success Seminar (2 credit course) is a dynamic, interactive seminar focused on finance, communication, time management, critical thinking skills, information literacy and leadership skill development. Students are exposed to resources to assist them in their academic and career planning while they are becoming familiar with OCC’s vast array of opportunities for success. The course will also enable students to connect to the campus community through a service learning experience.
Disability Services are located within the Center for Student Success. Our staff work with students with disabilities to develop an Accommodation Plan allowing academic adjustments, which minimize the impact of a disability in a learning environment. Students with documentation of a learning disability, medical/physical disability, visual or hearing impairment, and/or psychological/psychiatric disability must arrange disability services through the Center for Student Success. To arrange for services, a student must:
- Complete a Student Intake Packet provided by the Center for Student Success
- Present written documentation of disability
- Meet with a staff member from the Center for Student Success
NJ Stars Enrichment Services
New Jersey Stars Enrichment Program, mandated by legislation, is required for all NJ Stars students who do not earn a 3.0 GPA during their first semester. Support is available to NJ STARS students striving to maintain a 3.0 GPA as follows: STSC 150, Student Success Seminar, academic coaching, academic planning, and information about campus resources.
Peer Tutors are available throughout the fall and spring semesters for various subjects. Peer tutors can help students improve learning, utilize resources, and gain self-confidence. For information on becoming a peer tutor, call the Center for Student Success at 732-255-0400, ext. 2957.
In addition to Placement testing, the Testing Center also offers high school equivalency exams and partners with Disability Services, Kean-Ocean, Continuing & Professional Education, The School of Nursing, virtual and distance learning institutions, and test vendors to administer and proctor various academic tests, skills- and competency-based tests and professional certifications. It is located on the ground floor of the Library building, Room L014. Hours:
- Mondays & Fridays 8:00am-4:00pm
- Tuesdays & Thursdays 8:00am-5:00pm
- Wednesdays 8:00am-8:00pm
- Saturdays 8:00am-1:00pm
The Tutoring Center
The Tutoring Center is located on the 2nd floor of the Instructional Building
The Tutoring Center provides academic support in a wide variety of subjects to supplement your coursework. Professional and peer tutors are well-trained and committed to helping students become independent, confident learners as they complete their degrees and enter, or continue in, the workforce. Some tutoring engagements are one-on-one and may require appointments, others, may be held in group sessions. A program in which faculty, administrators and staff serve as mentors to students. In a one-on-one relationship, mentors can assist students in achieving both personal and educational goals by offering encouragement, support and guidance. Mentors serve as role models encouraging students to explore their interests and navigate campus resources. To connect with a mentor, students can call the Center for Student Success at 732-255-0400 ext. 2957.
The Writing Center
The Writing Center is a free resource open to all OCC and Kean@Ocean students looking for assistance with any writing and/or reading for any class. For hours and additional information, visit the college website, or call 732-255-0400 ext. 2341.
The Mathematics Center
Mathematics Services is located in the Tutoring Center. These services are available for students in all areas of mathematics and in certain courses with a mathematical component. For hours and additional information, visit the college website or call 732-255-0400 ext. 2341.