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Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide access and equal opportunity to all students for educational development and excellence. Academic Support Programs is dedicated to assisting students in achieving their educational goals by offering a continuum of quality programs and services. We foster a campus climate of personal growth that promotes responsibility, leadership and academic success.

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  • To provide support services to enhance academic performance
  • To provide equal educational access and opportunity
  • To promote students to become critical thinkers and independent learners
  • To work collaboratively with other offices, faculty, and staff to provide an environment that is conducive to student learning.

Learning Communities

The Learning Communities at CCSJ are designed to make the transition into college a little easier—and a lot more fun— for our freshmen, the youngest members of our college family. It is important that you feel comfortable and welcome here, and the Learning Communities want to make your first year a great experience.

Traditional freshmen who place into EWPC 103 become part of a cohort of about twenty students. Those students take English Composition (EWPC 103), Social Justice (RLST 110), and Introduction to Western Culture (HUM 110) together. The instructors of those linked courses coordinate their course plans and assignments, so you will get extra time to work through tough readings and concepts. In Social Justice, you get lots of experiential learning opportunities, getting out into the community and hopefully establishing relationships in the cities where you may one day live and work.

And best of all, LC students get to bond with each other and with other amazing people during our Learning Community Socials! Every few weeks, we will get together to have fun and talk about some of the things that have happened in our Learning Communities. And, as a special treat, we will take you to the Art Institute of Chicago to get an up-close and personal look at some of the things you will have studied in HUM 110! In fact, as part of the Art Institute University Partner Program, CCSJ is able to provide year-round free admission to the Art Institute to all full-time undergraduate students!

The Learning Communities are close-knit and very collaborative. We share resources across cohorts and utilize every campus and community resource available to us. Campus Mentors are available to any student who requests one. We will also match you with a Mentor as soon as you start to struggle in any of your Learning Community classes. The first year of college is rarely easy, so we are here to make sure you do the best you can. We offer workshops through the Learning Communities as soon as the semester starts, refreshing your student skills like taking notes and studying. We’ll even check in on you at Midterm and during Finals. We are here to offer you the resources you need to be successful in college.

For more information on the Learning Communities at CCSJ, please contact:

Young, Jennifer
Learning Communities Coordinator
Room 183
(219) 473-4285

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center is dedicated to supporting Calumet College of St. Joseph students through an interactive learning experience. Students work with tutors to develop course competencies and study skills such as time management, test preparation, and note taking. In addition, students are provided with tutoring support to help pass courses, to improve grades, and to prepare for continued education and careers. Tutors have a specific charge: to help students learn subject matter and develop effective learning skills. Tutoring is open to CCSJ students at no charge, and is available in most introductory courses. Tutoring in higher-level courses may also be available.

Scheduled Appointments

Students are encouraged to set up an appointment with a tutor. It is important to make appointments in a timely fashion to ensure tutor availability.

How to schedule an appointment

  1. Call the Student Success Center at (219) 473-4287
  2. Visit the Student Success Center in Room 166 (in the Library)

Cancellations and No-Show Policy

If you cannot attend a scheduled appointment, please e-mail or call (219) 473-4286 to cancel or reschedule your appointment. A NO-SHOW occurs when a student has a scheduled appointment and either does not report to the Student Success Center for his/her appointment or does not call at least 24 hours in advance to cancel or reschedule the appointment. A student who has two no-shows is automatically restricted from making tutoring appointments for two weeks from the time of the no-show appointment.

Walk-in Appointments

The Student Success Center is open to all currently-enrolled students during working office hours. Walk-in tutoring is conducted on a first-come, first-served basis.


In addition to individual tutoring, the Student Success Center also offers small group workshops on a wide range of academic skills. Students are welcome to use this free service and attend any or all of these workshops. For a list of upcoming workshops, students should visit the Student Success Center, or refer to new postings in the Weekly Wave Calendar and CCSJ's Facebook page.

Carlye Frank
Coordinator of Academic Support Programs
(219) 473-4286
Room 164A

Our Tutors

Our tutors are faculty members at CCSJ. This means they hold Master’s degrees and/or PhD’s in their respective fields. Tutors teach in a variety of departments across the College, including the Humanities, Math, Business, English, and Art.
A full schedule for each tutor is posted in the Student Success Center.

Spring 2019 Tutors

Ms Jenny Young
English, Writing, Research, Study Skills, Humanities
Mondays: 9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
Tuesdays: 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.
Wednesdays: 9:00 A.M. - 10:00 A.M.
Thursdays: 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

Professor Tracy Stone
Mondays: 3:30-6:30 P.M.
Tuesdays: 8:30 A.M.- 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M.-1:30 P.M.
Thursdays: 8:30 A.M. – 10:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M.-1:30 P.M.

Mr Alex Rodriguez
Math, Statistics, Computer Logic, Basic Chemistry
Mondays: 12:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Tuesdays: 12:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.
Wednesdays: 11:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.
Thursdays: 11:00 A.M. - 5:30 P.M.

Professor Mark Cassello
English, Communications, Journalism
Mondays: 12:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Tuesdays: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.
Wednesdays: 12:00 P.M. – 2:30 P.M.
Thursdays: 10:00 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.


Praxis I to CASA Transition: The Indiana Department of Education has transitioned the Praxis I and II series tests to new basic skills, content and pedagogy assessments developed by Pearson Education Systems. Calumet College of St. Joseph will be a CASA testing site beginning September 1, 2013.


CASA Testing Site

We are a CASA testing site for CCSJ students only. To schedule an appointment, please contact the Registrar Office at (219) 473-4211 or stop by Room 101.
Click here for further information on CASA:

CASA assistance is provided by the Student Success Center
CASA Specialist: Karen Cameron

Tuesdays 5:00 P.M. – 9:00 P.M.
Saturday 10:00 A.M. - 12:00 P.M.
Room 169

For further information, please contact the Student Success Center at (219) 473-4287 or email The Student Success Center has CASA information located in Room 166.

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Other Programs & Resources

PACE Program

The PACE (Personal Academic College Excellence) program is a one-semester support program designed to improve the retention and graduation rates of students who need additional assistance to succeed in college. The PACE program is meant to assist students in attaining personal and academic success.


Students are required to register for the GENL 095 Learning Strategy I class, taken during their first semester. Please note: students who do not successfully complete GENL 095 will be dropped from academic coursework, and required to appeal for re-admission to the College. PACE students will work closely with Academic Support Programs staff to develop academic skills.
Throughout the year the Academic Support Programs center will continue assessing the student’s academic proficiency. Other activities provided through the program are:

  • Basic Skills Enrichment
  • Academic Seminars
  • Study Skills Development
  • Individual Prescriptive Education Plans
  • Mentoring
  • Individual & Group Tutoring

Twenty-First Century Scholars

Twenty-First Century Scholars LogoThe Twenty-first Century Success Program is a newly developed program funded by the Lumina Foundation for Education. The Lumina Grant had created a new position in the Student Success Center, the Tutoring Specialist. This position has expanded the services of the Student Success Center to provide support for students on a daily basis. The Tutoring Specialist supervises tutors and mentors to help students with academic developments. Tutors are trained to aid students in subject matter and effective learning skills while mentors assist with general guidance. The program offers many resources to help our Twenty-first Century students grow into a thriving career. These resources range from cohort groups, staff mentoring, academic surveys, academic workshops to tutorial software. Our mission is to help students reach their academic goals.

Mission Statement

To assist each scholar with meeting his or her academic and personal goals.


To serve as a mentor, academic advisor and advocate for scholars. To serve as liaison between 21st Century Scholars and other academic support units To monitor the academic progress of scholars and intervene when appropriate. To insure that services by the college are responsive to the needs of the 21st Century Scholars and the Scholars avail themselves of these services. To assist with hosting campus visits for middle and high school 21st Century Scholars.


In 1990, the Indiana General Assembly created the 21st Century Scholars program to raise the educational aspirations of low -and moderate-income families. The program encourages students to attend institutions of higher learning by reducing the financial burden on eligible students and their families. The most important aspect of the 21st Century Scholars program is the Scholar. Scholars sign a pledge of good citizenship and responsible behavior in the 8th grade. The 21st Century Scholars pledge requires commitment and academic work from each Scholar. Students who become Scholars promise to graduate from an Indiana high school, maintain a grade point average of at least a 2.0, agree not to use drugs, alcohol or commit a crime, and apply for admission to an Indiana college, university or technical school as a high school senior. In exchange for keeping their pledge, Scholars are guaranteed up to eight semesters of tuition costs at participating public/private college, university or technical school in Indiana.
A toll-free hotline is available at 1-800-992-2076 to answer questions related to the 21st Century Scholars program.

Services Provided

The CCSJ Twenty-First Century Success Program focuses on supporting and encouraging students to increase their confidence to reach academic and personal goals. One initiative in place to meet the students’ objectives and aspirations is through peer mentoring. Peer mentors help students adjust to and succeed in college by providing them with guidance, support and a greater understanding of/linkage to the resources and opportunities available to them. All 21st Century students will be contacted by their mentor throughout the fall and spring semesters. Mentoring is a vital part of the “Success Program” that enables students to achieve to their fullest potential.

Academic Services
Students are asked to utilize our free services:

Student Success Center

Phone: (219) 473-4287

Office: Room 166 (in the library)


Mondays & Tuesdays:
8:30 A.M. - 7:00 P.M.

Wednesdays & Thursdays:
8:30 A.M. - 5:00 P.M.

8:30 A.M. - 4:30 P.M.