Academic Success Center

Educational Planning


The Academic Success Center (ASC) provides student advising and support services.  Located on the first floor of Bernardine Hall, its team includes professional, administrative, and student staff with responsibilities for Advising, Academic Support Services, and Disability Services.



General Advising Support

Alvernia students can meet with any member of the Academic Success Center staff to get help with questions about advising and many university policies and procedures:

  • Adding and dropping courses
  • Withdrawing from a course
  • Adding or changing  major & minors
  • Preparing for advising appointments with your major advisor
  • Understanding the SEARCH curriculum (General Education Core)
  • Planning the right experiential learning for your chosen career, like internships, study abroad, the Washington Center, and more!
  • Understanding how decisions about coursework impact degree plans and financial aid
  • Academic coaching
  • Accessing help for your courses
  • Accessing the many other university services that are in place for your success


First Year Student Advising

Each First Year Student is assigned to a First Year Seminar section, which is taught by as the student’s advisor for the first year. Their work is supported by the ASC, which provides advising training and materials to First Year Advisors. Freshmen wishing to make changes to their first semester schedules must visit the ASC to do so, as they do not yet have access to the registration features of self-service.


Advising for Students with Undeclared Majors

After the first year, each student is assigned a faculty advisor in the department that houses the student’s major.  Students who have not yet declared majors are offered additional support through the ASC to continue exploring their interests and developing their educational plan.  Program initiatives include assisting students with locating opportunities for internships, course shadowing, and career assessments.


Advising for Students Who Want to Change Majors or Add Minors

Many students decide to change their major after a semester or two (or even more!) The advisors in the Academic Success Center help students with a variety of tasks aimed at helping them choose a new major:

  • Explore other majors and what careers are possible with them
  • Talk to faculty in potential majors
  • Create a course schedule that lets you try out a new major
  • Job shadow in a possible new field
  • Navigate college policies and procedures for making the change


Transfer Students

New transfer students are provided with individual intake services for each student directly after admission. Each individual session lasts between 1 and 1.5 hours. Sessions cover:

  • An explanation of transfer credit accepted
  • Overview of educational plan through completion
  • Course advisement and scheduling
  • A brief orientation to services on campus
  • Training in how to use myAlvernia, Blackboard, and other IT services
  • Answers to specific, individual questions


Staff in the Academic Success Center continues outreach through a Transfer Student Advocacy program throughout the Transfer student’s first year of enrollment.

Academic Support Services

 Students can access a menu of academic support services, including but not limited to

  • Individual tutoring in most 100 and 200 level courses (higher level courses by advance request)
  • Group study sessions
  • Supplemental Instruction for selected classes
  • Skill workshops in time management, note taking, test taking, academic anxiety, and more
  • Academic coaching  

Disability Services

 The Disability Services Office coordinates the academic accommodations for students with disabilities, as required by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Academic accommodations are decided on a case by case base in accordance with what is reasonable for the institution and the student.


We work closely with Career Development & Experiential Learning

  •  The Career Development team, part of the Holleran Center for Community Engagement, offers myriad ways for students to explore career options and prepare for a successful employment search, including
  •  Individual counseling for students who are undeclared or seeking to change majors
  • Individual counseling for students who are exploring or seeking to prepare for transitions to careers
  • Resume development assistance, provided by professional staff and trained Peer Editors
  • Job search and graduate/professional school search assistance for students and alumni
  • Courses, such as College Majors and Career for undeclared First Year Students



Contact Us

Lee Ann Bieber
Director, Academic Success Center

Polly Mathys
Faculty Advising Coordinator, Academic Success Center

Carol Schwanger
Faculty Advising Coordinator, Academic Success Center

Darla Timberlake
Academic Learning Specialist, Disability Services

Megan King
Academic Learning Specialist, Academic Support

Amanda Funk
Academic Learning Specialist, Graduate & Adult Education

Office Hours

Monday through Friday
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Tutoring Services available until 8:00 pm Monday-Thursday, until 4:00 p.m. Friday, and by appointment outside of regular hours.


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