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Residence Life Academic Initiative

Our mission is to provide a wide variety of programs and services to enhance the academic experience and pursuits of students living on-campus

The initiatives include study spaces, faculty engagement and involvement, academic achievement events, residential tutoring, and strategies for employable skills that support residents. We strive to provide resources and a focus on academics that you will not find off-campus.

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Residential Tutoring

The Residential Tutoring program is designed to provide academic services for students living on-campus at Columbus State University. Residential Tutoring is a completely free service provided for all on-campus students during convenient hours and close to home.

Tutoring is offered starting the second week of classes each semester in:
Clearview Conference Room from 5:00 – 9:00pm, (2 days a week TBD)

This service is provided through a partnership between the Department of Residence Life and the (either ACT or ACE). There are frequently tutors available upon request to assist with a variety courses, so feel free to stop in and ask!

Residential tutoring is open to current housing residents with a valid student ID.

Academic Skills Programs

Residence Life offers bi-weekly topic-based presentations that are meant to develop or expose residents to new study skills and techniques. Sessions include: time management, writing an "A" paper, learning styles, employable skills, QEP (real life problem solving), and more! Check your email for information or visit our website at life.columbusstate.edu for more program information.

Dinner with Faculty

Dinner with Faculty is a monthly event in which on-campus residents have the opportunity to engage in dialogue with faculty, outside of the classroom. Set in the azalea room in the cougar cafe on the first Tuesday of the month during the academic year, faculty are invited to share their field of study, their personal journey, or life advice through engaging conversation with students. Students who attend enjoy a delicious meal, meet other students, and learn that faculty members are real people, too, who can and want to be approached! Sign up is required. Watch your CSU email for monthly invitations, or visit our website at life.columbusstate.edu to see the upcoming month's event.

Honoring Academic Excellence

Honoring Academic Excellence is a ceremony in which Columbus State University Residence Life students are recognized for demonstrating academic excellence. The ceremony also includes a reunion for the students, faculty, and staff that have participated in our Residence Life Academic Initiative during the semester.

Study Spectacular

Study Spectacular occurs at the end of each semester from 8am on Study Day through 5:00pm on the last day of finals. Designated study rooms are open 24/7 during this time frame in order to provide our on-campus residents with a quiet environment that is conducive to their studying. Free coffee and snacks are provided throughout the event to keep you fueled for finals. Resident Assistants will be available during peak times to provide moral support, assistance, and upperclass guidance!

Chats with Dr. Uma

Join our Faculty in Residence, Dr. Uma Srihadarn, for some delicious treats and great conversations. Dr. Uma with cook some remarkable food for residents along with chatting with residents about academics and life.

Residence Life Academic Initiative - Committee Members

Robin Peacock - Residence Life, Senior Residence Life Manager
Dr. Uma Sridharan - Residence Life, Faculty In Residence and  Professor of Accounting and Finance, D. Abbott Turner College of Business
Andrew Donofrio - Residence Life, Faculty In Residence and Assistant Professor, Department of Communication
Lisa Shaw - Director, CSU Advise
Mariko Izumi - QEP Director. Quality Enhancement Plan
Eliot Rendleman - Academic Center for Tutoring, Director