OSU to break ground Tuesday on $14 million Student Success Center


CORVALLIS, Ore. – Oregon State University will break ground Tuesday (May 31) on a $14 million Student Success Center that will provide both the general student population, and student-athletes, with an array of academic support services.

A brief ceremony will begin at 1:30 p.m. on the site of the center, which will be located at the intersection of Southwest 26th Street and “A” Avenue, just north of the CH2M-Hill Alumni Center. The event is open to the public.

The three-story complex, scheduled for completion in June of 2012, is adjacent to athletic facilities and numerous residence halls. It will feature approximately 30,000 square feet of classroom space, a computer laboratory, study lounge and commons area, as well as counseling offices, meeting rooms and tutorial spaces.

Susie Brubaker-Cole, OSU’s associate vice-provost for academic success and engagement, said the Student Success Center will provide important expansion of successful academic support services that will contribute to the university’s initiatives to increase undergraduate retention and graduation rates.

“The first year at school for students is particularly critical,” Brubaker-Cole said, “and one focus of the new center will be to better engage freshmen, transfers and other first-year students who are trying to acclimate themselves to university learning.”

The project originally was conceived as an academic support center for the Department of Intercollegiate Athletics, but OSU academic and athletic department leaders agreed there was value in having such a center open to all students. The center will allow OSU to continue growing its academic support services for students with enhanced efforts in advising, tutoring, study skills sessions, and academic counseling.

Funding for the new building was supported by $7 million in donations to the OSU Foundation, qualifying the project for matching bonds from the state. An anonymous donor had the lead gift of $5 million, according to Molly Brown, senior director of strategic communications and donor relations for the foundation.

The Student Success Center has been a priority focus for The Campaign for OSU. Guided by the university’s strategic plan, the campaign seeks $850 million to provide opportunities for students, strengthen the Oregon economy, and conduct research that changes the world. More than $700 million has been committed to date.