Blackburn’s Academic Support Services are largely based in the Student Success Center. Staffed primarily by student Academic Resource Assistants (ARAs), the SSC provides a variety of support resources to help students of all majors and class standings be successful at Blackburn. The Student Success Center provides library services, disability services, holistic success coaching, success workshops, as well as direct academic support with the Writer’s Block and subject tutoring.
Find these and other Blackburn resources below.
Disability Services & Accommodations
Blackburn College is committed to an inclusive learning environment that meets the needs of all students. Under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), students with disabilities are entitled to reasonable accommodations to ensure an equitable & meaningful educational experience. The Student Success Center works with disabled students in an interactive process to determine the best ways to meet their specific needs.
Holistic Success Coaching
College presents many new challenges for students to navigate. It’s very common for students to need a little help navigating those challenges! Holistic Success Coaching can help you build essential skills to be successful in every aspect of your college experience, from academics to work to relationships with your peers. You can meet one-on-one with a professional or peer coach.
Throughout the semester, the Student Success Center will hold workshops on a variety of success topics, including time management, study skills, managing test anxiety, finding library resources, making a budget, and more!
The Writer’s Block is open to any student who needs help writing a paper. Trained writing assistants hold open hours in the Block to organize and sharpen written work.
Subject Tutoring & Study Sessions
The success center partners with Academics to provide subject-specific tutoring and study support. Peer tutors hold tutoring and study sessions around campus to help students study and build skills for specific courses. Students who attend these sessions get more practice with difficult course content and learn essential strategies for academic success (which they can apply in all of their classes). Tutors don’t give answers – they give students the tools to meet their own learning goals in some of the most challenging courses at Blackburn. Scheduling an appointment is recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome.
The success center will use a program called WCOnline for most appointment-based services (Holistic Success Coaching, The Writer’s Block, and subject tutoring). Click the “WCOnline” link for more information about setting up your account and scheduling appointments with each of these resources. Disability Services will not use WCOnline.
EAST (Early Alert Support Team)
Please submit this form when you have a student of concern. A member of the EAST team will follow up with the student and send an email when the referral is completed.
Students can access approximately 55,000 physical volumes and multiple electronic databases such as EBSCO and JSTOR. The librarian and ARAs are available to help you find and utilize the right resources for all of your research needs. We also have laptops, cameras, and other tech items available for checkout. Our newly-renovated Reading Room provides a beautiful and productive space to study, find resources, and even get a snack!
College can be a stressful time for many students. If you find yourself struggling with depression, anxiety, or just needing a little help to manage your stress levels better, you are not alone! Blackburn offers mental health counseling to students who need extra support to build their mental wellness and healthy coping strategies.
Technology Help Desk
Questions regarding access to the campus network and the associated student portal can be directed to the Help Desk, managed by Technology Services.