The JMU Student Success Center will be located in Constitution Hall, formerly the north and west tower sections of North Campus.
Plans are under way to make the student experience at James Madison University more collaborative, innovative and just plain easier. In the future students will be able stop in the Health Center, check out upcoming Alternative Spring Break trips, update their financial aid status, get a laptop fixed and grab a quick bite to eat. All under one roof.
Constitution Hall, the north and west towers of the former Rockingham Memorial Hospital, will house JMU's Student Success Center. The SSC will be intentionally designed as a place where faculty, staff and students interact.
Charged with the job of creating the SSC, Randy Mitchell, associate vice president, student success, says he constantly asks the question, ‘How can we help students get the best of their JMU experience?’
JMU started developing the concept of a Student Success Center in 1998. “We wanted to have all of these things under one roof, but we didn’t have a roof big enough. Now we do,” Mitchell said.
He added that the expanded center will be a place that supports learning, health and services. “Students will have better tools to support their academic efforts and they will have increased faculty-staff-student interactions. We intend to create a space that helps students get the best out of their JMU experience.”
Kurt Schick, associate director, Learning Resource Centers, said they are already creating an ambitious vision for the future including collaborating to support curriculum, creating innovative professional development programs and expanding support of undergraduate research by becoming a site for scholarship in teaching and learning.
"What excites us most is imagining our centers as a nexus for learning, teaching and scholarly excellence that helps to transform the intellectual climate of our university culture," said Schick.
Complementing the department offices will be what Mitchell calls “the space between” and he says this is just as important. JMU is working closely with Moseley Architects to create a central core of community. The space between offices will be used for creating connections among departments and communicating with students. This space includes lobbies, lounges, group and individual study space, training classrooms, interview rooms and dining facilities.
The current Student Success Center includes the offices of Career and Academic Planning, Community Service Learning, Disability Services, Orientation and the Learning Centers.
In addition to these departments the SSC will house the Health Center, Counseling and Student Development Center, Center for Faculty Innovation, Centennial Scholars and the offices of Judicial Affairs, Financial Aid and Scholarships, Registration and Records, Card Services, Computing Support, HelpDesk, Desktop Services and CampusNet.
The SSC is currently in the planning process