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Student Support Services

STAR:  Center for Student Success

Student Success Mission: The Student Success (SS) promotes self-efficacy and growth while providing concrete strategies and support resources to foster critical thinking and facilitation of academic success.


Student Success Vision: To provide comprehensive learning support to ensure students are equipped with the necessary tools for academic success. 


Main Office & Tutoring: Harris Hall Annex Suite C

Office Hours: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday

Telephone: (225) 771-4312



Learning Centers:

SS Learning Center: Stewart Hall Room 155
CSE Learning Center: Pinchback Hall (ISTAR) Room 
COB Learning Center: T.T. Allain Hall Rooms 227 & 229

Testing Center: Stewart Hall Room 155 


Social Science Lab

The Social Science Lab is for graduate students in the Nelson Mandela College.  The lab is equipped with 25 mobile computer kiosk stations that are equipped with SPSS and STATA statistical software.  It is an environment for learning, research and scholarship enhancement.

The Social Science Lab is located on the 4th  floor of  Rodney G. Higgins Hall in Room 426

Hours of Operation are 8am - 5pm (Monday-Friday) and by Reservation


Saturday Institute

Graduate professors host lectures and provide tutoring to support student advancement and program matriculation in graduate endeavors.  The Saturday Institute is managed and facilitated by Dr. Onyumbe Lukongo.

Every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month:  9 am – 1 pm  |  4th floor of Rodney G. Higgins Hall in Room 412.



Professional Advisement and Career Guidance for the graduate student.  This service is offered by the Internship and Placement Director, Professor Blanche Smith on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s  1:00 pm – 4:00 pm in Higgins Hall Room 115.  Students are taught everything from professional attire, resume writing, interview skills and much more.


Writing and Communications Center

Goals and Purpose

To provide students across campus with help in drafting and revising communication-centered work in order to improve their skills as effective communicators.

Communication-centered work includes written, technological, visual, oral, and multi-modal.

  • Written: Research, persuasive writing or rhetoric, composition, professional writing (emails, resumes), creative
  • Technological: Using digital media to convey a message, virtual design in class work, properly using the Internet to find sources for research papers
  • Visual: Projects, Powerpoints, Prezi, art as language
  • Oral: Giving a speech, professional rhetoric and presentation of self
  • Multi-Modal: A blend of two or more modalities—print, text, visual, sound, etc.

Mission and Philosophy

To provide an active, student-centered approach to improving communication-centered work.

Location:  Stewart Hall Room 140