Educational Success Center

Mission Statement Top of Page

The mission of the Educational Success Center (ESC) is to support UW-Superior students by providing resources and advocacy to foster academic success, enhance student retention, and promote graduation.

The Educational Success Center (ESC) upholds this mission by supporting students in acquiring the knowledge, skills, and mindset necessary for achieving their educational goals. ESC assists students in the following ways: making a successful transition into, through, and out of the university; developing the academic skills needed to take full advantage of educational opportunities; cultivating the mindset and habits that promote commitment and perseverance; and encouraging every student to develop the commitment and motivation to learn.

ESC provides all UW-Superior students FREE academic services and programs. However, some programs, e.g. Student Support Services, Disability Support Services and the Bridge Program have eligibility requirements (as described below) and additional services will be provided within those programs. The Educational Success Center is located in Swenson Hall 1024/1025.

Student Support Services Top of Page

TRIO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded program by the Department of Education designed to serve students who meet federal family income guidelines, who are first generation college students (neither parent(s) nor guardian(s) has earned a four-year college degree), and/or who have documented disabilities. View the Eligibility Requirements.

In order to participate in the TRIO SSS Program, students MUST meet one or more of the three eligibility criteria outlined above. Some of the additional services TRIO SSS provides to eligible participants are academic advisement, ASSIST (Academic Student Support Intervention for Success and Transition) management, educational workshops and seminars, graduate school preparation, grand aid scholarships, mentoring program, and various social and cultural events.

The goal of TRIO Student Support Services is to increase the college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the process of transition from one level of higher education to the next.  TRIO SSS provides opportunities for academic development, assist students with basic college requirements, and serves to motivate students to successfully complete their postsecondary education.

TRIO Student Support Services Grant Aid/Scholarship

Each year TRIO SSS awards over $30,000 in Grant-Aid/Scholarships to its eligible participants to help with education costs at UW-Superior.  Qualifying SSS participants are encouraged to apply before or by the FIRST Friday of May of each year. Priority will be given to:

  • Students who are enrolled and remained active in the TRIO SSS program.
  • Students who have demonstrated progressive academic achievement toward graduation.
  • Students who receive Federal Pell Grants, determined by the [NAME:FINDAID].

To apply, please visit the Educational Success Center website for more information, www.uwsuper.edu/support.

BRIDGE Program Top of Page

The BRIDGE Program at UW-Superior is offered annually. Participating students enroll in a full-time load of courses (12-15 credits) with relevant courses that meet university requirements, but with additional resources to support their academic success. In this program students have the advantage of a supportive learning community that includes structured academic support services. All Bridge students are required to enroll in a Collegiate Study Skills course and to attend regularly-scheduled tutoring and study sessions that support their coursework.

The mission of the Bridge program at UW-Superior serves students who would benefit from additional academic support during their first semester of enrollment at UW-Superior. The program provides additional structure and resources to participating students in order to facilitate or "bridge" their successful transition to the college academic environment.

Tutoring Services Top of Page

The Academic Support Center and Math Lab are located in the Educational Success Center in Swenson Hall 1024/1025. We also offer 24/7 online tutoring. All tutoring services are FREE to currently enrolled UW-Superior students. The Educational Success Center employs nearly 40 students per semester as tutors in our labs. Tutors provide one-on-one group tutoring in math, study skill strategies, and other content areas.

Both the ASC and Math Lab are staffed by student tutors who receive extensive training. Student tutors also have opportunities to further refine their skills through enrollment in tutoring practicums (IDS 305 or MTHED 305).

Academic Support Center: Swenson Hall 1025

The Academic Support Center (ASC) is a content area tutoring lab that offers students the opportunity to work with talented traditional and non-traditional aged students who know what it takes to succeed in the classroom.  Trained peer tutors offer day and evening assistance in a host of student-to-student services including one-on-one tutoring, small group tutoring, navigating campus computer software, teaching study skills, and help with time management skills.

The ASC offers a quiet study area and 14 computers for student-use. All ASC services are FREE to current UW-Superior students. If we don't have a content area tutor you are looking for, just ask us! We can find a tutor for almost any subject.

The ASC is open 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. on Fridays.

Math Lab: Swenson Hall 1024

The Math Lab provides students with free math tutoring in subjects ranging from MATH 090 (Fundamentals of Mathematics) to Math 240 (Calculus I). Assistance for other higher-level math courses, as well as computer science courses, may also be available. Students are welcome during open hours to stop by and work with peer tutors individually or as a group to obtain clarification on important math concepts.

The Math Lab offers day and evening assistance through trained peer tutors, One-on-One math tutor, small group tutoring, a quiet study area, textbooks from every math course through Calculus I available for student use in the lab, and daily calculator rentals.

The Math Lab is open 8:00 a.m.- 4:30 p.m. Monday to Thursday and 8:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m. on Fridays.

24/7 Online Tutoring

Online tutoring services are available to both on campus and distance learning students. For more information about online tutoring services, please call 715-394-8560 or email support@uwsuper.edu.

*Please contact us about Summer Tutoring Services Hours.

Disability Support Services Top of Page

Disability Support Services (DSS) staff are committed to provide reasonable accommodations for students covered by the Americans with Disabilities Act. Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability against persons in any program or activity receiving or benefiting from federal funds. Section 504 and the Americans with Disabilities Act also require these institutions to make reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities. These mandates apply to documented learning, physical, sensory, and psychiatric disabilities.

The Disability Support Services Coordinator serves as a liaison for students with disabilities, and coordinates reasonable accommodation requests. To become eligible for accommodations, interested students must:

  1. Identify themselves to Disability Support Services and provide appropriate documentation of the disability;
  2. Schedule an appointment to review the information and develop an accommodation plan with DSS;
  3. Inform instructors of accommodation needs at the beginning of each semester by giving them a Faculty Accommodation Form; and
  4. Meet with Disability Support Services to update the accommodation plan and to arrange timely services. For questions related to services for students with disabilities, e-mail disability@uwsuper.edu or call 715-394-8019 .

Testing Services Top of Page

The UW-Superior Testing Services is located in Swenson Hall 1025. It offers UW Placement exams, Disability Testing Accommodation, and ACT/SAT Exams. Please visit the Testing Center for additional information, call 715-394-8087 , or email support@uwsuper.edu to schedule an exam.

Placement Testing

UW-Superior policy dictates the following:

  • Math Placement Test: Required for all students
  • English Placement Test: Optional - we place students based upon their ACT English score (we recommend that students take this exam if their ACT English score is 18 or below)
  • Foreign Language Tests (French, German, or Spanish): Required for all students who have taken a language in high school, prior to registering for any language courses at UW-Superior. Foreign language is required for students seeking the Bachelor of Arts degree as well as for students in some academic programs.
  • Please note: Students with Youth Options credit, Advanced Placement credit, or transfer credit who believe they might satisfy the English, Mathematics, or Foreign Language requirement, please contact us to determine whether your credits will exempt you from any of these testing requirements.
  • All new freshmen should complete testing during the spring Regional Testing Program, and are required to submit the results of the Wisconsin Placement Tests prior to registration for classes.
  • Visit the Placement Testing webpage for additional information.

Developmental Education and Instruction Top of Page

ESC offers a variety of fundamental courses to help students with their transition to UW-Superior. These courses teach study skills, time management skills, and prepare students for success in higher level courses. These courses include:

  • Collegiate Study Skills -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
  • Collegiate Relationships -- 3.00 credits
  • Tutoring Practicum -- 1.00 - 3.00 credits
  • Fundamentals of Mathematics -- 3.00 credits
  • Educational Workshops and Seminars
  • Supplemental Instruction (SI)*

*Supplemental Instruction (SI) is a FREE service offered to students in a select number of courses each semester. Participation is voluntary, but all students enrolled in the applicable courses are strongly encouraged to attend SI sessions. SI provides regularly scheduled review sessions of course material outside of the classrooms. SI review sessions are peer-led, informal seminars in which students compare notes, discuss readings, predict test items, and develop tools for effective organization.

Specialty Services Top of Page

The Educational Success Center is here to assist all UW-Superior students in cases of homelessness and to help coordinate confidentially the resources you need. If you, as a student, are currently without a safe place to live or are in danger of losing your housing, please contact the Educational Success Center immediately.

Our Homelessness Handbook is intended as a guide for UW-Superior students who either are currently homeless or are at risk of experiencing homelessness. It should also be used by UW-Superior staff who may not be aware of what resources we have to offer. All relevant offices should keep a copy of this handbook available at all times.

If you have any questions about these or other services or know of other resources that should be listed or corrected, please contact us.

TRiO Programs Top of Page

Upward Bound Top of Page

Upward Bound is a federally funded program created in 1964 to identify and assist promising high school students who face barriers to completing high school and enrolling in a post-secondary institution. Over the past 50 years, more than 818 Upward Bound programs across the nation have helped hundreds of thousands of young people. The University of Wisconsin-Superior is one of 14 Upward Bound programs in Wisconsin providing support services to high potential students who would be unlikely to pursue higher education without extra support. Upward Bound provides that support at no cost to the families or the school district.

McNair Scholars Program Top of Page

The McNair Scholars Program prepares income eligible, first generation college students and students from groups underrepresented in graduate education for doctoral study. Each year, 25 students are chosen to participate in the program's activities, which include seminars, cultural events, graduate school visits, and more. During the summer, 12 scholars participate in a paid individual research experience, working collaboratively with a faculty mentor on a project of interest to the student. Program participants also receive GRE preparation instruction and help in the graduate school application process.

Educational Success Center Contact Information Top of Page

Educational Success Center
University of Wisconsin - Superior
Swenson Hall 1024
Belknap and Catlin Ave.
P.O. Box 2000
Superior, WI 54880
Phone: 715-394-8185
Email: support@uwsuper.edu