Academic success/academic difficulty

1. What resources are available to support a student who is struggling academically? 

All students are encouraged to use the following resources to enhance academic performance and their college experience. For questions regarding these services, please contact the Student Resource Center (SRC) at 360-546-9155 or src@vancouver.wsu.edu.

  • Each semester certain courses have free Supplemental Instructors (SIs) available to students. For more information on the Supplemental Instruction Program and a group study schedule, visit the SI website
  • Free Academic Success Workshops designed to help students develop and refine the skills needed to succeed in college are offered every semester on an ongoing basis.  Students may check out the current schedule here
  • Inexpensive tutoring services are available to current WSU Vancouver Students in need of individual tutoring. Tutoring scholarships are available to those students who qualify.
    Students may request a tutor online.
  • Free drop-in math tutoring is available in the Quantitative Skills Center (Math Lab) located in VUCB 102. Visit the SRC Tutoring page for the schedule.
  • Free online professional tutoring assistance is available to all students from eTutoring.org in the following subjects: accounting, anatomy & physiology, biology, chemistry, math (developmental through calculus), medical coding, MS office 2007, physics, Spanish, statistics, web development (xHTML, CSS, and Adobe Dreamweaver) and writing. 
  • Free drop-in support is available through the Writing Center located in VLIB 203. The Writing Center provides face-to-face collaboration between a trained writing consultant and a student writer. Visit the Writing Center website for the hours of operation. If students cannot come into the Writing Center in person, they may send their papers to the Writing Center via the OWL at writingcenter@vancouver.wsu.edu.

2. Where can I refer a student for help with study skills?

The Academic Success Workshops available through the Student Resource Center are highly recommended as a first step for students.  If the student needs one-on-one assistance, he or she should schedule a study skills consultation with Bill Stahley, SRC Academic Coordinator, by calling 360-546-9155 or emailing src@vancouver.wsu.edu.

3. What resources are available to help students select the right classes or major?

Information regarding advising at WSU Vancouver is available on the Student Resource Center Advising page. Advising is provided by academic departments as well as through the Student Resource Center.

If a student would like to explore a major or is undecided about what to major in, they may schedule an “exploring options” appointment by contacting the Student Resource Center (SRC) 360-546-9155 or src@vancouver.wsu.edu. Career assessments and career counseling are also available.

4. What are the advantages and disadvantages of hybrid/online/DDP courses for students who are struggling academically?

Oftentimes students find hybrid/online/DDP courses difficult if they are struggling academically. Students are encouraged to discuss these options with their Academic Advisor to help make a decision that will best meet their individual needs.

5. A student is failing my class. Where can I send him/her for information about academic deficiency?

Refer your student to the Student Resource Center (SRC) in the lower-level of the Student Services Center for any questions related to academic deficiency and the reinstatement application process. Academic deficiency rules and reinstatement application process details including deadlines may be reviewed online. For more information, students can also contact the Student Resource Center (SRC) at 360-546-9155 or src@vancouver.wsu.edu.