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The Academic Success Center is here to help you succeed!
  We offer a wide range of support services for the CIU student community, both undergraduate and graduate, as well as accommodations for students with special needs.


Academic Success Center Office



Summer: Mon-Thurs

1pm - 4pm

Fall: Begin regular semester hours (8/27)


9am – 11am, 1pm – 4pm

  • Summer:
    • No tutoring
  • Fall:
    • Mon-Fri 2-5pm
    • Mon-Thurs 6-8pm
  • Click here to schedule an appointment with a tutor. On right side of the page, click on "Reserve a librarian or tutor."
    • Fa/Sp Tutoring location:  -- 2nd floor, Fleece Library


  • Click here to schedule an exam in the ASC.
    • Testing center location: 2nd floor, Fleece Library
  • To make an appointment with the ASC director, click here.
    • Office location: 2nd floor,  Fleece Library 

For everyone: Student Success Workshops

  • Wednesdays, 12-1pm, McKey dining room
  • AND Wednesdays, 3-4pm, ASC conference room (2nd floor library)
  • Every Wednesday except Prayer Days and Breaks
    • Topics:
      • Time Management
      • In Class Study Skills
      • Out of Class Study Skills
      • Test Preparation
      • Writing


Our tutors are pictured below (left to right):

Back row (left to right): Adam Fleming, Nate Montgomery, Josh Hunter -- Front row: Ariana Copeland and Rachel Joung -- Next picture: Elizabeth Branch and Joy Law


 Photo of Tutors 2017-2018
*New* 2/17 How to write a literary analysis paper by our very own Rachel Hust
See below for pdf!

Hours and Contact Information

 Office Hours
(Fleece Library, 2nd Floor)
 Fall/Spring Semesters:
 Monday-Friday -- 9:00 am - 11:00 am
and 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Monday-Thursday -- 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
 Tutoring Hours
(Library Study Rooms, 2nd level)
 Fall/Spring Semesters:
 Mon - Fri
2pm - 5pm
Mon - Thurs
6pm - 8pm
 Christmas, Fall Break, Spring Break
No tutoring hours
While we will try to accommodate walk-ins when possible, scheduling your tutoring appointment is strongly recommended

Study and Discussion Groups

The "How To" Study Group -- this study group teaches you specific strategies for study and preparing for exams.  Group leaders are knowledgeable about core classes and can give you course specific strategies for academic success.
    Discussion groups -- Offered for a variety of courses that are process oriented and where learners benefit from discussion to master course material.
 *Discussion group topics vary from semester to semester, depending on the course offerings. Check out the online and posted schedules for specific offerings each semester.


Tutoring services are available to ALL CIU students, undergraduate and graduate.  Tutors are available for scheduling, reviewing papers, test preparation, projects, etc.  If you need academic support, the tutors are the best place to turn.

Academic Coaching

Academic Coaching is an individual weekly appointment with a coach.  Coaching sessions can focus on accountability, academic needs, time management, etc.  Coaching appointments are arranged through the Academic Success Center.

Accommodations for Students with Disabilities

CIU provides accommodations according to the ADA and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act for students with documented disabilities.  Students who believe they would qualify and would like to apply for accommodations should contact the Academic Success Center.  Follow the link to the Disability Resources for additional information.

ASC Staff


Mrs. Lanpher has a B.A. from The King's College in NY, and a Master of Education from the University of South Florida.  

Photo of Lisa LanpherA native New Yorker, she and her husband have served in Minnesota, Manila and Florida before coming to CIU in 2011.

Favorite Quote:"He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose." -- Jim Elliott
ASC Assistant

         Photo of Ariana Copeland  Ariana Copeland, originally from DeQueen, AR, lives in Columbia with her husband, both students at CIU. Ariana has completed her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Bible at CIU. She's continuing on to get a Master's of Arts in Clinical Counseling.

Favorite quote: "Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you'll land among the stars." -Les Brown

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Google App: Speech to text


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