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Student Success

Stark State College is committed to ensuring the success of our students in alignment with the Higher Learning Commission and the Ohio Board of Regents. Through a variety of programs, faculty and staff work closely with each student to pave the way for a successful college experience. More than 230 majors, options, one-year and career enhancement certificates provide a wide-range of academic experiences that prepare Stark State students for the career successes that await them.

The College’s mission and vision statements focus on advancing the quality of life for our students and our community. Stark State College is committed to a process of student assessment to ensure that our students have and maintain the competencies needed for their success while meeting the needs of area employers.

Affordable, accessible and transferable educations are the cornerstones of Stark State College. The College is committed to providing educational access and related opportunities for students who are beginning their educational careers at Stark State College. Realizing this, Stark State College has a number of degree transfer/articulation agreements with universities and colleges, as well as the institutional transfer module, which enables students to seamlessly move from associate degree programs into baccalaureate degree programs.

In addition, there are many student success services available to Stark State students:

Both in-person and online student orientations assist new students in their transition to Stark State College.

Success Seminars
Each semester, information regarding college success is presented to students either in the classroom or through free seminars.

Returning to Learning Workshops
Returning to Learning is a workshop designed to help perspective students prepare for their college experience. This free workshop offers information, strategies and tips to make the transition into college life easier

Student Success Planner/Student Handbook
This special guide, distributed to all Stark State students, includes a daily planner marked with important Stark State events and deadlines. Remaining pages include the Student Handbook, along with pages that provide tips on studying, test-taking, writing, English, math and science. The Student Success Planner/Student Handbook also includes information about who to contact with questions; general competencies and expectations; and information about tutoring labs and open labs. 

The Learning Center and the Testing Center
The Learning Center is a learning center providing technology and people to support Stark State students as they work toward academic success.

The Testing Center offers both computer-based and pencil/paper testing for specific courses. Some courses provide students with computer-based testing. This allows students in those courses to take tests outside of class, in the Testing Center, within a timeframe of usually three to four days. This service allows for more instructional time in class and also provides the students with an opportunity to become familiar with this technology. This is an additional advantage for students, as many licensure exams are now computer-based.

TRiO Student Support Services
The TRiO-SSS project is a federally-funded program offering a wide variety of support and academic services to qualifying students. Participants are low-income, first generation college students who require academic support. Some of these students may also have disabilities. The services provided are educational and career planning, advising, tutoring and educational counseling.

Free Tutoring
In addition to the Tutoring Center and Learning Center, labs focused on math, science and writing are available to aid student success.

Developmental Courses 
Prior to admission to Stark State, students are required to take the COMPASS assessment test to determine skill levels. If needed, developmental courses in English, reading and math are recommended to assist the student in obtaining skills and competencies for a successful college experience.

Textbook Rentals
A limited number of textbooks and laptop rentals are available to students.

Open Computer Labs/Wireless Locations
Stark State College provides public computer labs for student use. All open computer labs have high-speed Internet access, as well as the Microsoft Office Suite for which the College is currently licensed. Wireless locations are available for personal student laptop use, and laptops are available for rental on a short-term basis.

Disability Support Services
Stark State College provides assistance to students with disabilities in order to maximize educational opportunities and individual potential. The Disability Support Services staff assists students with disabilities by providing academic support services; admissions procedures; financial aid information; and academic, personal and career counseling.

The campus includes many accessible features, such as adapted restrooms, electric doors, handicapped parking (by permit) and Braille tactile room signs.

Developmental Courses
Based upon COMPASS test scores, students may need to enroll in developmental courses that provide basic skills instruction in English, reading and math that will prepare them for future coursework.

Multicultural Affairs
Stark State College acknowledges, respects and values differences among our students. The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs provides services to students of various ethnic and cultural backgrounds to enhance each student’s campus experience.

Satellite Centers and Off-Campus Sites
Stark State College is committed to the University System of Ohio’s Strategic Plan for Higher Education
with a goal of increasing college graduates and to providing conveniently accessible education. Through our satellite centers, Stark State takes education into the communities and counties that surround our main campus.

Educational Partnerships
Dual enrollment programs with area high schools and Early College High School allow students to earn college credit while still in high school.

Business/Industry Partnerships
Special partnerships with business and industry, such as the LG Fuel Cell Prototyping Center located on Stark State’s campus, provide additional curriculum development and internship opportunities for our students.