Center for Student Success

A Center dedicated to student success, focusing on the first year.

The Center for Student Success (CSS) is a bridge between the Academic Division and Student Affairs Division of the college.

The CSS collaborates with faculty and student support service professionals to promote excellence in the academic experience of students, with a focus on the first year (30 credits or less).  The CSS provides an array of learning opportunities designed to engage faculty and students working together in and out of the classroom.

The CSS focuses on practices and programs that promote a foundation for student success:

  • accepting challenges
  • taking personal responsibility
  • becoming active participants in the learning process

First Year Experience Seminar:  FYES 155

This is a three credit course providing a foundation of academic success for first year students at OCC. 

Students who take FYES 155 are more likely to:

  • Graduate
  • Have higher GPAs
  • Form connections and relationships with classmates
  • Be more engaged, effective learners
  • Be involved in campus activities
  • Have a better attitude about higher education

Tutoring Resources

Tutoring Resources provides free and friendly academic support in a wide variety of subjects to supplement your coursework.

  • The Writing Center assists students of all levels and abilities, from all disciplines, at any stage of the writing process
  • The Mathematics Center assists students in all math and certain math related subjects, including physics and engineering
  • Tutoring in other subjects varies by semester

Peer Tutoring

Peer Tutors

Peer tutors are available throughout the fall and spring semesters for various subjects.  Under the recommendation of faculty, OCC students are able to become peer tutors and help students improve learning, utilize resources and gain self-confidence.  Peer tutors also have the opportunity to participate in a tutor training certification program.  Contact the Peer Tutor Coordinator for more information.

*For tutoring information and schedules, please visit: Tutoring

Peer Mentoring

Peer Mentors assist first year students to strive for excellence in their college endeavors at OCC by helping with orientation and registration, providing information about campus and academic supports, and encouraging club and extracurricular involvement. Mentors develop their own leadership and communication skills while focusing on the needs of first year students at OCC. For more information, please contact the Peer Mentor Coordinator.

Academic Coaching

Academic coaching is designed to help build the skills that lead to success in college and life.  Coaching sessions focus on topics such as:

  • Goal setting
  • Time management
  • Organizational skills
  • Testing
  • Effective note taking

Disability Services

Students with a documented disability can receive academic accommodations and support services free of charge.  For more information, please visit the Disability Services Homepage.

NJ Stars Enrichment Services

NJ Stars students

New Jersey Stars Enrichment Program, mandated by legislature, is required for all NJ Stars students who do not earn a 3.0 GPA during their first semester. Students in the Enrichment Program are required to take FYES 155: First Year Experience Seminar to maintain their scholarship. The program also provides students with valuable resources and services such as advising, course scheduling, and tutoring to help NJ Stars students build a foundation for success in college. For more information about the NJ Stars Program, please visit: NJ Stars

Testing Center

The Testing Center at Ocean County College provides professionally proctored exams to our students, Kean@Ocean students, and to community members, with a commitment to diversity and to meeting individuals' needs to improve themselves academically, professionally, and/or through personal enrichment.  We are committed to maintain academic integrity in a professionally proctored environment, adhering to the National College Testing Association Standards and Guidelines.  For more information please visit: Testing Center

FYES 155 Instructor Series

Workshops are offered throughout the semester.  They are designed to:

  • introduce new instructors to campus services and innovations (i.e. Academic Advising, Counseling and Career Services, Student Life, and Disability Services)
  • discuss best practices in the classroom (i.e. first day of class activities, student engagement, assessment techniques)
  • encourage collaboration (i.e. club and committee participation)
  • enhance the teaching process (i.e. teaching strategies and use of technology)

All new FYES 155 faculty are required to participate in the FYES 155 Instructor Series offered through the Center for Student Success. All other interested faculty are encouraged to attend. Workshops are offered throughout the semester.  

Library Building

Office Information

Location: Library Building, Room 124
Phone: 732.255.0456
Fax: 732.864.3860
TTY/TDD & Voice: NJ Relay 711
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Email: lverheyen@ocean.edu

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