The Center for Student Academic Counseling offers academic counseling and personal support for all UNC students. Historically, CSAC's primary objective has been to sponsor programs and activities that promote academic excellence, increase retention, and improve the campus climate for diversity among minority students in general and American Indian and African American undergraduates in particular.
The Center for Student Academic Counseling (CSAC) offers academic and personal support to all UNC students. CSAC's primary objective is to sponsor programs and activities that promote academic excellence, increase retention, and improve the campus climate for diversity among American Indian and African American undergraduates. Support provided by CSAC includes the Minority Advisory Program, Cultural and Personal Enrichment Sessions for American Indian Students, the STAR Networks, and the annual Hayden B. Renwick Regognition Ceremony for Academic Achievement. Historically, CSAC has worked cooperatively with members of several student organizations including Black Women United, the Black Student Movement, the Carolina Hispanic Student Association, the National Panhellenic Council, the Asian Student Association, and the Carolina Indian Circle. Among the tribes that have been represented in the Carolina Indian Circle over the years are the Cherokee, Coharie, Haliwa-Saponi, Lumbee, Meherrin, and Waccamaw Siouan. An Associate Dean, an Assistant Dean, and a Program Assistant work with several Graduate Assistants to meet the needs of any UNC student requesting assistance. STAFF Contact
The Minority Advisory, Carolina Covenant, and C-STEP Peer Mentoring Programs
The Minority Advisory Program (MAP) consists of minority students with cumulative grade point averages of 2.5 or higher, who volunteer to serve as peer mentors to minority first-year undergraduates providing academic counseling, and bridging communication between CSAC and first-year students, and assisting them with their transition from high school to university life. CSAC also oversees the Carolina Covenant and C-STEP Peer Mentoring Programs. As with MAP, Carolina Covenant Scholars and C-STEP upperclassmen volunteer to serve as peer mentors to first-year students participating in their program, to assist them with their academic and social transition to Carolina.
Academic Monitoring System
This program identifies early in the semester, students who are in potential danger of academic failure. Professors and instructors complete academic progress data forms that assess the student's performance in a course. The Deans review these forms and discuss improvement strategies with the student.
Academic Skills Enhancement Workshops
These workshops encourage students to strengthen their study skills through organized topical discussions and a mutual sharing of ideas. Those topics include; reading for college, note-taking, preparing for taking tests, studying for Biology, studying for Chemistry, using and citing sources properly and effectively, time management, test prep, reading prep/speed, studying/active learning, memorization, managing time and stress and preparing for final exams.
Cultural & Enrichment Sessions for American Indian Students
These sessions provide opportunities to discuss aspects of their culture and heritage, share their experiences at UNC and discuss strategies for meeting their personal and academic goals.
HAYDEN B. RENWICK RECOGNITION CEREMONY FOR ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT
This program recognizes students targeted by CSAC who have earned a cumulative 3.0 grade point average and higher. The highlight of the program in 2010 was the renaming of the event in honor of the former Carolina administrator who created this ceremony back in the 1973-1974 academic year. The late Dean Hayden B. Renwick developed this program to promote academic excellence, particularly among American Indian and African American undergraduates. Parents and friends are encouraged to attend this event.