Our Approach: Our priority is to ensure students return to and/or remain in Good Academic Standing here at GSU. Students experiencing challenges in pursuit of their degree can connect with ARC Retention support staff to obtain the tools needed to succeed. ARC Retention support staff assist students in creating a goal orientated, success plan to address any obstacles impeding on their academic and personal success.


Academic Coaching

  • In alignment with NACADA’s “Advising as Coaching” model, our academic coaching approach supports students in constructing their own personal decision making and academic, career planning.
  • We aim to assist students in establishing a success plan that builds on their existing strengths and provides connections to campus resources.
  • ARC Retention Student Support staff are equipped to provide guidance administering success strategies including, but not limited to, building effective time management, note and test taking skills, study habits

Academic Coaching is provided in both one on one & group formats. For additional information, please contact arcretention@govst.edu 

 Students who have questions about course selection and degree planning should meet with their academic advisor. Unsure who your academic advisor is? No worries, we are happy to assist in connecting you! 

  • Meet the ARC Retention Team!


    Lorena Diaz, College of Arts & Sciences[CAS] Retention Coach


    Daisy Lozano, College of Business & College of Education Retention Coach


    Lester Moody, General Studies [GENST] Retention Coach


    Abrea Ramadan, ARC Graduate Assistant  


     Kara Lester, College of Health & Human Services [CHHS] Retention Coordinator



  • Student Handbook & Academic Standing


    To learn more about academic standing requirements here at GSU, please visit: Policy 14

    Student Handbook 


  • Pathways to Academic Recovery Course


    This course provides students with the tools and resources needed to overcome challenges affecting their academic success. To learn more, please visit Pathways to Academic Recovery Course!

  • Save My Semester


    • Welcomes ALL students, no matter academic standing and is offered once each semester
    • Provides great opportunity to check-in on academic progress, brush up on success skills and establish a plan to maximize chances successfully completing your semester
    • Check Campus postings for workshop details around midterms!


  • Student Success Workshops


     No matter academic standing or level, GSU students are invited to participate in our Student Success Workshops!  Checkout our Fall 2023 lineup below:

     Thursday September 14th, D34012, 1pm

    Understanding Your Learning Style with Disability Services

    Are you an auditory, visual, or tactile learner? Attend this session to learn more about your unique learning style. As well as strategies for how you can apply your learning style to be academically successful this term!

    To attend, click RSVP!  

    Thursday September 21st,D34012, 1pm

    Adulting 101 with GEER Up

    Whether you are transitioning to college for the first time or re-adjusting after being off for summer break, this workshop provides strategies building key skills to achieve your academic & personal goals!

    To attend, click RSVP!  

    Thursday September 28th, D34012, 1pm

    Removing Barriers to Academic Success Panel with Financial Aid, Dean of Students, & Registrar  

    Attend this workshop to meet all the key resources needed to resolve any questions related to your student account! A must attend session to ensure a smooth registration process for Spring!

    To attend, click RSVP!  

    Thursday October 5th, D34012, 1pm

    Self-Care & Wellness with Counseling and Wellness Center

    Managing being a student and obligations outside of school is TOUGH; however, it is does not have to be. Attend the session to identify ways to remain grounded through it ALL!!!

    To attend, click RSVP!  

  • Back on Track


    Supports students in successfully transitioning back to GSU. Student participants will receive correspondence to complete Back on Track program requirements from their ARC Retention Coach. For additional information and/or questions please contact  arcretention@govst.edu


  • Student Success Resource Library


    We know first hand how important it is to have the tools and resources needed to be successful. Check out our Success videos to ensure your best semester yet! 




  • Student Feedback


    I went with Mr. Moody once a week regarding my profession in my classes. He helped me stay on task and was very concerned with my progress. The suggestions he provided were very helpful.

    I learned how to manage my time and form new study habits.

    I learned that I can have someone to talk to when I feel like I’m struggling or need extra support

    I'm grateful just for making it through the Fall 2022. The team was wonderful and very helpful and encouraging.

  • Ways to Engage With Us!


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  • Contact Us!


    Email:  arcretention@govst.edu

    Location: Academic Resource Center, B1215 

    Phone: 708-235-7413