Center for Student Success

The Center for Student Success provides purposeful, enriching, and intentional co-curricular learning and developmental opportunities to all students enrolled in Oberlin College and Conservatory.

As the central hub of support on campus, the Center for Student Success (CSS) provides comprehensive, holistic services that help supplement the academic experience. CSS assists students in maximizing their learning opportunities through Success Coaching, workshops, co-curricular credit-bearing courses, and leadership programs. All CSS staff utilize the Appreciative Education framework and are trained in CliftonStrengths and other asset-based coaching techniques to facilitate positive student interactions and effective self-growth.

The mission of the Center for Student Success (CSS) is to address and nurture the evolving and diverse needs of all students at Oberlin College and Conservatory by providing purposeful and enriching co-curricular learning and developmental opportunities. Guided by student feedback, data, and best practices, the Center aims to positively impact institutional retention as well as student engagement, belonging, and satisfaction. 

The Center for Student Success will be nationally recognized as a highly impactful and student-focused center fostering holistic student success and functioning as the bridge between Student Affairs and Academics.

Students who engage with the services and programs offered by the Center for Student Success will gain a variety of holistic developmental skills:

  • Intrapersonal Development:
    • Students will be able to articulate and apply values, skills, interests, and strengths, as well as identify and apply strategies that promote self-efficacy and resilience.
  • Interpersonal Competence
    • Students will be able to identify, curate, utilize, evaluate, or apply a network of support.
  • Practical Skills:
    • Students will be able to describe and demonstrate skill attainment and/or enhancement to aid in student success.

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