Targeting excellence at the CoB Academic Success Center

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Targeting excellence at the CoB Academic Success Center

November 12, 2014, Katja Sonkeng


Targeting excellence at College of Business Academic Success Center

Rehn 10 is more than just a tutoring center. It also serves as a study hall for business students. Hours: Monday thru Thursdays 9 to 4:30 p.m., Fridays: 9 to Noon.

Rehn Hall, Room 10, is not your typical classroom. Located in the College of Business (CoB), it’s a melting pot that brings together all kinds of CoB students and is not only a tutoring center, but also a study hall.

The Business Academic Success Center, as it is officially known, is the hallmark of the College of Business, if not one of the most distinctive feature. “I believe this is the first year that the university has their own dedicated space for a tutoring center. The College of Business happened to be the first to dedicate its own tutoring space before the university or any other college on campus other than the athletic department”, says Jill Gebke, assistant dean.

To encourage academic success and help students strive for excellence, Rehn 10 offers tutoring for many of the most challenging courses for Business students, including math, finance and accounting.

Long gone are the days when receiving tutoring was seen as a sign of weakness. The current eight tutors on staff are popular not only among struggling students but also A-students. “We see every type of student. It is a really neat blend of who is choosing to use the center. Even if you are a great student, you may not be familiar with accounting. Come on down, you can start doing your homework here, use it as a study hall. I think having tutors available right there as you work through a problem is very helpful”, said Gebke.

Since its launch in fall 2009, under the direction of Donna Margolis, Rehn 10 has seen great success. “From the academic year 2012/2013 to 2014/2015 we saw a 47% growth rate of visits to the center. For the entire year, over 3,000 visits were made”, reviews Gebke. That student traffic, as she adds, “shows us that our students value our services very highly. Our faculty members work very closely with our tutors to make sure that they have the support they need to help tutor for their classes.”

The center has designated time slots in which tutors are available for particular topic areas. Gebke encourages students to either make an appointment or just walk-in. Other available resources include group study sessions with tutors and test review units. A tutoring session at Rehn 10 is usually between 30 minutes to an hour depending on the current schedule, which is available on the College of Business website.

Gebke highlights one special feature of the Rehn 10 tutoring sessions. “The really nice thing that surprises the students about their appointments with tutors is that the tutor will provide them with the notes that they worked out together. They will write down everything with them, not do it for them, and then will hand out all notes at the end of the session.”

Funded by student directed tuition dollars, the Academic Success Center in room Rehn 10 is a service for and by students. That was part of the reason why Rehn 10 became possible”, said Gebke. The center is open Monday thru Thursday from 9 to 4:30 p.m. and, Friday from 9 till noon. Students interested in receiving tutoring are encouraged to visit the website Any job openings will be posted on the Financial Aid job search board online.