Academic Success Center

The University of Minnesota Crookston's Tutoring Program is certified by the CRLA - College Reading & Learning AssociationWelcome to the Academic Success Center!  We are here to help you learn.

Welcome to the Academic Success Center (ASC)!  We are here to advance your academic development.  The ASC is a place where all members of the University of Minnesota Crookston community, including students, staff, and faculty, can come for feedback, help, and inspiration throughout their academic careers.  The ASC is a quiet, comfortable atmosphere to study and complete homework with the added advantage of several available experts available if you need it.  We provide professional and peer tutoring in writing, math, science, business, and any many other courses offered at UMC.  If there are other services you request, please inform any of our staff how we can help and we will be happy to address your academic needs.

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Student Learning Resources

Student Learning Resources

Faculty Resources

CAP Scholars Program

CAP Scholars Program

The CAP (Capturing Academic Potential) Scholars Program is designed for students who show academic promise, but who may be lacking skills in a particular area. Special programs and assistance are available to all CAP Scholars through the Academic Success Center.

All CAP Scholars are required to enroll in either GNED 1000 (on-campus students) or GBUS 1005 (online students) during their first semester at UMC. CAP Scholars are limited to a maximum of 15 credits during their first semester.

CAP Scholars are on academic probation during their first semester. This means that they cannot self-register for classes or add additional classes; their academic adviser must enroll them.

During the first week of classes, CAP Scholars must complete the Academic Action Plan PDF File Icon and go over it with their academic adviser AND the director of the Academic Success Center. Each scholar will have the opportunity to tailor the plan to the student’s unique needs to help ensure a successful start to college.

On-campus CAP Scholars are expected to spend at least two hours/week in supervised study time in the Academic Success Center. Completion of these hours is an important condition of the program, and can affect your ability to remain in school if you do not attain a minimal grade-point average during your first semester. Failure to complete the required study hours forfeits a student's ability to appeal suspension. To check your study hours, click here.

Throughout the semester, various workshops will be held on topics such as time management, using technology on campus, testing skills, etc. CAP Scholars are expected to attend at least two of these workshops as a condition of their admission. 

Online CAP Scholars are required to check in with the online tutoring coordinator once a month or as arranged. 

The CAP Scholar program is a one-semester program.  Students either move into good academic standing, or are suspended. Those who attain good academic standing will have no notation on their transcripts that they were admitted on probation.

Academic Probation

Academic Probation

Students who do not attain good academic standing are placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation have the following conditions:

  • They may not enroll for more than 15 credits.
  • They must complete the Academic Action Plan PDF File Icon, meet with their advisers and the director of the Academic Success Center during the first week of class. Online students should contact the Online Student Success Coordinator for assistance with their Plans.
  • They must spend at least two hours/week in supervised study in either the Academic Success Center or the library (on-campus only). Check your study hours
  • They must meet with the director of the Academic Success Center at mid-term to check on classes and progress toward good academic standing (on-campus only). Online students should have regular communication with the Online Student Success Coordinator regarding their progress.

Need help? Make an appointment with a tutor:

Tutor appointments for on-campus students   Tutor appointments for online students

Test Proctoring

Test Proctoring

Student taking a test

The Academic Success Center provides limited proctoring of make-up tests as a service to faculty. This service should not be used for students with testing accommodations due to documented disability – those tests are administered by the Disability Resource Center.

Testing is proctored by appointment ONLY during the following times: 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Tuesdays or Wednesdays. If the student is unable to test during these times, arrangements can be made for an alternate time. Note that due to a high number of tests and limited testing space, we cannot guarantee that rooms or proctors will be available outside of regularly scheduled times.

Students: Please schedule an appointment to make up your test at least 24 hours in advance. Be sure you have your professor’s approval prior to making the appointment.

Faculty: Please submit the Proctoring Request Form and your test at least 2 hours in advance to

Department Faculty & Staff

Department Faculty & Staff

Teaching Specialist
(218) 281-8553
Temporary / Casual /Suppmental
(218) 281-8556
Tutor Program Coordinator
270-E Owen Hall
(218) 281-8558
Teaching Specialist
Teaching Specialist
270-I Owen Hall
(218) 281-8559
Student Services Manager 1
270-B Owen Hall
(218) 281-8555


The Academic Success Center is available all summer for any department meetings, candidate interviews, work sessions, whatever your summer schedule may involve!

Contact Stacie Varnson

Academic Success Center

University of Minnesota Crookston

270 Owen Hall

2900 University Ave

Crookston, MN 56716

PHONE: 218-281-8555



Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Summer: Monday-Friday: 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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