Center for Student Success (CFSS)

About Us

The CFSS is dedicated to providing many kinds of help for students at Indiana State University. We are proud that our University has been able to keep all CFSS services, such as tutoring, free to all Indiana State students. While many of our Center programs are focused on first year students, these services are available to all students who wish to avail themselves of them.

Mission Statement:

The Center for Student Success (CFSS) provides programs, services, and facilities designed to enhance the academic performance and success of Indiana State University students and to assist students in assuming a significant role in planning and completing their academic career. These programs and services include tutoring, supplemental instruction, mentoring, advising, summer bridge programs, and Student Support Services for first-generation, low-income, and students with disabilities.

The Center provides specialized support programs including the Twenty-first Century Scholar Corps Program, FirstSycamores Mentoring Program, and Student Support Services Program which includes assistance to persons with disabilities and special needs.

Vision Statement:

The Center for Student Success hopes to enhance the access mission of Indiana State University by further developing, expanding, and articulating its services to students and faculty by providing support services (academic preparation, counseling, classroom instruction, tutoring, mentoring, disability services, first-year seminars, and learning communities) and by employing a diverse and able staff to serve as teachers, mentors, and role models for at-risk students, nontraditional students, diverse populations of students, students with disabilities, and students drawn from the ranks of the lower socio-economic class in order that their collegiate opportunities and the likelihood of their retention and academic and professional success continue to grow.

In so doing, the Center will provide the opportunity for pre-professional experience through positions for student workers as graduate assistants, interns, tutors, and persons seeking practicum placement.

Additionally, the CFSS hopes to enhance the visibility of its programs and services within both the academic and the local communities to increase program participation by faculty, students, and other interested citizens.



  1. To receive an accommodation under the ADA, students must file an application with the Office of Disabled Student Services (“DSS”) (812-237-2301).
  2. Requests for accommodations should be made far enough in advance to allow DSS staff adequate time to coordinate needed services. Generally it is best to request needed services before a semester begins or as soon as a disability becomes known.
  3. Students must provide documentation of their disability and how it limits their participation in courses, programs, services, activities, jobs, and facilities of the University. Documentation of the disability should be timely and from appropriate professionals licensed to diagnose the type of disability the student has. Medical documentation will be retained by only the DSS and kept confidential.
  4. DSS makes the determination of whether the student is eligible for accommodations under the ADA. Then DSS staff and the student will discuss what assistance is needed and, if requested, DSS staff will provide information to relevant faculty members and/or the academic unit verifying the disability and indicating the nature of the accommodation required.
  5. If there is a discrepancy between opinions of faculty and/or the academic unit and student regarding what adjustments are appropriate, then DSS will facilitate discussion between the student and faculty members and/or academic units.
  6. It is the responsibility of DSS to determine the reasonable accommodation in a particular case, taking into account the content of the course, the student’s disability, and the documentation from an appropriately credentialed professional.
  8. Students are expected to meet with their instructors during office hours to discuss needed assistance in their course work so that details of various adjustments are coordinated.
  9. Students are responsible for notifying DSS staff if reasonable accommodations are not implemented in an effective and timely way.
  10. Students who believe the University has not met its obligations under the ADA should consult with the Office Affirmative Action at 812-237-8954.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Website last updated:  10/05/16 (amb)