Student Success Program

The Student Success Program is available to assist students in the development of an academic plan that will maximize their potential for success through the use of specialized resources. The Program utilizes the resources of Academic Assistance, Counseling, Academic Accommodations, and Assessment Testing.

For additional information, contact:

Terri Schumacher, Department Chair, Student Success Program
Phone: 513-862-3729

Cindy Sproehnle, Learning Specialist
Phone: 513-862-3504

Craig West, Learning Specialist and 504 Coordinator
Phone: 513-862-5167

Jill Nutter, Counselor
Phone: 513-862-2737

Academic Assistance

The staff of the Student Success Program (SSP) are available to ensure that any student has the opportunity to seek assistance in pursuing their educational goals.

Academic assistance is available through an individualized learning program, offering one-to-one instruction with a learning specialist. Time management, improvement of study habits, test taking and motivation are some of the skills taught.

The staff of the SSP will provide assistance and serve as a resource for referral to students requiring academic accommodations.

Academic Recovery

The academic recovery course is designed to concentrate on the needs of students who have been hampered in quest of their academic goals. The course will address academic rigor. Critical thinking standards and principles will be threaded though the course activities. Tools addressing study skills and decision making will be provided for the student to use in taking responsibility for their own learning. This course is required for all students who are on academic probation, and is to be taken the semester they are registered following the course failure that placed them on probation. The course is a remedial course and is not counted in the GPA toward graduation or total college credits.

Assessment Testing

Assessment testing is conducted prior to entrance into the College for Associate degree Programs. ACT's COMPASS Test which measures knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and mathematics is administrated. Critical Thinking skills are assessed with the administration of the Critical Thinking test from the Assessment Technologies Institute (ATI).

Peer Mentoring Program

The Peer Mentoring Program at GSC connects incoming first semester students with upper class student mentors. Peer mentors are student representatives of GSC that have volunteered to mentor new students through their first academic semester, answering questions and communicating information about GSC College life.


One goal of GSC is to help students develop their potential as self-reliant individuals. A full-time counselor is available for personal counseling and as a resource for referral services in the community.

Important Mental Health Links

Winston Churchill and his “Black Dog” that Helped Win World War II
Preventing Suicide FAQ
Depression & Substance Abuse - Robin Williams
Living With Anxiety
Relationship Violence
Macklemore Shares His Battle with Rx Drug Abuse on Half of Us
Suicide Prevention Lifeline
College Students Speak - A Survey Report on Mental Health (PDF)
ULifeline - Mental Health Resources For College Students
Strength of Us - An Online Community Designed to Empower Young Adults
Impaired Nurses

For additional information, contact Jill Nutter (ph. 513-862-2737).

First Semester Experience

The First Semester Experience course is a required one (1) credit course for all incoming associate degree students. It is designed to equip the students with tools that promote success. There will be a variety of topics that will encourage the student to become engaged in self-assessment.

The course will also introduce the student to several resources available in the college environment. A desired outcome will be that the students will develop a stronger peer support system along with developing an open, supportive atmosphere between the faculty and the student.

Learning Specialist/504 Coordinator

The Learning Specialist/504 Coordinator is available to assist the student in their plan for success by providing one on one and small group instruction in study skills, test taking strategies, and reading skills.

The Learning Specialist/504 Coordinator is also a resource for referrals for students seeking a comprehensive evaluation of learning needs and for students needing academic accommodations. It is the responsibility of the student to make his or her disability status and need for accommodations known to the Learning Specialist/504 Coordinator.

For additional information, contact Craig West (ph. 513-862-5167)