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Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) Grant

Strengthening Institutions Program (SIP) is a grant-funded program that helps students who are on Probation/Exclusion and who are not making Satisfactory Academic Progress. Students will meet with an Academic Success Advisor and an Academic Success Coach located in CSU ADVISE - Schuster Building. The purpose of this program is to help students create an Academic Success Plan and arm themselves with strategies to help them meet their academic goals.

Services We Provide

  • Academic Success Advising

An Academic Success Advisor will meet the student one-on-one to complete an assessment. The assessment is an informal meeting that allows the academic success advisor to get to know you and your specific struggles so that he or she can help you to develop strategies to achieve academic success. Then we will meet again at mid-term for the course check in to see how you are doing grade wise. We will go over GPA calculation, and explain what services we offer, so that the student can have a successful academic career. Your Academic Success Advisors are Christopher Holloway, Kristi Rosengrant, and Nadya Perkins. 

  • Free Financial Literacy Workshop

The Center for Career Development will go over invaluable information such as Budgeting/Smart Money Management, Establishing Credit, and other financial resources.

  • Free Strong Interest Inventory

The Counseling Center partners with the SIP Grant to give the Strong Interest Inventory Assessment, which provides robust insight into a person's interests, to help students to consider potential careers, their educational paths, and the world of work. The test is normally $25, but is offered free of charge to qualifying students. Please contact Christopher Holloway for more information on the Strong Interest Inventory and referrals.

  • Free Calendar and Grade Tracking Apps

Some of the apps that we refer to our students include Quizlet, Quora, My Study Life, PomoDone App, and MyHomework.

  • Academic Success Coaching

Our Academic Success Coaches (Peer Mentors) are a great group of students who attend Columbus State University and do very well in the classroom. They have been trained on a variety of learning techniques, are very knowledgeable, and enjoy working with other students. Their experience, resources, and knowledge will help the student navigate through college and work towards their academic goals.

Our Academic Success Coaches will meet with students pertaining to the various areas the student might need help in, such as Time Management, Syllabus Review, Test-Taking/Study Strategies, Note Taking Techniques, and more.

We would like to introduce our Academic Success Coaches for the 2018-2019 academic year.


Jason SIP Grant

Jason Brown

Hi! My name is Jason Brown. I am a Math major who wants to teach math at the high school and/or technical college level. I have an Associate's Degree in General Studies from Columbus Technical College. While my focus has been Mathematics, I plan to pursue degrees in Chemistry and Physics. As a teacher, my main goal is to broaden a student's exposure to different areas of information, showing them how what they learn from a textbook applies to the real world and how different subjects overlap one another.


Breanna Barnes

 Breanna Barnes

My name is Breanna Barnes and I am a 2016 graduate of Columbus High School. I am currently a 2nd year student here at CSU and a marketing major. My favorite hobbies are doing makeup, reading and knitting. My career goal is to become a marketing manager of a cosmetic company.



 Shaikeria Hill

I am a senior Early Childhood Education from Albany, GA. This is my 3rd year here at Columbus State University. I have always wanted to be a teacher, even when I was younger. I feel teaching is just the stepping stone to not only changing the world , but inspiring and uplifting our youth one kid at a time. My interests include shopping, spending time with my family, and catching up on sleep whenever possible. I enjoy working in the Academic Coaching Center because I get to meet different students and not only help them but I also get to work on perfecting my everyday craft, which is teaching.


Valencia Coleman

                                                                                     Valencia Coleman

Valencia Coleman is a senior at Columbus State University. Her major is Computer Science - Games Track and she is a Business minor. She is pursuing a Uteach certificate. In her free time, she likes to read, write and play video games.

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Alyssa Johnson

Alyssa Johnson is an undergraduate at Columbus State University and a newcomer to CSU Advise. She is an English major with a concentration in Creative Writing. She is excited to tutor students in English and history. In her free time, she enjoys reading, writing, and listening to music.

For more information, please contact Christopher Holloway, Grant Coordinator at or 706-565-1317