The Center for Student Progress is an academic support unit formed by the Division of Student Affairs in 1996 to provide a more financially efficient and collaborative manner of delivering related services to the students of Youngstown State University. At its inception, the Center combined four independently housed and separately operating units: First-Year Student Services, Adult Learner Services, Multicultural Student Services, and Student Tutorial Services. In nine years, with the addition of Academic Coaching Services, Supplemental Instruction Services, Orientation Services, and Disability Services, the Center has grown from four independent offices to eight coordinated services with collaborative and consistent intervention procedures and an on-line system for collecting and sharing student data. This consolidation has resulted in increased service to and retention of students. During the Center's first year of operation, staff provided 8,904 contact hours to 1,859 YSU students. In 2015-2016, with a staff of 14 professionals and over 100 student employees, the Center provided 39,122 hours of intensive contact to 3,613 students--a 269% increase in contact hours and a 326% increase in students served since the Center's inception.
The primary mission of the Center for Student Progress is to ensure that students are integrated into the social and academic communities of Youngstown State University, and acquire the skills and knowledge needed to become successful learners in those communities. The Center provides programming and direct services that help students explore, set, and attain educational goals. It encourages, promotes, and coordinates student utilization of University resources. Through active intervention in the lives of students, the Center for Student Progress strives to help students successfully complete their university experience.