LSU recently approved the formation of LSU Student Success, a department within the Division of Student Affairs consolidating both the Center for Academic Success (CAS) and First Year Experience (FYE), effective immediately.

“Student Success will lead retention-focused initiatives to empower our students with resources and services supporting timely graduation and lifelong success,” said Kurt Keppler, vice president of student affairs. “This unit will foster greater collaboration among academic colleges and student services supporting the success of our students.”

Melissa Brocato, director of CAS with more than 20 years of leadership in the area of student success nationally and at LSU, has been named assistant vice president for Student Success. The department is headquartered in Coates Hall, with a satellite office in Johnston Hall, and tutorial center in Middleton Library.

“This redesigned unit will allow the university to strategically streamline resources and programming dedicated to increasing the retention, graduation, and overall success of students,” said Keppler.

LSU Student Success will provide students, staff and faculty with meaningful resources for student success in line with the university’s mission and strategic plan.


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Center for Academic Success

As LSU’s central learning center, the Center for Academic Success promotes self-efficacy and lifelong learning by empowering individuals with transformational strategies and resources that foster critical thinking and metacognitive development in order to advance student persistence and success. 

Earn better grades.

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First Year Experience

Sometimes college can be overwhelming, but it's our goal to help you out. You might have questions about resources or might just be looking to meet new people at LSU. Either way, FYE can help. We host interactive programs and campus events to enhance your student experience. 

Make the most of your first year.