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Audrey Robinson named director of Academic Skills Center

September 26, 2013
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Dr. Audrey Robinson

EAU CLAIRE — Dr. Audrey Robinson recently was named director of the Academic Skills Center and coordinator of the new Student Success Center at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.

The Academic Skills Center provides free tutoring to students, as well as supplemental instruction for a number of classes. The Collegiate Bridge Program and the College Achievement Program are coordinated by this office, as are a wide variety of college success courses. Robinson will also serve in an expanded role as coordinator of the Student Success Center, a space in Centennial Hall that will house the Center for Writing Excellence, the Math Lab, Services for Students with Disabilities and the Academic Skills Center. She will work with the directors of these areas to provide a smooth transition for staff and to provide integrated services for students.

"Audrey's breadth of experience with academic support services, including services for students with disabilities, her desire to help all students succeed and her commitment to diversity, make her an ideal choice to head this unit," said Debbie Gough, director of the Student Success Network. "Her references particularly noted that while she will go above and beyond what is expected to help students succeed, she will also hold them accountable. Audrey's calm demeanor and process-oriented approach will also help with the transition to the new center."

Most recently, Robinson served as the director of Learning Resources and Services at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Va., where she advised and collaborated with administrative colleagues and faculty to develop interventions for at-risk students and assist in skills development, advised at-risk students in developing academic schedules to promote their persistence toward graduation and directed services for students with disabilities.

Robinson said several aspects of working in a directorship position at UW-Eau Claire influenced her decision to apply.

"One reason I was drawn to the position was the opportunity to promote student support among the high-achieving student body at UW-Eau Claire," Robinson said. "I am also excited to be working at an institution ranked by U.S. News & World Report magazine as one of the top regional public universities in the Midwest, and am looking forward to leading the Academic Skills Center toward its departmental goals and meeting the university's mission. I am excited about the opportunity to provide student support services in the new Centennial Hall where we will have the opportunity to work closely with other areas such as the math and English department for servicing the needs of our students."

Robinson holds a bachelor of science degree in human resources from Indiana University of Pennsylvania and a master of science and doctoral degree in career and technical education from Virginia Tech.

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