Academic Success

“It would take days to list what all Syble [in Academic Success] has done for me – from giving Christmas gifts to getting me back to campus early and everything in between; and, it would take even longer to describe her impact on my life. She is like family, complete with warm hugs and tough love.” – Kristy Caldwell,  Class of 2015

Welcome to Academic Success

Confused about changing your major? Academic Success. Stressed out by your workload? Academic Success. Upset about something? Academic Success. It doesn’t matter if your question is about academics or social concerns, if it’s a big issue or a small matter, the Academic Success team is always here to listen and care for you.

Academic Success operates from a philosophy that holds all community members as vital and integral to the whole. Our purpose is to help all students succeed to graduation. Academic Success works to empower students through support and encouragement as intellectual members of Chowan University. 

Located in on the third floor of the Columns Building, Academic Success seeks to:

  • Help students transition between home and university.
  • Promote student success by providing educational support and guidance.
  • Encourage freshmen success by providing mentoring services.
  • Challenge and support students academically, socially, and spiritually.
  • Increase retention-to-graduation with early intervention and life-skills strategies.
  • Review administrative processes (academic appeals and financial aid).


Early Alert
Academic Success utilizes a web-based early alert system entitled Aviso. This program provides the central framework for monitoring student progress. The faculty report class attendance and enter reports into Aviso for excessive absences, missing assignments, inattention, praises, and more. Members of the Academic Success team contact students by phone or email for resolution. For additional information contact Syble Shellito.

Student Success Coaching
The program is designed to lead students toward self-authorship in college and empowering students as they assimilate to university culture, learn life success skills, and become involved in life of the Chowan University community. The Success Coaching Program utilizes an interactive process which encourages and challenges students to create academic and professional goals. Students are selected and invited to participate in the mentoring program. 

Academic Success Staff

Patty Hale, '03
Office Manager of Academic Success
Syble Shellito, ‘02
Director of Academic Success
Libby Whitaker
Academic Success Coach