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Academic Advancement Center

Assisting students in persisting, succeeding, and graduating

Good morning AAC Community,

We hope you are findings ways to slow down, rest and care for yourselves this week. During the following weeks we will be learning together what it means to transition to online courses and mostly virtual communication. We know that this may cause worry, stress, and anxiety for some and encourage you to engage in self-care practices. I personally am also needing to find ways to manage my anxiety during this “social distancing” which leaves me feeling kind of isolated. We are sending you lots of love as you navigate this new way of existing in our world right now.

Now for some AAC updates…

Following University guidance, the AAC physical office will be closed beginning today March 19, 2020 until further notice. We acknowledge the impact that this has on our community and express that this was not an easy decision to make. Rooted in our values as an AAC community this decision was made to do our part to care for ourselves and others. We know that this has disproportionate impact on student populations our Center serves and are continuing to provide support in the following ways:

  • Although the physical space is closing, AAC staff is still available from 8-5pm to support you via phone, email and video chat. Please feel free to call our main office for general questions at (970) 491-6129 or feel free to email your Retention Specialist directly.
  • In addition to one-on-one support from Retention Specialists, online tutoring will be provided and you will receive more information soon. Please email Betty.Sims@colostate.edu for tutoring support.
  • We know that the AAC is a hangout space for many of you and where you go to feel connected to others. With that in mind, we will also be creating virtual community hangout spaces and will send that information shortly. If you have ideas about how we can connect with each other while we are being advised to “socially distance,” please share those with Ricky.Guzman@colostate.edu.

As I sit here staring at my screen writing this email and watching the snow come down, I feel both sadness for the missed moments we won’t have as an AAC community, and hope that we will be able to “hold” and support each other with care during this trying time.



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Academic Advancement Center





The TRIO Student Support Services Academic Advancement Center at Colorado State University will be an exemplary program committed to personal development, retention, and degree completion of students from underrepresented backgrounds. Through community building and practicing a student-centered, strengths-based approach, we will cultivate and inspire students in becoming life-long learners. 


The TRIO Student Support Services Academic Advancement Center at Colorado State University is committed to providing a transformative undergraduate experience and supporting students from low-income, first-generation, and disability backgrounds succeed from orientation through graduation. 


Student success is our purpose at the TRIO Students Support Services at Colorado State University. To meet this objective, we strive for excellence through the following core values: 

Educational Access and Success 

  • We believe all students, regardless of their backgrounds and circumstances, should have access to educational opportunities to achieve success.


Diversity and Inclusion

  • We value differences in individuals and ideas and provide intentional opportunities that promote diverse experiences for education and personal growth and a healthy society.



  •  We work with and for students to help them utilize their strengths and address the barriers and challenges impacting their undergraduate experience. 



  •  To increase educational attainment efforts for students, we aspire to work collaboratively with students, faculty, campus, and community partners to provide support, resources, and learning opportunities that are intentional and honoring.



  •  We create a welcoming environment that is accessible and respectful. We are positive and responsive in promoting a culture of collaborative learning and success.