Academic Student Engagement

Academic Affairs plays a leading role in ensuring that students have access to services, programs, and activities that promote holistic learning in and outside the classroom.

Under the guidance of the Assistant Vice-President for Academic Student Engagement, Dr. German Vargas, the Office of Academic Affairs is committed to assist students in accessing campus resources and services that will increase their likelihood of making a smooth transition to college and achieving academic and personal success. Ultimately, the goal is to produce graduates who have maximized their growth and potential while in school and are fully prepared to be valuable contributing members of society.

The following offices comprise the academic student engagement support network:


Contact: Niki Schmauch, 912.279.5790

The Center enhances the opportunities for students to achieve academic excellence and personal growth by providing a supportive environment that encourages students to reach their maximum potential. The programs and services of the Center support the academic integration of students into the College community and promote independent learning. Among the services offered are individual and small group tutoring facilitated by peer tutors, and Supplemental Instruction is offered for designated courses. Center tutors also conduct basic computer skills workshops.

COMPASS Career and Academic Advising Center

Contact: Brian Weese, 912.279.4564

In keeping with the institution’s mission, COMPASS, the Center for Career and Academic Advising, encourages students to discover their potential, purpose and passion. COMPASS empowers students to explore and develop sound academic plans that align career goals and academic experiences, addresses personal needs, develops leadership skills, and promotes campus involvement. COMPASS provides a holistic and comprehensive approach to career and academic advising that aligns career goals and academic experiences with educational goals, personal values and skills. Our goal is academic progress and achievement that leads to degree completion and creates the foundation for maximum career potential.

Dual Enrollment

Contact: Linny Bailey, 912.279.5717

The Dual Enrollment program provides for students who are dual credit enrolled at a participating eligible public or private high school, or home study program in Georgia, and a participating eligible postsecondary institution in Georgia. These students take postsecondary coursework for credit towards both high school graduation or home study completion and postsecondary requirements. Beginning with Fall term 2015 (FY 2016) the program is offered during all terms of the school year; fall, spring and summer semester or fall, winter, spring, and summer quarter.


Contact: Dr. Kimberly Mannahan, 912.279.5889

The College has infused a service-learning component in both core curriculum and baccalaureate degree programs that is coordinated through the Center for Service-Learning. This effort, a partnership between Student Affairs and Academic Affairs, focuses on creating opportunities for students to move from exploration as a first or second year student into meaningful internships as a junior or senior level student. Through service-learning participation, students are engaged early in structured off-campus experiences in all sectors of the community that are connected to their potential major area of study or general education course. These experiences provide the foundation for upper level, for-credit internships at various community venues and help the College’s students understand the value of giving back.

The Writing Center

Contact: Dr. Jennifer Gray, 912.279.5910

The Writing Center provides one-on-one in-depth writing coaching for students, faculty, and staff at the College of Coastal Georgia. During our coaching sessions, we work on developing writing skills by teaching writers about patterns of errors, expectations in writing styles, and what it means to be a writer at the college level.

Testing Center

Contact: Zerelda Jackson, 912.279.5809

The Testing Center provides a professional testing environment for the administration of various comprehensive examinations, national examinations and proctoring services. The Center provides services for students, faculty, staff, and the community in the surrounding areas, and are always delivered with an attitude of excellence. Paper-based, computer-based, and internet-based tests are administered. The Center is a member of the Georgia College Testing Association and has adopted the National College Testing Association’s policies on testing. The Testing Center is located on the second floor of the Academic Commons South building, and its hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. For additional information please call 912-279-5809 or visit

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