Burton Center for Student Success

The Burton Center for Student Success delivers a comprehensive program designed to provide academic planning and support for you. Lees-McRae graduates have proven it time and again - there are many pathways to success. The Burton Center, through coursework, academic advising, learning assistance and tutoring services, works with every student to discover the path that will lead to individual success. We’re here to help you build the foundations of citizenship in and service to the greater community and world.

Tutoring Services

Services include one-on-one and group tutoring to support all academic disciplines on campus, as well as study skills development. All services are covered in the price of tuition without any additional cost to you. Don’t wait until you are well into a problem or issue in one or more of your classes before you seek our help.

Tutoring and Writing Center Hours:

  • Monday–Thursday: 9 a.m.–9 p.m.
  • Friday: 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
  • Sunday: 4 p.m.–9 p.m.

During inclement weather we will be open if the Learning Commons is open, following their hour as much as possible.

View the tutoring schedule

Ratchford Writing Center

The Ratchford Writing Center, which supports the QEP, is located on the ground floor of the Dotti Shelton Learning Commons and is the foundation of writing support for the Lees-McRae campus. The center utilizes peer tutors who are trained each fall and are available to help with writing assignments across all disciplines. Individuals, small groups and classes use the center for tutoring, instruction and conferencing. Our mission is to create a culture of writing excellence by guiding you to become a critical, creative and collaborative thinker who communicates effectively and professionally for both academic success and career preparation.

Academic Advising

Lees-McRae is dedicated to offering students quality academic advising. Entering freshmen are assigned a freshman faculty advisor. This faculty advisor teaches the student in CLA 199 First Year Seminar during the first semester that the student is enrolled. Throughout the advising process new students have the opportunity to work with their faculty advisor to receive assistance regarding academic choices. No later than the end of the sophomore year, students are expected to declare a major, and will then be assigned to a faculty advisor in their major area of study. During the time a student is “undeclared” he/she will work with the Director of Career Services to explore options for majors. Once declared, the major advisor will assist the student with academic planning for the remainder of their time at Lees-McRae.

Academic advisors work closely with students in developing plans for completion of a major program of study, assist in scheduling courses for each semester to meet the goal(s) of the plan and provide assistance with procedural questions such as registration, add/drop, and withdrawal. 

Disability Services

Under the provisions of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1973, all colleges and universities receiving federal financial assistance are legally bound to prohibit discrimination in the recruitment, admissions and educational process of students with disabilities.

Lees-McRae is dedicated to ensuring that students with disabilities have equal access to educational opportunities. The Office of Disability Services, located in the Burton Center for Student Success, provides assistance and encouragement to meet the challenges of college life. A student with a documented disability may qualify for an individual accommodation plan and must provide appropriate documentation to request reasonable accommodations through the office of Disability Services. Complete documentation guidelines are available from the Coordinator of Disability Services located in the Burton Center for Student Success.

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Contact Us

Keri Magana
Director of the Burton Center for Student Success

Sue McGuire
Learning Specialist

David (Ron) Hopper
Assistant Professor

Sharon Breitenstein
Instructor, Burton Center for Student Success

Susan Greene
Instructor of Developmental Math

Louise Moore
Adjunct Instructor, Burton Center for Student Success