Burton Center for Student Success

The Burton Center for Student Success delivers a comprehensive program designed to provide academic planning and support. Lees-McRae graduates have proven that many pathways can lead to success. Through coursework, academic advising, learning assistance, and tutoring services, the Burton Center works with every student to discover the best path for individual success.

Tutoring Services

Services include individual and small group tutoring to support all academic disciplines on campus, as well as providing assistance with general study skills and organization. The Burton Center utilizes trained peer tutors who are available to help with assignments across all disciplines. Tuition includes all tutoring services. The Burton Center recommends taking advantage of all available resources early in the semester. Our mission is to provide support and guidance to help students be successful learners.

Tutoring Schedule

Ratchford Writing Center

The Ratchford Writing Center 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 trained peer tutors who 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 students to become critical, creative and collaborative thinkers who communicate effectively and professionally.


Lees-McRae is dedicated to offering students quality advising. Entering freshmen who have declared a major are assigned a faculty advisor in their major area of study. Freshmen who have not declared a major are assigned a general  advisor in the Burton Center for Student Success. No later than the end of the sophomore year, students are expected to declare a major. Once declared, the major advisor will assist the student with academic planning for the remainder of their time at Lees-McRae College.

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. 

Accessibility 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 Accessibility Services, located in the Bowman Building, 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 Accessibility Services. Complete documentation guidelines are available from the Accessibility Coordinator.

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Contact Us

Sharon Breitenstein
Associate Instructor, Director of the Burton Center for Student Success and the Ratchford Writing Center

Susan Greene
Associate Instructor, Foundation Mathematics Instructor, Chemistry Focused Lab Instructor

David (Ron) Hopper
Associate Professor, Foundation Reading/Writing and Mathematics Instructor, Honors FYS Instructor

Sue McGuire
Associate Instructor, Learning Specialist and Coordinator of Tutoring Services