Academic Success Center


At Vaughn, we want to do all we can to make your entire college experience a successful one. The staff of the Academic Success Center (ASC) is here to help achieve this goal.

Here you’ll find academic advisement (L102), disability services (L204), the testing center (L204), tutoring and supplemental instruction (L200), the Writing Center (L202), the Math Center (L202), and the HEOP (L203), Upward Bound (L201) and STEP (L201) programs. Plus, a quiet place to study – a welcoming environment where you can collaborate with your faculty or fellow students, and an open door when you need some extra help.

Come to the ASC for:

  • Disability services: Students may self-identify through the disabilities coordinator at a later date. The Title 504 and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance officer at the College is Mr. Frank Wang, Executive Director of the Academic Success Center, whose office is in Room L204 and can be reached at
  • The testing center handles the testing and placement of all incoming students in cooperation with our admissions office. Appointments for taking the Accuplacer test for English and math course placements are made through the admissions office. The testing center is also a resource for students who need special testing accommodations for their classes.
  • Tutoring and supplemental instruction is the extra support you may need during your academic career at Vaughn. Students who need tutoring in various subjects have the option of turning to their peers for extra help. Peer tutors work with their fellow students on a one-on-one or small group basis.
  • A study space where individuals and small groups can go to work on group projects, or cram for that all-important exam.
  • The advisement office is where you will go to register for courses and receive guidance about your degree program throughout the semester.
  • The Math and Writing Centers are housed within the Academic Success Center in room L202. Assistance and technical support for writing and math are available. This assistance includes providing students with writing and math counseling, electronic resources and workshops geared toward math and writing and mentoring. Services are offered at all levels of writing proficiency. Developmental math and the fundamentals of algebra and pre-calculus are the focus of math proficiency. Supplemental instruction from approved student tutors and additional faculty members in the field is available for advanced math courses.

Just about whatever you need to succeed, you’ll find it at Vaughn.

The following programs are housed within the center:

Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

Vaughn participates in the New York State Education Department’s Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). The HEOP program at Vaughn is jointly supported by the College and the New York State Department of Education. This program has been designed for educationally and economically disadvantaged New York State residents who otherwise might not be able to attend college. HEOP provides several academic and financial support services to assist students. These services include the summer immersion program, tutorial services, counseling services and financial assistance. To find out more, email or call 1.866.6VAUGHN, ext. 160.

Quick Start Pre-Freshmen Summer Immersion Program

This is an intensive, six-week summer program to introduce pre-freshmen to fundamental math, science, technical and aviation-related concepts.

Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound is a federal TRIO program funded by the US Department of Education, which is distributed to institutions through competitive grants. TRIO programs help students overcome social and cultural barriers to higher education. Upward Bound serves disadvantaged, first-generation and low-income high school students and is designed to motivate high school students and help them gain important skills necessary for success beyond high school. This program encourages and addresses the needs required to successfully complete high school and post-secondary education. Upward Bound is the type of program that will provide academic, social and cultural experiences during the high school years, which will greatly increase the probability of students enrolling in college and graduating from college.


Members of the faculty and staff conduct mini-lectures (workshop formats) geared towards the student and college life throughout the academic year. These lectures are not a part of the general curriculum. They cover topics such effective study habits and time management.