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Academic Support Center's Golson earns Level 4 certification from National College Learning Center Association

The Academic Support Center at Austin Peay State University exists for one reason: to help students achieve their educational goals. And it is with that in mind that the Center’s director, Martin Golson, was recently honored for his excellence in helping students succeed in the classroom.

The Academic Support Center at Austin Peay State University exists for one reason: to help students achieve their educational goals. And it is with that in mind that the Center’s director, Martin Golson, was recently honored for his excellence in helping students succeed in the classroom.

Golson was recently honored as a Certified Learning Center Professional – Level 4 by the National College Learning Center Association (NCLCA), a national organization that supports learning center professionals in developing and enhancing their efforts at the post-secondary level.

“This is a (difficult) certification to achieve, and the NCLCA only certifies maybe one or two people a year as Level 4,” Golson said. “So from a professional standpoint, this is a great honor.”

Level 4 is the NCLCA’s highest level of certification, and indicates, among other criteria, over 11 years of experience of post-secondary learning assistance, an extensive record of conference presentations and/or publications, progression toward a Ph.D. and considerable service to the profession.

Since it opened in 2001, the Center has served thousands of students a year, offering a number of services to both APSU students and members of the community, including peer tutoring, community tutoring, technology assistance and a writing center. The Center also employs both APSU undergraduate and graduate students as tutors to support its clients in meeting their educational goals.

Golson himself was hired as a peer tutor at the Center in 2002, before taking over direction in 2004. A member of the U.S. Army for 23 years before going into higher education, Golson said his individual honors, as well as the Center’s recognition as a model among university student learning centers, are a credit to APSU’s dedication to achieving student success.

“Austin Peay gives its employees the freedom to better themselves professionally, as well as their departments, because they know their personal improvement ultimately leads to the ability to better serve students,” Golson said. “And the end result in all of this is that more students are able to be successful and reach their educational goals.”

For more information on the Academic Support Center at APSU, visit apsu.edu/academic-support-center, or call 931-221-6550.