Welcome to the Center for Access and Academic Success (CAAS)

  • Welcome to the Center for Access and Academic Success (CAAS)! Our programs are designed to promote holistic academic and personal student development. The Center provides assistance primarily to first and second-year students and transfer students with fewer than 30 credits, with access to comprehensive academic support services that strengthen their performance and promote student success and retention. The Center offers a vast array of services designed to support student success from the point of entry to graduation. Services consist of: Academic Advising and Coaching, Tutoring, and Supplemental Instruction (SI). The Center also encompasses student enrichment programs, such as “Future Outstanding Cohort of University Students” (FOCUS) and the First-year Experience-Hawk Mentor Partnership. CAAS partners regularly with personnel from each of the divisions on campus-Administrative Affairs, Student Affairs, and Institutional Advancement to support student engagement, persistence, retention, and graduation. The staff is comprised of highly trained and caring professionals who are dedicated to helping students achieve academic and personal success at UMES.

    Student Development Center, Suite 2200 

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    Supplemental Instruction (SI)

    Supplemental Instruction (SI)

    Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an academic enrichment program that is offered in historically difficult courses (high rate of D, F, and withdrawals). SI is designed to supplement - not replace -class lectures. SI discussion and review sessions are facilitated by trained student SI Leaders who have already completed the course. SI sessions are interactive and collaborative. It is a chance for classmates to get together outside of class to compare notes, to discuss important concepts, and to develop strategies for studying the subject in a structured environment.

    Peer Tutoring and Learning Center

    Peer Tutoring and Learning Center

    The Peer Tutoring and Learning Center  provides a free service to students who may require additional academic assistance outside of the classroom via high-achieving tutors who have demonstrated mastery of certain subject areas. Students may receive peer-to-peer tutoring in groups or individualized appointments. Tutoring is offered in 20+ subject areas, five days a week, Monday, Tuesday & Thursday from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and on Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


    FOCUS: Future Outstanding Cohort of University Students

    The FOCUS partnership is designed to assist students with addressing concerns that contributed to difficulties in academic performance, i.e., falling below the minimum 2.0 grade-point average. The partnership provides students with both individual attention, group support, class instruction, and encourages systematic problem solving to facilitate a full, rich, balanced academic experience. 

    Hawk Mentoring

    Hawk Mentoring Program

    The mission of the Hawk Mentoring program is to facilitate first-year students with a successful transition into the University of Maryland Eastern Shore. Mentoring encourages and promotes the personal success of first-year students at the university by establishing collaborative partnerships between new and upper-class students. The Hawk Mentoring program is designed to encourage social and cultural integration, personal growth, and academic skills development through a supportive network of experienced and informed mentors.

    First Year Experience (FYE)

    First Year Experience (FYE)

  • CAAS Programs & Services

    CAAS Programs & Services by Dr. Angela L. Williams