Stephen F. Austin State University

About Us

Our Mission

The Student Success Center supports undergraduate students by optimizing campus resources through innovative and intentional programs, which empowers students to attain academic success and persist toward graduation and beyond.

Who We Are

The Student Success Center is comprised of several people and departments whose main focus is your success. Our individual units include the Academic Assistance and Resource Center (AARC), SFA 101, and Academic Advising/TSI (Texas Success Initiative). In addition, the SSC houses coordinators who focus on unique areas--transfer students, dual credit students and special student populations including the GenJacks program, the Smith Hutson scholarship program, and the Buddy Low scholarship program. The SSC also partners with various units around campus and regularly builds programs and initiatives to better help students through their SFA journey.

For more information about individual units and programs and to see our staff directory, please use the navigation on the left side of the page.

Meet the Student Success Center Team!

Dr. Janet Tareilo
Dr. Janet Tareilo - Associate Provost Educational Background: Sam Houston State University: 2004, Doctor of Educational Leadership; Stephen F. Austin State University: 1989, Master of Science in Secondary Education: Mid-Management; Stephen F. Austin State University: 1982, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education Office: Steen Library, 203 Phone: 936.468.1881
Kate Childress
Kate Childress - Student Success Coordinator & Academic Advisor Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University: 2019, Master of Arts in Student Affairs and Higher Education; 2017, Bachelor of Science in Psychology Office: Steen Library, 203 E Phone: 936.468.3809
Programs: GenJacks Coordinator, Smith-Hutson Scholarship Coordinator, & Undeclared/ Exploratory Student Advising
Dr. Brittany Fish
Dr. Brittany Fish - Student Success Coordinator & Academic Advisor Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University: 2018, Doctor of Educational Leadership; 2015, Master of Human Sciences; 2012, Bachelor of Science in Hospitality Administration Office: Steen Library, 203 K Phone: 936.468.5803
Programs: SFA 101 Coordinator, Peer Mentor Program Coordinator, GenJacks Coordinator & Undeclared/ Exploratory Student Advising
Tricia Lance
Tricia Lance - TSI Coordinator & Academic Advisor Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University: 1994, Bachelor of Arts in English with Teaching Certification Office: Steen Library, 203 D Phone: 936.468.5803
Programs: Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Coordinator & Undeclared/ Exploratory Student Advising
Kristina Sage
Kristina Sage - Administrative Assistant Office: Steen Library, 203 J Phone: 936.468.5803
Raquel Skidmore
Raquel Skidmore - Student Success Coordinator & Academic Advisor Educational Background: Stephen F. Austin State University: 2019, Master of Arts in Student Affairs and Higher Education;The University of Oklahoma: 1994, Bachelor of Business Administration Office: Steen Library, 203 C Phone: 936.468.6232
Programs: Undeclared/ Exploratory Student Advising, Dual Credit Advising Coordinator, Transfer Student Services Advising, & Professional Academic Advising Council (PAAC) Coordinator