Student Academic Affairs - Advising, Retention, and Transitions (StAAART) assists students to thrive in transitions. The unit provides students with the tools and guidance to help them achieve their academic and personal goals. StAAART contributes to student success and degree completion by teaching, supporting, and connecting students to curricular and co-curricular experiences relevant to becoming an exemplary Mason Graduate: an engaged, reflective citizen and well rounded scholar who is prepared to act. StAAAR also serves the university community as a centralized source of information on current academic policies, procedures, and student success initiatives.
We value each student as a distinct individual. Our interactions are guided by an understanding of college student development, campus resources, and are designed to support student learning. We focus on students' academic engagement and performance, well-being, and interpersonal connections. Our collaborations are characterized by a comprehensive commitment to student success.
StAAART collaborates widely with campus colleagues to promote successful student transitions. Through our work we provide effective academic and transition advising, offer transition courses, develop student leaders, design and implement retention initiatives, solve problems, improve communications, and influence policies related to academic success and degree completion.