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Office of Retention and Persistence

Welcome to the Office of Retention and Persistence

The mission of the ORP is to implement strategies to improve the retention rate of students from one class level to the next and to improve the persistence level of greater numbers of students to the ultimate goal of graduation by providing first-time freshmen and transfer students with a foundation in academic and social skills to be further enhanced as they matriculate toward graduation.

The ORP is aligned with the mission of University College to provide students with array of resources, specifically designed to address the following areas:

         1. Ensure matriculation from one class level to the next through appropriate academic advisement and course placement  

     2.   Improve academic pursuits through the use of tutorial assistance.

        3.  Enhance social engagement through interactions with faculty, 

         staff and peer mentors.

   ​   4. Will assist students with 31 or more credit hours with academic /financial aid probationary matters.

This unit provides academic support (Academic Advising and Support Services) to first-time freshmen, continuing, and transfer students.


Office of Retention and Persistence, Dr. Constance R. Adams,  Executive Director

Office (256) 372-8418
Fax     (256) 372-5648 

Academic Advising
Tutorial Assistance Network
Changing Lanes Mentoring Program

Related Links

University College
Academic Advising
Tutorial Assistance Network​​​
Changing Lanes Mentoring Program


Contact Information


Dr. Constance R. Adams
Executive Director
Thomas Hall Room 242

P: (256) 372-4427
F: (256) 372-5648

Mailing Address
Alabama A&M University
Office of Retention and Persistence
Post Office Box 93
Normal, Alabama 35762​

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