New on-campus space, made possible by a grant from the PNC Foundation, will serve as a hub for academic support

With the support of a $100,000 grant from the PNC Foundation, Spalding University has established the PNC Center for Student Success, a new space on campus that centralizes and strengthens the university’s academic support services.

The new PNC Center for Student Success brings together the Writing & Peer Learning Center, the Center for Accessibility & Learning Equity’s reading support services and Success Coaches program, and the Math Lab. Located on the second floor of the university’s library, this shared space will improve ease of access and visibility to resources for students, while also fostering administrative coordination.

“Spalding University is known throughout our region for its efforts to close the equity gap in higher education, and for its contributions to the development of our local workforce,” said Kristen Byrd, PNC regional president for Louisville. “The services and resources offered at the PNC Center for Student Success will help ensure today’s students and tomorrow’s workforce are equipped to thrive.”

Integral to the delivery of the center’s services is a faculty/peer-mentor staffing model, which accommodates a variety of learning styles and is designed to reach students statistically at-risk for attrition, including first-generation and minority students.

These services include tutoring, research guidance, assistance with math and reading comprehension, study skills development, test preparation and technology use. Additionally, the center aims to foster a sense of community and collaboration, with a comfortable common space where students can connect with each other.

“I remember being in the residence halls when I was a student, and we would converse for hours and debate as part of our student experience,” said Tomarra Adams, dean of undergraduate education. “Our vision for the PNC Center for Student Success is to create that kind of synergy for students. They come to get the technical help, but they also feed off the energy of learning and the interactions that a central space fosters. Thereby, they get to share ideas and learn in a different way.”

The PNC Center for Student Success’ grand opening will be 2:00 p.m., May 11, 2022. President Tori Murden McClure, Dean Tomarra Adams, PNC Regional President Kristen Byrd and the center’s coordinators will share remarks.

# # #

About PNC Foundation: The PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (, actively supports organizations that provide services for the benefit of communities in which it has a significant presence. The foundation focuses its philanthropic mission on early childhood education and community and economic development, which includes the arts and culture. Through Grow Up Great, its signature cause that began in 2004, PNC has created a bilingual $500 million, multi-year initiative to help prepare children from birth to age 5 for success in school and life.

About Spalding University: Established in 1814 and located in downtown Louisville since 1920, Spalding is a historic, private institution that offers graduate, undergraduate and accelerated programs in a range of areas of study. The regionally accredited university offers an innovative schedule of seven six-week sessions per year, allowing students to earn a bachelor’s degree at their own pace. Its athletic teams compete in NCAA Division III. Spalding was recognized as the world’s first Compassionate University. More information is available at

One thing about Spalding University that has had a great impact on the success as a college student is Spalding’s six-week academic sessions.

At Spalding, instead of more traditional semester-long sessions that may meet 2-3 times a week, most undergraduate courses are taught in six-week sessions, with classes meeting four days per week. There are seven six-week sessions during the academic year, including one in the summer.

Students usually take 1-3 classes per session while remaining full-time student, and after a session ends, there is a one-week break before the next six-week session begins with new course.

At Spalding, I believe the academic workload is much easier to manage because students are taking the fewer number of classes per session.

This allows students to focus all their energy and time on the success of those 1-3 classes, instead of being overwhelmed with 4-6.  Finals week can still feel overwhelming, for sure, but not as overwhelming as it would be if more classes were being taken at once.

OUR BLOCKS ROCK | More Info on Spalding’s Session Format | Students Explain Why They Love the 6-Week Sessions 

Spalding’s nontraditional schedule also helps students not have a tedious semester because with every six weeks, new classes are introduced. You get to have new classmates and the chance to connect with different people.

Spalding’s professors have years of experience teaching in the six-week format. They are understanding and offer all the help they can to ensure the success of their students during a fast-moving session. For people who not only enjoy working in a fast pace but like to change things up once in a while, this is perfect.

Finally, not only are six-week classes easier to manage, but the break week between sessions has been of great help. I use that week to take a break from school and mentally recharge for the upcoming session. I am someone who tends to get stressed a lot, and the break week has always helped me release all that stress.

For many reasons, I’m thankful for Spalding’s six-week sessions. They have helped me succeed in college.