University of Pittsburgh-Johnstown

Academic Success Center (ASC)

The Academic Success Center supports Pitt-Johnstown’s mission to offer a high-quality educational experience by providing comprehensive services designed to strengthen learning, promote success, and enhance retention of students. Academic Success Center staff strive to appreciate and support the unique needs of each Pitt-Johnstown student.

Operational Posture Changes

Pitt Johnstown’s Operational Posture is currently Guarded Risk.  In this posture, the Academic Success Center will be open during regular hours for students.  All students and staff must wear masks within the ASC spaces.  All ASC programs will be in operation.  ASC common learning space will be limited in seating for study space.  The computer lab is limited to two students.  Regular cleaning/disinfecting will occur. Please follow the instructional signs for social-distanced seating and entrance/exit. Staff will have limited in-person availability, and appointments are highly recommended.  To make an appointment contact the office via email or phone.

Our Programs

Link to Undeclared Academic Advising information
Link to What's next for incoming undeclared webpage
Link to Tutoring services
Link to first-year success program (FYSP)
Link to information about first at Pitt-Johnstown program
Link to information about GOAL program
Link to Information about Academic Alerts
Link to GPA Calculator


Are you a first-generation college student?

Help us learn more about you! At Pitt-Johnstown, first-generation students are those whose parents/guardians did not complete a four-year college degree.  Please complete an online questionnaire to help us learn more about the experiences of first-generation students.  Your participation in the questionnaire will make you eligible for the First at Pitt-Johnstown program.  

Click here for the first-generation student questionnaire.

Common Learning Space

The ASC houses comfortable study space options including accommodations for individuals and small groups. We invite students to use our small computer lab and printer -- and to reserve our Learning Lab, which features moveable seating and technology. Our SPA is home to the ASC’s Student Paraprofessionals, including our Mentors for Academic & Personal Success, Tutors and Tutoring Payroll Coordinator.

ASC Staff

The Academic Success Center staff proudly serves Pitt-Johnstown with a commitment to meeting the diverse needs of students. Every student possesses a unique set of skills and strengths that can be used to define his or her paths to personal and academic success. Our role is to empower and guide students on that journey.

The Director and Academic Counselors provide leadership for ASC services and serve as academic advisors to students who have not selected a major, counselors for Great Outcomes in Academic Learning (GOAL) and instructors for Major and Career Planning and Foundations of Learning.

Participating in the multiple and varied aspects of the ASC’s programs allows staff to cultivate relationships with most Pitt-Johnstown students. Getting to know the stories of our students contributes to our successful outcomes across the Center’s services.

Contact Us

Academic Success Center | | 814-269-7998

Kate Stahl Kinsinger, EdD | Director
BJ Sarneso, MA | Academic Counselor & GOAL
Leanna Noon, MA | Academic Counselor & Tutoring
Cassandra LaFramboise, MA | Academic Counselor & FYSP
Kristin Helms, MA | Academic Counselor & First
Joan Keirn | Staff Assistant |