Nexus is derived from Latin and means a connected group or series. The goal of our Nexus program is to connect students with the resources necessary to be successful students.

Nexus is a unique academic support program offered by the Academic Success and Advising Center at Centenary University.  It is designed to empower students who show potential but their academic record indicates that additional support would be beneficial. It will assist them in becoming successful college students by offering them the opportunity to develop effective study strategies and skills during their first year at Centenary.

This will be accomplished through a series of workshops, online tutorials and strategic individual weekly academic coaching sessions. The program will begin with the first workshop during Freshmen Orientation.

Topics to be addressed:

  • Academic Expectations-The differences between high school and college
  • Study Strategies- Assessment of students’ awareness about and use of learning and study strategies
  • Time Management – Developing a semester overview, weekly schedule and daily to do lists
  • Note-Taking Systems- One strategy does not fit all students or disciplines
  • The Study Cycle – Learning strategies to attend class, review notes, intensive study and ongoing review
  • Textbook Reading – Developing an effective way to read, take notes or annotate text and strategies to improve comprehension
  • Test Preparation – How to prepare for exams by creating study guides, review strategies and self- testing techniques
  • Metacognition – Learning how we learn
  • Interdependence- Learning to be interdependent by developing supportive relationships and utilizing campus resources
  • The Value of Education- Understanding the value of a college degree

Full participation in the entire program is required and students will be asked to sign a contract agreeing to the terms of their conditional admission to the University. At the end of the first semester, students will be reviewed to determine continued eligibility. The main criteria will be full participation in all components of the program and earning a GPA of 2.0 or better.  If the requirements are met students will be invited to remain at Centenary University and continue in the program for the spring semester. By the end of the second semester students must have participated in the abbreviated components of the Nexus program and earn a 2.0 GPA. After successful completion of the first year, students will be invited to stay as Centenary students without any additional programmatic requirements.

All students are expected to maintain good academic standing by meeting minimum university requirements including a cumulative GPA of at least a 2.0 (including a 2.00 in the major field). For more information regarding this policy students can refer to the University Catalog (


Nexus Tentative Schedule for Fall 2017

Academic Success and Advising Contact Information

Harris & Betts Smith Learning Center
400 Jefferson St.
Hackettstown, NJ 07840 (908) 852.1400 (908) 979.4277

Week of October 16

  • Online Module: The Study Cycle
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of October 23

  • Online Module: Healthy Lifestyle and Academic Success
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of October 30

  • Online Module: Mindfulness and Stress Management
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of November 6

  • Online Module: Metacognition
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of November 13

  • Online Module: Self- Regulated Learning
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of November 20

  • Online Module: Collaborative Learning/Working in Groups
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of November 27

  • Online Module: Decision Making/Making Choices
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of December 4

  • Online Module: Interdependence
  • Individual Coaching Session

Week of December 11

  • Online Module: Post LASSI
  • Individual Coaching Session