At CLAS, learning is our middle name:
we help students understand course concepts;
we engage students in the learning process;
we guide students toward discovering solutions to problems;
we encourage students to become independent thinkers and lifelong learners.
(CLAS Director Jeff Landeck leading a UCSB Student Affairs professional development writing workshop)
Campus Learning Assistance Services (CLAS) is one of the most wide-ranging departments on campus. Yet even though our areas of academic support span from Arabic and Accounting to the Sciences and Study Skills, we all have a shared mission here at CLAS—a collective greater purpose.
CLAS’ greater purpose—beyond the role of simply serving students—is helping students take full ownership of their education. When students feel they are learning for themselves, and ultimately from themselves, it gives them the confidence to navigate the most difficult challenges and succeed. Our work here at CLAS is as much about the students’ personal and emotional growth as it is about their academic advancement. Serving students’ immediate study needs is only the starting point; our greater purpose is realized when the students believe in their own abilities, believe in themselves enough to reach their goals, academic or otherwise. (more)