The Academic Success Center was established as the Academic Support Center in fall 2001 with a few pilot programs in tutoring and supplemental instruction to provide academic support to help Clemson students stay in school and retain scholarships. Professor Emerita Arlene B.Privette was appointed as the Interim Director. Her staff included an administrative assistant, a program coordinator and a part time academic counselor; they were housed in two offices in Brackett Hall. In June 2002, a permanent director, Dr. Elaine Richardson, was hired and the center moved to a location in Cooper Library. In addition to her previous role in teaching and research in Animal and Veterinary Science, Dr. Richardson was also the coordinator for CU 101, the freshman seminar offered at Clemson. With her move to the ASC, CU 101 was added to the center programs. Additional staff was added to provide leadership for the expanding programs and increasing student usage.
In 2003, the center name was changed to Academic Success Center, and Student Disability Services was moved from Student Affairs to the Academic Success Center (in Academic Affairs). Several programs were piloted through the ASC before becoming permanent programs administered through the Office of Undergraduate Studies. These have included the Freshman Academic Progress Program (early alert), Summer Reading Program, and Transfer Academic Programs. As part of the Transfer Student program in the ASC, Tau Sigma, the transfer student Honor Society, was established. In the fall of 2009, Student Disability Services was established as a separate unit under the Office of Undergraduate Studies. In the spring of 2012, the ASC moved into its new home, The Class of 1956 Academic Success Building. Current staff includes: the center director, three program coordinators, two academic coaches, one academic counselor, 3 administrative support staff, 2 program assistants, 3 graduate assistants, and over 175 undergraduate student employees.
Since the center was established, the ASC programs have grown exponentially and have received national and international recognition. The Academic Success Center at Clemson University has received the following recognition and awards: