Center for Access Success and Achievement

Message from CASA Director Linda Coleman

I have been struggling mightily to find the right words to convey the depth of horror and pain that I know that you must be experiencing with the tragic and unsettling events of the past days. I am heartsick that in the year 2020, we are still fighting for justice and equal treatment for all! We may ask ourselves, when will this pain stop? When will the senseless killings stop? When will all people have true peace? When will injustice based on color, or some other dimension of difference be eliminated? I have to be honest, I do not know, and I am angry that I can’t answer that question. What I do know is that WE ALL need to stand together to eliminate this terror! Here in CASA, we hear you, we are you, we bear and feel your pain. Please know, we care deeply for each and every one of you. Reach out, we will help the best way we can to support you in these deeply troubling times. but Together we can stand united to push for real change. The CASA staff is ready to serve.

Our Mission Statement

The Center for Access, Success and Achievement aims to recruit, retain, and graduate underrepresented, first generation, and Pell Eligible students through holistic support in a culturally diverse and academically excellent environment. 

Vision Statement

Our goal is to maintain successful retention by providing students with a sense of belonging in a nurturing environment, opportunities for self-realization and personal development, and holding them accountable for working to the best of their abilities. 

Values Statement

As a multifaceted center, CASA houses a number of resources, such as scholarships, tutoring, academic counseling, and life coaches that provide access to success. In addition, our office coordinates programing throughout the year to promote self-care, self-actualization, and self-advocacy. To accomplish these goals, we partner with local units, resources, and Villanova departments to provide coordinated care and support.

  • Providing student-focused academic and personal support through programming, professional and academic mentoring, and peer to peer mentoring. 
  • Promoting student growth and accountability.
  • Creating a campus environment in keeping with Villanova's Augustinian, Catholic values, and which adheres to the University's core values: Veritas, Unitas, and Caritas.
  • Developing student proficiency in self-advocacy, and fluency in university resources.
  • Promoting greater visibility and awareness of issues facing underrepresented students on campus.
  • Providing a safe, open space, in which current CASA students feel free to interact with peers, graduate students, and professional staff.
  • Facilitating seamless access to textbooks and other academic materials through our lending library and affiliated programs.

Contact Us

Monday to Friday  
9:00 am - 5:00 pm 
Falvey Hall, Room 211

Phone: 610.519.4075
Fax: 610.519.7758
Email: CASA

Scheduled Visits

College Day Visits -
Groups ONLY

UPDATE:  College Day Visits are postponed until further notice.  

Participate in CASA

Faculty/Staff: Submit a Referral Form to refer students to CASA.

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