academic success center

Even the most outstanding students sometimes run into unexpected difficulties during their college experience. The Academic Success Center connects students with the resources they need in order to thrive at the University of Great Falls.  Whatever college life throws your way, we are here to help!

We are a conduit between students, faculty, and staff, and we refer students to the right resources for them. Your counselors at the ASC will help you establish study plans, keep you on track for graduation, assist with sports eligibility, and keep you in good academic standing.  We teach you the skills you need to be successful and help you navigate any roadblocks that might appear. We love to visit with students, so please feel free to stop in and say hello!

Things we can help you with:

  • Stress management
  • Time management
  • Test Anxiety
  • Goal Setting
  • Transitioning from high school or another college/university
  • Campus referrals
  • Developing good study habits

Your Academic Success Counselors:


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Twila Croft has worn many hats during her time at UGF. She generally works with veterans, commuters, transfers, non-traditional students, and upper-classmen. She is also the contact person for athletes from the Rodeo, Lacrosse, Golf, and women’s Basketball teams.

Contact:    791-5988

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Sierra Fredricksen works with ESL students, freshmen, and athletes from the Men’s Basketball, Men’s Soccer, Women’s Soccer, and Cross Country and Track teams.

Contact:   791-5986

Image of Ellen Boland

Ellen Boland works with freshmen and athletes from the Wrestling, Softball, Women’s Volleyball, and Cheer and Dance teams.

Contact:    791-5987

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Derek Bonds was licensed in 2008 as a License Clinical Professional Counselor. Derek has worked in various positions in the Great Falls community. While being employed at the local Center for Mental Health Derek worked as an in-home therapist, out-patient therapist, and returned to work for center as an outpatient supervisor. Derek worked for A.W.A.R.E Inc., as a CSCT (Comprehensive School Community Treatment) therapist and opened up a CSCT program for three local elementary schools. Derek also was in private practice for three years.
Derek has been an adjunct/part-time instructor for the University of Great Falls since 2009 teaching psychology/counseling courses.

Contact:    791-5989


Helpful Resources:


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