On Monday, September 14th, 2020 GradesFirst will be replaced with Advisor Link.
Students will access Advisor Link at advisor.gatech.edu.
For more information, please visit our website, neweraadvising.gatech.edu/student-resources.


Have questions? Representatives are available via BlueJeans in the Advising & Transition Virtual Lobby (Mon-Fri 10am-6pm EST) 
Click the link above or join the lobby by phone: 1.408.419.1715

Meet Our Staff


Dr. Beth Spencer

Dr. Beth Spencer worked at Georgia Tech for 10 years in a number of roles, including Senior Assistant Director for the Center for Academic Success (CAS); Pre-Teaching advisor (she was our first); and Academic Advisor II in Biomedical Engineering. Most recently, she served as the Director of the Center for Academic Success at the University of West Georgia. She holds a Ph.D. in History from Georgia State University, a M.Ed. in Adult Education from the University of Georgia, and a M.A. in Modern Social History from the University of Lancaster (UK).

Beth collaborates closely with the Complete College Georgia-Georgia Tech (CCG-GT) steering committee to ensure alignment of academic advising with CCG strategies. She works closely with the Registrar’s Office on the development and communication of academic policy and curriculum updates as they relate to advising. Finally, she serves as Georgia Tech’s representative on the USG’s Regent’s Advisory Committee on Academic Advising (RACAD) and advises GTAAN and other campus partners.


Stephanie Aluko

Exploratory Advisor

Stephanie Aluko has been working with exploring/undecided students for three and a half years. Her interest in combining advising theory and student developmental theory led to unique approaches to helping students gain autonomy and confidence in pursing their interests. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, with a minor in English Literature, from the University of West Georgia. She also received her Master of Public Administration at the University of West Georgia.

Stephanie is also interested in multicultural competencies and has presented at regional and national conferences with the National Academic Advising Association to help educate advisors on ways to gain awareness of biases and micro aggressions to remove barriers in advisor and student interactions.

Crystal Fowler

Academic Coordinator I

Crystal Fowler earned her Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a Concentration in Management from Southern Polytechnic State University (post consolidation known as Kennesaw State). Crystal has been working in higher education for 4 and a half years across different departments at Georgia State University. Recently while at State; she worked in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions as an Enrollment Services Assistant assuring students exceptional customer service and rapid decisions to ensure their success at the institution. While she was able to adapt to the office’s ever changing environment, she decided it was time for a transition of her own. As a new edition to Georgia Tech; she plans to use all that she has learned and creative skills to ensure the success of the students and the advisors of the OUE.

Aside from her university duties, Crystal enjoys volunteering, reading, enjoying different genres of music and is excited to begin her first year as a professional dancer performing with the WNBA’s Atlanta Dream Shooting Stars dance team.

Academic Coaching

Beatriz E. Rodriguez, NCC

Assistant Director, Academic Coaching and Success Programs

Beatriz E. Rodriguez, NCC earned a Bachelor in Business Administration from Kennesaw State University and a Master’s of Science in Counseling from Georgia State University. She has over ten years of experience working with high school and college students in the areas of recruitment, retention, and student development at private and public universities. Beatriz is currently a Learning Specialist/ Academic Coach at Georgia Tech where she provides individualized academic coaching to students who want to improve their study strategies. She always looks forward to meeting new students and learning about their interests and aspirations.

Beatriz's teaching experience includes GT1000: First-Year Seminar, GT 2100: Seminar on Academic Success, and most recently CETL 2001: Fundamentals of Peer Tutoring.  As it relates to her work, her areas of specialty are in intrinsic student motivation, self-efficacy, and peer support. 

Beatriz is certified through the National Board for Certified Counselors and is bilingual in English and Spanish. Beatriz was born in Colombia and enjoys traveling to places, near and far.

Fredrick Holloman

Learning Specialist/
Academic Coach

Fredrick Holloman earned a Bachelor of Arts in Theater Studies from Emory University and a Master of Arts in Teaching from Agnes Scott College where he also earned his Georgia teaching certification in English education. He has acquired nearly 20 years of experience working with both high school and college-level students from diverse intellectual backgrounds. Prior to a career in education, Fredrick worked as a corporate trainer for a Fortune 500 telecommunications company, where he specialized in effective communication, as well as measuring and improving customer service.

Fredrick’s corporate experience combined with his years as an educator has fueled his passion for learning and empowering students from different intellectual communities to achieve their academic potential through strategic guidance, individual discipline, and the highest level of academic integrity.

Apart from the fulfillment of his professional duties as a Learning Specialist (Academic Coach), Fredrick enjoys reading, writing, volunteering, and exercising to stay physically fit.

Chelsea Scoffone

Academic Coach

Chelsea has a diverse background in higher education and scholarship program administration. In her current role, she manages the recruitment and selection process for the Stamps President’s and Gold Scholarships, the First-Year Retreat and Outdoor Leadership Tech Treks and assists with other programmatic responsibilities such as student mentorship, academic support, and student development initiatives. She has a strong passion for working with students and helping them develop both personally and professionally during their time at Tech. Prior to coming to Tech, she served as an assistant director of Undergraduate Admissions at the University of California, Berkeley. She also served with both the US-UK Fulbright Commission in London and the National Scholars Program at Clemson University. Chelsea holds a Bachelor‘s of Science degree from East Tennessee State University, a Master’s of Education from Clemson University and is currently working on her PhD in Counseling and Student Personnel Services at the University of Georgia. In addition, she is a professional sexual assault prevention educator, making several presentations annually across the United States. In her free time, Chelsea enjoys coffee, cycling, anything involving the outdoors, and both international and domestic travel.

Michael Liang

Academic Coach

Michael Liang earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemical and Biological Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Currently, he is pursuing his Master of Science in Computer Science with a specialization in Machine Learning here at GATech. Prior to graduate school, Michael worked for a decade as a public high school teacher in Boston, MA.  During that time, he taught Physics, Computer Science, and Robotics. Most recently, he helped found a high school with an explicit mandate to provide computer science education to all students. 

Michael is currently an Academic Coach at the Center for Academic Success, Michael’s academic background in STEM and career background as an educator has helped cultivate a love for learning how to learn, as well as helping others learn how to learn. He is very interested in having conversations about effective studying, time management, dealing with distractions, and cultivating healthy habits.

Beyond studies and his work at the CAS, Michael enjoys snowboarding, playing video and tabletop games, attending concerts, and reading.

Transition Programs

Dr. Lacy Hodges

Assistant Director, Academic Transition Programs


Savitra Dow

Academic Transition Program & Operations Manager