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The Academic Centers for Excellence

SAEM Program ReviewNovember 3, 2010

ACEis an office of Student Services

IU South Bend

  • Facilitating understanding of the expectations of faculty and the culture of higher education.

  • Helping students develop a sense of self-efficacy as they come to regard themselves as learners who have control over their academic achievement.

  • Providing a variety of pedagogical approaches that inform different skill levels and learning styles, and working to actively involve students in the learning process.

  • Facilitating the transfer of learned skills and strategies to current and future coursework by engaging students in reflective thinking that promotes self-awareness.

  • Providing services and resources to faculty that enhance and support classroom instruction.


  • To support academic programs with co-curricular learning services

  • To provide a positive and inclusive environment for learning

  • To serve as a learning resource to the campus community and establish collaborative programming that increases opportunities for students to gain the academic, personal, and professional skills necessary for developing engaged citizens

ACE Goals

  • Students participating in tutoring in the Learning Center and the Writers’ Room at least six times will earn better grades than their peers who do not use tutoring services.

  • Fifty percent of students participating in probation programming provided by ACE will use another service provided by the office.

  • Students actively participating in the Study Smarter Program five or more times will demonstrate improvement in self-identified study skill deficiencies.

  • After regular participation in initial and ongoing training, Learning Center and Writers’ Room tutors will apply appropriate pedagogies to each student tutoring session.

  • First-Year Writing Faculty will indicate a high level of satisfaction with tutoring services provided by the Writers’ Room.

ACE Outcomes

  • 24 Hours Before Finals

  • Academic Skills Workshops

  • Exam Review Sessions

  • Learning Skills Tools/Website

  • Online Tutoring

  • Probation Programming

  • Student Assistants

  • Study Smarter

  • Supplemental Learning

  • Tutoring

  • WriteWell

  • Writing Across the Curriculum Initiatives

Current Programs & Services

The Academic Centers for Excellence support the University mission by:

  • encouraging and modeling effective interaction with faculty;

  • building programming on sound research and best practices;

  • engaging tutors and student users with creative training and learning opportunities;

  • promoting diversity and inclusivity in both programming and hiring practices;

  • developing life-long learners via helping to develop a sense of purpose and helping to establish relevant connections to life and future goals for both tutors and students; and

  • developing engaged citizens prepared to build strong communities through our extensive student employee training and leadership development opportunities.

support for IU South Bend’s Academic Mission

  • Continued development and expansion of Writing Across the Curriculum initiatives

  • Create a tutor training curriculum for Levels 2 & 3 of CRLA certification (including online components)

  • Create peer mentoring curriculum for CRLA certification

2 – 4 Year Planning ideas

  • Implement synchronous online tutoring project in the Learning Center and asynchronous capability in the Writers’ Room

  • Develop and implement online Academic Skills Workshops

  • Continue to work toward implementation of a university-wide probation program

  • Implementation of Writers’ Roundtables

2 – 4 Year Planning ideas (cont.)

  • Budget

  • Remuneration for student employees

  • Dual reporting lines for faculty

  • Staffing

  • Physical space

  • Position within the University


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