Centers for Academic Excellence
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In support of the University Vision "to provide a public undergraduate education unexcelled in the state and selected excellent graduate programs," and to help students excel during their academic careers, the five Academic Centers for Excellence--The Language Center, the Mathematics Center, the Communication Center, the Science Center, and the Writing Center-- are committed to the following goals and objectives for the 2012-2013 academic year:


I. Provide all students individualized academic and personal support that will help further their critical thinking skills and be successful in the University.
  • Offer traditional Center services, including individual conferencing, small group workshops, and credit-bearing lab courses, as well as handouts and academic advice, in a friendly welcoming environment.

  • Collaborate across Centers to develop academic programs to help students excel in intra-disciplinary studies and skills, drawing on multiple Center resources.

II. Provide all students access to technology, while using technological resources to promote student learning. 
  • Provide access to quality computer systems, associated hardware, and interactive instructional software to all University students.
  • Provide individualized support of students' academic development through the use of technology.
  •  Apply new technological developments to support and advance student learning.
  • Extend student support by providing distance learning opportunities via the web and electronic conferencing.

III. Provide Center peer tutors and graduate assistants an opportunity to grow, to develop their skills, to enhance their own learning experiences, and to contribute to the University community.
  • Support and develop Center staff through tutor training, team building, and providing opportunities to engage in curriculum development and teaching.
  • Offer Center staff professional development opportunities through conference attendance, collaborative presentations, and other events.

IV. Collaborate with faculty and departments to support efforts to develop students’ critical analytical thinking skills across the disciplines.
  • Instruct courses within the disciplines.
  • Participate in professional conferences, workshops, and developmental activities.
  • Support new faculty development.
  • Collaborate with faculty on teaching materials, curriculum development, and new Center programs.

V. Support other Student Success Initiative programs.
  • Assist with first-year orientation.
  • Support current student retention efforts.
  • Help develop new strategies to improve retention.

VI. Help develop community both within and beyond the University.
  • Expand Center Director involvement in campus-wide leadership activities.
  • Develop opportunities to support K-12 faculty and students.
  • Provide opportunities for Center staff and students to advance their intellectual and social communities on campus through the Centers.

VII. Be accountable to the University and community.
  • Develop common articulation of student success and retention for dissemination to campus system and community.
  • Continue to provide annual reports of Center activities and effectiveness.