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Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)

Hours

Mon - Thu 
10 am - 9 pm

Fri 
10 am - 2 pm

Sun
5 pm - 9 pm 

Contact ACE

Unistructure, Room 275
401-232-6746

Bryant's Centers for Student Success are dedicated to helping students achieve their goals of academic success. This is where you will find learning specialists who provide individualized assistance and group workshops on college level study skill development for all students.

    Staff

    Laurie Hazard

    Assistant Dean for Student Success

    Stephanie Carter

    Director, Academic Center for Excellence and the Writing Center

    Kelley Tiarks

    Associate Director, ACE and Peer Tutor Services

    Marie Saddlemire

    Assistant Director, Access Services

    Joel Swenddal

    Assistant Director for International Students and English Language Learners

    Kathy Sackal

    Office Coordinator for Student Success

    Laurie Hazard

    Assistant Dean for Student Success

    Stephanie Carter

    Director, Academic Center for Excellence and the Writing Center

    Kelley Tiarks

    Associate Director, ACE and Peer Tutor Services

    Marie Saddlemire

    Assistant Director, Access Services

    Joel Swenddal

    Assistant Director for International Students and English Language Learners

    Kathy Sackal

    Office Coordinator for Student Success

    Our mission in the Centers for Student Success is to help students become self-reliant, independent, confident learners so they may successfully meet the demands of their chosen academic curricula. This is achieved through a myriad of services to support academic progress and find what learning and study strategies work best for each student.

    Our mission in the Centers for Student Success is to help students become self-reliant, independent, confident learners so they may successfully meet the demands of their chosen academic curricula. This is achieved through a myriad of services to support academic progress and find what learning and study strategies work best for each student.

    The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) offers tutoring for all currently enrolled students at Bryant and is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). ACE provides a comfortable location where tutors assist students by reinforcing concepts in their academic subjects, while strengthening college level study strategies. The tutor-student relationship is a collaborative one, where both individuals have defined roles and responsibilities.

    Tutoring at ACE is offered through individual appointments with Peer Tutors and Math Specialists and in Learning Labs. Students, for schedules and more information on our learning labs, please visit the ACE and Writing Center Blackboard page.

    For an individual appointment call or visit the Academic Success Programs office. All individual appointments should be made at least a day in advance to guarantee time with a tutor or specialist.

    The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) offers tutoring for all currently enrolled students at Bryant and is certified by the College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA). ACE provides a comfortable location where tutors assist students by reinforcing concepts in their academic subjects, while strengthening college level study strategies. The tutor-student relationship is a collaborative one, where both individuals have defined roles and responsibilities.

    Tutoring at ACE is offered through individual appointments with Peer Tutors and Math Specialists and in Learning Labs. Students, for schedules and more information on our learning labs, please visit the ACE and Writing Center Blackboard page.

    For an individual appointment call or visit the Academic Success Programs office. All individual appointments should be made at least a day in advance to guarantee time with a tutor or specialist.

    Peer Tutor Services offers assistance for students working on coursework or studying for tests or quizzes on a walk-in basis in our Learning Labs.

    There is no appointment necessary for the Learning Labs. Students may work independently or request help from the Lab's Peer Tutor. The Labs are a great place to prepare for a test or work on homework because there is always someone to answer questions as they arise. Students, for more information and all learning lab schedules, please visit our ACE and Writing Center Blackboard Page.

    Peer Tutor Services offers assistance for students working on coursework or studying for tests or quizzes on a walk-in basis in our Learning Labs.

    There is no appointment necessary for the Learning Labs. Students may work independently or request help from the Lab's Peer Tutor. The Labs are a great place to prepare for a test or work on homework because there is always someone to answer questions as they arise. Students, for more information and all learning lab schedules, please visit our ACE and Writing Center Blackboard Page.

    Please visit the ACE and Writing Center Blackboard site in order to reserve a space and to get location.

    Topics include:

    • Time Management
    • Learning Styles
    • Reading to Remember
    • Psychology of Procrastination
    • Note-Taking
    • Test-Taking
    • Preparing for Finals
    • Studying in Groups

    Workshops take approximately 50 minutes. RSVP required - please register for a workshop on the ACE and Writing Center Blackboard site.

    Please visit the ACE and Writing Center Blackboard site in order to reserve a space and to get location.

    Topics include:

    • Time Management
    • Learning Styles
    • Reading to Remember
    • Psychology of Procrastination
    • Note-Taking
    • Test-Taking
    • Preparing for Finals
    • Studying in Groups

    Workshops take approximately 50 minutes. RSVP required - please register for a workshop on the ACE and Writing Center Blackboard site.

    ACE Tours are for any student who wants to optimize their use of ACE and the Writing Center this semester. The tours will more specifically focus on helping each individual student understand:

    • How to get support for their most challenging course(s) for the semester
    • How to work with an ACE staff member to develop better study and writing skills
    • How to use ACE’s services to avoid procrastination and improve time management skills
    • How to use ACE/Writing Center to increase their GPAs

    Tours take approximately 20 minutes. RSVP required - please register for a tour on the ACE and Writing Center Blackboard site.

    ACE Tours are for any student who wants to optimize their use of ACE and the Writing Center this semester. The tours will more specifically focus on helping each individual student understand:

    • How to get support for their most challenging course(s) for the semester
    • How to work with an ACE staff member to develop better study and writing skills
    • How to use ACE’s services to avoid procrastination and improve time management skills
    • How to use ACE/Writing Center to increase their GPAs

    Tours take approximately 20 minutes. RSVP required - please register for a tour on the ACE and Writing Center Blackboard site.

    ACE’s professional Learning Specialists provide academic skill building support to students to help them develop the college level academic skills they need to become more successful learners. Students can build their academic skills by meeting individually with learning specialists and by attending ACE workshops. 

    Learning specialists work with students on:

    • Effective note taking techniques
    • Test preparation and test taking strategies
    • Effective reading of textbooks and other assignments
    • Time management skills
    • Avoiding procrastination
    • Developing organizational systems to manage due dates and commitments

    Check out ACE’s student Blackboard site to access additional resources on academic skill building.

    ACE’s professional Learning Specialists provide academic skill building support to students to help them develop the college level academic skills they need to become more successful learners. Students can build their academic skills by meeting individually with learning specialists and by attending ACE workshops. 

    Learning specialists work with students on:

    • Effective note taking techniques
    • Test preparation and test taking strategies
    • Effective reading of textbooks and other assignments
    • Time management skills
    • Avoiding procrastination
    • Developing organizational systems to manage due dates and commitments

    Check out ACE’s student Blackboard site to access additional resources on academic skill building.

    The Academic Center for Excellence staff are dedicated to serving the needs of students with learning disabilities and ADHD. Students are encouraged to submit documentation of their disability after their acceptance and decision to enroll at Bryant. At the start of each semester, students schedule a meeting with the Assistant Director of Access Services to discuss their academic needs and request reasonable accommodations. Students also receive assistance in learning how to access the comprehensive academic support services offered by the Academic Success Programs in keeping with our philosophy of empowering Bryant students to achieve their goals of academic success.

    Access Services is an office within the Academic Center for Excellence that coordinates academic accommodations for students with neurodevelopmental disorders/disabilities, such as Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Access Services staff works in conjunction with the learning specialists in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and the Writing Center to support the mission and student success initiatives at Bryant University. Through a person-centered process of honoring the unique learning needs of each student, appropriate academic support will be identified and implemented.

    Specific guidelines and processes for Access Services are available in the Documents section below.

    The Academic Center for Excellence staff are dedicated to serving the needs of students with learning disabilities and ADHD. Students are encouraged to submit documentation of their disability after their acceptance and decision to enroll at Bryant. At the start of each semester, students schedule a meeting with the Assistant Director of Access Services to discuss their academic needs and request reasonable accommodations. Students also receive assistance in learning how to access the comprehensive academic support services offered by the Academic Success Programs in keeping with our philosophy of empowering Bryant students to achieve their goals of academic success.

    Access Services is an office within the Academic Center for Excellence that coordinates academic accommodations for students with neurodevelopmental disorders/disabilities, such as Learning Disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorders and Autism Spectrum Disorders. The Access Services staff works in conjunction with the learning specialists in the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) and the Writing Center to support the mission and student success initiatives at Bryant University. Through a person-centered process of honoring the unique learning needs of each student, appropriate academic support will be identified and implemented.

    Specific guidelines and processes for Access Services are available in the Documents section below.

    Bryant's Academic Center for Excellence offers specialized services for international students and English language learners, helping them increase their academic confidence and achieve their potential in their studies at Bryant.

    The Assistant Director for International Students and English Language Learners will assist students in:

    • Adjusting to academic culture at Bryant and in the United States
    • Taking advantage of ACE and Writing Center academic support services
    • Navigating the variety of support services available to international students on campus
    • Developing study skills for college success
    • Improving written and oral English language skills
    • Setting goals for academic improvement
    • Communicating with professors and clarifying expectations and assignments

    Students who seek to improve their English writing skills can also make an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with our ESL Writing Specialist for support with all stages of the writing process.

    Bryant's Academic Center for Excellence offers specialized services for international students and English language learners, helping them increase their academic confidence and achieve their potential in their studies at Bryant.

    The Assistant Director for International Students and English Language Learners will assist students in:

    • Adjusting to academic culture at Bryant and in the United States
    • Taking advantage of ACE and Writing Center academic support services
    • Navigating the variety of support services available to international students on campus
    • Developing study skills for college success
    • Improving written and oral English language skills
    • Setting goals for academic improvement
    • Communicating with professors and clarifying expectations and assignments

    Students who seek to improve their English writing skills can also make an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with our ESL Writing Specialist for support with all stages of the writing process.

    Peer Tutors work collaboratively with students in individual appointments and in groups to help them with both course content and study strategies.

    To be considered for a Peer Tutor position, students must:

    • Complete a Peer Tutor application
    • Have a minimum GPA of a 3.4, as evidenced by a submitted transcript
    • Acquire recommendations from 2 Bryant faculty members
    • Have taken and received a “B+” or higher in the courses to be tutored

    Peer Tutoring is a merit-based position; that is, both students who are eligible to receive work-study and those who are not are welcome to apply.

    The Academic Center for Excellence is exempt from the “one job per student” policy, thus allowing students to work in the ACE and another office on campus.

    Email Kelley Tiarks if you are interested in working at ACE. Applications are accepted each spring for positions in the fall.

    Peer Tutors work collaboratively with students in individual appointments and in groups to help them with both course content and study strategies.

    To be considered for a Peer Tutor position, students must:

    • Complete a Peer Tutor application
    • Have a minimum GPA of a 3.4, as evidenced by a submitted transcript
    • Acquire recommendations from 2 Bryant faculty members
    • Have taken and received a “B+” or higher in the courses to be tutored

    Peer Tutoring is a merit-based position; that is, both students who are eligible to receive work-study and those who are not are welcome to apply.

    The Academic Center for Excellence is exempt from the “one job per student” policy, thus allowing students to work in the ACE and another office on campus.

    Email Kelley Tiarks if you are interested in working at ACE. Applications are accepted each spring for positions in the fall.