ACE: Academic Center for Excellence
The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) is an academic and advising support center that embraces the strengths of a liberal arts education's holistic nature. ACE assists students in their ability to maximize their potential to flourish and succeed—at Goucher and beyond. It guides students in preparing for a life of inquiry, creativity, social responsibility, and personal and professional ethics and integrity. ACE includes Academic Coaching, the Office of Accessibility Services, and Pre-Major Advising.
ACE will offer academic coaching via an online meeting space, such as Zoom, FaceTime, or Microsoft Teams. For students who would like to make a new appointment with a coach, please request an appointment. Returning students who would like to continue meeting with a coach may contact the coach directly to schedule an appointment or use the link above. Once scheduled, your academic coach will be in contact with you to confirm your meeting. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out.
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ACE supports the college’s mission by providing individual academic coaching sessions and academic workshops. The center is staffed by professional Academic Coaches, who also act as learning specialists providing undergraduate and graduate students with opportunities to:
- Develop self-awareness and autonomy
- Develop positive habits of mind
- Take responsibility and ownership for their learning
- Develop resilience and coping skills
- Learn and use effective study strategies
- Enhance and apply critical and analytical thinking skills
Office of Accessibility Services
Goucher College seeks to provide equal educational opportunities for qualified students with disabilities. This is consistent with our Community Principle of Inclusion, which states that we will acknowledge and embrace the unique gifts and differences of our community members. We are committed to compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and other relevant state and federal legislation.
The Office of Accessibility Services serves students, staff and faculty with various disabilities and some temporary impairments that substantially limit one or more major life activities. Our goal is for students to have an equal opportunity to participate inside the classroom and in our college programs and activities.
Academic Advising is a two-way responsibility, a collaboration between the student and the academic advisor. It is imperative to have conversations and to keep each other informed. All first-year students are assigned a pre-major academic advisor. Pre-major advisors will assist students with academic planning and navigating the resources, expectations, and challenges of being a new Goucher student. Once students have determined a course of major study, the pre-major advisor will assist in the major declaration process. When students declare a major, they will be assigned a faculty advisor in that academic discipline who will continue to provide support until all graduation requirements are completed.