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 maximizing 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 Success Coaching, the Office of Accessibility Services, and Success Advising.

ACE

Academic Success Coaching

ACE supports the college's mission by providing individual academic success coaching sessions and academic skills workshops. The center is staffed by professional Academic Coaches and Peer Coaches, 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 our community members' unique gifts and differences. 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.

Success Advising

Every first-year student at Goucher is assigned a Success Advisor who works with each advisee before stepping foot on campus and remaining a key contact point throughout their undergraduate career. 

Success advisors assist students with academic planning and navigating the resources, expectations, and challenges of being a Goucher student.  They coach their advisees academically while also helping them identify their passions, goals, and interests.

Success Advisors work closely with other Success Team members and key campus partners to guide their advisees in a self-discovery process.  Success Advisors connect students to campus resources if faced with academic, financial, or personal challenges.