March 3, 2018
Learning Commons Provides One-Stop Shop for Student Academic Services
The University of Cincinnati’s Learning Assistance Center (LAC) and the Center for First-Year Experience (FYE) have merged to create a one-stop shop that aids students in all things academic, with special attention to first year students. The new unit is called the Learning Commons.
The Learning Commons will:
· Provide a one-stop shop for students seeking academic success support services
· Grow our existing strength in peer education and experiential learning to align with student needs
· Serve as a central partner for colleges, faculty and advisors in the co-creation of academic success programs, courses and strategies to enhance the undergraduate experience
A soft launch was held on Tuesday, February 28 to celebrate the students and staff that make these services possible. With over 300 employees, they cover all the aspects of academic services provided, including:
Math & Science Support Center (MASS Center)
Academic Writing Center
Supplemental Review Sessions
Vice Provost for Undergraduate Affairs Gigi Escoe, has been asked to lead this initiative and chair an Advisory Board comprised of representatives from each college, academic advising, and LAC and FYE leaders, to create a shared vision for the Learning Commons that supports the university’s strategic direction.
“The Learning Commons creates networks and friendships that keep you tied to feeling like a bearcat, it’s all coming together now here. I’m really proud of you and this new support services unit. I’m really proud of where we’ve been and where we are going. I really want you to know that you are part of something that is nationally best practice and we’re going to get better and better every day.”
Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs Eileen Strempel also attended the soft launch to thank the student staff of the Learning Commons.
“I want you to know in your heart what a difference you’re making for yourself and your own learning journey, and even more powerfully, for the University of Cincinnati.”
The Learning Commons is located in 2510B French Hall West. For more information and to schedule appointments, visit www.uc.edu/learningcommons.