Provost News

Learning Commons Staff

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:

  • Academic Coaching

  • Learning Communities

  • Math & Science Support Center (MASS Center)

  • Supplemental Instruction

  • Peer Tutoring

  • Academic Writing Center

  • Learning Assistants

  • 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


November 22, 2017

UC Community Invited to Meet Candidates for Associate Provost of Experiential-Based Learning and Career Education

Open Forums will be held for each of the four finalists Nov. 27 – Dec. 1

Faculty, staff and students are invited to meet the four finalists applying for the position of Associate Provost of Experienced-Based Learning and Career Education (ELCE).

Dr. John Augusto:               Monday, 11/27, 1:30 – 2:30pm in TUC 400A

Sean Rhiney, JD:                  Tuesday, 11/28, 1:30 – 2:30pm in TUC 400B

Hilary Flanagan:                  Thursday, 11/30, 1:30 – 2:30pm in TUC 417ABC

Dr. Hang (Helen) Chen:     Friday, 12/1, 1:30 – 2:30pm in TUC 400C

Each candidate will give a brief presentation and then answer questions posed by members of the UC community.


ELCE serves as a fully integrated career preparation hub within the University of Cincinnati. The Associate Provost for ELCE will work closely with the college Deans and other university administrators to strategically collaborate with faculty as well as corporate and community partners to expand and enhance the quality of experiential-based learning and career education provided to UC students.



November 22, 2017

SAVE THE DATE - Graduate School Conference & Fair

UC's Graduate School is hosting a conference for undergraduate students, tristate university students, and returning adults considering graduate education.

The event will be held Friday, March 2, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. on the fourth floor of the Tangeman University Center.

Particpants are encouraged to explore UC graduate programs, learn tips and tricks for preparing for graduate school and discover funding options and graduate resources.

Admission is free. Click here to register.

For more information, contact Amy Robinson at



May 3, 2017

University of Cincinnati Faculty Honored for Excellence In and Out of Classrooms and for Research and Mentoring

Every spring, leaders from colleges across the University of Cincinnati’s campuses honor exemplary faculty members with the prestigious “Award for Faculty Excellence.” This year, 25 honorees received the special recognition. Also,  for the first time ever, the offices of the Provost and of Research teamed up to reward 13 faculty members who take the time to support peers at different stages in their careers.

Learn more about the "Excellence In and Out of Classrooms" award winners

Learn more about the "Research Mentoring" award winners


For questions or further information, contact Michele Ralston, Director of Communications, Office of the Provost, 513-556-5663