The College Strategic Plan begins with the statement “At Naugatuck Valley Community College (NVCC), student success is our expectation.” In delineating the work that must be done to accomplish this, NVCC has identified a number of high impact practices to successfully transition students to and through the College. The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) represents one of those successful practices. Founded three years ago, ACE provides tutoring services that supplement classroom instruction and combine innovative resources to create a welcoming learning atmosphere where independent learning is fostered and habits leading to academic achievement are cultivated.
Since its establishment, ACE has experienced an increase in student usage from an 860 unduplicated headcount to more than 1,736 in Fall 2011. In Spring 2012, there was an unduplicated headcount of 1,567.
To meet this demand, ACE has expanded its peer tutoring program and leveraged work study and Perkins funding. Additionally, two Americorps volunteers tutored in the ACE during the Spring 2012 semester in the areas of biology, mathematics and Anatomy and Physiology and during the 2011-2012 Academic Year, faculty continued to use "additional responsibilities" to tutor in the ACE.
In Summer 2011, tutoring expanded to include our Danbury location. By Fall 2011 and Spring 2012, there were five tutors housed in Danbury offering assistance in math, ESL and writing. Student utilization rose from approximately 12 students a week in Fall 2011 to more than 28 students a week during Spring 2012.
As a commuter institution serving close to 7,200 commuter students, the ACE also represents a place for study and research; a “place of their own” for those students who live in crowded facilities and who lack study space and computer support at home.
ACE is the place where students contribute and excel.