Centre Learning Commons2020-10-16T15:21:57-04:00

CENTRE LEARNING COMMONS

The Centre Learning Commons (CLC) is an important new initiative to expand and better-organize the wide array of campus services that help all Centre students achieve academic success. Complementing and enhancing the personal attention and advising provided by faculty, staff, and coaches, the CLC is one of the many ways Centre is evolving to meet the growing needs of students in and out of the classroom. 

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Centre Learning Commons is to maximize the academic success and personal growth of all Centre students. We achieve this through collaborative relationships among many organizational areas of the college. These include Academic Affairs, The Library, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Office of Diversity and Inclusion, the Center for Career and Professional Development, Counseling Services, Title IX, Athletics, Student Life, Student Government, and all individual academic programs. 

OUR VISION

The vision of the Centre Learning Commons is to draw together existing College-wide initiatives and implement new services and programming known to increase students’ academic success and flourishing. Once completed, Centre students will be drawn to the CLC due to its welcoming, positive, and inclusive ethos, its effective programming, and its own learning culture; assessing, reflecting, collaborating, listening, researching, innovating, and continuously improving.

A SOON-TO-BE-COMPLETED WORK IN PROGRESS

The CLC’s physical space on the main floor of the Grace Doherty Library is a work-in-progress. It will include office suites, tech-savvy spaces for individual and group study, seminar rooms, and an information kiosk.
The tentative completion date is November 27, 2020.  

CURRENT AND FUTURE PROGRAMMING

Programming and resources in the Centre Learning Commons will include, but are not limited to, comprehensive and inclusive academic peer tutoring, academic support services (e.g. the Writing Center, the Proctoring Center, ESL services, academic accommodations, etc.), study skills and college preparedness workshops, peer-mentoring, summer programming focused on discipline-specific skill building (e.g. math, writing skills, etc.), and extensive web-page and other digital resources. The CLC’s staff will implement best practice strategies for providing academic support services to all students, including student populations with specific needs (e.g. learning disabilities, autism spectrum, ESL, ASL, and underprepared and/or academically at-risk students). CLC staff and programming will also serve as a resource for those seeking advice (students, advisors, faculty) on strategies to improve academic performance, and will assist students in developing individualized learning plans, strengthening executive functioning skills, and facilitating self-advocacy. 

ACADEMIC SUCCESS RESOURCES

Academic advisors at Centre play a significant role in student success by helping students take an active role in their own education and goal-setting, fostering an understanding of the nature and benefits of a liberal arts education, encouraging academic exploration, and encouraging life-long learning and illuminating possibilities for the future. An academic advisor serves as a “faculty mentor” who eases a student’s adjustment to college by helping to bring needed information together and directing students to other resources on campus.

Ultimately, the advising relationship at Centre is more than simply following checklists and completing forms: it is a mentoring relationship that advances individual development, supports the curricular and co-curricular program at Centre, and plays a vital role in the current and future success of Centre students.

Students should see their advisor to: 

  1.  Discuss any problems (academic, social, personal) which may affect academic performance
  2.  Select courses for the upcoming term and be cleared for registration
  3.  Alert advisor to any changes in courses following registration
  4.  Discuss academic progress in current courses
  5.  Declare a major or change a major or minor
  6.  Discuss postgraduate and/or career plans
  7. Seek advice to improve academic skills or personal development.  Students may also contact the Director of the Centre Learning Commons (Dr. Brian Cusato) to discuss academic improvement strategies.

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Finding the proper technology to help an individual with a particular need is important and why we work closely with Academic Affairs to determine what will work best. This is arranged on a case-by-case basis. For more information or additional assistance, contact Dr. Brian Cusato in Academic Affairs (b.cusato@centre.edu), or Kristi Burch in the Center for Teaching and Learning (kristi.burch@centre.edu).

Free, completely confidential mental health counseling is provided to currently enrolled Centre students by Centre Counseling located in the Parsons Center with Student Health. Students seek support for a variety of issues, include stress, anxiety, depression, substance use, sexual assault, family issues, eating problems, discrimination, grief, conflict, sexual orientation or gender identity, adjustment to college and more. To schedule your first appointment, email counseling@centre.edu or click on our website. After hours, a counseling crisis line is available by calling 859-238-5740.

We are here to help students connect their academic work to career success. Our career counselors can help you choose your major, explore careers related to your major, and find internships that can supplement and build upon your coursework. For more information about how we can help, or to schedule an appointment with a career counselor, call 859-238-5283 or email us at careers@centre.edu.

Support services for students with need for academic accommodations is coordinated by the Director of the Centre Learning Commons, Dr. Brian Cusato (b.cusato@centre.edu). Accommodations for students with physical disabilities are coordinated in collaboration with the Student Life Office. Students who need disability accommodations submit appropriate documentation and are counseled individually to determine appropriate accommodations and identify resources. More information about disability services is available on our website and in the College Catalog.

Centre College welcomes students from around the country and the world. The unique perspectives international and multilingual students bring enrich our campus community. To aid students whose primary language is not English, the ESL and International Student Services Support Specialist provides help with homework, presentations, projects, essays, pronunciation, grammar, and cultural adjustment.

Karen Tubb is the ESL and International Student Services Support Specialist, who helps students with concerns ranging from academic to socializing. She provides help with homework, presentations, projects, essays, pronunciation, grammar, and cultural adjustment. Her office is in Young 128. For more information about her office hours or to set up an appointment, please contact Karen Tubb at karen.tubb@centre.edu or 859-691-0333.

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FYC 001: Finding Your Centre is a 1 credit hour, graded (A-U) course designed to support students as they navigate the transition from high school to college, and help them develop the knowledge and skills that they need to be successful at Centre. Topics covered in FYC include: “learning how to learn” on a college-level, understanding one’s role and responsibility as a member of the Centre community, campus resources and policies, and developing a sense of belonging. All first-year students enroll in FYC during their first semester at Centre. Each section is taught by a faculty or staff instructor with support from an upperclass peer mentor. For questions or additional information, contact the Assistant Director of Student Academic Support and FYC Coordinator, Alycia Tidrick (alycia.tidrick@centre.edu).

Librarians work with you to find resources, evaluate sources, refine their topic, integrate sources, and cite these materials for your projects. If the library does not hold the material you need, use our interlibrary loan service. The library is also the place to check out books, chargers, laptops, and films. For all of these services, and any other questions you have about the library, contact your librarian at library@centre.edu.

Our office provides mentoring, programming, and resources for all faculty, staff, and students on the topics around diversity and inclusion, including the many affinity, cultural, and religious groups represented on campus. For information or assistance, faculty and staff should contact Dr. Andrea Abrams (andrea.abrams@centre.edu); students should contact (ashley.oliver@centre.edu).

The Intercultural Suite, located on the second floor of the Campus Center, is open to all faculty, staff, and students. The Suite has casual seating, a board table, computers, whiteboards, and a library for campus use. For questions about the Intercultural Suite, contact Ashley Oliver.

Diversity and Inclusion Feedback Form may be used to provide feedback on diversity and inclusion efforts in campus programming, offices, or departments. The form may be submitted anonymously, or you may provide your contact information if you desire follow up from some in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Complete the form here.

To report a bias incident, use our Bias Incident Reporting Form. The form may be submitted anonymously, or you may provide your contact information if you desire follow up from some in the Office of Diversity and Inclusion. Complete the form here.

Test proctoring services are coordinated through the Centre Learning Commons. Use of the Proctoring Center is available by reservation only for students who need testing accommodations or for students needing a make-up test, as requested by a professor. Professors (only) make testing reservations on-line at least 48 hours prior to testing. Automatic e-mail reminders go to the professor and student once the reservation form is completed. Additional information and current hours of operation are located on the Proctoring Center website.

Though Centre College is a highly residential liberal arts environment, COVID-19 has presented new challenges and opportunities for teaching and learning. Some of your classes may be fully online and some may be a hybrid of in-class learning and online learning. To better help you in these uncertain times, we’ve prepared some helpful tips and resources to guide you through your college experience during the time of COVID and help maximize your potential. It’s important to know that many of our habits need to change to become effective learners in this new environment. This helpful information can be accessed HERE.

Students seeking help with their coursework should consult the course instructor for personal consultation, help with assignments and test preparation, and/or recommendations for other course-specific improvements. Additional assistance is often available to students through supplemental instruction opportunities in the form of teaching assistants, after-hours help sessions, and/or one-on-one peer tutoring. Consult your instructor to determine what is available and recommended for any given course.

More information about available help sessions and peer tutoring may be found HERE, or by contacting Dr. Brian Cusato, Director of the Centre Learning Commons, at b.cusato@centre.edu.

Come to The Writing Center for help with your papers. Student consultants will provide aid ​and constructive feedback for any writing assignment, in any class, at any phase of the writing process. Regardless of whether it’s a formal or informal paper, a first draft or second draft or not-even-close-to-a-draft, consultants will work with you to flesh out your ideas, fine-tune your thesis statement, organize your paragraphs, and/or look at your sentence mechanics.

The Writing Center is located on the lower level of Crounse, right below the library. Additional information about the Writing Center and current hours of operation may be found on the Writing Center website.

CONTACT US

For more information, or to provide feedback and ideas about current and future programming, please contact the Director of the Centre learning Commons, Dr. Brian Cusato. His contact information is included below:

Brian Cusato, PhD
Director of the Centre Learning Commons
(859) 238-5218
b.cusato@centre.edu