Center for Academic Excellence
Concordia College has many professionals who provide developmental programs and offer individualized opportunities for support to enhance the success of educational experiences for every student. Support Services are free of charge and include tending to students’ spiritual, academic, social, physical, and psychological growth. The number one goal of student support services is student success.
The CAE is a resource-rich environment providing comprehensive academic support for all students, faculty, and staff in the Concordia community. The CAE is located on the first floor of Sieker Hall. Hours of operation are:
Monday 9:00 – 1:30 and 4:00 – 7:00
Tuesday 11:00 – 1:30 and 2:00 – 8:00
Wednesday 12:00 – 7:00
Thursday 9:00 – 11:30
Friday 10:00 – 5:00
Weekends by appointment
First-year students meet with members of the First-Year Advising Team to create new class schedules, discuss activity options, review goals, and develop strategies to launch their Individualized Graduation Plan. Year-after-year, Concordia students rank their satisfaction with academic advising well above the national average on the Noel-Levitz Student Satisfaction Inventory (SSI).
Concordia offers supplemental writing instruction and project-by-project writing support for students in The Writing Center. The Center also assists students in strengthening their reading and presentation skills.
Concordia's Career Development Center (CDC) is a tremendous resource for mapping out students' futures. The Center helps students arrange part-time work, connect with peer tutors, prepare a resume, or explore an idea. Students enjoy the one-on-one mentoring, examining career paths, and learning job search techniques. Concordia's many professional connections continue to expand, offering internship opportunities such as with: IBM, ABC, NBC, MTV, PepsiCo, Sony, Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, Comedy Central and many more.
PEER TUTORING PROGRAM
Concordia College provides free tutoring assistance to all students in all subjects. Peer tutors are trained upper-class students recommended by faculty and pursuing a program of study in the subject for which they are assisting. Students requesting tutoring MUST complete a Tutor Request Form and submit it in the Student Life Office.
The study-in takes place every Monday afternoon from 3 to 5 pm in Concordia’s library and 7 to 11 pm in Romoser or Rippe Hall. The study-in is lead by peer tutors, academic mentors, and professional CAE staff. Students who attend the study-in are encouraged to work independently and in small groups to complete course assignments and research.
Academic seminars are lead by professional CAE staff with the support of student academic mentors. Seminar topics designed to develop students’ study skills and writing skills include semester planning, study skills, time management, managing stress, writing effective thesis statements, tips for revision, and more.
Being a mentor is an integral component of the First-Year Experience at Concordia College and for all students who seek the best of themselves academically and professionally. Mentors (Seminar, Academic, Live-In) play a vital role during graduation and Orientation weekends and foster a community of success throughout the year. Mentors are responsible, mature, open minded and able to think creatively and constructively. Mentor inspire and constructively challenge others and themselves in the classroom and group environments.
ACADEMIC PROGRESS NOTICES
Progress notices are issued by course instructor’s mid-semester. For first-year students, progress notices are issued five weeks into the semester. Students receiving a progress notice indicating that they have a low average or are in danger of failing a course are strongly urged to meet with the course instructor and CAE staff to determine a plan of how to improve in their grade. In addition, students may be contacted by CAE staff to follow-up on their progress.