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Objectives of The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE)

While the first semester of freshman year of college can represent fulfillment of long-held dreams, it can also lead to anxious students struggling to adjust to their new campus life. Statistics show that the largest numbers of students who leave College do so at the end of the first-year, and that is also true at Saint Joseph's College.

The Academic Center for Excellence, located on the third floor in Alfond Hall, enables the College to consolidate and more effectively utilize academic services - such as study skills workshops offered by Career Development, writing tutors offered by the Writing Center, academic tutoring within various departments, and accommodations for students with disabilities. The purpose of the center is to connect students, particularly those in the first and second years, more easily with support services.

The Academic Center for Excellence was initially and partially funded through a generous six-year grant from the Melmac Education Foundation in Augusta, Maine, to forward their "Early Success in College" initiative. A primary goal of MELMAC is to increase student retention in College, specifically in the first and second years.

First-Year Experience

As part of The Academic Center for Excellence, the First-Year Experience (FYE) Seminar, which is taught by faculty members, runs during the fall semester and addresses the challenges first-year students face. It highlights resources that support student success in areas of critical thinking and effective reading and writing skills that can be applied across each student's curriculum. By actively supporting students as they transition to college, the FYE Seminar helps students grow and prosper as productive members of the Saint Joseph's College campus community and the wider community as well. The program has proven to be a valuable tool for our first-year students and the College as a whole.

For our new students, the FYE Seminar is a one-credit, semester-long course that emphasizes self-development through areas such as:

  • Academic enrichment
  • Applied knowledge
  • Higher-level thinking
  • Socio-economic perspectives

For questions regarding FYE please contact:


Shanna Webster, Director of Academic Center for Excellence
Office 325, Alfond Hall

Phone: 207-893-7563

E-mail: swebster@sjcme.edu

Peer Mentoring

How will your decisions today affect where you are tomorrow? What will your legacy be? How do you want your time at Saint Joseph's to be remembered?

Make your mark by becoming a Peer Mentor.

Peer Mentors serve as part of the newly created Peer Mentor Program at Saint Joseph's College. Students enrolled as rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors are eligible to apply for the Peer Mentor positions. This position provides students the opportunity to mentor and guide students, primarily first-year students, develop counseling and leadership skills, and assist with professional advisors in the advising field.

Why become a Peer Mentor?

  • Transferrable leadership and professional skills
  • Paid position
  • Opportunity to work with, collaborate, and develop working relationships with faculty and staff on campus
  • Résumé builder
  • Heightened leadership and communication skills
  • Enhanced knowledge of academic and student life resources and services
  • Opportunity to work with fellow peers and develop team building skills

How do I apply? 

  • Regularly check your SJC e-mail for campus e-mails from The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) with application details
  • Applications are also available in TAC, Room 326, Alfond Hall anytime
  • Or click the application link to your right!

Do you have questions pertaining to Peer Mentor requirements and/or responsibilities, basic program component, or the application materials and/or requirements? If so, please contact one of our committee members:

Shanna Webster, Director, ACE
Holly Sanborn, Associate Director ACE,  ADA Accommodations Manager
Nate Rohman, Online Learning Academic Advisor I

The Writing Center

The Writing Center at Saint Joseph's College provides a free consulting service on any type of writing project for students, faculty, and staff. Our trained staff provides one-on-one and small-group tutoring during all stages of the writing process, including but not limited to: understanding an assignment; developing and supporting arguments; drafting and revising; and proofreading and editing.

What we do:

During sessions in the Writing Center, you can expect your tutor to:

  • Support your growth as a writer through all stages of the writing process
  • Advance your individual writing goals
  • Focus tutoring sessions on concrete and specific writing concerns
  • Suggest self-assessment strategies
  • Provide strategies and resources for writing, revising, and editing paper