Academic Center of Excellence (ACE) seeks to provide resources to all students to improve their academic success. This is accomplished in three distinct ways: providing tutors for the entire campus, teaching developmental courses for students who do not meet prerequisite standards, and coordinating services for students with disabilities.
To accommodate individual learning styles a multimedia approach is utilized. ACE facilities include a computer lab, WiFi, and free printing. Computers with word processors are available.
Monday – Friday: 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
We will be open these same hours during finals.
The ACE will be open throughout all of May as well as this summer except days when the college is closed, listed below:
- Commencement Recovery Day – Monday, May 18th
- Memorial Day – Monday, May 25
- Independence Day (Observed) – Friday, July 3rd
- Academic Center of Excellence
- Study Skills
- Success Skills
- Services for Students with Disabilities
- Study Skills Center
- Strategies for Academic Success
- Note-taking Skills
- Test-taking Skills
- Time Management
- Reducing Test Anxiety
- Strategies to Improve Memory and Reading Skills
- Guided Study Time
- Tutor Program
- Professional Tutor
- Tutor Schedules by Subject
- Writing Assistance
- Peer Tutors
- Testing Center
- Proctoring tests and test preparation
- Accommodation Services
- Extended-time Tests
- Make-up Tests
- Study Areas
- Helpful Academic Links
Dan Callihan graduated from Western Illinois University with a Bachelor of Science in Zoology with a minor in Botany and a Master of Science in Biological Science. He worked as an Instructor of Biological Sciences, at Spoon River College from 2000-2008, also a Student Success Coach, at Spoon River College from 2008-2010. Following that he was the Assistant Director of Center of Learning Excellence, at MacMurray College from 2010-2014. He has certifications in On Course I and II by Skip Downing; is a Certified Developmental Education Specialist, Kellogg Institute, Appalachian State University; and Certified Learning Center leader level 2, National College Learning Center Association. His interests include science, history, music, art, entertainment, and strategy games.
Sheila Judge Leonard has a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Communication from the University of New Orleans and a Masters of Science Degree in Higher Education from Florida State University. She worked at the University of New Orleans as the Coordinator for Student Programs from 1989-1993 and as the Director of Student Activities at Mercer University from 1995-1998. She lives in Lindsborg with her husband, Ed, and their two sons, Quade and Thomas.