Academic Center for Excellence
Bryant University's Academic Center for Excellence (known on campus as ACE) offers a variety of support services – from math tutoring to writing assistance – to students of all levels and majors. Our peer tutors are trained and certified by The College Reading and Learning Association.
ACE also offers a variety of walk-in learning labs, which allow you to work closely with a subject-matter specialist in areas such as economics, accounting, or finance.
The center also offers quiet study areas with couches, tables and wireless access.
In compliance with federal law, Bryant University supports students who self-identify with disabilities and provide documentation of their disability from an appropriate source.
If you have a disability, professional staff members will serve as your advocate and will assist you in achieving equal access to all University programs and services. If you have any disabilities that may require accommodations, it is your responsibility to contact the designated office.
For physical disability services, contact:
John Denio, Assistant Vice President for Student Services and Administration
Phone: (401) 232-6046
TDD: (401) 231-2860
If you have a permanent or temporary physical disability and would like a handicapped parking pass, contact the Department of Public Safety, (401) 232-6001.
For behavioral health and psychiatric disorders contact:
Noelle Harris, Ph.D., Director, Office of Counseling Services
Phone: (401) 232-6045
For learning disabilities, attention deficit disorders, and autism spectrum disorders contact:
Marie Saddlemire, Assistant Director, Academic Center for Excellence, Access Services
Phone: (401) 232-6532
The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE), in partnership with the Department of Athletics, provides tailored assistance for the unique needs of student-athletes. Students in our Division I athletic programs have challenging schedules and often need additional help finding a balance between the demands of athletics and academics. ACE provides these students support with general study skills, time management and overall organization.
Student-Athlete study hall requirements can be fulfilled using any of ACE’s services, including tutoring, the writing center, learning specialist appointments, attendance at workshops, and time spent in the student-athlete quiet study hall as well as the student-athlete goal-based study hall.
In goal-based study hall, student-athletes can work with peer tutors and writing consultants to establish goals for their studies, to get academic support in achieving these goals, and to assess and improve their study habits.
Our Academic Success Programs offer specialized services for international students and English language learners to help them increase their academic confidence and improve their performance as college students, preparing them for the global job market.
The Assistant Director for International Students and English Language Learners is available to assist you with:
Adjusting to academic life at Bryant and in the United States
Taking advantage of ACE and Writing Center academic support services
Navigating the variety of support services available to international students on campus
Developing study skills for college success
Improving written and oral language skills
Setting goals for academic improvement
Communicating with professors and clarifying expectations and assignments
International students and English language learners who seek to improve their English writing skills may also make an appointment for a one-on-one consultation with our ESL Writing Specialist who helps with:
Generating ideas for essays and written assignments
Organizing a paper
Sharpening English communication skills overall
Our Academic Success Programs are dedicated to serving the needs of students with learning disabilities and ADHD.
If you have a learning disability, you will need to submit documentation (see below for links to .pdfs of guidelines) and request academic accommodations through Access Services in the Academic Center for Excellence. Comprehensive documentation completed within the past three years must address the current impact of disability on your academic performance. You are encouraged to submit your documentation after your acceptance and decision to enroll at Bryant. At the start of each semester, you will need to meet with someone from our staff to discuss your academic needs and request reasonable accommodations.
In keeping with our philosophy of empowering Bryant students to achieve their goals of academic success, you also will receive assistance in learning how to access the comprehensive academic support services offered by the Academic Success Programs.
Learning disabilities documentation guidelines
Guidelines for Documentation of Specific Learning Disabilities
The Academic Center for Excellence provides academic accommodations for students with documented disabilities in compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, and the ADAAA of 2008.
Applications for accommodations based on mental health conditions need to be accompanied by a letter from a licensed mental health professional that documents the diagnosis and subsequent therapy. This individual needs to have served the student within the past twelve months. For psychological/psychiatric disorders, contact the Office of Counseling Services.
If you have a permanent or temporary disability and need accommodations, Health Services will assist you. This could include communication with your professors or other departments as needed. Health Services will need documentation of your medical disability. If you have questions or concerns, please contact Health Services directly.