At the Academic Enhancement Center (AEC), we believe that students learn best when faculty and learning support staff are connected. We invite faculty to use this page to learn more about who we are, what we offer, and how we can work together to provide the support that enhances our students’ ability to succeed.
Our Mission and Values
In Fall 2022, the AEC began our twentieth of service to the URI Community. Take a look at our mission and values statements to learn more about why we do what we do.
The AEC serves our undergraduate students through several programs. Take a moment to learn about our STEM & BUS Tutoring program, our Academic Skills Consultations and UCS160 course, and our Writing Center, and feel free to contact any of our professional staff to learn more.
Locations and Hours
The AEC is located in Roosevelt Hall. Our STEM & BUS Tutoring offices and Academic Consultations office are located on the Fourth Floor, with a reception and information desk in room 411. Our Undergraduate Writing Center is located in room 009. Our drop-in center is located on the lower level of the Carothers Library in room LL4.
STEM & BUS weekly tutoring groups and occasional sessions are available in-person and online through TracCloud. The Drop-In Center tutoring schedule is available on the AEC website during the academic year. Full details can be found at uri.edu/aec/tutoring.
Academic Skills Consultations are appointment-based, and students can schedule visits by logging into the Starfish portal and searching for David Hayes.
Current Syllabus Descriptions
Here is the Spring 23 AEC Syllabus Statement, for inclusion in your course syllabus, Brightspace sites, and correspondence with your students.
Members of the AEC staff are happy to arrange classroom visits — either to talk about our programming or to present to students on study strategies that are relevant to your course. Visits to discuss programs and services can be arranged by completing our classroom visit request form.
Tips for Encouraging Students to Make the Best Use of Our Services
Over the years, we’ve learned that students who are referred to us by faculty, staff, or peers are far more likely to make the initial connection needed for us to be able to develop a supportive relationship. As the people students often turn to first for support, faculty can play a key role in getting them connected to what we can provide. Here are a few tips on doing this. To support students in maximizing their use of the Undergraduate Writing Center, please review this document linked here.
Direct Support to Faculty and Staff
In addition to supporting students, the AEC provides support to colleges, faculty, and staff — on course and program development, training for departmental tutors and TAs, and professional development for faculty and advisors. To learn more about how we may be able to help you, contact David Hayes, Coordinator of Academic Skills Development and Community Outreach, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Study Skills Resources for Students and Faculty
The AEC maintains a “Study Your Way to Success” page, linking students to a variety of online study skills resources. These resources can be an ideal complement to office visits with students and may provide additional insight for faculty who seek to support their students’ engagement with the course.