ACE: Academic Connections for Engagement

ACE: Academic Connections for Engagement

Enhancing the academic integration of first-year students.

The transition to college life can be stressful, but Emmanuel offers many resources for first-year students to help you navigate new situations and thrive in your new community. The ACE: Academic Connections for Engagement seminar positions you to succeed academically during your first year and beyond at Emmanuel. The seminar offers necessary information and tools for a successful beginning to your college experience and provides an opportunity to reflect on your goals over the coming years. The seminar meets for five weeks and is required for all first-year students. Each week, individual seminars are directed by Emmanuel faculty and staff serving as ACE instructors, as well as College offices such as Counseling Services, Academic Technology, the Career Center and the Academic Resource Center. These seminars are unified by the common themes of community, connection/belonging and purpose.

The major goal of this program is to increase academic success by enhancing the academic integration of first-year students. Supporting this goal are the following objectives:

  • Introducing students to the intellectual and practical value of the liberal arts and sciences in today's world 
  • Initiating and socializing students to college work and academic expectations
  • Providing each student with a link to a faculty or staff member, along with an ACE Guide
  • Enhancing the sense of community and belonging among first year students
  • Promoting resiliency and mindset strategies key to academic success.

Sample ACE Schedule:

Weeks Topic
One  Liberal Arts and Sciences in Today's World 
Sr. Janet Eisner, SND, President of Emmanuel College 
Two  Fostering a College Mindset  
Counseling Services
Three  Ask a Student: How Do I Suceed?
ACE Instructor 
Four  Diversity and Cultural Competency
Current students and the Academic Resource Center (ARC) 
Five  Heading Toward Midterms: Beneficial Campus Resources 
Ace Instructor 
 Six Road Map for What's Ahead
Ace Instructor