Academic Learning Center
The Academic Learning Center's Mission is to provide academic support to Marist students, both undergraduate and graduate, and to support faculty in their work with students. This is accomplished through our courses, tutoring programs, and academic counseling. The overall goal of these activities is the success and retention of our students and to develop the intellect, character, and skills required for enlightened, ethical, and productive lives in the global community of the 21st century.
Academic Support Programs and Services
FOCUS PROGRAM: This is a year-long academically based freshman program. FOCUS provides resources and information for first year students to assist them in making a successful transition from high school to college, and in making informed choices about their course of study and future career options. (3 Credits in the Fall and 1 Credit in the Spring)
- PRIVATE TUTORING: The Academic Learning Center trains and assigns peer tutors for students in need of individualized help. (minimal fee involved)
- ACADEMIC REVIEW and DROP-IN SESSIONS: The Academic Learning Center sponsors review and drop-in sessions in various subjects for students in need of help. (free service)
- PROOFREADING: (Drop-In or On-line via iLearn) Trained writing tutors will review student papers both as a drop-in service or on-line. (free service)
- MAJORS FAIR: This annual fall event brings together representatives from all majors offered at Marist College. Students are given the opportunity to speak with Deans, faculty and upperclassmen in their major areas of interest.
- NEW STUDENT ACADEMIC SEMINARS: Seminars offered to new and transfer students at the beginning of the spring semester. Critical academic information is presented as well as information on programs and activities at Marist. (non-credit)
- MAJOR/MINOR BOOKLET: This publication is updated yearly to reflect the latest information on the majors, minors, concentrations and certificate programs offered at Marist.
Academic Learning Center Courses
- CRITICAL READING & THINKING: This course is designed to develop the critical and inferential reading skills required in all college work. Using college-level reading materials in various genres and disciplines, the student will practice principles of analysis as well as comprehension of content. (1 credit)
- INTERMEDIATE WRITING FOR COLLEGE: This course is specifically designed to prepare the student to do well in Writing for College. Activities will consist of exercises in mechanics of writing as well as basic organization of different types of college level-essays. Reading and vocabulary skills will also be a part of the instruction. Students will be taught Information Literacy and Presentation skills. Students are placed into this course based on writing scores on standard college entrance examinations. (3 credits)
- SELF DEVELOPMENT: Exposes students to a practical self-management model that enables them to increase academic and personal achievement in a college environment. (3 credits, offered every semester)
- CAREER PLANNING AND DECISION MAKING: This course helps students identify and discover career-related skills, interests, personality styles and possible career paths related to majors at Marist in order to help the student focus on career plans. (1 credit)
- THE COLLEGE EXPERIENCE: This course was designed to address the needs of freshmen by exploring: transition issues, information on schools, majors and minors, the Core, time management, study skills and stress management, social responsibility, relationships, physical and mental help, money management, multiculturalism. (1 credit, fall only)
- TRANSFER SEMINARS: This course will address the unique needs of the Marist transfer student. The course will include the common reading for freshmen students and FYS workshops on information literacy, presentation skills and critical thinking. Other topics covered will include transition issues, information on schools, majors, minors, the Core, Pathways, etc. The students will become familiar with web-based registration, student support services, information on the Center for Career Services, Student Financial Services and student organizations. (1 credit)
High School Programs
Academic Learning Center Staff
Kathryn DiCorcia, Interim Director of the Academic Learning Center and Coordinator of Linguistic Skills
Richard Cusano, Coordinator of Tutoring
Elizabeth Mulligan, Academic Learning Center Assistant