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Office for the Academic Experience

Mission Statement

The Office for the Academic Experience provides students with educationally purposeful opportunities that lead to deep learning, integrated social and intellectual development, and engagement with local and global communities.


  1. To promote student engagement in transformative learning experiences both in and out of the classroom.
  2. To assure student success in ways that challenge all students to overcome obstacles in order to do their best work.

Departments that report directly to the Associate Vice President for the Academic Experience, Lynne E. Ford, include:


Orientation Interns: The Backbone of Orientation
Posted on 4 March 2015 | 9:12 am
Orientation interns are an integral part of the orientation experience for new students and their families. Students are selected each year to assist new students and their families in making the transition to a collegiate environment.  Interns assist in the transition through mentoring, providing instructions and guidance and presenting information on campus resources. Interns also […]
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Program Spotlight: Freshman Commuter Collegium
Posted on 21 January 2015 | 2:09 pm
What is the Freshman Commuter Collegium? The Freshman Commuter Collegium (FCC) is located in the first floor McAlister common room with access off of St. Philip Street.   It is designed as a home away from home for freshman commuter students – a place they can hang out, gather their thoughts and recharge with new friends.  […]
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