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The Academic Resource Center (ARC)

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) has two functions.  The ARC offers writing, organizational and study skills support to students in all William James College programs.  The ARC also assists students with documented disabilities to obtain reasonable accommodations which allow them access to the curriculum and the school environment.

Who can use ARC services
The ARC is available to all  enrolled students.  Priority is given to students with documented disabilities and those for whom English is not their first language.  However, every effort is made to provide support to any student who requests help.
What services does the ARC provide

ARC tutors can provide help with

  • Editing documents for language use, missing words, misused prepositions, missed punctuation, inconsistencies in tense, sentence fragments, etc.
  • Mastering study and preparation methods (e.g., note-taking, organizing thoughts)
How are ARC services provided

Tutorial sessions can be provided in face-to-face meetings at school, on the phone, using online communication tools like Skype and editing tools like "track changes." Typically, tutors will have an initial face-to-face appointment with a new student to understand the student's needs. Subsequent meetings are arranged based on the format which best suits the student's needs as well as the student and tutor schedules.

Tutoring is provided by William James College students who have been selected because of their communication, writing and organizational skills. An effort is made to match a student's need with a tutor's skills and training. Tutors receive training through monthly topical workshops and consultations.

How does a student access ARC tutorial services
A student interested in ARC services should complete the ARC Referral Form and return it to the ARC Tutoring Services Contract. Once these are submitted you will be contacted by the ARC coordinator with an introduction to a  tutor.
What accommodations are available for students with documented disabilties

In keeping with the Americans with Disabilities Act, ARC personnel will insure that students with temporary or permanent documented disabilities are provided with reasonable accommodations which allow them equal access to course content.  Depending on a student's needs, accommodations may include adaptations such as:

  • Extended time on exams 
  • Extended assignment deadlines for medical reasons
  • A quiet, distraction-free room for exams
  • Texts available digitally 
  • Option to leave the classroom for short breaks when necessary
  • Transcription of dialogue on audio or video clips

A reasonable accommodation does NOT require a program to alter curricula in order to meet academic needs.

How does a student obtain accommodations

Students who believe they may be qualified for an Accommodation Plan under the ADA, should contact Joan Axelrod joan_axelrod@williamjames.edu and should obtain documentation of their disability diagnosis from a treating professional (Disability Documentation letter). 

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