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Forrer Learning Commons and Academic Support

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Forrer Learning Commons

Designed to meet the rhythm and personalized learning styles of our students, the Forrer Learning Commons offers more than 40 different areas designed for studying, researching, creating, reflecting, designing and sharing paired to Bridgewater College’s mission to develop students’ collaborative spirit, reason, and resilience of mind. The Morgridge Center for Collaborative Learning connects students to experts in learning & research, tutoring, writing, technology support, and career development. Media creation stations, a presentation practice room, and an audio room support the core roles digital media and presentation play.

Special Collections provides the Bridgewater College community with primary sources and trains students in public history work. It preserves, interprets and makes accessible the historic record of Bridgewater College, the Church of the Brethren, and the Shenandoah Valley and includes the Reuel B. Pritchett Museum Collection. Smitty’s Café completes the Forrer Learning Commons with a special menu from Dining Services to support our student community.

Academic Support Center

The mission of the Academic Support Center is based on a commitment to assist students in reaching their personal, social, and academic potential. The Center supports students, parents, faculty, and staff, in the engagement in the academic program. Services provided assist students in developing the skills necessary for effective performance in the learning environment. Services include assessment, academic advising, Academic Coach Program, Transition Program, tutoring, workshops, Disability Services, accommodations, testing center, and support for organizational challenges.

Academic Coach Program
The Academic Coach Program guides, mentors, and coaches students in small group settings to develop and support students' time management, organization, ongoing learning, and timely work completion for college success. The program supports students in their adult development by providing assistance in developing systems to successfully organize and complete course assignments, provides accountability for timely assignment completion, and intentionally matches students with coaches for mentoring and connection.

For questions about the Academic Coach Program or to request an Academic Coach, contact:
Denise Miller
Assistant Director of Academic Support
Bicknell House, 540-828-5611; dmiller2@bridgewater.edu

Tutoring Services
Tutoring Services are free, group oriented, and led by students who have been recommended by teaching professors. Tutors are paid by the College and specialize in helping in specific classes. Any student may request a tutor. Following receipt of the request, the student will be assigned to a student success group led by a peer tutor. Tutoring requests are matched up with an email and then students need to schedule two one-hour blocks per week.

For tutoring services, contact:
John Manson
Director of Student Outreach and Tutoring Services
Learning Commons, 540-828-5324; jmanson@bridgewater.edu 

Disability Services
Disability Services provides students with a wide range of assistance to foster their transition to college, their growth as young adults, their access to the college's curricular and co-curricular programs and support their success at Bridgewater College.

The College provides reasonable and appropriate accommodations to enrolled students with a disability to ensure equal access to the academic program and College-administered activities. Prior to receiving services, students with a disability are responsible to present required documentation to the Director of Academic Support and Disability Services that meets the eligibility standards set by disability services. Such documentation should be provided to the Director of Academic Support and Disability Services as early as possible upon enrollment in the College. Disability services may include academic accommodations, academic advising, extended time on tests, books in alternative formats, academic coaching, tutoring, housing accommodations, and other accommodations as appropriate.

Questions or concerns about disability services should be directed to:
Chip Studwell, Ed.D., LPC
Director of Academic Support and Disability Services
Bicknell House; 540-828-5370; cstudwell@bridgewater.edu

The Writing Center

The Writing Center is a tutorial facility designed to improve student writing at all levels,
freshman through senior, in classes across the curriculum. Trained student consultants are available afternoons and evenings in person and online to help writers plan and organize, revise and proofread, improve their grammar or document their research. Student writers are encouraged to seek help voluntarily, or faculty members may refer students to the Writing Center. Students may also bring letters, résumés and applications to the Writing Center.