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Academic Enhancement Center

The Academic Enhancement Center (AEC) is a student-centered collaborative learning community. The Center, comprised of professional and peer tutors as well as administrative staff, gives students the opportunity to develop the confidence and skills necessary for academic success and independence at the college level.

Our mission is to work with students so they can discover their own potential for academic success.

We stress learning as an ongoing process, an interactive experience between tutor and student. We are both a Center of support and a Center for enhancement and enrichment.

Project Access

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Project Access is a multi-faceted program designed to nurture and support academically underprepared freshmen by providing them with an opportunity to improve their critical writing, critical reading, and critical thinking skills in order to succeed in the academic setting and beyond. 

The program begins with a 4-week summer session that serves as a bridge between high school and college. Students are exposed to the fundamentals of: 

  • How to think, read and write critically
  • How to approach their studies
  • How to understand the expectations of being part of a college community
  • How a liberal arts education serves and benefits a student’s life and career

The cornerstone of the Project Access program is College Reading & Study (SFC 0040) –  a free, non-credit course taken in the student’s first semester that develops skills needed to meet the demands of academic writing. SFC 0040 is designed to assist students by developing their: 

  • Critical thinking skills
  • Analytical reading skills
  • Expository and narrative writing skills
  • Effective time management skills
  • Study skills

The cost of books, course materials, and educational field trips are covered for all participants in the program. Students in the program are also equipped with individualized tutoring plans with designated tutors in mathematics, the sciences, and the liberal arts.

The program has a proven track record of providing students with the skills to:

  • Achieve and maintain strong GPAs
  • Choose and declare majors
  • Succeed and graduate from SFC
  • Create solid career plans following graduation

St. Francis College is proud to recognize students for their future potential as much as their past accomplishments. To celebrate these accomplishments the College hosts an annual reception for Access students and their parents.


The central purpose of the Academic Enhancement Center is academic subject and skills tutoring. The Center provides both peer and professional tutors who assist students in all content areas at St. Francis College. The Center's professional staff and peer tutors can meet with students individually and in small groups. Students are encouraged to arrange an appointment or simply drop-in. The Center is open Monday to Friday from 9am - 6pm. To make an appointment, please call our front desk at 718.489.5226.

Computer Resources

The Academic Enhancement Center is equipped with 20 PCs and a printer. Students may use the computers to access online research material as well as take advantage of our library’s digital resources and databases in order to gather information and to complete their assignments.

The Academic Enhancement Center, in collaboration with the College’s Learning Resources and Disability Services office, provides a variety of assistive technologies for students such as:

  • Zoom Text screen and keyboard magnifier. 
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking speech-to-text writing program.
  • Plustek text-to-speech reader. 
  • Livescribe pens/notebooks and netbooks, which are available for student use.


Each semester, the AEC conducts workshops focusing on reading and writing designed to help students improve their skills in these areas. Workshops provide reinforcement in grammar, general essay writing, and research skills.

The AEC also collaborates with the Office of Freshman Studies in providing Removing Obstacles to Success (ROS) workshops. 

ROS Workshops include but are not limited to:

  • Organization: Prepare for the start of a semester.
  • Study Strategies: Develop new study habits to retain information and improve performance.
  • Identifying Strengths: Understand your best qualities and how they can help you achieve success.
  • Time Management: Tips to stay productive and limit distractions.
  • Coping With Stress: Learn how to balance school, work and other stressors.
  • Academic and Career Choices: Choose a major that suits you.

Online Workshops on Time Management and Test Anxiety/Test-Taking Strategies are also available for FREE for all SFC Students 24/7. 

The workshops are sponsored by StudentLingo which provides a series of interactive on-demand workshops, action plans and valuable resources focused on helping students achieve their academic, personal and career goals. Click below to complete a workshop on Time Management and/or Test Anxiety &Test-Taking Strategies: www.studentlingo.com/SFCsupport

If you have any questions about these workshops, please speak with an advisor in the Office of Freshman Studies by calling 718.489.3443.

Placement Testing

All first-year students must take the college's placement exams in English and mathematics. Transfer students who have not received transfer credit for English and mathematics are also required to take these exams. Results of the exams are used to place students in appropriate English and math courses.


Contact Information

If you have questions regarding the Academic Enhancement Center, contact Stefan Spezio, Director of the Academic Enhancement Center, at 718.489.5274 or stop by the Center in room 3002.

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