Access to College Excellence
(ACE) is a learning community program that places cohorts of up to fifteen freshmen into clusters of two or three general education courses with a one-credit integrating seminar (CAS 110: Access to the College Community)). ACE clusters help you get started on your graduation requirements and create a positive social and academic network in your first semester.
What is CAS 110?
CAS 110 is a small group, one-credit integrating seminar in which you meet weekly with your fellow ACE students and your peer mentor. This course receives a letter grade (A-F). Some of the essential components of this seminar include:
-Develop critical thinking skills
-Learning about campus resources
-Connecting with faculty
-Exploring different major and career choices
-Developing successful studying strategies
-Organizing and completing a service learning project
Throughout the semester, students will submit brief journal reflections and small writing assignments. As part of their career exploration project, students will have the opportunity to share a short presentation on a career area of their choice.
In addition, out-of-class activities will be offered to help students get to know one another better. Many ACE students elect to form study groups and attend faculty office hours and tutoring sessions.
We want to recognize everyone on a successful 2011-2012 school year! Some highlights:
- Over 150 students participated in the International Coastal Clean-up at Ala Moana Beach Park. Together, we helped clean our beautiful beaches and picked up over 6,200 cigarettes, 1,700 food containers, and thousands of other harmful debris.
- Over 230 students, mentors, and faculty attended our 2012 ACE Bash! ACE Peer Mentors planned and fundraised for this wonderful event. This year’s theme, “Viva ACE”, was inspired by our love for Las Vegas!
- Mahalo for giving back to the community through your service learning projects. This year, ACE students supported community centers, botanical gardens, hospitals, long-term care facilities, fish ponds, museums, and other local organizations. Together, we painted classrooms, cleared trails, cleaned beaches, educated children, walked dogs, cultivated taro, distributed water, collected data, spent valuable time with others… and learned to give of ourselves.