Student Academic Support Services Guide

Below is a list of various types of student academic support services, where they are housed, what they do, etc. If there are any other services, offices, or programs that should be added to the list, please contact Sam Cole (colesa@berea.edu) or campus ext. 3210.

Academic Advising is central to the education of every Berea College student. The relationship between the academic adviser and the student is the foundation of the advising process at Berea. In this process, the adviser assists the student in reviewing, selecting, and reaching their educational objectives in a helpful, professional, and mutually respectful atmosphere.

Supplemental Advising

Supplemental advising is available in the following offices:

Center for Teaching & Learning Homepage

Services: The CTL includes the offices of Faculty Development, TA/tutor support and development services, & Writing Resources.

Location: Hutchins Library, Ground Floor

Contact Info: To learn more, please email Rebecca Wheat, or call 859-985-4964.

Writing Resources

Services: Writing Resources (housed in the Center for Teaching and Learning) offers all students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to improve their writing skills through 50-minute, one-on-one writing consultations and through a variety of writing workshops with trained student consultants.

Location: Center for Teaching & Learning, Hutchins Library, Ground Floor

Contact Info: To schedule an appointment, please visit berea.mywconline.com. To schedule a workshop, please visit https://www.berea.edu/ctl/for-faculty/workshops/workshop-request-form/ or call 859-985-3404.

Services: Counseling Services attempts to meet the personal and developmental needs of individual students. Licensed professional counselors assist students with difficulties in an unbiased and objective way. All professional counseling services are completely confidential. No one, including parents, relatives, friends, or college staff has access to any information about a student without their consent. The only exceptions are suspected child abuse, threats to harm self or others, emergency hospitalization, or civil law suits when one’s mental state is an issue in the case.

Location: Fairchild Hall, room 100.

Contact Info: For more information, email Angela Taylor, or call 859-985-3212.

Services: Disability & Accessibility Services (DAS) works toward making programs, services and activities accessible for all students. Every student should be able to take part in all facets of the Berea experience. Collaboration with the college’s diverse community is crucial. The office follows the mission of Berea College to create an environment that “frees persons to be active learners, workers and servers as members of the academic community and as citizens of the world.” Disability & Accessibility Services recognizes disability as a valued aspect of diversity. It also embraces access as a matter of social justice and supports welcoming and inclusive environments for all.

Location: Office of Academic Services, Lincoln Hall, room 111.

Contact Info: For more information, email Lisa Ladanyi or call extension 859-985-3237.

Services: The Hutchins Library is a great resource. Here are just a few things that you can find in the library:

Contact Info: For more information about any of these services and resources, please contact Hutchins Library via email, or call 859-985-3364. You  may also text the library at 859-212-6621.

Office of Academic Services Homepage

Services: Can provide supplemental academic advising, address extension of term requests, aid in applying for leaves of absence and/or for part-time student status, and answer questions pertaining to probation, and suspension.

Location: Lincoln Hall, room 110.

Contact Info: For more information, email Amanda Leger or call 859-985-3237.

Office of First-Year Initiatives

Services: The Office of First-Year Initiatives provides academic counseling and support to first-year students through programs and individual appointments. Our office can help you with organization and time-management, provide academic coaching on how to be successful at Berea, and offer supplemental advising to support your overall academic planning.

Location: Stephenson Hall, room 128

Contact Info: Email firstyear@berea.edu, call 859-985-3376, visit our website, or click here to set up an appointment.

The Campus Christian Center

Services: The Campus Christian Center (CCC) helps students explore their own spirituality, engage in worship both on-campus and in the larger community, and to help those on-campus learn more about the spirituality and traditions of others.

Location: Draper, room 107A

Contact Info: Email Marsha Elliott, or call 859-985-3134

The Carter G. Woodson Center

Services: The Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education (CGWC), home to the Black Cultural Center (BCC) and Black Student Union (BSU), serves faculty, staff, students, and community members by fostering communication around Berea College’s Great Commitment: To assert the kinship of all people and provide interracial education with a particular emphasis on understanding and equality among blacks and whites.

Location: CGWC and BCC are both located in Alumni, first floor.

Contact Info: For more information about the CGWC, email Diana Taylor or call 859-985-3785. For more information on the BCC, email Monica Jones or call 859-985-3797.

The Center for International Education

Services: The Francis and Louise Hutchins Center for International Education (CIE) fosters understanding of, and respect for, all peoples of the earth. Initiatives in this Center include Education Abroad and Exchanges, International Student and Scholar Services, Faculty & Curriculum Development, and programming with an international focus.

Location: Woods-Penniman, room 205-207.

Contact Info: Email cie@berea.edu or call 859-985-3453.

The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center

Services: The Loyal Jones Appalachian Center (LJAC) links the region and Berea College through programs that bring valuable resources to communities and provide learning opportunities for students, faculty, community members, and staff. The Center offers programming that fosters understanding of the region, its many cultures, and its diverse population.

Location: Stephenson Hall, First Floor, room 128

Contact Info: Email Heather Dent or call 859-985-3140

Black Cultural Center

Quiet study space supervised by student staff of the Center. The BCC is located on the first floor of the Alumni Building in the Carter G. Woodson Center for Interracial Education.

Hutchins Library

Offers study spaces, archives, research assistance, and more. For more information on any of the spaces in the Hutchins Library, please contact them here, call 859-985-3364, or text 859-212-6621.

Active Learning Lab (in Hutchins Library)

Flexible space for group work, brainstorming, and practicing presentations with PCs, MACs, Mondopads, Mediascapes. Also offers printers, copiers, and scanners.

Study Rooms (in Hutchins Library)

Reservations for these spaces can be made in person, via phone call, or through an email to the circulation desk.

Common Areas Around Campus to Study

There are lots of various common areas around campus where you can pause to take a study break. These include:

  • Stephenson Hall Connector (2nd and 3rd floors)
  • Emery, 3rd floor
  • Baird Lounge
  • Navy/V12 Lounge in the Alumni Building
  • Hall Science, 1st floor
  • Draper, 2nd floor or 3rd floor lounges
  • Danforth Technology Building, 1st floor
  • Knapp Hall, 1st and 2nd floors

Teaching assistants are fellow undergraduate students who support students in various disciplines. Please contact your instructor to see if there is a TA who has been placed in your course or a discipline related lab that you may visit.

Service: As part of Hutchins Library, the Technology Help Desk assists students with the use of technology to support work and assignments. Specifically, that means in-depth guidance/instruction with:

  • presentation software and apps, such as PowerPoint and Prezi;
  • scanning, printing, and copying.

Location: Hutchins Library, First floor, from 1 PM-Midnight

Services: Writing Resources (housed in the Center for Teaching and Learning) offers all students, faculty, and staff the opportunity to improve their writing skills through 50-minute, one-on-one writing consultations and through a variety of writing workshops with trained student consultants.

Location: Center for Teaching & Learning, Hutchins Library, Ground Floor

Contact Info: To schedule an appointment, please visit berea.mywconline.com. To schedule a workshop, please visit https://www.berea.edu/ctl/for-faculty/workshops/workshop-request-form/ or call 859-985-3404.