Academic Resource Commons Mission Statement

The Academic Resource Commons (ARC) supports Bates students in achieving their academic goals. ARC offers high-quality, student-focused peer tutoring and other support services in a welcoming, inclusive environment. ARC services support every student as a unique learner and empower students as academic leaders. The ARC is a vital part of the academic experience at Bates College, complementing the classroom experience with a deeply social, collaborative, interactive learning environment that engages learners of every background in a conversation over shared challenges and student success.

The Academic Resource Commons provides:

  • comprehensive support (workshops, tutoring, drop-in labs, peer-assisted learning, and other programming) to support students as learners, writers, thinkers, and problem-solvers;
  • a rigorous training program for peer tutors and other student educators, focused on engaging students as unique learners and on supporting a diverse student population in fully accessing the academy;
  • learning strategies that will serve students both in their time at Bates, and in their academic and professional careers beyond it;
  • a venue for students, faculty, and staff from across campus to participate in an academic community devoted to collaborative learning.