Academic Resource Commons Mission Statement

The Academic Resource Commons (ARC), a college-wide collaboration among faculty, staff, and students, is an initiative that supports every learner at Bates in achieving their academic goals. ARC offers high-quality, student-focused peer tutoring and other support services in a welcoming, inclusive environment. Student-focused 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 will provide:

  • comprehensive support (workshops, tutoring, drop-in labs, and other programming) for students in their studies;
  • a rigorous training program for peer tutors and other student educators, focused on supporting a diverse student population in fully accessing the academy;
  • academic skills that will serve students both in their time at Bates, and in their academic and professional careers beyond it;
  • a venue for every department offering students support to interact with students in a shared academic space.