The Learning Center is committed to providing collaborative, peer-based academic success strategies with a theoretical foundation in growth mindset. When students believe they can learn, their behavior changes: effort and attitude foster success. Students learn when they are presented with challenging material in a collaborative environment. Our student staff are facilitators who are trained to collaborate with peers to guide them to engage in inquiry-based learning, which empowers students, increases motivation and engagement, fosters a love for learning, teaches perseverance and self-regulation, promotes deep learning as opposed to memorizing facts and content, enables students to take ownership of their own learning, and nurtures passions and talents. Carol S. Dweck. Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. Ballantine Books, 2007.
The mission of the Learning Center is to enhance the academic success of Ball State University students by providing free peer tutoring, Academic Coaching, Supplemental Instruction, both in-person and online, as well as testing accommodations for students with disabilities. In addition, the Learning Center serves as a scholarly pre-professional experience for undergraduate and graduate student employees. Finally, the Learning Center strives to impact the extended university community through collaboration with faculty and staff and through outreach programs.
The Learning Center employs equitable training and tutoring practices to accommodate and empower Ball State University’s diverse student population and to fulfill our role in the university’s commitment to an inclusive, equitable learning environment.
Maintain the university’s commitment to the promotion of student success by providing academic assistance through peer tutoring, Supplemental Instruction, testing accommodations for students with disabilities, and program development which pertains to specific classes as well as broader academic skills.
- Develop in each student the skills necessary for the attainment of academic, career, and life goals.
- Contribute to the retention rate of first-year students.
- Contribute to the four-year graduation rate of first-year students.
- Continue professional training of the professional and student staff so that current theories, research, and teaching strategies are implemented within the program.
- Guide students to reach their academic potential while realizing the benefits of academic collaboration.
- Train student staff on issues of diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence.