About the Academic Resource Center
The Academic Resource Center aims to enhance, coordinate, and promote the academic support services available to students, faculty, and staff at the Birmingham-Southern College. The centers and labs that form the Academic Resource Center have a cross-curricular emphasis, providing services that complement one another and share, philosophically and practically, in the goal of advancing student academic success and faculty and staff development. ARC offers training, tutoring, and general assistance in a wide range of concepts, skills and practices relevant to academic achievement, with a special emphasis on information fluency.
ARC plays a central role in the Explorations curriculum, from the innovative first-year Explorations Seminars to the capstone Senior Conference, reinforcing the key principles and skills employed throughout the student's college career: writing, critical thinking, data analysis, technology, and research. Through the use of peer tutors and one-on-one assistance, the Academic Resource Center also promotes collaborative learning and peer-teaching. The centralization of the centers and labs at key locations on campus underscores the importance that ARC places on access and availability of the services it offers. Comprehensive promotion and coordination of the services advance the goal of ARC to provide an effective referral system for students, faculty, and staff seeking assistance.