Pathways‐Academic Success Services
Simon Center, 4th floor
Since its founding in 1946, New England College has emphasized its small classes and its student‐centered education. Pathways‐Academic Success Services provides NEC students with comprehensive academic support services that focus on individualized student attention and meaningful academic support. The Pathways Center (located on the 4th level of the Simon Center) is the central hub of our services and houses Academic Advising and Mentoring. Additional supports located throughout campus include Tutoring Center (located on the second floor of the Danforth Library), Mentoring (Simon Center), Career and Life Planning ( Tower House), Disability Services Office (Simon Center), and First Year Programs (Simon Center). Pathways‐Academic Success Services provides a wealth of support options that assists students in their quest to become independent, motivated and successful learners.
Pathways ‐ Advising
Students wishing to improve their ability to be academically successful during their collegiate experience can receive supporting instruction through the Academic Advising Office. Advising staff can provide course requirements needed for graduation, help students track their progress, discuss academic policies, as well as connect students with appropriate campus resources. Students having academic difficulties are encouraged to meet with the advising staff to develop a plan to achieve academic success.
(Positive Academic Support System)
PASS provides guidance and support to students who have been placed on academic probation. Students in the program meet with a member of the Pathways team on a weekly basis and are encouraged to take advantage of support services available on campus. Additionally, PASS offers programs including the PATH 1010: Transitions to Academic Success course.
Pathways: Mentoring Program
(4th Floor Simon Center)
The Mentoring Program is designed to facilitate reaching academic and personal goals. Through their relationship with a professional Academic Mentor, students gain the academic skills and confidence to achieve inside and outside the classroom. Mentoring is intentional and tailored to individual needs. Mentoring includes multiple scheduled meetings, systematic communication with faculty and staff, and engagement with families.
Students who thrive in Mentoring are interested in academic success, managing time and staying organized. Mentors encourage students toward thoughtful, intentional actions and decision making. Enrollment in the Program requires an additional fee.
Pathways: First‐Year Programming Office
The First‐Year Program aims to support the academic and social integration of first‐year students within the New England College community. Emphasis is placed on assisting new students in their transition to college, while also promoting independence, confidence, and active engagement in campus life. This goal is accomplished primarily through the first‐year seminar, Bridges to Learning. Seminars are taught by a professional staff or faculty member and a Peer Leader. Together, they support new students as they become engaged members of the NEC community.
Pathways ‐ Tutoring Center
(located at the H. Raymond Danforth Library)
As part of Pathways’ commitment to student academic success, the Tutoring Center provides academic tutoring services, free of charge, to all student populations of New England College in a welcoming and supportive environment. The Tutoring Center is located on the second floor of the H. Raymond Danforth Library and provides a variety of academic services including professional and peer‐tutoring programs. Professional tutors are available six days a week (usually from 8:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.) and offer drop‐in, and scheduled tutoring appointments to individuals and groups. Peer tutors offer drop‐in tutoring in select academic disciplines such as mathematics, business, accounting, the sciences, and psychology. Working closely with faculty and staff, the Center’s professional and peer tutors encourage students to excel at their academic goals. The primary objective of the Center is to foster student academic success while encouraging independent learning.
The Tutoring Center provides academic tutoring in such areas as writing development, time management, study techniques, test‐taking strategies, and goal-setting processes, as well as select subject area tutoring in a number of academic disciplines. At the core of our services are the following:
Writing support: We assist students in all facets of the writing process: brainstorming, critical thinking development, organization of ideas, thesis development, outline preparation, revision strategies, and editing strategies.
Critical reading skills: We model active reading strategies and teach summarizing, paraphrasing, and analytical skills.
Time management and study skills: We review course syllabi and co‐curricular activities with students and help them learn to create schedules that will lead to the most effective use of their time. Additionally, we teach effective study strategies tailored to individual student needs.
English as a Second Language: We assist those students for whom English is not their primary language with reading and writing skills and facilitate small group conversation practice sessions.
Pathways: Disability Services
New England College has a history of success in challenging and supporting students of diverse academic backgrounds who wish to achieve their full intellectual and personal potential.
Unlike some schools designed exclusively for students with learning differences, New England College does not have a special program just for students with disabilities. We have found, however, that our support services can meet the needs of students who are good self‐advocates and who do not require a formal, structured program, but who can find success when offered academic support in conjunction with small classes and personal attention by faculty and staff. Typically, these students have done well in “mainstream” college preparatory programs in high school, or as graduate students were successful in completing an undergraduate degree.
New England College is committed to assuring equal access to all of its programs, services, and activities. Students needing accommodations (such as extended time on tests, permission to tape lectures, wheelchair accessibility, etc.) should set up an appointment with the Disability Services Office. To be eligible for accommodations the student will need to have current, appropriate test results that are submitted to the Disability Services Office. The testing must be administered by a licensed, qualified professional and must include a diagnosis and specific recommendations. IEPs, minutes from 504 planning meetings, or letters from school officials are not acceptable as legal documentation; however, they can be provided along with the required testing so that the Disability Services Director can more fully understand the needs of the student. Other types of disabilities must be documented by a certified medical and/or mental health professional, and must include a current detailed diagnosis, recommendations, and reasons for specific suggested recommendations. Regardless of the learning need or disability, the Disability Services Office needs to be contacted as it handles all requests for accommodations.
It is important to remember that all requests for accommodations must come through the Disability Services Office at which time the student will participate in the Needs Assessment process. Once the student has completed the Needs Assessment form it must be given to the appropriate faculty and staff. Test documents must be received a minimum of a week before accommodations can be provided. In situations where many different parties are involved in developing accommodations, three prior weeks may be required. A month’s notice is needed for housing accommodations for first time students.
Under ADA and 504 requirements the student is responsible for disclosing his/her disability to each person the student contacts for an accommodation. The College reserves the right to review documentation and determine individual accommodations and services. The College maintains the right to determine the appropriate accommodation based on the student’s documentation. Accommodations are based on a review of the test results and may be different than services provided in high school, or as an undergraduate student.
Relevant information from disability documentation may be shared with College personnel at the discretion of the Disability Services Office. All questions about the College’s compliance with ADA/504 should be directed to the College’s Campus Compliance Officer in the Disability Services Office.
New England College promotes international programs as an important part of its efforts to foster an awareness of world citizenship. We believe in the importance of exposure to different cultures in the personal development of our students. The College maintains cooperative relations with many study abroad program providers and foreign institutions, and provides information on a wide variety of academic opportunities abroad.
Students wishing to participate in study abroad opportunities must apply to the Director of Career and Life Planning in advance of the projected study abroad and meet the following criteria:
Students should have successfully completed a minimum of 30 credits in residence at New England College. Transfer credits from other colleges will not normally be applied to this credit total;
Students should have achieved sophomore status or above;
Students must have good academic and social standing, including a cumulative grade point average of no less than 2.5 in credits earned at New England College;
Any student not meeting these conditions may petition the Students Committee.
The priority date for semester‐long study abroad applications is the end of the second week of the preceding semester of the intended study. Deadline dates for regular applications to study abroad programs are no later than October 15 (for the Spring semester) and March 15 (for the Fall semester). The application fee for study abroad programs is set at $250 (of which $50 is non‐refundable).
Costs for Study Abroad
Normally, New England College students enrolled in semester‐long study abroad programs will continue to pay tuition, room, and board to New England College, which will in turn pay the tuition, room, and board expenses at the study abroad location. New England College students studying abroad in an approved program continue to be eligible for most of their institutional and federal financial aid. Please contact Student Financial Services for further details. Additional scholarships may be available through our study‐abroad partners.
Study Abroad Opportunities
New England College sponsors study abroad programs in:
English as an Additional Language (EAL) Transitional Programs at New England College
English Language Programs
New England College offers a range of both credit and non-credit bearing EAL courses designed to target the specific needs and abilities of the incoming English language learner. These courses focus on the skills necessary to succeed in an academic environment. Coursework is supplemented by outside activities designed to speed the acquisition of the academic English language tools used to succeed in the classroom.
The English as an additional language course sequence at New England College is for students who meet a minimum TOEFL (or equivalent) proficiency, but do not meet the minimum requirement for acceptance into a college major. These courses are designed to improve English communication in an academic setting across four areas: listening, oral communication, reading comprehension and written communication. Students are placed in the appropriate course, based upon their TOEFL (or equivalent) score.
The goal of NEC’s EAL courses is to prepare students for academic success. All courses in NEC’s EAL sequence are highly participatory. Our program is designed to immerse students in the study of academic English and our faculty are committed to student success. The college provides tailored academic advising, support, and recourse referral for all international students throughout their studies.
Our graduate EAL classes also provide vocabulary, reading, research, listening, and writing skills in the context of each graduate program. Students frequently take a semester of EAL before beginning their graduate courses. New England College’s EAL program is committed to facilitating the successful transition to your academic program.
Our EAL classes also provide opportunities to utilize English outside of class through campus life activities, field trips, and cultural events to introduce students to their new surroundings - Henniker, New Hampshire, the Boston metropolitan area, and New England.
International students follow the same procedure as domestic students if they do not require English as an additional language (native English speakers or 75 minimum on the TOEFL IBT). Our EAL Transitional Program accepts students with low to intermediate English proficiency, expressed by a TOEFL IBT 45 or the equivalent on comparable English proficiency tests. Students must show proof of financial support before the College issues an I‐20 (Certificate of Eligibility for Non‐Immigrant [F‐1] Student Status). We look at each applicant on his/her own merits and evaluate all materials, including coursework, recommendations, extracurricular activities, and an essay to determine acceptance.