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 the Tutoring Center (located on the second floor of the Danforth Library), Mentoring (Simon Center), Office of Student Access and Accommodations (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)
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 or Other 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: Office of Student Access and Accommodations
New England College believes students with disabilities are valued as part of our campus diversity and strives to create usable, equitable, inclusive learning environments. Due to the design of a course or program, students may experience barriers to their full and meaningful participation. When this occurs, students should request accommodations through the Office of Student Access and Accommodations.
New England College is committed to ensuring equal access to all of its programs, services, and activities. To be eligible for accommodations, the student will need to provide the Office of Student Access and Accommodations with current appropriate documentation. Regardless of the disability, the Office of Student Access and Accommodations needs to be contacted, as it handles all requests for accommodations for students.
Each student will participate in the interactive process of determining what accommodations are reasonable. The Office of Student Access and Accommodations will then provide a letter of accommodation. This letter must be given to the appropriate faculty and staff before the accommodation(s) can be put in place. Testing documents must be received a minimum of one week before an accommodation can be provided. The accommodation process may take longer than one week if the Office of Student Access and Accommodations works with an outside agency.
English as a Second or Other Language (ESOL) Transitional Programs at New England College
English Language Programs
New England College offers a range of both credit and non-credit bearing ESOL 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 and experiential learning are combined to speed the acquisition of the academic English language tools needed to succeed in the classroom.
The ESOL 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 ESOL courses is to prepare students for academic success. All courses in NEC’s ESOL 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 ESOL classes also provide vocabulary, reading, research, listening, and writing skills in the context of each graduate program. Students frequently take a semester of ESOL before beginning their graduate courses. New England College’s ESOL program is committed to facilitating the successful transition to your academic program.
Our ESOL 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 80 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.