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Center for Academic Excellence

Center for Academic Excellence

At the Center for Academic Excellence, we seek to improve the teaching and learning of Mills College students. The CAE supports students with diverse learning preferences, abilities, backgrounds, and experiences by encouraging the Mills campus community to think about learning and promoting the use of research-based strategies for eliminating barriers to teaching and learning. The CAE contributes the college’s dynamic learning environment by providing multi-disciplinary support to both students and faculty with the goal of helping students become engaged and independent learners prepared for lifelong intellectual, personal, and professional growth. 

For students, we offer several support services and programs aimed at empowering students to learn, achieve, and succeed in college. Services and programs include individual writing consultations; academic support from student tutors or serving as a student tutor; academic coaching; and workshops focused on enhancing students’ academic skills.


Accudemia – To schedule an appointment with a Tutor and sign in and out of appointments, use Accudemia. 


CAE academic support for students is comprised of three departments:

Multilingual Services Coordinator, Britt Starr (MA)
Peer tutoring, Director, Donald Crampton, Director of Nursing 
Writing Center, Coordinator, Jasmine H. Wade (MFA); Director of Composition and Rhetoric Program, Dr. Cynthia Scheinberg, Professor in Department of English
Center for Academic Excellence Coordinator, Margaret Seelie (MFA)

The Center for Academic Excellence also supports faculty across rank and discipline creating a campus-wide teaching and learning culture. For faculty, the CAE organizes Learning Communities on pedagogy and professional development; supports and trains faculty advisors; coordinates writing workshops; and fosters experimentation with and adoption of emerging modes and models of teaching.

The center is located in the Aurelia Henry Reinhardt (AHR) Hall, B wing. Being close to the heart of campus allows us to serve those students who may have only a short time between lectures. The CAE has many rooms with whiteboards to facilitate the learning process. Currently one of our rooms is dedicated as a break room, with a sofa, kettle, microwave, and drinks provided.

During reading days the center is open for study and students may occupy any of the study rooms alone or in small groups. During finals students may continue to use the downstairs lounge area and break room.


Coordinator Profiles

Multilingual Services

Peer Tutoring

Services for Students with Disabilities

Writing Center

Writing Tutor Application


9:00 am–5:00 pm

Contact Information

Center for Academic Excellence
Reinhardt Hall,
B Wing
P: 510.430.3360

Last Updated: 5/25/17