University Learning Center

about the ulc

About the University Learning Center

University Learning Center Mission:

The University Learning Center is committed to being a vital part of UNCW students' education. Our academic support services are based on the principle that quality learning takes place when peers work collaboratively to develop knowledge and build skills. The University Learning Center provides students a learning environment and experience that differs from the classroom; we focus on high-quality individual, small-group and large-group student-centered and student-led learning.

Our services support students as they develop independent learning strategies, personal responsibility, intellectual maturity, transferable skills, and a respect for diverse learning experiences. Additionally, we provide our student tutors with a valuable pre-professional experience.

Just the Facts:

Since 2005, when the University Learning Center was first established by combining various academic support services from across campus, we have seen our services grow. More and more UNCW students realize the benefits of peer tutoring and are taking advantage of our services. This year, we provided academic support for more than 31% of UNCW's students.

The following table shows student usage trends for the last five years:

School Year

Students

number of students tutored

Visits

number of times tutored

2012 - 2013
4,580
31,139
2013 - 2014
4,820
29,916
2014 - 2015
4,808
28,300
2015 - 2016
4,579
26,069
2016 - 2017
4,945
29,769

In addition to supporting UNCW students through our academic support services, the ULC provides a practical opportunity for the students we employ to apply their academic skills and knowledge by working as peer educators.

The following table shows how many peer educators have become nationally certified through engaging in our tutor training program:

School Year

Certified Tutors

number of tutors certified

2012 - 2013
77
2013 - 2014
73
2014 - 2015
60
2015 - 2016
89
2016 - 2017
121