The Academic Community of Excellence equips underrepresented students with the strategies, tools, and resources to apply to master’s and doctoral programs. Students are informed of how to strategically maximize their college years and establish mentorship connections in ways that can strengthen their preparation, application, and enrollment in graduate and professional school.
ACE also encourages scholars to be conscious, critical thinkers and to consider their part in the advancement of underserved communities. The program achieves this by educating scholars about issues of graduate educational access, equity, and diversity. Also, ACE promotes cross-generational mentorship and service to others by facilitating opportunities for scholars to mentor high school students and to be supported by experienced alumni and their peers.
The tenets of ACE are:
- Academic and co-curricular excellence: a striving for excellence in all facets of one’s educational and co-curricular endeavors in recognition of the sacrifices of others and the position that one has been afforded.
- Educational consciousness: a recognition of the benefits of obtaining a postgraduate degree, the factors that promote and impede graduate access and inclusion, and the importance of expanding the higher education pipeline and diversifying professional sectors.
- Service and civic engagement: a commitment to investing in and supporting the progress of one another as well as other underserved communities at the pre-collegiate, collegiate, local, and national levels