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Parents and Families

Welcome to the Academic Support Center at Gordon College. The Academic Support Center encompasses both general academic support and the disabilities office. To that end, the Center's programs are holistically designed to meet the individual needs and learning styles of students and to recognize and develop the gifts of each student. This approach values student growth as a process and encourages students to utilize their strengths and to seek assistance for academic development. The ASC is committed to helping all levels of students from underprepared to advanced. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at the 978.867.4743 or


General Academic Support

Student Disability Information

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Announcing a Free Pilot Program for Students
Dear Parents,

We are writing to tell you about a pilot program that is being implemented at Gordon College to examine support services that may help improve academic, social, and emotional adjustment in higher education settings.  If your son or daughter has a disability such as Aspergers, non-verbal learning disability, traumatic brain injury, social anxiety, or any other concerns that affect development of appropriate social skills and establishing positive relationships, you may want to suggest that they sign up for this program. They have received notification of this program as well in their GC101 materials.

Current psycho-educational research suggests that students with social difficulties are at a significantly greater risk of poor academic adjustment after high school, in part, due to a lack of continuity of services within higher education institutions. As a result, these students may also develop secondary difficulties with emotional adjustment, further impacting social relations and academic performance. This pilot is a program design created for higher education institutions to help them better support students with social disabilities by developing a flexible support service system inclusive of academic interventions, counseling supports, independent living assistance, peer mentoring, and social skill instruction.

Our goal is to determine the effect of this type of program on various aspects that contribute to an overall positive college experience and to further determine which services are most helpful. If you are interested in obtaining additional information you may contact the Principal Investigator of the project, Noelle Donahue (contact information below).
Your son or daughter has also received notification of this program should be able to sign up for it when they register for courses on the blackboard site.  It is under Optional/Alternate courses, IDS 102 Social Transition Program and there is no charge for the program.

With kind regards,
Noelle Donahue,
M.S.W., Ed.S. School Psychologist

New Course Offering!
EDU 175 Applications of Learning Theory, 2 credits
One of the major adjustments to college is transitioning from high school academics to the demands of college scholarship. To help you in this transition, Gordon is offering a brand new 2 credit course called EDU 175 Applications of Learning Theory.  This course will be both theoretical and practical- you won’t just hear about how to study but you will have to apply it to your own ongoing classes as well. In addition to 2 weekly classes, students will also be assigned a peer mentor who will meet with them weekly to work on application of class content and offer 1:1 consultation. The goal of the class is for students to learn to understand principles of learning and how they can use them to optimize their personal learning in college. 

To sign up, look for Optional Courses and select EDU 175.    (See course description below.)

EDU 175 Applications of Learning Theory
This course examines topics from learning theory such as memory, metacognition, and higher order thinking and assists students to apply them to personal learning.  Students learn to create study and exam preparation plans, apply different levels of thinking to learning, create a system of self management, understand the implications of learning styles and apply principles of active learning to reading and listening tasks.
Quad class, 2 credits