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Center for Academic Excellence


The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) remains committed to supporting students through these uncertain times. During the Summer 2021 semester, our staff will be working remotely. All advising appointments will be held virtually, but we are here to support you! Please call [512.505.3094], email [], or use the advising link to make an appointment.  The CAE will return to normal on-campus business operation August 16, 2021, offering both in-person and virtual student academic support options.
Click on the link below for additional information and resources available during this unprecedented situation.
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About the CAE

At the Center for Academic Excellence, we are committed to the highest standard of expectation and achievement. We help create and sustain a clear, coherent, and engaging academic environment for first-time freshmen, as well as assisting all students through to graduation.
Our mission is to provide thoughtful and quality guidance for students to cultivate effective learning paths, achieve academic goals, and excel as productive global citizens.

The primary strategy is to achieve desired student success using an intrusive academic advising model, tutoring, freshmen experience activities (to include but not limited to FYE course), orientation activities, and the Math Lab and Writers’ Studio that provide supplemental instructional support to students.

The Center for Academic Excellence works collaboratively with Enrollment Management. Office of Institutional Planning, Research, and Assessment (OIPRA), Assistant Provost, and Business Office to achieve desired results.

The CAE Welcomes back new and returning students Fall 2021


1. Academic Support:

Peer Learning Coaches/Tutors (PLCs) are a source of academic support for fellow RAMS throughout their time at Huston-Tillotson. PLCs work with students by providing assistance through mentorship and/or tutoring. The tutoring that the students provide includes an array of subjects (BIOL1408, ENGL0313, ENGL1301, MATH0330Q, MATH1314, PSYC1301, and more). To request a Tutoring Session, please click here. For more information on subjects available for tutoring, please contact
All services will be completed virtually using the Zoom Platform.

The Writers’ Studio is also available to assist with all things English and Writing! Whether you’re working on a term paper, a creative writing exercise, or a college essay, you can bring work to be critiqued. To request a writing consultation or assistance with an English course, please click here. Would you like more information about the Writers’ Studio? Please contact the Writer’s Studio Coordinator, Shannon Breeding,

Student Success Workshops:
Student Success Workshops are designed to provide students with strategies on improving important skills to support them on their pathway to success. These skills include organization, note-taking, developing effective relationships, and more!
Please click here to see the workshops being offered for the semester!

2. Academic Advising:

Academic Advising:
Academic Advisors develop an academic success plan with students to help them achieve their academic and career goals and assess student risk factors to project their likelihood to persist and succeed. Please click here to schedule an appointment with an Academic Advisor.
Do you have questions about your Academic Advising Appointment? Please review the Fall 2020 Advising FAQ.asd & Academic Advising Syllabus.

3. First-Year Experience:

First-Year Experience:
The First-Year Experience (FYE) is designed to connect first-year students to the university. FYE provides a wrap-around, holistic experience that offers a broad grouping of inclusive educational opportunities and student support services. First-Year Experience (FYE) Program is a comprehensive educational support system designed to assist students in making a successful transition to HT and higher learning. The FYE Program includes Ram Training Camp, which is Huston-Tillotson’s signature new student orientation program; a career cased FYE project; instructors/advisors; Peer Learning Consultants (PLC) mentors; co-curricular programming; and a student-centered academic alert intervention support network.

4. Programs:

All-Star Academy:
The All-STAR Academy is a six-week summer program specially designed for first time freshmen who plan to attend and graduate from Huston-Tillotson University. Graduating high school seniors will have the opportunity to jump-start their academic careers. At the All-Star Academy, students will get ready for college-level Math and English courses, be mentored by Austin community leaders, and enjoy weekly field trips to places in Austin such as the Blanton Museum of Art, Google, & Facebook.

For more information about the All-STAR Academy at Huston-Tillotson University, and our upcoming Summer 2021 program, click here.

W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program:
The W.E.B. DuBois Honors Program experience is one that offers students both exceptional academic and extracurricular opportunities. These opportunities are designed for students (of all majors) who are intellectually curious, capable, and interested in making the most of their time at Huston-Tillotson University. The staff members of the DuBois Honors Program are dedicated to assisting students achieve their academic and personal goals.

If you are a student who has excelled academically in high school, we invite you to learn more about the Honors program. If you are a student who wants to embrace the myriad of opportunities to challenge your intellect, to develop your critical thinking and leadership skills, and to cultivate an appreciation for life-long learning, then the W.E.B. DuBois Program may be the program for you.
Please click here for more information!


Additional Information

Your success is important to us! If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to call directly at 512.505.3094 or email us at Students are asked to complete a short survey to assist us in improving our services. Give us an opportunity to partner with you! If you need something that you don’t see that we offer, let us know and we will work with you to find the right resources!

Information regarding training will be coming soon.