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The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) operates as the academic advising unit for the Biddle Institute. ACE serves students who have not decided upon a major, as well as students enrolled in the Sit Lux and Biddle Freshman programs.



The mission of the Academic Center for Excellence is to assist undecided students in developing and implementing meaningful plans in preparation for advanced study and specific careers.


ACE serves the JCSU community by providing assistance with:

  • Major exploration
  • Self-assessment
  • Academic plan development
  • Goal setting
  • Course selection
  • Time management and study skills
  • Referral to university resources


Services are delivered by a trained and caring staff, dedicated to helping student acquire the tools and confidence necessary to become successful, independent learners.


Preparing for an Advising Session

To get the most out of your time with your advisor, please take time to prepare for your appointment.

  • Know your student ID number and Jenzebar password.
  • Monitor your progress in all of your classes. Read your syllabus and know what is required of you in each course.
  • Review the Liberal Studies Checklist to determine which courses you need to take.
  • Review information about your intended major in the online catalog for the year that you entered JCSU.
  • If you are undecided, review the list of majors available at JCSU (found in the online catalog) and make a list of the ones that interest you the most.
  • Prepare a list of courses that you would like to take the following semester.


Bring a list of concerns that you would like to discuss. Once you have prepared, e-mail your advisor to schedule an appointment.


Scheduling Appointments

Students should contact their advisor directly to request an appointment. Please send your advisor an e-mail message.


Biddle Freshman Program participants whose last name begin with A through J —Ms. Tracey Foster (


Biddle Freshman Program participants whose last name begins with K—Z —Mr. George Buggs (


Sit Lux Program participants—Vacant—Please email Ms. Stacey Sandeford-Lyons for assistance. (


Undecided students who are not also Sit Lux or Biddle Freshman Program participants—Ms. Stacey Sandeford-Lyons (

Drop-in hours are from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. An appointment is required for all other times. Students with appointments will be seen first.


Working with your Advisor

As a student, you are responsible for your education. You will choose the path that best works for you. Advisors are available to help you along the way, but you must be an active participant in the advising process as you strive to complete your degree requirements.


Advisor Responsibilities:

  • Maintain confidentiality and only share your personal information with your permission
  • Keep appointments with advisees
  • Maintain accessible office hours
  • Share accurate information about university policies and procedures
  • Share useful information about study skills, time management, and academic opportunities outside of the classroom
  • Recommend classes to help students progress toward degree completion in a timely manner
  • Refer students to other university offices like the Financial Aid office, Office of Counseling Services, and the Center for Career Development, when necessary, so students can get help from the most reliable and informed source
  • Listen to the concerns of advisees
  • Speak candidly about the importance of grades, internships and academic relationships with faculty to support graduate school and career aspirations
  • Remain accessible while encouraging personal responsibility


Responsibilities of Advisees:

  • Know the name and office location of your advisor
  • Schedule and keep regular appointments with your advisor each semester
  • Write down your questions and concerns and bring them with you to your advising appointment
  • Memorize your Student ID # and your Jenzebar password
  • Commit to learning about the university’s policies, procedures, resources and programs.
  • Keep copies of all documents from the university (ALL documents including registration forms, registration change forms, referral forms, eligibility forms, etc.)
  • Clarify your values and goals
  • Complete all assignments given to you by your advisor
  • Keep a personal record of your progress toward meeting your goals
  • Accept responsibility for decisions
Sit Lux Guidelines and Contracts (.pdf, 408K)

Sit Lux Scholars Program Guidelines and Student Contracts

Liberal Studies Checklist (.pdf, 279K)
Important Numbers and Department Chairs Checklist (.pdf, 90K)
Department Majors and Minors (.pdf, 89K)
BFP Guidelines and Contracts (.pdf, 399K)

Biddle Freshman Program Guidelines and Contracts

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