The Center For Academic Excellence
A Center dedicated to student success, focusing on the first year.
The Center for Academic Excellence (CAE) coordinates efforts to improve the academic experience of OCC students, with special focus on the first year experience (30 or less credits). The CAE provides an array of academic support services designed to engage students in learning opportunities, both in and out of the classroom.
At OCC, the First Year Matters!
The Center for Academic Excellence is an integral part of the OCC community, offering an array of services for students to achieve academic success.
This is a three credit course providing a foundation of academic success for first year students at OCC. Students who take ACAD 155 are more likely to graduate, have higher GPA's, form connections with classmates, be more engaged learners, and have a better attitude about college.
Peer Mentors assist first year students to strive for excellence in their college endeavors at OCC by helping with orientation and registration, providing information about campus and academic supports, and encouraging club and extracurricular involvement. Mentors develop their own leadership and communication skills while focusing on the needs of first year students at OCC. For more information, please contact the Peer Mentor Coordinator.
Students with a documented disability can receive academic accommodations and support services free of charge. Click for more information about our mission, eligibility, available services, and how to apply.
*For faculty training on providing academic accommodations for students with disabilities click: ASD Training
Peer Tutors are available in subjects such as mathematics, science, humanities, and social sciences. OCC students, under the recommendation of faculty, are able to become peer tutors while helping students succeed in college. This is a valuable tool for the tutors as well as the tutees. Contact the Tutor Coordinator for more information.
*For tutoring schedule for all subject areas click: Peer Tutor Schedule
New Jersey Stars Enrichment Program, mandated by legislature, is required for all NJ Stars students who do not earn a 3.0 GPA during their first semester. Students in the Enrichment Program are required to take ACAD 155: Student Success to maintain their scholarship. The program also provides students with valuable resources and services such as advising, course scheduling, and tutoring to help NJ Stars students build a foundation for success in college. For more information please visit: NJ Stars
A placement test is required for all incoming first year students to identify the appropriate college level in the areas of math and English. For more information please visit: Testing Center
All new full-time faculty and twelve month lecturers are encouraged to attend the New Instructor Workshops offered through the Center for Academic Excellence. Workshops are offered on the third Wednesday of the month. These workshops are designed to:
-introduce new instructors to campus services (i.e. student life, disability and counseling services, etc.)
-discuss best practices in the classroom (i.e. first day of class activities, assessment techniques)
-encourage collaboration (i.e. club and committee participation)
-enhance the teaching process (i.e. use of technology)
Location: Library Building, Room 124
TTY/TDD & Voice: NJ Relay 711
Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.