The Upper Level of the Academic Resource Center at Levitt is home to EDGE, YC's Teaching and Learning Commons. Leanna Hawley, director, and her staff provide a coordinated suite of academic services that includes tutoring, academic disability accommodations, and specialized research and writing assistance. AMP, the Academic Mentoring Program housed in EDGE, comes alongside freshmen with academic coaching and specialized learning skill courses. Web-based support consultations are available for not only campus students during this socially distanced era, but for graduate students across the country.
Students who appreciate camping out in silent spaces to do their homework stream in and out of EDGE's four privacy booths. Primarily intended as soundproof spaces for test taking, students rely on them for several other purposes: tuning into webcast courses, recording and listening to audio assignments, and reading silently. They may just be our most popular addition yet.
As part of their Ignite Excellence initiative, each Monday night Student Government invites the campus community to Levitt for Spark Sessions. Faculty moderate group tutoring. Students settle in - both alone and with classmates - to do work. There are snacks. There are beverages. There are opportunities.
Levitt is a key part of the academic culture of YC's campus. A staff of 9, 21 work study students, and 9 peer tutors ensure that students have access to the resources they need during 77+ open hours each week. Special events like the one that happens on Monday night draw students into what is fast becoming a tremendous teaching and learning environment. Every day brings new insights as our 5-year project unfolds.