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Last Updated April 06, 2021

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ACE: Achieving Collegiate Excellence

ACE (Achieving College Excellence), a student success program initiated in the fall of 2018, was designed to provide academic support to first-year undergraduate students who want to raise their GPA to meet scholarship qualifications. By completing the three-part program over the course of the semester, invited students fulfill the program requirements to receive their full academic scholarship. The ACE comprises three parts:

  1. An online academic success course consisting of modules on growth areas such as time management, study skills, career exploration and more. Some modules are required; students can choose other modules according to their interests and needs.
  2. Academic success activities including tutoring, research skills development, and resume-writing. Students are required to complete 5–6 engagement activities focused on building confidence and increasing skills they need to succeed.
  3. One-on-one meetings with an academic coach. Each student participating in ACE is assigned a faculty or staff coach, who provides guidance and accountability for the duration of the program. Coaches and students meet three (or sometimes more) times per semester.

Interested in participating as a student or a faculty/staff coach, or in finding out more about ACE? Email Traci Nickdow, ACE Coordinator, at

Our Goal

The ACE program has one overarching goal: to ensure students in need achieve success by completing their degree.

Participation/Completion Rates

  • Fall 2019: 92% (119 of 129 participants completed ACE successfully)
  • Spring 2020: 96% (101 of 105 participants completed ACE successfully)

Comments from Our Students

ACE improved my time management and study habits!

Thanks to ACE and my coach, I'm more confident in my classes.

This program has definitely helped hold me more accountable for my success in class.

The success of this program relies on the efforts of New York Tech faculty and staff who have participated in this student success initiative.


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