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Tiger Tracks: Academic Success

A collaboration between GC Academic Success & the Ensor LRC.

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The Office of Academic Success helps to create a quality learning environment for students by providing academic support and personal care.  Through proactive initiatives, comprehensive services, and personal attention, we provide support in a meaningful manner to enhance the student experience, and help students achieve and realize their academic goals.

Contact Academic Success

Academic Success is located on the third floor of the Student Center. Our office is staffed between 8 AM and 5 PM Monday-Friday. We are here to help students with any academic resource-related issues, including:

  • Accessing peer tutoring/the Writing Center
  • Discussing Academic Progress Checks (APCs)
  • Answering advising questions
  • Excusing students from class due to short-term illnesses
  • Overseeing Freshman Seminar and the ACE program

Academic Success Staff:

Devin Harris-Davis
Assistant Director of Academic Success 
Contact: (502) 863-7073

Alexandria Lopez
Associate Dean for Student Success
Contact: (502) 863-8359

Classroom Etiquette

While college is much more flexible than high school, you don't want to let your good manners go out the window just because you got to pick your 10 AM elective. Here are a few important things to remember about classroom behavior:

  • Put your phone away. College isn't free; you are paying to learn from your professors and your peers. Be respectful of those around you and don't text/e-mail/Snapchat/tweet in class. Several studies suggest that even the visible presence of a phone can be distracting, so keep your phone in your pocket, bag, or backpack.
  • Don't sleep in class. Your professor will be annoyed, other students will make fun of you, and you will again miss out on another learning opportunity. If you feel tired enough to easily fall asleep in public, you need to adjust your bedtime and practice good sleep hygiene habits to get your body the rest it needs.
  • Don't bring food to class. Some professors, particularly those who teach lab-based classes, will extend this general policy to include drinks as well, but generally a bottle of water or cup of coffee is considered acceptable. If you have several classes in a row and need to snack, keep portable foods like bananas, packets of trail mix, or protein bars at hand, which can be eaten quickly between classes. Picking up a to-go box from the Caf and eating a full meal while your professor lectures is rude and, frankly, kind of gross.
  • Don't leave class unnecessarily. Unlike high school, you don't have to raise your hand and ask if you can use the bathroom. If you have an emergency, you can get up and leave class. However, leaving during every class period to use the restroom, check your phone, meet a friend, etc. is considered rude and will not be tolerated.
  • Show up on time. Strolling in ten minutes late distracts your professor and your classmates. Many professors count tardies as absences, and absences often have a strong impact on your final grade. Be prompt; it's always better to be early than to be late.
  • Remember that your professor decides when class ends. If your professor is in the middle of her lecture, don't start packing up your notebook and getting your bag ready to leave just because it's almost 10:50. This is rude and distracting, and your professor will definitely notice. This is also a great way to miss important material that might be on a future exam. Professors keep their eye on the clock, and if a lecture runs over by a minute or two, you should still have plenty of time to get to your next class on a small campus like Georgetown's.

What is the Nexus program?

The Nexus program was designed to create meaningful connections that enhance, expand, and engage the cultural, intellectual, and spiritual life of the campus community. Students need to earn an average of 6 Nexus credits per semester for a total of 48 credits by graduation day.

Attendance at one Nexus event typically equals one Nexus credit, although there are occasional exceptions.

Nexus events are broken down into four categories:

  • LLB (Live Learn Believe): Up to 40 of a student's Nexus credits can be LLB. This category includes events like art gallery openings, campus plays and concerts, and guest speakers and lecturers,
  • Tiger: Eight of a student's 48 Nexus credits must be Tiger events. These are events unique to Georgetown College. All Chapel services are Tiger events, as well as special events like Opening Convocation, Hanging of the Green, the annual Cawthorne Lecture, and Foust Artist Series events.
  • Immersion: This is not a required category; however, students can earn up to eight Immersion Nexus credits.
  • Flex: This is not a required category; however, students can earn up to eight Flex Nexus credits.

Students can track their Nexus progress on the Portal. Nexus credits can be found on the Academic Info page under Nexus Info. Students can view their own progress, as well as check out the Nexus calendar listing upcoming events.