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A Brief History

A Brief History

Around 2001, the College began to investigate the potential to bring together academic support resources into one location on campus. This was in response to a need to more fully support our students' academic needs outside of class, a national trend toward centralization of these services, a desire to broaden the scope of academic support outside of individual departments or units, and the need to maximize space on our urban campus.

In 2005, the College received a Title III Grant from the U.S. Department of Education which partially supported the development of a centralized learning center concept. Finally, in 2007, the College purchased the former Spertus building at 618 S. Michigan Avenue, and the first floor and some of the lower level was reserved for the new learning center -- which is now called the Learning Studio.

Different units were moved from Academic departments and Student Affairs to come together into one organizational unit led by the Assistant VP for Academic Support.

Along the way, several faculty and staff members participated in advisory committees, focus groups, and countless meetings to make this all come together.

The units moved into the new space in January, 2009.