A center provides the framework and resources necessary to support and facilitate student learning.


An ACPE accredited center creatively and effectively utilizes the context in which learning takes place, drawing upon available technological support, private office space for educators, use of classroom space, learning sites, library, and internet, as well as other contextual and local means by which student learning is both supported and enhanced.


In assessing this area, reviewers will look at the center’s:

A. Student Support Services and how students are made aware of them, including private office space for educators to provide supervision and support for students.
B. Utilization of its context as a learning environment
C. Academic Resources and how they are utilized by students
D. Determination of educator workload and peer group size (See the Definition of Terms for the minimum number required for a peer group.)
E. Professional development plan for its faculty
F. Fulfillment of the policies related to changes in centers

Items that must be included in the center’s portfolio:

  1. A complete description of Student Support Services and Academic Resources provided in the center and evidence from student survey/interview data and analysis showing the impact on a student’s experience
  2. A presentation of the unique components of the center as a learning environment, with examples of how these impact student learning as evidenced in student survey/interview data and analysis
  3. An analysis of current educator workload and peer group size
  4. A presentation about the engagement of its faculty in professional development