The Academic Tutoring and Training Information Center (ATTIC) in the Office of the Dean of the College provides academic services to enhance student success in an educational environment that can be demanding and challenging.
The ATTIC hosts a wide variety of programs to enhance student success, including peer tutoring, study skills workshops, academic counseling, disability services, academic support services for student athletes, and supplemental instruction.
Students are welcome to meet individually with ATTIC staff to obtain personalized support. ATTIC also provides workshops for academic departments, residence halls, and campus groups.
College Writing Program
Since it was established in 1987, the College Writing Program CWP) has worked to integrate the practice of writing into courses across the College. The CWP staff trains selected undergraduates as writing associates (WAs), who provide informed and intelligent readings of draft papers in order to help students formulate their own writing.
Each semester, CWP employs 50-60 WAs, who work with approximately 750 students and 50 faculty members from all divisions. Most WAs support the First-Year Seminar (FYS) and Values in Science/Technology (VaST) programs in the Common Course of Study. WAs also run a drop-in service for students in courses not affiliated with CWP. During the semester, CWP offers workshops for faculty and students and hosts noted specialists in writing and writing pedagogy.
Dean of the College Office
The Office of the Dean of the College provides support for the curriculum and the academic experience of students. It represents the College’s commitment to intellectual integrity and achievement and serves as a link among faculty and staff, administration, and students. The staff mentors students in all areas of their academic development; class deans advise and monitor student academic progress. The office also provides support for student interest in careers in law and the health professions, and works with students to pursue prestigious undergraduate and post-graduate fellowships and awards.
Information Technology Services
Information Technology Services staff provide the robust and dependable network and computing environments that allow Lafayette students to excel in their academic endeavors. Public computing sites, including a 24-hour public lab, provide access to course-related software and multimedia technologies as well as productivity software and printing services. Hardware repairs are available for many student-owned systems, and help-desk support is available 24/7 to all students.
The department’s Instructional Technology Group offers a variety of technology training workshops and supports faculty and students in curricular uses of established and emerging technologies.
In addition to providing spaces for students to study and collaborate with one another, the libraries provide members of the campus community with a wide range of information sources and services designed to support their educational and research pursuits.
Librarians give guidance to students throughout their Lafayette careers. First-year students receive a basic introduction to library resources in their First-Year Seminars, and librarians regularly meet with classes in all disciplines to provide more advanced instruction in library research. Reference assistance—in person as well as via phone, email, and IM—is available to students on weekdays, most evenings, and Sundays. Students may also schedule appointments with librarians for extended consultations about their research projects.