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What is ACE?

​Academic Continuity and Engagement (ACE) is a department focused on helping students reach their highest level of academic and personal performance. Our team of peer and professional staff work with students to help them define their success story and succeed in their goals at DePaul. By utilizing a person-centered approach, we connect with students individually to address barriers that may impede on their journey to academic success. During our time together, students will be provided with assistance in goal setting, creating actions plans, enhancing one’s academic skills (time management, study skills, note-taking), motivation, and more.

Academic Continuity and Engagement (ACE) places an emphasis on:

  • Offer a safe space that is welcoming to all students and fights to promote justice, inclusion, equity, and diversity.
  • Support and promote students' academic, professional, and personal growth.
  • Coach and mentor students in academic success strategies, time management, personal development, personal strengths, and more.
  • Support students in strategies to overcome obstacles.
  • Introduce students to campus resources that support academic excellence.
  • Assist with the development of students' professional communication skills.
  • Facilitate opportunities for students to work with campus partners and faculty.
  • Nurture student's resiliency to allow them to confront adversity and demonstrate perseverance.
  • Motivate students to take ownership of their education and learn to advocate for themselves.
  • Provide students with opportunities, such as awards & fellowships, internships, and other academic experiences to support the development and pursuit of their goals during and beyond their undergraduate career.


Academic Continuity and Engagement (ACE) works to support undergraduate students, with special efforts prioritizing students of color, transfer students, and sophomores, in their academic goals, success, and retention. This is accomplished through strategic communications, data-informed interventions, peer support programs, events, and services. The office collaborates with key university and external partners to provide resources and programs.