Academic Support Services

Academic Resource Center

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) is a place for study and collaboration on academic projects. Located on the first floor of the Jane Bancroft Cook Library, the ARC houses Educational Technology Services, the Language Resource Center, Quantitative Resource Center, Writing Resource Center, and an open-use computer lab. Additionally, students participate in TA sessions, foreign language conversation groups, and workshops in the ARC conference room and group study areas. Visit us at for detailed information and links to the following services.

Educational Technology Service

Educational Technology Services (ETS) provides faculty and student technology support for academic projects as well as an open-use computer lab and a media lab with video editing and scanning workstations.  Electronic equipment (digital cameras, camcorders, projectors, and voice recorders) is available for checkout for course -related projects. Training and assistance are available for technology -related course projects, faculty website development, and use of NewDLE (New College’s online course management system).

The Language Resource Center

The Language Resource Center (LRC) is a social space where students are invited to work individually or in groups, relax, or interact with each other. The LRC provides resources to support students and enhance their foreign language experience in the 8 languages formally taught at New College (Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Latin, Russian, and Spanish) as well as self-instructional materials for an additional 8 languages (Arabic, Dutch, Haitian Creole, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Tibetan, and Turkish). The LRC holds a collection of reference materials such as dictionaries, grammar, vocabulary, and conversation books, audio-visual resources, software for course-specific assignments and additional review, and table games. Several multimedia computer workstations and two private booths are set up for language practice, voice recording, and film viewing. 

The Quantitative Resource Center

The Quantitative Resource Center (QRC) is dedicated to aiding the New College community in working with quantitative matters. The QRC provides individual and small -group peer tutoring for students needing assistance with various quantitative methods (e.g. basic mathematics and statistics, SAS, SPSS, Excel, and other applications). The QRC is a solution-oriented organization.  Through consultations, we seek to solve the particular quantitative problem posed to us.

The Writing Resource Center

The Writing Resource Center (WRC) is open to all New College students who are interested in developing the skills and strategies associated with college-level writing. Trained student writing assistants (SWAs) listen and respond to the needs and concerns of student writers through focused, individualized conferences. Encouraging writers to direct the conference in ways that meet their particular needs and interests, SWAs provide helpful feedback and resources about all stages of the writing process. The WRC operates on the principle that, no matter their degree of skill, students can benefit from open and objective conversation about their writing.

The WRC has a commitment to serving student writers in all disciplines. The WRC has hired SWAs from specific disciplines, including economics, biology and chemistry as well as English and the humanities to assist students. Furthermore, those same SWAs have received training to support student writing across a variety of disciplines. Finally, in response to student demand, the WRC leads group workshops dealing with writing first college papers, graduate school application essays, and theses.

Center for Career Education and Off-Campus Study

The Center for Career Education and Off -Campus Study is a resource center for students seeking information about jobs, internships, exchange programs, and off-campus study both locally and abroad. Students preparing for graduate school receive guidance and coaching in developing personal statements, curriculum vitae, and interviewing skills. Staff provides pre-law and pre-medical advising and assists with applications processes. Graduate school test bulletins (GRE, LSAT) and graduate school study guides are available in the Career Library. The library houses materials for loan along with reference manuals related to occupational outlooks, salary trends, study abroad, job guides, and special one-year teaching and scholarship programs for new graduates. Annually the office sponsors the on-campus internship and volunteer fair. All guidance and advising is directed in support of the academic experience to complement the student's unique academic contract and personal objectives.

Study Abroad

The Study Abroad Office (located in the Academic Resource Center on the first floor of the Library) offers one-on-one advising to help students find the program that best fits their academic interest and need, and offers assistance with the application process.  Several times throughout the year, the Office also hosts general information sessions, discussion panels with students who have recently returned from abroad, and special events sponsored by selected study abroad providers.  The Office maintains a library of brochures, pamphlets, and information booklets.  For off-campus study within the United States and New College exchange programs, please contact the Center for Career Education.

Office of Research Programs & Services

The mission of the Office of Research Programs & Services (ORPS) is to provide exceptional service and assistance to all faculty, administration and students in locating, applying for, obtaining and managing grants as a means to expand and enrich all types of research and educational experiences. In addition, ORPS strives to operate consistently at the highest level of integrity coupled with an enthusiastic responsiveness in all areas of sponsored research, including compliance, accounting,  intellectual property, and oversight focusing on each grantee as distinctive and significant to New College as a whole.

What ORPS does:

·          Funding Searches

·          Internal Training and Workshops on Grants Application Preparation and Submission Budget Review and Assistance

·          Grant Award Administration and Compliance

·          Research Statistics

·          Institutional Review Board (IRB) Administration

·          Responsible  Conduct in Research (RCR) Training

Institutional Review Board (IRB) New College of Florida is committed to protecting the rights and welfare of human subject participants in research.  The ORPS provides a wealth of information about the protections and policies NCF has adopted and implemented to secure this goal.

Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) New College of Florida is committed to the ethical conduct of research and is in compliance with Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education and Science (America COMPETES) Act which requires that an institutional plan be in place to provide appropriate training in the responsible and ethical conduct of research.


Office of the Provost
New College of Florida
5800 Bay Shore Road
Sarasota, Florida  34243

Phone: (941) 487-4200
Fax: (941) 487-4201