Academic Center for Excellence

promoting a culture of academic success


The mission of the Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) is to provide resources and services that promote a culture of academic success among all Bluefield University students. The ACE staff are committed to meeting students where they are as learners. We seek to foster in them the skills, strategies, habits, and character necessary to become excellent students and transformational leaders.

Peer Tutoring

  • Tutoring for all subjects
  • Individual tutoring sessions
  • Group study sessions
  • Drop-in math and writing labs

Individual Academic Coaching

  • Accountability partnership
  • On-time sessions
  • 30-minute sessions weekly sessions

Small Group Learning

  • Skills workshops
  • Living-learning communities
  • Group academic coaching
  • Leadership and focus groups

Testing Services

  • CLEP testing
  • DSST testing
  • Make-up testing

Study Area

  • Computers and printer
  • Individual and group study spaces

General Student Success

  • Personal assistance with academic questions or concerns
  • Development of academic plans
  • Referrals to other BU support services

ACE Contact Information:

Darrin Martin, Ed. D.

Dean of Academic Support and the Academic Center for Excellence


Wayne Pelts

Assistant Director of the Academic Center for Excellence


Academic Center for Excellence


The Academic Center for Excellence (ACE) exists to further Bluefield University's goal of providing a liberal arts education that will develop the whole person.


The ACE is open and available for students to use for studying, computer and printer access, and individually scheduled tutoring sessions Monday to Sunday, 6:00 am –12:00 midnight. ACE staff are regularly available Monday to Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. 

The ACE is located on the first floor of Rish Hall. To get to the ACE, walk down the sidewalk in front of Rish Hall (which faces College Avenue) and enter the lower level through the double doors beneath the porch with the rocking chairs. Once through the double doors, proceed down the steps and turn right into the ACE center. 

Rish Hall