Faculty Resources

ACE offers resources for faculty to support academic learning in the classroom. Through Early Alert and writing workshops/presentations, ACE supports your teaching experiences. 

Early Alert


Early Alert is a proactive, student-centered system of communication between faculty, Early Alert Program Coordinator, and academic advisors. Early Alert is designed to be used when additional resources are needed after faculty intervention. It is not intended to replace communication between faculty and student.

With your Early Alert referral, the Program Coordinator and academic advisors can identify, reach-out, and provide support to students who are at-risk of failing a course due to academic difficulties or personal hardships. This communication between the Program Coordinator, academic advisor, and student provides vital support and assistance, which is not disciplinary in nature.


Students should be referred early in the semester when they:

  • Have a high number of absences
  • Are habitually tardy
  • Fail to submit assignments
  • Miss tests
  • Have poor performance on quizzes and/or tests 
  • Exhibit class disruption. 

Supplemental Instruction Support


Supplemental Instruction (SI) is intended to support traditionally challenging courses by placing an SI Leader in the classroom to tutor students, both in and outside of class through weekly study sessions. SI Leaders are trained student tutors who have previously taken the class and earned a high grade in the course. SI Leaders are assigned to select courses through faculty’s request and based on availability.

Writing Presentations/Workshops


Writing consultants are available to visit your class and present on a brief, single-topic lesson presentation, interactive workshop, and in-class peer-review sessions. Topics for presentations and workshops include, but are not limited to:

  • Avoiding Plagiarism
  • The Writing Process
  • How to Write as a Group
  • MLA Format and Documentation
  • APA Format and Documentation
  • Chicago/Turabian Format and Documentation
  • Council of Science Editors Format and Documentation
  • Developing Introductions
  • Developing Thesis Statements
  • Developing Conclusions
  • Proofreading & Editing
  • Annotated Bibliographies
  • Abstracts
  • Sentence Variety Techniques
  • Grammar & Punctuation
  • Cutting Clutter/Eliminating Wordiness
  • Review Essays
  • Literary Analysis & Literary Elements
  • Identifying Scholarly Sources.
  • Customized, special topics may also be requested. 

Description of presentation/workshops

Writing consultants will visit your class and present on a brief, single-topic lesson. Presentations can last up to 30 minutes to 1 hour, and they may involve some interaction, such as surveys or online quizzes. The Writing Team can also create a customized, special topic to fit your students' (undergraduate or graduate) specific needs (i.e. a presentation on literary elements).

Common topics include MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian style; how to avoid plagiarism, and sentence variety to strengthen writing skills.
Workshops are similar to presentations. The main difference is that workshops are interactive sessions in which students participate in hands-on activities to help process material being learned. Workshops are typically 45 to 60 minutes but can be modified. The Writing Team can also create special topic workshops to fit your specific needs.

Common workshop topics include MLA, APA, Chicago/Turabian style; annotated bibliographies, summarizing/paraphrasing, and essay development.
Writing consultant(s) can visit your class to facilitate in-class peer review. Additionally, consultants can assist students assist students as they work on their writing—such as drafts or outlines. The purpose of these sessions is to encourage students to develop proper time management and writing practices. These sessions are typically 60 minutes.
The Writing Team can visit your class or event and deliver 15-20 minutes orientation about our services. These orientations sessions typically involve online quizzes and/or games. Also, we can set up an information table at an event and provide resources and/or information about academic support services.

ACE - Academic Support 
Dr. Billy F. Cowart Hall 203 & 205
956.326.2884 & 956.326.4ACE (4223)

Monday-Thursday: 8 a.m. - 8 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 12 - 4 p.m.
Sunday: 12 - 6 p.m. 

ACE - Advising & Retention
Senator Judith Zaffirini Student Success Center 222

Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. - 12 p.m.