About the Learning Studio

The Learning Studio's mission is to maximize student potential by promoting independent learning through shared responsibility. What does this mean? It means that we won't do your work for you; however, it does mean that we are fully committed to helping you be successful at Columbia by going over your course work with you, by helping you perfect study strategies and by providing workshops to enhance your experiences in and out of the classroom.

The space itself is brand new and incorporates all the latest technology and design elements to facilitate learning—the Learning Studio is at the cutting edge of learning centers nation-wide and it's right here on your campus!

Here is what you will find at the Learning Studio:

  • 50 testing and tutorial pods with Internet and special software specific to your course needs
  • A private computer lab for students in the CAP program
  • Over 75 specially trained tutors ready to work with you
  • Online or walk-in appointment setting options
  • A textbook library for use in tutoring and study sessions
  • Accessibility for all students
  • And more...

A Brief History

Around 2001, the College began to investigate the potential to bring together academic support resources into one location on campus. This was in response to a need to more fully support our students' academic needs outside of class, a national trend toward centralization of these services, a desire to broaden the scope of academic support outside of individual departments or units, and the need to maximize space on our urban campus.

In 2005, the College received a Title III Grant from the U.S. Department of Education which partially supported the development of a centralized learning center concept. Finally, in 2007, the College purchased the former Spertus building at 618 S. Michigan Avenue, and the first floor and some of the lower level was reserved for the new learning center -- which is now called the Learning Studio.

Different units were moved from Academic departments and Student Affairs to come together into one organizational unit led by the Assistant VP for Academic Support.

Along the way, several faculty and staff members participated in advisory committees, focus groups, and countless meetings to make this all come together.

The units moved into the new space in January, 2009.