Imagine you’re a GW freshman, just discovering the challenges of college-level economics, chemistry, or business administration. You’ve heard that GW offers many academic resources, but how do you find them? With services and resources spread across the university, where do you even start? As of August 2018, the answer is simple: Academic Commons at GW Libraries and Academic Innovation (GWLAI).
Academic Commons is a one-stop shop for academic resources and services across the university. GW offers a wide range of academic support, provided by a variety of departments and divisions. Academic Commons connects students to the resources and services they need to succeed, wherever they might be located.
A new website, academiccommons.gwu.edu, provides 24-7 access to a wide range of support options, including sorting study spaces across campus by noise level, location, and available technology; making an appointment with a peer coach for assistance in 27 academic subjects; and identifying research opportunities on campus. When developing the website over the summer, GWLAI conducted focus groups and user testing to ensure it would provide the information students need in the way that they prefer. “[These are the] most helpful web pages I have found at GW so far,” said Andrew Weissman, CCAS ‘22.