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Center for Academic Excellence


The Center for Academic Excellence provides holistic, targeted learning support for Rush students and faculty.

Writing Support

  • We are available to help out during any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and organizing ideas to revision and final editing.
  • We can teach you how to format papers in APA, and answer specific questions about APA conventions.
  • Our English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialist is trained to help English language learners with sentence structure, word form and word choice, grammar, punctuation and pronunciation.
  • 1-on-1 Zoom workshops: Our Academic Specialists make appointments that work with your schedule to build your writing skills and improve your academic success and confidence.
  • We help with course papers, theses, dissertations, personal statements, and cv/resumes.

Mathematics and Statistics Support

  • Assistance in statistics coursework and review of mathematical concepts.
  • Support with SPSS, Excel, and REDCap.
  • Available to assist with most research projects.

Research Support

  • Quantitative and qualitative research support is available for projects, capstones, theses, and dissertations.
  • Academic coaches can offer guidance from start to finish so you do not miss a step.

Academic Coaching

  • Academic Coaches make 1-on-1 appointments that work with your schedule to support your professional goals and aid in your academic success and confidence.
  • Improve your academic performance by getting help with time management skills, study skills, and text anxiety.


Faculty Support

  • Faculty may schedule course support sessions with CAE staff to provide supplemental instruction on a range of topics including writing, academic skills, metacognition and learning, REDCap, and project organization and planning.
  • Developed in collaboration with faculty, these sessions are tailored to provide proactive learning support early in the assignment timeline.

ProQuest Electronic Thesis and Dissertation Submissions

Important Deadlines for Thesis & Dissertation Submissions

Spring 2024

  • Format Check Submission: 2/12
  • Final Copy Submission: 4/10

Summer 2024

  • Format Check Submission: 7/1
  • Final Copy Submission: 8/16

Fall 2024

  • Format Check Submission: 10/1
  • Final Copy Submission: 11/31

Spring 2025

  • Format Check Submission: 3/1
  • Final Copy Submission: 4/15

For information regarding the format check and submission process, please visit our LibGuide. For any additional questions,  please email us at