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About the CAE at RUSH

At RUSH University's Center for Academic Excellence, we are dedicated to enhancing the academic and professional pursuits of our students and faculty. Our center provides specialized support in writing, statistical data analysis, and mathematics, alongside individualized academic coaching focusing on metacognition, study skills, test-taking strategies, and time management. We offer both one-on-one workshop meetings and virtual asynchronous support, tailored to meet the diverse needs of our academic community. To access these resources, students and faculty can book appointments with an Academic Specialist using the button below.

Writing Support

At the Center for Academic Excellence, we offer comprehensive writing support at any stage of the writing process. Whether you're brainstorming ideas, organizing your thoughts, or need help with revision and final editing, our team is here to assist you.

  • APA Formatting: Learn how to structure your papers according to APA guidelines and get answers to your specific questions about APA conventions.
  • ESL Support: Our English as a Second Language (ESL) Specialist is equipped to assist English language learners in enhancing their sentence structure, word form, word choice, grammar, punctuation, and pronunciation.
  • One-on-One Workshops: Schedule personal meetings with our Academic Specialists via Microsoft Bookings and Teams. These sessions are designed to develop your writing skills and boost both your academic success and confidence.
  • Diverse Writing Needs: We provide guidance on a variety of writing projects, including course papers, theses, dissertations, personal statements, and CVs/resumes.

Our tailored support aims to empower you to communicate your ideas effectively and with clarity, ensuring your academic growth and success.

Mathematics and Statistics Support

The CAE offers specialized support in mathematics and statistics to help you excel in your coursework and research projects.

  • Coursework Assistance: Receive help with statistical coursework and gain a clearer understanding of complex mathematical concepts.
  • Software Proficiency: Develop your skills in using statistical software such as SPSS, Excel, and REDCap, essential tools for data analysis and research.
  • Research Project Support: Whether it's formulating hypotheses, data analysis, or interpreting results, our team is ready to assist with various aspects of your research projects.

We are committed to providing the guidance you need to navigate the challenges of quantitative studies and enhance your analytical capabilities.

Research Support

At the CAE, we provide dedicated support for both quantitative and qualitative research across a wide range of academic endeavors, including projects, capstones, theses, and dissertations.

  • Comprehensive Guidance: Our academic coaches are equipped to guide you from the conceptualization of your study to the final submission, ensuring no detail is overlooked.
  • Expert Assistance: Whether you are designing a study, collecting data, analyzing results, or preparing your findings for presentation, we offer expert advice to help you navigate the complexities of your research with confidence.

We aim to empower you with the tools and knowledge needed to conduct rigorous research and achieve academic excellence.

Academic Coaching

At the CAE, our academic coaches are committed to fostering your academic success and boosting your confidence through personalized one-on-one sessions.

  • Flexible Scheduling: Schedule appointments that fit seamlessly into your routine, allowing you to receive support when it's most convenient for you.
  • Targeted Skill Development: Enhance your academic performance with tailored assistance in mastering time management, refining study skills, and overcoming test anxiety.
  • Professional and Academic Growth: Our coaches are here to support not only your immediate academic needs but also your long-term professional goals, helping you to develop competencies that extend beyond the classroom.

We are dedicated to providing you with the strategies and support you need to excel in your studies and advance in your career.

Faculty Support

At the CAE, we offer specialized support sessions for faculty designed to supplement classroom instruction and enhance student learning outcomes.

  • Diverse Instructional Support: Faculty can schedule sessions with our CAE staff to provide supplemental guidance on a variety of topics including writing, academic skills, metacognition and learning strategies, REDCap, as well as project organization and planning.
  • Collaborative Design: Developed in close collaboration with faculty, these sessions are customized to integrate seamlessly with your course objectives and are aimed at providing proactive learning support early in the assignment timeline.
  • Tailored Sessions: We tailor each session to meet the specific needs of your course and students, ensuring that the support provided is both relevant and effective.

Our goal is to empower faculty with the tools and strategies needed to foster a comprehensive and engaging learning environment for all students.

ProQuest ETD (Electronic Thesis and Dissertation) Submissions with RUSH CAE

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