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Academic Student Connections

Academic Student Connections (ASC) offers services that empower all students to maximize their learning experience at SAU. This personal attention helps link students to resources to assist with studying, writing, addressing learning challenges and making adjustments to the academic culture. In addition, staff at the ASC work with students who have disabilities, probationary students and international students to help make their academic experience a success.

Manda Kelly, M.S
Director of Academic Student Connections


Academic Student Connections (ASC) exists to provide free educational assistance for Spring Arbor University students. Students may participate in seminars, study groups, tutoring and mentoring sessions, which are offered throughout the day and in the evenings, Monday through Friday, and are designed to enhance students’ learning performances. Students can expect friendly, personal, strategic intervention when they visit ASC. Three professional staff members work together to coordinate the teaching, mentoring and services offered. Additionally, student office assistants and tutors are available to provide support and resources for students.

Mission Statement

Academic Student Connections acts as a support to the academic programs at Spring Arbor University and provides resources to students to identify or clarify their learning needs and to implement strategies to help meet those needs. Academic Student Connections endeavors to maximize the God-given talents and abilities of students and strives to ensure every student has an equal chance to benefit from the programs at Spring Arbor University. Learn more about tutoring and academic support at the Academic Student Connections as well as services for students with disabilities.


Academic Student Connections staff have been trained to assist students on a variety of levels. Students are encouraged to call or email them or stop in to schedule a meeting at Academic Student Connections in the lower level of the student center.

Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Manda Kelly
Director of Academic Student Connections
517.750.6479 or ext. 1479

Amber Hollowood
Administrative Assistant
Coordinator of ADA & Academic Student Support Services
517.750.6481 or ext. 1481

Heather LaClear
English as a Second Language Coordinator, Director of TESOL
Associate Professor of Education

517.750.6480 or ext. 1480