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Center for Academic Excellence

The Class of 1963 Center for Academic Excellence (CAE), endowed by J. Ronald Terwilliger ’63 and Classmates offers academic support programs for all midshipmen seeking to improve their academic performance. Through a student-centered approach, the Center helps midshipmen meet USNA’s high academic standards, encouraging them to become active participants in the learning process.

The CAE reached its highest number of student visits to date with 50,838 visits—that's an average of 1,495 visits per week for Academic Year 2021. More importantly, the CAE was able to pivot quickly and effectively to meet the needs of the Brigade, even as spiking and retreating COVID-19 cases dictated restrictions in class sizes and constant switches between virtual and in-person instruction.

The following highlights indicate the success of another busy year:

•  3,269 unique students visited the CAE, which is 73 percent of the Brigade of Midshipmen, the highest ever.
•  The CAE broke another record in the highest percentage ever of plebe and youngster participation, with 99 percent of 4/Cs and 91 percent of 3/Cs using a CAE-provided service.
•  CAE services averaged a yearly increase of 5 percent over the past eight years. In fact, the CAE now sees 98 percent of the Brigade at least once in their four years. In comparison, the national average for similar student services is 26 percent.
•  73 percent of varsity athletes used CAE services with an average of 15.2 visits per athlete this year.
•  The CAE supported 76 percent of students with a 4.0 QPR, with an average of 15.6 visits per midshipman.

For a complete narrative, please review the 2020-2021 Class of 1963 Center for Academic Excellence Stewardship Report.