Dean College Provides Unparalleled Learning Support Services

Morton Family Learning Center

Thanks, in part, to a gift from John S. Morton III '70, the Morton Family Learning Center works closely with each student to promote a holistic educational experience. Located in the Green Family Library Learning Commons, the Morton Family Learning Center is a dynamic facility that is home to a dedicated staff of professional academic coaches and tutors, comfortable study spaces, state-of-the-art technology, interchangeable workstations wired for laptop use and advanced assistive learning technology tools to meet the needs of students' individual learning styles.

Types of Academic Support 

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The Morton Family Learning Center at Dean College offers a variety of academic supports. These include subject-specific tutoring; a variety of programs and services geared towards strengthening academic skills while fostering independence; and the Arch Learning Community, a program designed for students with specific, diagnosed learning disabilities.

Tutoring Services

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Dean College makes professional, faculty, and peer tutoring available for all students. These services are provided at no additional cost and made available through the Berenson Writing and Math Centers. Additional peer tutoring is also available in specific subject areas through the Morton Family Learning Center. Peer content tutors complete the level 1 College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA) training program and are recommended by faculty. Schedules of tutors and learning center hours are available on today@dean. College Reading and Learning Association

Academic Study Partners

Academic Study Partners is an additional free service offered where students are paired with a peer to model successful academic behaviors. This resource provides an opportunity for students to build confidence and gain new academic skills while sharpening their ability to self-advocate. The goal of the program is for students to work towards achieving academic independence.    

Programs & Services

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Dean offers many programs and services to help students achieve academic success. 

Academic Coaching

Dean College offers a robust Academic Coaching Program that specializes in one-on-one academic support. This fee-based service is available to any Dean College student who might benefit from individualized academic coaching in the areas of study strategies, including: note-taking, time management, organization, test preparation, and writing. With professional assistance from academic coaches, students build upon their strengths while addressing academic challenges.  


Strive4Success (S4S) is a one-year, fee-based program which assists students with the transition to college. Through weekly Academic Coaching, mentoring, and study skills labs, S4S helps students adjust to the demands of college coursework while sharpening their academic skills. In addition, students learn how to best manage their time while leveraging the academic resources needed to ensure academic success. Students work with Academic Coaches during their first semester to address academic strengths and challenges. S4S students are notified of their enrollment in the program through their admission letter to the College. 

Study Labs

Study Labs, open to all students, are quiet study spaces proctored by the Morton Family Learning Center. Students who participate in Study Labs have easy access to peer and professional tutoring as well as study skills instruction. 

Accessibility Services

Accessibility services are available to all students who qualify. At Dean College, we strongly believe in providing the best educational services to help our students overcome their learning challenges. We offer learning and academic supports in the form of accommodations, auxiliary aids, and services to qualified students with disabilities through the Office of Accessibility Services. Learn more about accessibility services at Dean.

Arch Learning Community 

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The Dean College Arch Learning Community program is designed for students with diagnosed learning disabilities and/or other learning challenges who would benefit from additional academic support while enrolled in a traditional college curriculum. Through individual academic coaching, Arch-designated courses, and specialized success & career advising, students work within the program to acquire the skills needed to be successful in their degree plan of study. Our staff works diligently to support students while fostering independence. Through involvement in the Arch Learning Community students become active participants in their education by taking greater responsibility for their individual role in the learning processes. There is an additional cost for this program.

Meet our Team

Learn more about the Morton Family Learning Center Staff at Dean College. 

Morton Family Learning Center

Contact Us

Need help? We are here to help you every step of the way. Contact the Morton Family Learning Center using the information below for assistance.

Address 99 Main Street, Franklin, MA 02038