Student Pathways



Academic, Career, and Experiential Advising (ACE) Center Mission Statement: 

The ACE Center is an academic and professional administrative unit dedicated to serving and empowering students, faculty, administration, and employers by providing access to information and resources. The primary function of the unit is to provide and maintain access to advising via people, resources, and workshops. The ACE Center’s long-term goal is to increase outreach and efficiency via investment in redesigning processes and integrating of innovative technology. The Center aims to instill students with a sense of responsibility to themselves, personal organization, and maturity – assets that will facilitate success at AUP and beyond. 



ACE is dedicated to enabling students as they identify, understand, and navigate pathways from their previous experiences and personal passions through their academic interests and onto their career objectives. Key to this process is integrated advising the notion that every degree-seeking undergraduate student benefit from the assignment of both a staff advisor and a faculty mentor, coupled with the recognition that advising is a shared endeavor that implicates all AUP staff and faculty who support students in many ways as they travel their pathway to and through AUP. 


All a student’s curricular and co-curricular activities comprise their pathway. They begin with the passions, interests, and experiences a student has when they enter AUP. The key elements of a student’s pathway through AUP include 1) his or her majors and minors, 2) elective courses, 3) internships and work experiences, 4) courses taken as part of the core curriculum, 5) additional experiences, acquired skills, and credentials including certifications and micro-certifications, and 6) other co-curricular experiences. As student pathways are complex and often non-linear, our role is to help students acquire the means to navigate effectively by building intentionally upon their often-evolving passions and strengths. 

There are two ways to think about the relationship among majors, careers, and pathways: subject-oriented and ends-oriented. Within ends-oriented pathways students plan and select pathway experiences (including the major) with specific career aspirations in mind.  In subject-oriented pathways, a student’s decisions may evolve from his or her interest in a major or his or her passions. Through the ACE Center, students receive support in approaching their personal pathways both ways. 

Subject-oriented pathways where a single major may lead to different outcomes. 


Ends-Oriented pathways where different majors may lead to similar careers.