Center for Learning


‌The Center for Learning Strategies (CLS), formerly the Rockford College® Learning Center, is a service of Rockford University offering academic support to Rockford University students. The CLS emphasizes quality teaching with a strong commitment to aid each student in attaining academic potential while directing the student towards independent learning and improved personal achievement.‌


Philosophy of the CLS

The fundamental purpose of the CLS is to provide an educational program designed to maximize individual abilities and potentials because we believe that all people have the right to an educational program best suited to their abilities and needs. To achieve this purpose, the Center provides professional interpretation of learning strengths/weaknesses, recommendations/strategies to develop personal learning plans, a positive learning environment, individual tutoring or small group supplemental instruction, a stimulating environment, an appropriate pacing of instruction and instruction at the learner’s skill level.

Our philosophy is based on a dedication to maximize abilities and potential through the educational program.

The philosophy is founded on the belief that:

  • individual improvement in academic achievement is attainable;
  • individuals possess untapped potential which can be challenged;
  • learning occurs through valid teaching methods;
  • successful instruction focuses on individual learning styles/needs;
  • individuals become academically adept through careful guidance;
  • successful achievement leads to further success;
  • learning takes place when the student is treated with dignity, respect and worth;
  • effective instruction requires dedicated, sensitive and highly qualified instructors and successful learning experiences lead to lifelong learning.

Rockford University’s Center for Learning Strategies Peer Tutoring Academic Support Program earned the Level I Certified Tutor certification from the CRLA in August 2021 and Level II Advanced Certification in August 2022. These certifications are in place through August 2026. CLS Supplemental Instruction (SI) program earned Peer Educator Level I certification in August 2023. Certification is in place through August 2026.

Center for Learning Strategies (CLS)
Howard Colman Library, Main Floor
5050 E. State Street
Rockford, IL 61108

Kyla Chapman-Neal
Academic Support Coordinator

Char Scamihorn
Library and Learning Support Specialist

Andy Newgren
Dean of Library and Learning Innovation

Academic Year Office Hours:
Monday – Friday, 8:30am – 5:00pm

Proctored Test Services
Spring 2024 Proctored Test Schedule
TEAS Exam Request Form

Dr. Karen Walker
Dean of Student Support Programming
Office Located in Starr 108A