University of Portland Bulletin 2020-2021

Shepard Academic Resource Center

Brenda Greiner, M.A., director

Matthew Daily, M.Ed.assistant director

The Shepard Academic Resource Center (SARC) was established under the Office of the Provost by regent Steve Shepard. Its objective is to provide access, outreach and resources for students to achieve learning excellence and academic success. The SARC oversees the resources of the Learning Commons, Accessible Education Services, Learning Assistance Counseling, First-Year Student Programs and programs for first generation students.

As part of the First-Year Student Programs, the SARC directs a first-year seminar workshop program, led by upper-class students, to instruct first-year students in college learning strategies and to mentor them in University culture and procedures. In coordination with the professional schools and the College of Arts and Science, the SARC provides counseling and advising, particularly for first-year students, helping them resolve issues with career planning, financial aid, registration, and social adjustment. Additionally, the center offers upper-class mentors in the spring semester for first-year students experiencing academic challenges. Students of any major and any year are welcome to use the SARC’s resources.

The Shepard Academic Resource Center is located in Buckley Center 101 and can be reached at (503) 943-7895 or The center's webpage is located at