From initial program research to daily feedback within instruction, the Academy for College Excellence (ACE) uses a wide range of data and evidence. Quantitative and qualitative data are regularly gathered, analyzed and applied. Along with internal studies, more than ten studies have been conducted by external evaluators. Those studies conducted before 2010 refer to the program as Digital Bridge Academy, because the name changed to the Academy for College Excellence in 2009.

ACE is a research-based practice that shifts the paradigm to practice-based research, with questions and inquiry shaped by what is learned in practice.