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University College
Delaware State University
William C. Jason Library
1200 North DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901

UCInfo@desu.edu
Phone: 302.857.7201
Fax: 302.857.6838

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Please click on any focus area for more information.   The University College Vision: University College at Delaware State University aspires to be a national model designed to address retention and promote student success. Through delivery of comprehensive advising services, robust academic programming and integrated academic support that encourage student connections, build community, foster academic excellence, leadership and service; University College aims to ensure transformative foundational experiences that contribute to the retention and academic success of first and second-year undergraduates.   The University College Mission: University College (UC) is the “service college” of DSU that is designed to help students achieve high academic goals by providing integrated academic program support services (i.e. tutoring , test-taking skill building, writing and math help), college-skill enhancement courses and advisement that foster academic, career, and leadership development. UC serves as the official “academic home” for students who have not selected a major-undecided students- and is devoted to help guide and support (through academic advisement) these students’ decision-making process as they explore the different academic colleges and what each have to offer. Finally, UC’s focus population includes first and second-year students, first-year transfer students and undecided students. In alignment with Delaware State University’s strategic plan, our central focus is to help students establish a strong collegiate academic foundation that will enable them to persist and progress to becoming a competitive graduate of DSU.   

The Strategic Plan for Delaware State University

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PRIDE 2020: Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence  It is with tremendous pride and pleasure that I present to you the Strategic Plan for Delaware State University — Personal Responsibility in Delivering Excellence — or PRIDE 2020. Delaware State University is a public, comprehensive 1890 land-grant university established by the Delaware General Assembly on May 15, 1891. In these 123 years, DSU has gone from being a State College offering five courses of study in agriculture, chemistry, the classics, engineering and science to a University offering its 4,505 students 52 baccalaureate, 25 master’s and five doctoral degree programs through 21 academic departments. The University has an Honors Program and a number of strategic international partnerships. In addition to its 356-acre main campus with 50 buildings, DSU also has two farm properties, locations in Wilmington and Georgetown, and a fleet of planes for the Aviation Program with a base of operations at the Delaware Air Park in Cheswold. It has been quite a journey from our humble beginnings. DSU has made significant strides along the way to the year 2014. But that was then, and this is now. PRIDE 2020 outlines for you the steps we will collectively take as we begin our journey toward the next decade — a journey that insures we are a University that prepares tomorrow’s leaders, invests in the community’s well-being and meets global challenges. I charged the University Strategic Planning Council with delivering a plan that was comprehensive, challenging and concise. That committee, under the leadership of Provost Alton Thompson, spent two years meeting with members of our Board of Trustees; faculty, staff and students; community members; University supporters; and local, state and national leaders. They listened to all of your thoughts and ideas; they picked the best you had to offer and paired it with state and national priorities and best practices in higher education. With the plan now in place, the University Strategic Planning Implementation Committee will be responsible for implementing, monitoring and tracking the achievement of its goals and objectives. PRIDE 2020 will become the launching pad for what Delaware State University is to become.   - President Harry L. Williams, Ed.D. 
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Living-Learning Communities at DSU

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A unique opportunity to help make the transition from high school to college life a lot easier!

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What Can a Living-Learning Community Offer Me? A Living-Learning Community allows you the option to live as a community of learners in a specific residence hall or clustered portion of the hall. You'll  live with other students who are exploring similar majors, career choices and interests. The Learning Community’s coordinator comes to the residence halls to meet you, and in some cases upper class peer mentors live alongside you in the residence halls to help you have a great start to a college career.  There are five residential Living-Learning Communities with specific themes from which you can choose to participate. Living-Learning Community Descriptions  College Advance in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences (CAHSS) is designed to help first-year students develop a strong academic foundation that will lead to success in college and beyond. The program links members of this learning community in English Composition I and U.S. History since 1865  during the fall semester of their freshman year. In their sophomore, junior and senior years, students will continue to take one class together. Students also participate in a vast array of extra and co-curricular activities, receive additional academic support, and interact with their peers who share similar academic and professional interests. Participants reside in Meta V. Jenkins  The Health and Wellness (HWLLC) encourages students to develop and maintain a healthy mind, body and spirit, as well as share a commitment to the pursuit of optimal health. Programs will focus on academic success, personal development and leadership potential through the promotion of six key areas of wellness: physical, social, intellectual, spiritual, emotional and occupational. The members of the Health and Wellness Living-Learning community reside in Warren-Franklin Residence Hall.    The Leadership and Service Living-Learning Community provides new students with the opportunity to impact the surrounding community through leadership, service learning and civic engagement, and the essential tools to become strong, ethical leaders. This community is ideally suited for students who aspire to become future leaders of student organizations or student government, or within their majors or professional fields. It is also for those who just want to challenge themselves in personal growth. Whether the desire is to lead an organization or focus on becoming a more confident and prepared individual, this community is a great way to progress in both leadership and service! The members of the Leadership and Service LLC reside in Medgar Evers Hall.  Project Success is a six-week, pre-college program for students admitted to the University under special conditions. The special conditions for admission include participation in a yearlong academic monitoring program that begins with an intense, six-week summer residential program. The student must complete a college math, college English and/or “developmental course(s).” These courses must be completed with a GPA of 2.0 or above. As a structured program, students are provided with tutoring, supplemental instruction, support labs, mentoring, counseling and opportunities for social bonding. Upon completion of the full program (including the fall and spring semesters), students who maintain a 2.0 and above cumulative GPA are allowed to continue their enrollment at the University, without special conditions. They continue to be monitored by University College staff members. Visit http://www.desu.edu/academics/summer-bridge-programs for more information. ​ Jumpstart is an academic enrichment and leadership development program that provides a seamless transitional opportunity for first-time freshmen to get a “jumpstart” on their college career by staying on campus, and completing up to eleven (11) credits during five (5) weeks in the summer. Jumpstart provides students the opportunity to fast-track their academic success and leadership development in a nurturing learning community upon starting the fall semester. Students with a cumulative high school GPA of 2.7 or better combined with a SAT score of 800 are invited to participate in the program.  Visit http://www.desu.edu/academics/summer-bridge-programs for more information.                                                                                                    How To Apply If you are interested in any of the Living- Learning Communities listed above please complete a Learning Communities Application and pay your housing deposit by clicking this Housing Deposit Link. Please note that you are only allowed to select one learning community.      Want More Information? Please feel free to contact us at learningcommunities@desu.edu   or 302-857-7201.       

Parent, Guardian & Family Resources

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Parent/Guardian/Family Resources Parental Role At Student Accessibility Services (SAS), we understand that you as parents may be accustomed to playing a very active role in your student’s education. Also, we understand that parents of students with a disability have additional concerns beyond those of other parents. While in the secondary education level (elementary to high school) as parents of a student with a disability, you may have worked closely with a multi-disciplinary team at the high school level or below, to make sure that your student received accommodations. At the post-secondary level or college, this model changes immensely. While Student Accessibility Services assists students with a disability on campus, there is no equivalent to the team approach to which you may be familiar to obtaining. This means that Student Accessibility Services and the Delaware State University faculty are not responsible for identifying students with a disability or connecting them with SAS. Students must identify first themselves to SAS. Furthermore, since your student is attending college, and is at least (or almost) 18 years of age, he or she is viewed as an adult. The student is the only one who can initiate and participate in the process of applying for accommodations Therefore, the student staying involved in the accommodation process with the Coordinator and the Faculty is critical for academic success. Finally, your role is to encourage your student to apply for the necessary accommodations, and then allow the student to take on the responsibility. Some of the experiences and independence your student will gain by going to college includes making the choice about whether or not to obtain disability accommodations. Internet DSU Counseling Services - helping student meet their personal, social and academic needs (located in the Education and Humanities Building, room 123) Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund - A Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504 Are Colleges Required to Comply with 504 Plans? Information Parent/Guardian/Family Resources Summary of Legal Difference between Secondary and Postsecondary Education Unreasonable Accommodations - list of what is not considered reasonable accommodations in college.  

Faculty/Staff Resources

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Faculty/Staff Resources Suggested Syllabus Statement Accommodations for Students with Disabilities If there is any student in this class who is in need of academic accommodations and who is registered with Student Accessibility Services, please make an individual appointment with the course instructor to discuss accommodations as soon as possible. If any student who is not registered with Student Accessibility Services and needs academic accommodation, please go to Student Accessibility Services to register and receive accommodations. NOTE: If you need special accommodations, it is your responsibility to inform Student Accessibility Services (SAS) of your situation so that accommodations can be made. The SAS is located in room 218 in the William C. Jason Library (phone 302.857.7304)  Universal Design for Accessibility and Instructional Information Mason Accessibility on the Web and Beyond UDL - Universe: Ensuing Access through Collaboration and Technology Accessible Technology Resources for Teaching and Learning Adding Captions to Videos How to Create Accessible Video Copyright Laws for Internet Media Fair Use Law Providing Access to Media Uncaptioned Videoclips Faculty Referral Letter to the Faculty from SAS Faculty Referral Form DSU Test Cover Sheets Test Cover for the Office of Testing Test Cover for the Library Internet UC Berkeley - teaching tips for students with various disabilities The Faculty Room - a space for faculty and administrators at postsecondary institutions to learn about how to create classroom environments and academic activities that maximize the learning of all students, including those with disabilities. Video are included. Disability Rights Education & Defense Fund - A Comparison of ADA, IDEA, and Section 504 University of Washington Video Collection – Videos for faculty and staff on disability related information Open Colleges - resources and information on how to teach students with Down's syndrome Amazing Video on "Thinking outside the box" for careers Interacting with Students with Disabilities Information Faculty and Staff Resources Students with Disabilities: Attendance in Class - General Statement Summary of Legal Difference between Secondary and Postsecondary Education When faculty are TOO Accommodating

Student Resources

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Student Resources Internet Amazing Apps for your iPod, iPad, and Android Natural Reader - converts written text into spoken work (free download) How to Use Speech Recognition Software in Window 7 Assistive technology web resource free or low cost! Navigating Online College Courses for Students with Learning Disabilities Study Skills Videos, Tips and Other Information Learning Strategies How to get the most out of studying. Academic Skills Information Accommodations Checklist for SAS Students Summary of Legal Difference between Secondary and Postsecondary Education Unreasonable Accommodations - list of what is not considered reasonable accommodations in college. iPad Apps - available through the App Store or iTunes.  GREAT site! The Exceptional Nurse" Information Employment and Internships AAPD - job board for person with disabilities U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission - fact sheet addressing common questions about how the ADA protects applicants with disabilities American Association for the Advancement of Science - entry point jobs for individuals with disabilities Emerging Leaders Dow Chemical Internships Job Accommodation Network - for individuals with disabilities We Connect Now - We Connect is dedicated to uniting college students with disabilities in access to higher education and employment issues Amazing Video on "Thinking outside the box" for careers In coordination with key University departments provisions will be made for students with disabilities to gain access to buildings if physical barriers exist in order for them to participate equally in the programs/services.  

Quantitative Reasoning Center

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The Quantitative Reasoning Center (QRC) provides math assistance to students at DSU. Please visit us in the beginning of each semester to view our Drop-in Tutoring and Think Tank hours.
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Dr. Sharon Smith
Instructional Specialist, Pre-College Mathematics
William C. Jason Library
Room 212A
stsmith@desu.edu
Ph: 302.857.6396
Fax: 302.857.6386

 

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Learning Communities at DSU

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A unique opportunity to help make the transition from high school to college life a lot easier!
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A unique opportunity to help make the transition from high school to college life a lot easier!

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 Learning Communities are designed to make the transition to Delaware State University (DSU) easier, we at DSU offer students the opportunity to participate in Learning Communities (LCs) and/or Living-Learning Communities (L-LCs) during their first year. The purpose of a LC is to create connections. All LCs allow groups of students with similar interests to connect with each other, connect to campus activities, and connect to faculty.   What is a Learning Community? A learning community (LC) is a group of students who have the same major and are enrolled in the same courses. A LC provides students with a strong academic foundation through integrative learning. This is accomplished by linking two or more courses across disciplines based upon a common theme or interest. This fall, based upon your major you may be in a linked course that is led by a dedicated faculty member who is committed to your academic success. The following is a list of our LC offerings; Apply online.  Learning Communities Themes  (Linked Courses)  College Advance  (English Composition I and American History from 1865)​ The Physical Energy of Engineering  (Physics and Engineering) Carefully Calculating Aerodynamics  (College Algebra and Aviation) The Chemistry of Life  (English Composition I and Chemistry) Organisms, Writing, and Problem-Solving   (English Composition I, Biology, and Quantitative Skills) Accounting for Your Future   (English Composition I and Accounting)   What is a Living-Learning Community? A living-learning community (L-LC) allows students the option to live as a community of learners in a designated section of a residence hall for a particular cohort of students. L-LC students mingle with other students of various majors. The activities of the L-LC are organized by its creative coordinator, and in some cases, upper classmen.  Below we have listed the L-LC offerings, please visit Living-Learning Community for more details.   Living-Learning Communities (Residential/Themed) College Advance Health & Wellness Jumpstart Leadership & Service Project Success   What Can a Learning Community Offer Me? Learning communities were created to help first year students successfully transition into college by providing a multilevel support system which includes faculty, staff, students, and peer mentors. Students who actively participate in learning communities have: Common classes Common extracurricular and or cocurricular activities Common faculty/instructor who are interested in your academic growth and development Peer mentors to whom you can turn to for extra support   Who Can Be in a Learning Community? You can, all incoming first time freshmen students are eligible to participate in learning communities.  Upon being accepted, read all emails that are subject-marked “Learning Communities” carefully and be sure to follow through on all instructions!   How to Apply?  If you are interested in any of the Learning or Living- Learning Communities listed above and complete the application form. You will also have an opportunity to enroll in a Learning Community with the help of your Advisor during New Student Orientation.    Want More Information?  Please feel free to contact us at learningcommunities@desu.edu   or 302-857-7201. 

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