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Integrated Academic Support and Advisement

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Integrated Academic Support and Advisement
William C. Jason Library 2nd Floor
Main Office - Room 208
302.857.7201 (phone)
302.857.6386 (fax)

 

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Integrated Academic Support and Advisement is one of the focus areas of University College. We provide quality academic services and programs that help you become an active and independent learner while pursuing your DSU degree. Our staff is actively engaged and committed to helping every student prepare, advance, and excel in their academic performance by offering the following: Tutoring Center All students seeking extra help in a variety of courses can come to the Tutoring Center to request a tutor. Students may be tutored individually or in small groups, according to the number of request per subject.   Quantitative Reasoning Center Our mission is to help improve the persistence and success of students in math courses ranging from Intro to Algebra to Calculus I.   Writing Studio Our mission is to help improve the writing skills of students, both undergraduate and graduate, in any course across the curriculum.    Academic Programs and Workshops University College offers academic programs and workshops throughout the semester. These programs are open to all students here at DSU and are designed to assist with some of the common challenges that college students face, as well as build upon our students’ existing strengths.   Supplemental Instruction Our mission is to increase student persistence and success in historically difficult courses by providing a collaborative peer learning environment that improves understanding of subject content, fosters critical thinking and strengthens study skills.   Drop-In Computer Lab Students sit at state of the art computers to work on classroom assignments, PowerPoint presentations, and various assignments.  Students must have a current passcode from DSU's Computing Office.   Staying-On-Course Program Students on Academic Probation or Readmitted Suspension are required to participate in the staying on course program that will promote their return to Academic Good standing.    Credit-Bearing Courses University College offers the following courses: Learning Strategies for Academic Success, Reading Lab, Speed Reading, and University Seminar.    University College Advisement Each of our five University College Advisors works closely with the advisement centers within DSU’s other five colleges. By remaining up to date on all programs and procedures within each college, we can ensure our undecided students will be advised according to their areas of interest. We also help advise students on academic probation and students requiring accessibility services. University College Advisors Ms. Tiffany Alexander: 302.857.7646 or talexander@desu.edu Ms. Cindy Blackston: 302.857.6837 or cblackston@desu.edu Mr. Chester Boyd: 302.857.7226 or cboyd@desu.edu Ms. Cindy Friel: 302.857.7840 or cfriel@desu.edu  

Experiential Learning Pathways

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Experiential Learning Pathways Summer Integrated Service Learning Project During the summer of 2014, in partnership with the Delaware Division of Historical and Cultural Affairs, students participating in the Jumpstart Program completed an integrated service learning project. The students were divided among four historic Dover sites: The First State Heritage Park Welcome Center and Galleries, The John Dickinson Plantation, The Johnson Victrola Museum, and The Old State House. After learning about the history of their sites, students facilitated activities for community members, building on DSU’s Core Values of “community” and “outreach.” After facilitating community activities, students held a research symposium on campus. Their presentations integrated key math, English, and history concepts with their community activities.  We look forward to continuing and expanding this partnership during the summer of 2015.                                                                                     

One Book One Campus

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Background:  The DSU “One Book, One Campus” Program seeks to encourage students, staff and faculty to read and discuss a selected book as a community. This “Common Read” serves as a foundation for conversations that employ critical thinking skills and center around topics such as science and history through the lens of the African American experience. The goals of the One Book One Campus program are to enhance students’ critical thinking and writing skills, to stimulate discussions inside and outside of classrooms, and to unite students, staff, and faculty in one learning experience.  2015-2016 Book: The book chosen for One Book One Campus for the 2015-2016 Academic Year is "The Ties That Bind:  A Memoir of Race, Memory and Redemption" by Bertice Berry. This selection is thought provoking and inspires readers to heal through forgiveness and encouragement. It shines a brighter light on the history and culture of the State of Delaware. It is spiritual and philosophical and written from a sociological and somewhat anthropological perspective.   According to the publisher:   When novelist Bertice Berry set out to write a history of her family, she initially believed she’d uncover a story of slavery and black pain, but the deeper she dug, the more surprises she found. There was heartache, yes, but also something unexpected: hope. Peeling away the layers, Berry came to learn that the history of slavery cannot be quantified in simple, black-and-white terms of “good” and “evil” but is rather a complex tapestry of roles and relations, of choices and individual responsibility. In this poignant, reflective memoir, Berry skillfully relays the evolution of relations between the races, from slavery to Reconstruction, from the struggles of the Civil Rights movement and the Black Power 1970s, and on to the present day. In doing so, she sheds light on a picture of the past that not only liberates but also unites and evokes the need to forgive and be forgiven.

University College

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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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.title{background-image:url(/sites/default/files/tabgb.png);width:100%; height:51px;margin-top:40px; } .title imgTitle{margin-left:35px;margin-top:20px;} Overview On behalf of the University College, it is a pleasure to welcome you into our fine university as part of the Hornet Family!  During this transition, you will embark on an exciting and critical stage of life — your college experience. We are confident that this intellectual journey at DSU will yield a challenging, rewarding and equally enjoyable social experience as you matriculate through your four-year stay. Our primary objective is to surround you with an integrated academic community which will enable you to focus on developing academic success, career planning, and leadership skills. Housed on the 2nd floor of the William C. Jason Library, DSU’s University College first-year advisors stand ready to support all of your academic needs throughout your freshman year. We’ll help you become an active, independent learner. Tutoring Center Writing Studio Quantitative Reasoning Center Supplemental instruction Credit courses including University Seminar, Learning Strategies and Speed Reading General education for all freshmen Academic advisors meet with all new freshmen and new transfer students throughout the first year and help students identify short- and long-term academic planning goals. The first-year IDP builds a strong foundation of creating a holistic view of each student through intrusive academic advisement, general education course selection, self-assessment inventories that measure strengths and abilities, student activities, and campus involvement. Our programs will enrich your academic skills. Jumpstart is a leadership-building opportunity to fast-track your success. Project Success is an intensive developmental experience and learning community. Our office works to ensure that students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to pursue an education. We offer a variety of exams for undergraduate and graduate students and the Delmarva Peninsula community.

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 UDL - Universe: Ensuing Access through Collaboration and Technology How to Create Accessible Video Copyright Laws for Internet Media Fair Use Law Uncaptioned Videoclips 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 Interacting with Students with Disabilities

Student Resources

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Student Resources Internet 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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