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Graduate Enrollment Policies and Procedures

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  Health Records The University requires that all graduate students file a personal health and immunization record with the Student Health Center at the time of first enrollment. Appropriate forms are sent directly to newly enrolled graduate students. Forms are also available at the Student Health Center. Registration Graduate students register for courses at the time specified on the Academic Calendar. After the schedule is approved by the advisor, a student receives a pin number and is then allowed to web register. Course lists are published each semester by the Registrar’s Office and are available for viewing at the student services web site at http://www.desu.edu. All charges, such as tuition and applicable fees for the ensuing semester, must be paid at the time of registration, or arrangements made with the Office of Student Accounts, before registration is official. Graduate students not officially registered for a course will not be permitted to attend the course and will not receive credit at the end of the semester. Delaware State University regularly mails schedule/bills to students, but cannot assume responsibility for their receipt. If students do not receive a bill on or before the beginning of each semester, it is the students' responsibility to contact the Office of Student Accounts or to go on-line to obtain information relative to their bill. Graduate Course Levels Courses which may apply towards a graduate program are numbered 500 and above. Course Loads Full-time graduate enrollment is defined at DSU as a minimum of 6 credit hours. Students enrolled in less than 6 credit hours per semester hours are considered part-time students, with those enrolled for 3 credit hours defined as half-time students. Auditing Classes Courses may be taken for audit by graduate or non-degree students with the permission of the instructor and the student’s advisor. No credits are earned for auditing courses. The deadline for designating a course as an Audit is at the end of the first week of each semester. A grade of "AU" is entered on the graduate student's record for the course. Graduate students are charged tuition for the credit hours. Add/Drop Courses may be added or dropped online or by using a drop/add slip during the periods prescribed in the Academic Calendar. Courses dropped during the official drop/add period will not appear on the student’s transcript. From the end of the late registration period through the last day to drop courses, graduate students who wish to withdraw from a course must complete the drop/add form, consult with their advisor, and submit the form to the instructor for signature. The graduate student is then responsible for delivering the form to the Registrar’s Office no later than 4:00 p.m. of the Last Day to Drop Courses (as prescribed in the Academic Calendar). The graduate student will be assigned a grade of “W” for the course by the Registrar’s Office. For courses offered on a schedule different from the regular fall, spring, and summer terms, the add period is the shorter of one week or the calendar equivalent of 13% of the instructional time. For such courses that meet only once per week, the add period ends on the day before the second meeting of the class. The last day to drop such a course is prior to completion of 60% of the instructional time. To add or drop a course, the student must complete a “Notice of Class Change” form, and submit it to the Records office, signed by the student, the student’s advisor, and the instructor of the course. The department Chairperson may sign on behalf of the instructor, if the instructor is not available. To add a course after the late registration fee requires in addition the signature of the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research or designee. Withdrawal from Courses or University After the last day to drop courses, withdrawal from a course requires a graduate student to obtain the advisor’s approval and then to petition the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, explaining that they are interested in withdrawing from the course due to extenuating circumstances beyond their control. Such a petition must contain conclusive evidence, properly documented, of the situation that prevents completion of the course. Acceptable reasons do not include dissatisfaction with performance in a course, with instruction, or with an expected grade. If the petition is approved, the graduate student will receive a grade of “WA” (Administrative Withdrawal) in the course. A graduate student who wishes to withdraw from all courses or the graduate program must obtain and complete a Withdrawal Form for Graduate Students from the Registrar’s Office. Withdrawal is complete when all necessary signatures have been obtained and the form has been received in and processed by the Registrar’s Office. A student who withdraws from the University will receive a grade of “W” in each course enrolled that term. All withdrawals must be completed on or before the last day to withdraw from the University as indicated on the Academic Calendar for the term. For graduate courses offered on a schedule different from the standard academic terms, the last day to withdraw from a course is prior to completion of 60% of the instructional time. The last day to withdraw from the University is prior to the final week of the student’s classes. To re-enter the graduate program after withdrawing from the University a graduate student must reapply for admission. Administrative Withdrawal from the University A student with a compelling reason (such as documented extreme personal difficulty or documented medical reason) may request to be administratively withdrawn from the University for a previous term. Administrative withdrawal is rarely granted, but it may be warranted in some circumstances. Only the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs may authorize such withdrawal, and the following procedure must be followed. The student must submit a written request for administrative withdrawal from the University, to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. The request must state the compelling reason, specify the term to be withdrawn, and be accompanied by documentation of the validity of the reason. The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research reviews the request and submits his or her recommendation in writing to the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, along with the request and documentation from the student. If the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs approves the request, the student is reported to the Registrar’s Office as “Administratively Withdrawn,” and a grade of “WA” is assigned for all courses taken during that semester. The Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs also informs the student in writing of the decision. The student must reapply, in order to reenter the graduate program for a subsequent term. Grading Policies Graduate students are issued grades at the end of each term. For each course in which the graduate student was enrolled, either a letter grade or a symbol will be entered on the graduate student's academic record. Only courses completed with a grade of "A," "B," or "C" can be used toward fulfilling the graduation requirements for a graduate degree. The following letter designations are used to indicate the quality of achievement in a graduate course: Grade Interpretation Points A Excellent 4.0 B Good 3.0 C Fair 2.0 D Poor 1.0 F Failure 0.0 Symbols     I* Incomplete Q Thesis/Dissertation in progress, proceeding satisfactorily but Incomplete W Withdrawn AU Audit S/U Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (Field Experience) WA Administrative Withdrawal *A grade of “Q” is to be used when thesis or dissertation research is in progress and proceeding satisfactorily. If the thesis or dissertation is not proceeding satisfactorily, a U grade is given. The Q grade can be used for several semesters. At the time the thesis or dissertation is presented, defended, and graded, the thesis/dissertation advisor will submit the appropriate quality grade (A, B, C, D, F, S, or U) for the final term, and use grade change forms to convert a sufficient number of prior to the final grade that the number of graded thesis/dissertation credits is equal to the number required for the degree. An "I" will automatically convert to an "F" if not removed within the first six (6) weeks of the following term. An Incomplete Documentation Form must be submitted by the course instructor to the respective Graduate Program Director. Academic Probation Graduate students who receive a grade of “U” in a graduate course or thesis/dissertation or do not achieve a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or greater at the end of a semester are placed on academic probation for the following term. Dismissal Any of the following situations will result in the academic dismissal of a graduate student working toward a graduate degree: Receiving a grade of "D" or "F" in a graduate course; Failure to achieve a term grade point average of 3.0 or greater while on academic probation; Being placed on academic probation for more than two terms; or Receiving three (3) grades of “C.” Veterans in Continuing Education Programs All eligible persons desiring to receive educational assistance through the Veterans Administration are required to apply for admission to the University as a degree candidate. Change of Major or Personal Data Changes in major and personal data (address or telephone number) must be submitted to the Office of Records and Registration on the appropriate forms. Graduate students changing to a different program must be accepted by the new program. Automobile Registration and Parking Regulations Graduate students must register their vehicles with the University Police Department in order to park on the Dover campus. Official car registration, proof of insurance, and the appropriate parking fee are required at the time of registration. Graduate students will receive a parking decal that must be displayed on their vehicle as directed at all times to avoid being towed or ticketed.

Graduate Academic Policies and Regulations

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  Academic Advisement Students accepted into a graduate program are assigned a faculty advisor by their Graduate Program Director. Graduate students should consult with their advisor in selection of courses, degree requirements, and related matters. Admission to Candidacy For a Master's degree student, official admission to the graduate program constitutes admission to candidacy, unless the specific program has additional requirements. No graduate student will be allowed to register for a master’s level course after completion of fifteen (15) fifteen hours at Delaware State University unless he/she has been admitted to the program and to candidacy. Each doctoral program is required to state clearly and to communicate to its students the requirements for candidacy. Students in doctoral programs must apply for candidacy after they have completed the program's core required coursework with an average of B or higher, and have successfully passed the qualifying examination. A program may use an alternative assessment process comparable to the qualifying examination and appropriate to the discipline to allow the student to demonstrate the content knowledge and other skills deemed to be essential prerequisites for entering the dissertation phase. Applications for admission to candidacy must be submitted for approval prior to the dissertation phase, and in no cases later than two semesters prior to graduation. Admission to doctoral candidacy must be approved by the respective Graduate Program Director and by the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. It is the responsibility of the graduate student to become familiar with the policies and procedures governing admission to candidacy in his/her degree program. Degree Requirements and Application for Graduation In order to earn a master's or a doctorate degree, graduate students must satisfy all of the institutional requirements as well as the specified requirements of the program in which they are enrolled. At a minimum to earn a Master’s degree, a student must have earned at least 30 graduate credits, of which no more than 6 may be thesis, internship, or other special project. At a minimum to earn a doctoral degree, a student must have earned at least 60 graduate credits (including those previously applied toward a Master’s degree and accepted as part of the doctoral curriculum), of which not more than 12 may be for the dissertation. Students may take additional thesis or dissertation credits, as needed, for the duration of their project. In no cases may additional thesis/dissertation credits be substituted for core or elective courses in determining qualification for the degree. To earn a graduate degree, the graduate student must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale) for all work taken on the graduate level. Graduate students who expect to graduate in May must file an Application for Graduation with the Office of Records and Registration and the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research by February 1 of that year. Participation in Graduation Exercises Graduate students may participate in the annual graduation exercises in May only if the following conditions are met: File the application for graduation by February 1; Enroll in all courses required to complete degree requirements; Successfully complete those courses of current enrollment and satisfy all degree program requirements; and Submit any required thesis or dissertation to the library for binding not later than the last day of the Final examination period. Satisfy all financial obligations to the university. Graduate degree recipients interested in participating in Commencement ceremonies must submit the Application for Graduation according to the procedures and deadlines in place, even if they completed the requirements the previous August or December. Submitting an Appeal Appeals concerning reevaluation of a final course grade should be submitted as follows: Graduate students should file, in writing, the complaint or appeal to the appropriate Graduate Program Director for resolution. The Graduate Program Director shall reply to the student within 10 working days; If the disposition is not favorable, the graduate student may appeal to the respective College Dean, by submitting the previous appeal documents, the Graduate Program Director’s response, and any additional relevant information. The Dean shall reply to the student within 10 working days. If the disposition is not favorable, the final appeal may be brought in writing to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. All prior documents plus additional information must be submitted. The Dean of Graduate Studies and Research shall reply to the student within 10 working days. Appeals concerning reinstatement from dismissal from a graduate program must be submitted to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. The appeal must be in writing, include documented support from the Graduate Program Director and College Dean, and provide an explanation from the student describing how he/she will complete the degree program successfully, if reinstated Thesis A master’s degree student, who elects or is required to complete a thesis, must have a Thesis Committee established not later than the end of the second semester of full-time residency. The Committee shall consist of a minimum of four (4) members equivalent to the rank of Assistant Professor or above, at least one of whom shall be from outside the department. A graduate student initiating a thesis project should select a topic in consultation with the Research Advisor and the Graduate Program Director. The graduate student must file for and receive approval from the Thesis Committee during the semester prior to beginning work on the thesis. At a minimum this request will require the student to submit a brief written thesis proposal to the Committee for its approval. Graduate Programs may have additional requirements, including but not limited to oral presentation of the project proposal. Due to the nature of research and creative work at the graduate level, it is expected that the thesis project may evolve in unanticipated ways. Graduate students are strongly advised to consult frequently with their Research Advisor and to keep their thesis committee members apprised of progress. In the event that the student and the Advisor decide to make substantive changes in the project’s goals, aims, or scope, a revised thesis proposal should be submitted, reviewed, and approved in the same manner as the original one was. The application for approval of the Thesis Committee membership is available in the Department Office, from the Graduate Program Director, and from the School of Graduate Studies and Research. The style manual to be used in writing the thesis will be designated by the respective department. Certain mandatory formatting requirements are described in the Delaware State University Thesis Handbook, available at www.desu.edu, from the Graduate Program Director, and from the School of Graduate Studies and Research. A graduate student preparing a thesis or dissertation must present and satisfactorily defend the thesis in an oral presentation and examination by the Thesis Committee during the student’s final semester. The thesis defense has four components: (a) presentation of the work by the student; (b) defense of the thesis by the student through questioning in an open session by the Committee members and others in attendance and, if requested by the Committee, at a closed session for the Committee and the student only; (c) discussion by the Committee in a closed session to determine whether or not the thesis, including its defense, is satisfactory; and (d) communication to the student by the Committee chairperson the outcome of the defense. The Committee has five alternatives: (a) to accept the thesis without any recommended changes, and for all members to sign the approval page; (b) to accept the thesis, subject to the student making the recommended changes, with all Committee members, except the chairperson signing the approval page, and the chairperson responsible for checking the revised thesis to ensure the changes were made, and signing approval at that time; (c) to recommend revision to the thesis, but not to sign until the revised thesis has been submitted to and reviewed and approved by the Committee members; (d) to recommend revision of the thesis and a second meeting of the Committee with the student to review the thesis and complete the defense; or (e) to determine the thesis, including its defense, to be unsatisfactory, and therefore the student fails. The Committee chairperson will communicate the decision to the student and except for alternatives (a) and (e) the expected time period for completing the revisions and process. The thesis defense should be scheduled and publicly announced at least three (3) weeks in advance, so that interested persons can attend the presentation portion. All members of the Committee shall be given a copy of the final draft of the thesis at least one week (7 days) prior to the examination for master’s theses. Graduate students must have the thesis completed, defended, approved, and submitted to the library for binding prior to the date grades are due for the term. Students whose final signed theses/dissertations are not submitted to the library before the Spring semester grades are due will not be eligible to participate in the May Commencement Ceremonies. For further information relative to the thesis, a copy of the Thesis Handbook may be requested from the School of Graduate Studies and Research. The thesis and all related procedures must be completed by April 15 for those planning to graduate at the conclusion of the Spring Semester. The finished thesis, which includes changes resulting from the oral examination along with a completed approval form, must comply with criteria described in the Thesis Handbook. The University Library will bind the required bound copies of the Thesis at the student's expense. Once completed, the student will distribute the thesis as follows: one bound original to the Department one bound copy to the University Library one bound copy to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research one copy to each committee member (binding not required) one copy to the student (binding not required) A graduate student who requires more than one semester to complete the thesis will receive the symbol Q (Thesis incomplete) for each semester in which progress is satisfactory, until the thesis/dissertation is satisfactorily completed. A graduate student who has previously registered for thesis and completed all course and research requirements may choose not to register for, or work on the thesis but must pay the current Sustaining Fee (all other fees waived) for each semester until the degree is completed. Semesters not registered will count toward the time limit allotted to complete the degree. The Graduate Program Director and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research must approve all registrations for the Sustaining Thesis beyond one semester. Dissertation A doctoral degree student must have a Dissertation Committee established not later than the end of the third semester of full-time residency and before his or her dissertation project begins. For a doctoral dissertation, the Committee will be augmented by an additional expert member from outside the University at the time of dissertation defense. The Committee membership must be approved by the Research Advisor, Graduate Program Director, College Dean, and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research. A graduate student initiating a dissertation project should select a topic in consultation with the Research Advisor and the Graduate Program Director. The graduate student must file for and receive approval from the Dissertation Committee during the semester prior to beginning work on the dissertation. At a minimum this request will require the student to submit a brief written dissertation proposal to the Committee for its approval. Graduate Programs may have additional requirements, including but not limited to oral presentation of the project proposal. Due to the nature of research and creative work at the graduate level, it is expected that the dissertation project may evolve in unanticipated ways. Graduate students are strongly advised to consult frequently with their Research Advisor and to keep their dissertation committee members apprised of progress. In the event that the student and the Advisor decide to make substantive changes in the project’s goals, aims, or scope, a revised dissertation proposal should be submitted, reviewed, and approved in the same manner as the original one was. The application for approval of the Dissertation Committee membership is available in the Department Office, from the Graduate Program Director, and from the School of Graduate Studies and Research. The style manual to be used in writing the dissertation will be designated by the respective department. Certain mandatory formatting requirements are described in the Delaware State University Dissertation Handbook, available at www.desu.edu, from the Graduate Program Director, and from the School of Graduate Studies and Research. A graduate student preparing a dissertation must present and satisfactorily defend the dissertation in an oral presentation and examination by the Dissertation Committee during the student’s final semester. The Dissertation defense has four components: (a) presentation of the work by the student; (b) defense of the dissertation by the student through questioning in an open session by the Committee members and others in attendance and, if requested by the Committee, at a closed session for the Committee and the student only; (c) discussion by the Committee in a closed session to determine whether or not the Dissertation, including its defense, is satisfactory; and (d) communication to the student by the Committee chairperson the outcome of the defense. The Committee has five alternatives: (a) to accept the dissertation without any recommended changes, and for all members to sign the approval page; (b) to accept the dissertation, subject to the student making the recommended changes, with all Committee members, except the chairperson signing the approval page, and the chairperson responsible for checking the revised thesis to ensure the changes were made, and signing approval at that time; (c) to recommend revision to the dissertation, but not to sign until the revised dissertation has been submitted to and reviewed and approved by the Committee members; (d) to recommend revision of the dissertation and a second meeting of the Committee with the student to review the dissertation and complete the defense; or (e) to determine the dissertation, including its defense, to be unsatisfactory, and therefore the student fails. The Committee chairperson will communicate the decision to the student and except for alternatives (a) and (e) the expected time period for completing the revisions and process. The Dissertation defense should be scheduled and publicly announced at least three (3) weeks in advance, so that interested persons can attend the presentation portion. All members of the Committee shall be given a copy of the final draft of the dissertation three weeks (21 days) prior to the examination for a doctoral dissertation. Graduate students must have the dissertation completed, defended, approved, and submitted to the library for binding prior to the date grades are due for the term. Students whose final signed dissertations are not submitted to the library before the Spring semester grades are due will not be eligible to participate in the May Commencement Ceremonies. For further information relative to the dissertation, a copy of the Dissertation Handbook may be requested from the School of Graduate Studies and Research. The dissertation and all related procedures must be completed by April 15 for those planning to graduate at the conclusion of the Spring Semester. The finished dissertation, which includes changes resulting from the oral examination along with a completed approval form, must comply with criteria described in the Dissertation Handbook. The University Library will bind the required bound copies of the Dissertation at the student's expense. Once completed, the student will distribute the dissertation as follows: one bound original to the Department one bound copy to the University Library one bound copy to the Dean of Graduate Studies and Research one copy to each committee member (binding not required) one copy to the student (binding not required) A graduate student who requires more than one semester to complete the dissertation will receive the symbol Q (dissertation incomplete) for each semester in which progress is satisfactory, until the thesis/dissertation is satisfactorily completed. A graduate student who has previously registered for thesis/dissertation and completed all course and research requirements may choose not to register for, or work on the dissertation, but must pay the current Sustaining Fee (all other fees waived) for each semester until the degree is completed. Semesters not registered will count toward the time limit allotted to complete the degree. The Graduate Program Director and Dean of Graduate Studies and Research must approve all registrations for the Sustaining Dissertation beyond one semester. Change of Program If an admitted student wishes to change to a different program offered at DSU, a request must be made by the student, in writing, to the Graduate Program Director of the different program. Upon receipt of the request, the student’s file will be forwarded to the Chairperson of the desired program for review. If both the Chairperson of the desired program and the respective Dean of Graduate Studies and Research approve, the formal transfer of program will be made in the respective Graduate Studies Offices with notification to the former program Chairperson, new program Chairperson, the student, and the Registrar. The time limit for completion of the degree runs from the date of acceptance into the new program, with credit brought in subject to the appropriate transfer limitation. Time Limitation For full time students a maximum of five years is permitted to complete Masters degree requirements and a maximum of seven years is permitted to complete Doctoral degree requirements. For part time and under extenuating circumstances, these time limitations can be extended. Summer Sessions Some graduate programs offer courses during the Summer sessions for graduate students who wish to accelerate their degree programs. Notification of FERPA The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provides graduate students with certain rights with respect to their education records: They are: The right to inspect and review the graduate student’s education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Graduate students should submit to the Registrar, respective Dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the graduate student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed. The right to request the amendment of the graduate student’s education records that the graduate student believes to be inaccurate or misleading. Graduate students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the graduate student, the University will notify the graduate student of the decision and advise the graduate student of his or her right to a hearing. Procedures will be provided to the graduate student when notified of the right to a hearing. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the graduate student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, or assisting another school official performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the University discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Delaware State University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office U. S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202-4605 Directory Information The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act permits the release of directory-type information to third parties outside the institution without written consent of the student provided the student has been given the opportunity to withhold such disclosure. The University releases, upon inquiry to third parties outside the University, directory information without written consent of the student. Directory information at Delaware State University includes: Name Address (including e-mail address) Telephone number College/school Classification Major field of study Dates of attendance Enrollment status Honors Degree(s) conferred (including dates) Graduate students who do not wish to have the above information released should fill out an information exclusion card at the Records Office.

Faculty

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Knowledge is key to achieving your life goals, and at DSU you’ll acquire the education and skills you need to be a competitive force in today’s changing global job market. Whether you’re preparing for a career in international relations through one of our study-abroad programs, looking to hone your talents as a music major or learning the latest technology in applied optics, DSU has a dedicated faculty and challenging curriculum to empower you for life’s road ahead. Most DSU students will agree that our world-renowned faculty helps set us apart from other colleges and universities. We have some of the most knowledgeable and dedicated instructors in higher education today. In fact, our 199 faculty members, spread over 20 departments, hold a total of 160 doctoral degrees, and 38 have reached the rank of full professor. Our faculty’s years of practical experience help DSU students connect what they learn in the classroom to their chosen major’s applications in industry and everyday life. Our 19:1 student-to-faculty ratio ensures that you’ll get the attention you need to grasp the concepts and theories in your discipline. Learn a new scientific approach in one of our state-of-the-art laboratories in the Mishoe Science Center, or discover a love for Harlem Renaissance poetry in an English class in the Education and Humanities Building. The range of disciplines and learning opportunities is vast, and discovering your niche at DSU can lead to a world of exciting career options. Choose any one of nearly 70 academic paths and embark upon a journey that will lead to a competitive and adventurous career.

Distance Education & Learning Technologies

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Delaware State University
Distance Education & Learning Technologies

1200 North Dupont Hwy.
Dover, DE 19901

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Distance Learning at DSU Some of the courses you will take at DSU use the web-based learning management system called Blackboard.  There are three types of courses offered using Blackboard: Web-enhanced courses.  Although all of your class sessions are conducted in a classroom here on the campus your professor will use one or more aspects of Blackboard to distribute content or to conduct various learning activities. Blended learning courses.  Instead of always meeting in the classroom, your professor will substitute some of the scheduled class time for online activities (i.e. online discussions, lectures, exams and assignments). Online distance education courses.  For this type of course, you will NEVER meet in a classroom on campus with your professor.  Through Blackboard, your professor will provide you with a syllabus, list of required textbooks, lectures and details of course assignments.  You will submit your assignments and participate in discussions with both your professor and classmates online through Blackboard. View the complete list of  approved Online courses.  Please note that all courses listed are not offered every semester. FAQs How do I access Blackboard as a student? You can access Blackboard from any computer that has an internet connection. Go to https://dsuonline.blackboard.com and enter your username and password. Username: This is the same username that you use to access your student email account. Password: This is the same password that you use to access your student email account. Example: Username: jdoe13@students.desu.edu / Password: {your student email password} I logged in but I have a course not showing or a course that needs to be removed. Blackboard and Banner are now connected (as of Fall 2013) and you do not need to contact our office. The system will automatically update Blackboard with your courses from Banner. The updates occur several times during the day. Any course changes in Banner should be automatically reflected on Blackboard within 24 hours. How do I register for an online class? You register the same way you register for traditional classes — through Banner. Simply go to myDESU and log-in. The only difference is that in the course schedule listing, online courses have a section 40-49 and will be labeled as an online course. Once registered, your classes are automatically loaded onto Blackboard (within 24 hours) and you can access them by logging into Blackboard using your student email username and password as described above. Unable to log-in? For log-in assistance, please contact the IT Help Desk at (302) 857-7028 or stop by their office located in the BOA building, Room 313. For all other issues with Blackboard, please contact our office at blackboard@desu.edu or stop by our office in EH 205.  

Claude E. Phillips Herbarium

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    The following are helpful hints to help you achieve success at Delaware State University inside and outside of the classroom. “You're here because you're smart” Successful Students . . . have clear educational goals. (Try writing your goals down on paper.) are active learners who learn for the sake of learning. have good study skills. are interested in their coursework. have the will to succeed. Effective Students . . . have a regular study schedule. usually work at the same time each day. work mostly in a regular study place. review notes soon after a lecture. do not get easily distracted. do not need exams for motivation. (adapted from Walter Pauk, How to Study in College, 4th edition, p. 5 and 14) To achieve successfully and to be effective you need to: Keep academics as your priority! Attend each class regularly. Be sure to participate in class! Find supportive peers with similar academic goals. Meet with your Adviser and instructors regularly. Get to know and utilize University resources. Don't be afraid to ask questions of your Professor and Residence Life staff members - they are here to help you! Do your assignments on a daily basis. Buy and read necessary text for class. Always read before your classes, and write down questions to ask your professor/Instructor. Schedule study time everyday. Don't let assignments and studying pile up. Get involved in an activity on campus. DSU has numerous organizations for student involvement - see what different   organizations have to offer and get involved. Some students suggest getting involved in at least one organization or   activity.  Other students suggest the rule of three: get involved in DSU's version of an organization you were involved   with in high school (i.e. glee club, student government), get involved in a second organization related to your major, and   get involved in a third organization that is completely new to you. Get to know your instructors. They are a valuable resource. The moment you feel overwhelmed in any area of life, seek assistance. Become a good time manager! Strive for excellence. Find a study environment that meets your learning needs. (Library, your room, the lounge, outside under a tree etc.) Set goals for yourself; find someone that can hold you accountable to your goals. Ask a staff or faculty member to be a your Mentor ! If you don't understand something, seek clarification. Always, always ask Questions!! Below are a few important resources from which you can seek assistance. The following are websites that can help you with your study skills: Academic Tips dot Org Sweet Briar College Academic Resource Center Purplemath Time Management   The following are GPA calculators: University of Minnesota Duluth GPA Calculator My-GPA-Calculator dot Com   

International Students Association

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International Students Association     The International Students Association is dedicated to satisfying the needs of international students while at DSU. The organization comprises of hardworking, devoted and serious students putting their best efforts to good use. Our association has been created for the benefit of any international student and we extend our welcome to all so we as international students may learn from citizens of this country. This is an open invitation for all international students to join the association. Please come for the fellowship at meetings and participate in fun activities or talk with fellow members. The most important thing is to be recognized as an international student. The goals of the ISA are to: Create a positive atmosphere for international students to interact intellectually and socially to enjoy   their stay at Delaware State University. Develop a culture of collegiality among all students. Harness our multicultural strength to help our institution and its members make a positive contribution    to national and international development. Membership fee: $10 per year   Advisors   Dr. Ladji Sacko Foreign Language Dept Education and Humanities Bldg, Rm 228 302-857-6598 lsacko@desu.edu Officers President: Khadija Tall (267) 210-6692 khadija_tall@yahoo.com Vice President: Eliezer Ayettey Corresponding Secretary: Orirat Badru Recording Secretary/ Public Relations Director: Jervane Orr Treasurer: Yemi Kolawole Historian: Darryl Green Event Coordinator: Joy Balogun Mr. ISA: Awele Olisemeka Mrs. ISA: Kelechi Onwudiwe  

Mass Communications Department

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Mass Communications Department 1200 North DuPont Hwy. Dover, DE 19901 ETV Building Room 125 302-857-6584 Fax: 302-857-6589 Online Equipment Reservations   Chairperson: Dr. Myna GERMAN Professor: HAGOS Associate Professor: GERMAN Assistant Professor: EDWARDS, NAGELBERG, RAYTHATHA Instructor: CIAMMAICHELLI, PERRINE The Department of Mass Communications produces graduates who specialize in convergence journalism; public relations and advertising; or television-radio-film production. The curriculum combines three essential elements of learning: A theoretical approach to enable students to understand concepts of mass communications. A performance-based approach to develop skills and techniques to enable students to be proficient with communication technologies. An internship program to place students in off-campus learning environments working with professionals. General Education Requirements: General Education Requirements are critical to the development of the student as an effective communicator, a critical thinker, and a problem-solver in the world's pluralistic and global societies. Students must complete 39 semester hours of general education courses. Core Requirements: The Core Area engages students broadly in mass communications theory and techniques. Students also develop an understanding of the influences that mass communications exert upon the individual and society by way of such elements as the social structure, the technology, the economy, the politics, and the media culture. Students must complete six core courses, followed by seven courses in their concentration. The concentration areas are as follows: Convergence Journalism Public Relations & Advertising Television-Radio-Film Production Elective Requirements: Electives offer students opportunities to acquire depth and skills in selected area.  Students are offered the opportunity to take 40 hours of free electives.  They may use these electives if they choose to take a minor course curriculum in another department.  Student Activities Facilities Request for more information.

Teacher Education Program Regulations

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Admission to Teacher Education Program (Effective Fall 1997) General Admission Regulations 1. All students seeking admission to the Teacher Education Program (TEP) must file an application with the Council for Professional Education (C.P.E.). Application forms and other related information are available in the Education Department, located in the Education and Humanities Building. (The Teacher Education applicant must be recommended by a faculty member, academic advisor, and respective departmental chair on the application form.) 2. During the sophomore year, students must file an application by October 1st or March 1st. All applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale. 3. Students are expected to take the PRAXIS I by the end of their freshman year and pass the PRAXIS I by the end of their sophomore year. Satisfactory performance on the PRAXIS is a prerequisite for admission to the Teacher Education Program. 4. The chair of the Education Department with a designated committee will review each application for admission and submit a list of students for final approval to the Council for Professional Education. Each applicant will be informed in writing of the action taken by the Council. 5. Students admitted to the Teacher Education Program shall receive an identification card, which must be presented to the instructor for each 300-400 level methods course. 6. All declared education majors will have an assigned advisor in their respective departments. 7. Students who do not meet the admission requirements (1-6) must: a. Meet with his/her advisor to develop a TEP Success Plan. b. Sign a contract that specifies the plan. Both the advisor and department chair must also sign. c. File the Plan with the Education Department. d. Adhere to the requirements as specified in the TEP Success Plan. 8. The Council for Professional Education may withdraw a student from the Teacher Education Program at any time based upon one or more of the following reasons: a. Unsatisfactory academic progress. b. Disciplinary action by the institution against the applicant because of conduct. c. Failure to remove deficiencies or to maintain standards of the Teacher Education Program. 9. Readmission to Teacher Education Program encompasses the following: a. File a formal application for readmission to the program. b. Document successful completion of the TEP success plan. c. Submit a written request as to why he/she should be readmitted. 10. Applicants meeting the Specific Admissions Criteria below will be approved for admission to the Teacher Education Program. Specific Admission Criteria Criteria 1: General Education Prerequisites The applicant must have earned a grade of "C" or better in the following courses: English 101, 102, 200, 201 and 202 or 205 and 206; and Mathematics 105 and 106 or the appropriate mathematics in the content area. The applicant must have completed or be completing 60 semester hours of college credit at the time of application. Criteria 2: PRAXIS Requirement All students (including transfer and certification students) are required to take the PRAXIS I (PPST) Skills Test by the end of the freshman year (30-36 credit hours) and to pass the PRAXIS I by the end of the sophomore year as a prerequisite for admission to the Teacher Education Program. If unsuccessful in taking the PRAXIS I Skills Test, students must meet with their academic advisor to enroll in the TEP Success Plan. Official test scores must be submitted to the Education Department's Director of Student Services and the Office of Testing. Content teacher education majors must submit copy of scores to the respective department chairs. Scores obtained on the PRAXIS I Skills Test shall become a part of the student records and used for data analysis. The PRAXIS I Skills Test is administered at Delaware State University for students several times each year. Criteria 3: GPA Requirements Teacher Education majors are required to maintain a GPA of 2.5 or better in order to be admitted into the Teacher Education Program. The required GPA must be maintained in order to apply for the student teaching capstone. After admission to the Teacher Education Program, students must maintain a GPA of 2.5 or higher in all method courses in the education department. Students in content areas must maintain a 2.5 GPA in method courses in their respective department. Criteria 4: Transfer Students Transfer students must follow the procedures outlined in here. Transfer students must meet with the appropriate chair and submit an evaluation of transfer credits from the Records Office. The appropriate chair will review acceptable credits for the selected program. Students transferring with sixty or more semester hours from another college must apply for admission to teacher education at the time that they are admitted to the university. Beginning Fall 1997, entering transfer students who meet all course requirements for admission minus the PRAXIS scores may be admitted provisionally to the program for one semester. Passage of the PRAXIS Skills Test must be achieved by the end of the first semester. Criteria 5: "Certificate Only" Students "Certificate Only" students must be admitted formally to Delaware State University. Certification students may be required to complete course work as prescribed by the respective academic department in which they are seeking certification. Certification students will be assigned an advisor by the department in their area of certification. Beginning Fall 1997, certification only students may be provisionally accepted to TEP for one semester in order to take and pass PRAXIS. Certification students are responsible for getting a transcript analysis (course count/evaluation) from the State Department of Education prior to seeking admission to the Teacher Education Program. All "certification only" students must meet with the Delaware State University Education Department chair and submit: A copy of the State Department of Education letter specifying required courses for certification; and A copy of the content area curriculum sheet specifying additional courses from respective area chairs Students must also take 15 credit hours minimum of professional and pedagogical courses in addition to Student Teaching (12-400) as specified by the University's Education Department. Criteria 6: Returning Students Returning students with five or more years of absence must retake method courses. In addition, the returning student's transcript will be evaluated and the student may be required to take or retake additional courses. Criteria 7: Interview Process All students who wish to enter the Teacher Education Program must be interviewed prior to admission by a panel of faculty members from the Professional Education Unit. The panel shall include at least one member from the student's major area of certification. Students may apply for admission to the Teacher Education Program only twice. Students who are denied admission to the Teacher Education Program on the first try, may apply the following semester if all requirements have been met.   Policies and Procedures: Admission to Student Teaching General Admission Criteria 1. Student teaching occurs during the last full semester of enrollment prior to graduation and is considered the culminating experience for students in Teacher Education. Student teaching consists of one semester of an assigned, on-site practice with a minimum of 65 days and 200 clock hours. Students are not permitted to register for additional courses without approval from the Council for Professional Education (CPE).   Completed applications for student teaching must be submitted to the Office of Clinical & Field Experiences prior to March 1 for the fall semester and October 1 for the spring semester. Application forms for student teaching are available in the Office of the Office of Clinical & Field Experiences in the Education and Humanities Building. Complete admission to the Teacher Education Program is a prerequisite for student teaching.   After review, the Director of Clinical & Field Experiences, upon the approval of the Council for Professional Education, will notify the applicant by letter that the application for admission to student teaching has: a. been approved; or b. been disapproved with a statement of the reason(s) for disapproval.   Applicants who meet the Specific Criteria below will be approved for admission to student teaching. Specific Admission Criteria for Student Teaching Criteria 1 Senior Status — Students who have senior status or above Criteria 2 Grade Point Average Students must have a cumulative minimum grade point average of 2.5 and a "C" or better in the teaching area and in all courses taught by the Education Department. Students must also have a "C" or better in methods courses in the respective content area. Criteria 3 Curriculum Audit Students must submit a senior status curriculum audit to the Records Office. This audit should be conducted and signed by the major advisor and department chair before September 15 (for spring semester) and February 15 (for fall semester). All courses listed on the curriculum sheet must be completed prior to student teaching. Criteria 4 Prerequisites No applicant will be permitted to student teach while on academic probation. All applicants must have completed the following courses with a grade of "C" or better: courses in the academics disciplines, 300 level; psychology courses; and, all courses in the Education Department. Criteria 5 Students who are successfully completing student teaching should apply for an Institutional Recommendation for Certification through the Office of Clinical Experiences. Waiver of Student Teaching A waiver of Student Teaching may be requested by students prior to their senior year if the following requirements are met: The teaching experience should have occurred within the last six (6) years. The teaching experience must have been in a public, approved private, or parochial school. Documentation must be submitted for at least three (3) years of successful teaching experience in the area of specialization in which certification is requested. documentation should be organized and neatly bound. All teaching experience to be considered must be documented by former principals and/or supervisors acquainted with the quality of teaching done by the student. Forms will be supplied for this purpose. These forms, along with supporting letters received from the school personnel involved, will become a part of the student's file. All documentation will be evaluated by the respective department, Education Department, and the Council for Professional Education. The documentation must meet the requirements for all student teachers at Delaware State University. Each person requesting a waiver of student teaching must successfully complete six (6) additional semester hours of 300-400 level education courses. These six hours are in addition to regular course requirements. Evidence of passing scores on the PRAXIS I Skills Test must be included in the documentation. Upon recommendation of the Council for Professional Education, an on-site school visit will be made by three members of The Council for Professional Education of Delaware State University to evaluate the student's performance in an actual classroom situation.   Other Requirements for Teacher Education Majors Health and Background Checks All students must have a T.B. test before fall of each year of field experience. Documentation should be submitted to the Coordinator of Field Experiences and the Director of Student Teaching respectively. Delaware State law requires that individuals who are to student teach must have a certificate from a physician stating that they are free of any disease that would compromise or jeopardize others. Insurance Students should show evidence of health insurance coverage. Students are responsible for liability insurance. Placement Students' preferences are taken into consideration in making student teaching assignments; however, final determination of placements are at the discretion of the Director of Student Teaching and/or Chair of the Education Department. Students are not to make their own preparations for placement for student teaching or other field experiences. Each academic program will provide supervision for its student teachers. Students seeking certification, not involving a degree, must have approval from the chairperson of the appropriate department and must have an assigned college supervisor for the student teaching experience. Transportation Students may reside on campus or at home during their student teaching period. However, in some instances, it may be necessary for the student to arrange living quarters in the community in which they are assigned to student teach. Students are required to provide their own transportation or to make arrangements for transportation during student teaching and early field experiences. Early Field Experiences (Clinical Experiences) All education majors must participate in field experiences. Field experiences are required for content method classes and courses within the Education Department. Students are expected to be professional: dress appropriately, be on time, maintain appointments, and meet expectations of the course given by the instructor. Students may be withdrawn from placements due to lack of professionalism. Early field experience students must file an application for field experience for courses with the coordinator by September 15 for the fall semester and February 15 for the spring semester. Students must have a T.B. test before the fall of each year that placements will be made. The field experience begins with 12-204, Philosophical Foundations of Education. Placements will not be made without a current T.B. test. Students are expected to obtain between 60-100 clock hours of field experiences depending on the program and academic department. These hours are in addition to student teaching. Students must keep a log of their hours and submit copies to both the Early Field Experience coordinator and to the faculty teaching the EFE course. There are four phases to field experience at Delaware State University: Phase 1 - observation, Phase 2 - observation with minimal participation, Phase 3 - practica, and Phase 4 - student teaching. Students will participate in each phase and have a variety of experiences at different age levels within diverse populations of students. Delaware State Catalog and course syllabi identify the required number of hours for field experiences.   Council for Professional Education (CPE) The Council for Professional Education is an advisory body to all Teacher Education Programs (TEP). The Council is composed of representatives from each department at the University with a teacher education curriculum, the Education Department Chairperson, the Director of Student Teaching, the Coordinator of Field Experiences, Primary Program Coordinator, Early Care and Education Coordinator, Special Education Program Coordinator, Secondary Education Program Coordinator, Content Area Program Coordinator, students and other appointed University representatives. The Education Department is the administrative body for the Professional Education Unit and the Council for Professional Education. Students may appeal any decision made by the Council for Professional Education in the following sequence: Chairperson of the Education Department Council for Professional Education Appeal to appropriate Academic Dean  

Division of Adult and Continuing Education Directory

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Administration Delaware State University provides personal attention and recognition from a talented, dedicated staff—from coaches to counselors to police officers. Consider us your own support team, ready to help you succeed. Use the links below to find contact information for administrative staff throughout the university. You can also return to the top of the directory and find more detailed contact information for individuals and departments using the Campus Directory. Division of Adult and Continuing Education Home Page| Departments   Adult and Continuing Education Division 302-857-6820 Mrs. Joyce D. HUNTER M.S., Widener University B.A., Delaware State University Assistant Vice President 302-857-6820 jdhunter@desu.edu Mrs. Dorthedice BRINKLEY Senior Secretary 302-857-6820 dbrinkle@desu.edu  

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