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Academic Advising FAQ

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Outcomes you should expect from your advising appointment 1.   Why do I need academic advising? To help you understand academic requirements including the DSU Plan for General Education and Major requirements. To assist you in developing a successful academic plan. To help you set goals for yourself and identify resources on campus that can help you reach your goals. To establish a professional ally for petitioning, references, and referrals. To assist you in understanding the registration process. 2.   What do Advisors do? Provide academic advising for all students throughout their tenure in college. Serve as a University resource for students. Counsel students on personal, academic, and career concerns. Meet with students experiencing academic difficulties at mid-term and the end of the semester. 3.    What can I expect from my academic advising appointment? A general conversation about how things are going. Discussion of your Degree Audit Report. Review of your DSU general Education Plan and academic department Requirements. Explanation of the 2nd semester registration process. Review of the academic calendar, course schedule book, and the DSU Bulletin. Resource and referral Information. Discussion about your major or the anxieties about being undecided. Click her for a resource: Advising for Undecided Majors 4.   What do Hall Managers do? Manage the overall operation of the residence hall. Supervise the Student Staff Members and Graduate Assistants. Meet with every resident individually. Serve as a University resource for students. Counsel students on personal, judicial, academic, and career concerns. Meet with students experiencing academic difficulties at mid-term and the end of the semester 5.   What can I expect from my appointment with my Hall manager? A general conversation about how things are going. Discussion of your experience at DSU including the hall. Review your career plans career goals and how your classes fit into those goals. Explanation of the staff responsibilities, expectations of the community and your role in the community. Review of social activities, your choices, resources and your outlook about making a mark on the DSU and the world. Resource and referral Information. 6.   What don't they do? Tell students what classes to take. Tell students what to major in. Follow-up with students on a daily basis. 7.   Your Adviser or Hall Manager should be the first person you talk to when: You are struggling in one or more of your classes. You are thinking about dropping a class. You want to withdraw from the University. You are confused about your major. Click here for a resource: Advising for Undecided Majors You want to make changes to your schedule. You are not sure about a University policy. You are not performing as well academically as you'd like. Your midterm grades are not what you expected. Your first semester grades resulted in you being on academic probation. You need to petition a University regulation. You're not sure where to get help. Extenuating circumstances keep you out of class for more than 3 days in a row. You're not happy at Delaware State University . 8.   Successful registration is dependant upon you, the student: Read all information you receive pertaining to academic advising. Attend departmental info sessions and fairs meeting. Be on time for your appointment. Bring a printed copy of your Degree Audit Report to your appointment. Bring your DSU Bulletin to your appointment. Write down courses you are interested in taking second semester. Bring your departmental major information/materials to your appointment. Write down questions for your Adviser. Be willing to make the process a joint effort between you and your Adviser.  

Office of University Studies and First-Year Programs

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"Meeting students where they are, to get them where they need to be!"

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A Message from the DirectorWelcome to the Office of University Studies & First-year Programs!The Office of University Studies and First Year Programs is devoted to enhancing the first year experience for freshman students at Delaware State University. We strive to retain our students through developmental programming which involves academic, career and leadership development. First-year students are taught how to resolve potential issues, how to navigate campus-wide resources efficiently, and how to be responsible and engaged students that will result in college success. We ensure that there is uniformity amongst the first year experience through our University Seminar Courses, Freshman Forum series and community building through peer mentoring.  Furthermore, we continue to enhance academic success by providing accessibility to academic support services available within the Division of Academic Enrichment.Our vision is to ensure transformative and sound foundational experiences that will contribute to academic success and retention of first year undergraduates at DSU, and provide comprehensive content and co-curricular activities that encourage student connections, build community and foster academic excellence, leadership and service.University Studies and First-year Programs provide comprehensive seminars, enrichment workshops, leadership opportunities and professional development support to freshmen . Such services and programs include:A University Seminar Forum seriesPeer mentoring programStudy skills and networking developmentAcademic and professional portfolio developmentCampus community engagement and outreach activities via Residential Learning Community ProgramOur office collaborates with Faculty across the University, the Academic Support Center, the Office of Mentoring and Advising, the Office of Testing Services,Career Services, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.The Office of University Studies and First-year Programs is designed to increase retention and promote academic persistence of incoming freshmen. We provide academic program services that are proactive, comprehensive, and oriented toward furthering the long-term academic and personal growth of Delaware State University students.Thank you for visiting our site and we look forward to working with you at DSU!Sincerely,Dr. Jacqueline A. Washington Delaware State University’s core values: outreach, community, scholarship, diversity and integrityFirst Year ProgramsUniversity Seminar I & II - Freshmen Level General Education courseUniversity Seminar Forum - Mandatory for all FreshmenSummer Bridge Programs - Two pre-college summer programs for incoming freshmen who meet various requirements and/or qualifications - Jumpstart Program, Project Success.
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Dr. Jacqueline A. Washington
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Cindy Blackston
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Sarah Hutton
Coordinator 

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SUMMER BRIDGE ORIENTATION                 

Jumpstart

Orientation Registration Deadline: TBA

Jumpstart Orientation:  TBA
 
 

Project Success

Orientation Registration Deadline: TBA

Project Success Orientation:  TBA
 

Please review and complete New Student Orientation forms located via the link below. Form must be completed in order to register for orientation.

 

 
 
 

Foreign Language

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The following two new courses have been added beginning Spring 2005 — Arabic 101 and Fulani 101. Mastery of Arabic and/or Fulani languages is an asset for those seeking positions in foreign service, the National Security Agency (NSA), the FBI, or homeland security. Credits earned will fulfill graduation requirements at DSU. Contact Dr. Nwosu at 302-857-6595 for more information. The objectives of the Foreign Language Department are to: develop cross- cultural understanding and the ability to communicate effectively in the language, to provide career-related language skills, and to prepare majors for graduate studies and/or teacher certification. TEACHING MAJOR: Language majors seeking state certification to teach in secondary schools must take forty-two (42) credits of foreign language: FL 201, 202, 203, 222, 301, 303, 304, 305, 306, 333, 334, 401, 406, 499. They must also take: Psychology 201, 204, 316; Education 204, 309, 313, 318, 322, 355, 411, 412 and History 104. All course work must be completed prior to student teaching. Teaching majors are encouraged to minor in a second language. See the Curriculum pages for the sequence in which courses should be taken. NON-TEACHING MAJORS: A total of thirty-nine (39) credit hours are required in FL 201, 202, 222, 301, 303, 304, 305, 306, 333, 334, 401, 406, 499. See the Curriculum page for the sequence in which courses should be taken. AREA OF CONCENTRATION: Education majors who select an area of concentration in French or Spanish are required to take the following twenty-four (24) credits: 201, 202, 203, 222, 242, 305 or 306, 334 and Methods 407 for K-8 Certification, or 409 for Secondary certification. MINOR: For a minor in French or Spanish, twenty four (24) hours are required: 201, 202, 222, 242, 305, 306, 334, and a 300 level or above literature course. BILINGUAL CERTIFICATE/NON-CERTIFICATE PROFESSIONAL COURSES: (See Departmental Offerings as listed) INDEPENDENT STUDY: Independent Study option is for students who hold Junior or Senior level status or teachers who wish to pursue a special interest topic within the discipline of Foreign Languages under the guidance of a Foreign Language faculty member. Course requirements include but are not limited to regular conferences with the faculty member, reading assignments, and completion of a comprehensive project or a 10-page research paper in the language of study for 399 and a 15-page research paper in the language of study for 499. Students must sign a contract agreeing to the course work requirements and must obtain the signatures of the consenting faculty member and of the Chairperson of the Department of Foreign Languages. FL 399 and 499 are the designated courses for Independent Study. FL 499 may also be taken for graduate credit. COLLEGE LEVEL EXAMINATION PROGRAM (CLEP): Any student who has completed two or more high school units of a foreign language is encouraged to take the CLEP exam. The department has established a policy as to the number of credits that can be awarded. The policy is as follows: Foreign Language majors may be awarded up to 12 credits. Non-majors who are required to take 12 hours of a foreign language may be awarded up to 9 credits. Non-majors who are required to take 6 hours of a foreign language may be awarded up to 3 credits. ORAL PROFICIENCY INTERVIEWS: Any student who has successfully passed a recognized Oral Proficiency exam such as the American Council on Teaching Foreign Languages (ACTFL) Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) may be awarded credit as follows: Foreign Language majors may be awarded up to 9 credits. Non-majors may be awarded up to 6 credits. WAIVERS: The Department will consider a waiver of the prerequisite for a course when the student submits a request in writing and demonstrates proficiency in the area covered by the prerequisite.  

Graduate Programs in Education

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  Faculty Joseph Falodun, Ph.D., Dean Norma K. Clark, Ph.D., Director of Graduate Programs Professors: Anaradha Dujari, Ed.D., Wilmington College (Educational Innovation and Leadership) Gholam Kibria, Ph.D., Southern Illinois University (Higher Education and Special Education) William J. McIntosh, Ed.D., Temple University (Science Education) Rayton Sianjina, Ph.D., University of Mississippi (Educational Administration/Technology) Associate Professors: Billie Friedland, Ph.D., West Virginia University (Special Education) Adjai Robinson, Ph.D., Columbia University (Early Field Experience) David A. Falvo,  Ed.D., West Virginia University (Instructional Technology, and Curriculum and Instruction) Assistant Professors: Chandra Aleong, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania (Business Education) Everard Cornwall, Ph.D., University of Minnesota (Vocational and Technical Education) Rebecca Fox-Lykens, Ed.D., Wilmington College (Educational Leadership) Program Philosophy Purpose: Students will be prepared with the competencies to perform responsibilities related to their program area’s professional standards and certification requirements.    Human and physical resources are provided to insure a deep understanding of important facts and issues and to develop higher order thinking skills in an environment that promotes cooperation and tolerance.  Students have the ability to express themselves effectively in written and oral presentations and can use technology to enhance their teaching, communication and administrative functions. Admission and Degree Requirements All applicants must submit a completed University graduate program application, official transcripts of all academic work and three (3) letters of recommendation.  Some programs may have additional applicant requirements.  Application materials should be submitted to the Director of Graduate Studies, College of Education and Sports Sciences, Education and Humanities Building, room 112. All applicants must have earned a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university or have completed prerequisite courses as designated by the Department of Education.  The quality of academic performance in undergraduate and graduate studies will be considered in evaluating applicants for admission to a graduate program  at Delaware State University.  All admission criteria must be satisfied prior to being granted degree candidacy. Applicants are required to take the general test of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or Miller Analogies Test (MAT).  Applicants are asked to provide evidence that they have taken or are scheduled to take one of these tests as part of the application process.  GRE and MAT scores submitted for application must have been taken no more than five (5) years earlier than the application date. Capstone Experience Graduate students must complete a Capstone experience as one of the exit criteria for award of the degree.   Each degree program defines the options available for the Capstone.  Options may include:  (a) comprehensive examination; (b) research thesis/dissertation; and/or (c) scholarly multi-media presentation.  Details about each option are described in detail in the Education Department’s Graduate Student Handbook. Graduate Program Options Delaware State University offers the following graduate degree programs in the following concentrations areas: Master of Arts in Teaching Master of Arts in Curriculum and Instruction Master of Arts in Educational Leadership Master of Arts in Special Education Master of Arts in Science Education Master of Arts in Adult Education and Basic Literacy Doctorate in Education (Ed.D) in Educational Leadership A certification only program in Administration and Supervision is also provided  

Introduction to Homeland Security

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Introduction to Homeland Security flyer   Professional Development for Law enforcement personnel, Homeland Security and Delaware Emergency Management Agency. Five Week Online Course Address the function of the Department of Homeland Security, critical intrastate and asset protection as they relate to government, industry and the community. Compare National Security Policy before and after 9/11 and the formation of the Department of Homeland Security. Examine the use of intelligence to predict and prevent terror attacks. Examine cyber terrorism methods and strategies to prevent cyber threats. Describe the purpose, structure and function of the Incident Command System (ICS). Describe the ethical considerations involved in Homeland Security. $525 per attendee    Certificates available. Register with the Division of Adult and Continuing Education    302-857-6820.    

Drop-In Computer Lab

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Jackye Fountain, Computer Specialist In addition to the Tutoring Center, a full service Computer Lab is also available in the same area. The computer lab is located in the William C. Jason Library Rooms 205 and 206. Jackye Fountain, Computer Specialist In addition to the Tutoring Center, a full service Computer Lab is also available in the same area. The computer lab is located in the William C. Jason Library Rooms 205 and 206. This lab provides the latest and most updated computer hardware and software at Delaware State University. It also provides students with dependable and knowledgeable staff ready to help with all computer related questions and problems. The lab provides ample seating for students who need to study as a group or individually. Additional computer related programs and services are provided on an as-needed basis. Computer Lab Hours Monday thru Thursday — 10:00 am – 10:00 pm Friday — 10:00 am – 4:30 pm Saturday CLOSED Sunday — 2:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program

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Delaware State University
Supplemental Instruction
Academic Support Center
William C. Jason Library
Room 213
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover DE 19901-2277
Phone: 302-857-6387

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Supplemental Instruction (SI) Program offers weekly study sessions to students taking “historically” difficult courses. The Supplemental Instruction (SI) Coordinator is responsible for all SI policies and program management. The SI leaders are Academic Support Center Student Employees who report to the SI Coordinator. The role of the SI Coordinator is that of facilitator, supervisor, instructor, and mentor for the SI Leaders. As such, the Coordinator will be available as the primary contact and resource person for SI Leaders, and is charged with supporting all educational activities associated with the SI program. Study sessions are led by SI Leaders who have excelled in or tested out of the targeted course(s). SI leaders attend SI Courses, lectures, participate in classroom activities, and even take course exams. During the study sessions, they teach learning and study strategies while working with students to interpret what has been read or heard, generate new ideas, and put content-related concepts into perspective. What SI leaders do NOT do is re-lecture or go beyond the content covered in class.    
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Ms. Anna Cortese
William C. Jason Library
Room 213
afisher@desu.edu
302.857.6387

 

 

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Academic Enrichment Courses

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The Academic Support Center offers courses in the areas of Reading and Learning Strategies to help students become independent, self-confident, and efficient learners. (Basic skills courses in Math and Writing are offered in the Departments of Mathematics and English, respectively.) Reading Lab is designed to develop and strengthen students’ reading comprehension skills and vocabularies. Lectures, text, visual aids, tapes, and computer software are utilized to improve techniques. Students are assigned to Reading Lab based on their skills levels when entering Delaware State University.  This course carries three institutional credits and does not count towards graduation. Learning Strategies for Academic Success covers a variety of topics including accelerative learning, learning styles, time management, memory techniques, textbook and lecture note-taking strategies, and test-taking skills. Organization is stressed. This course carries three elective credits which count toward meeting graduation requirements and is included in the Grade Point Average (GPA) The Academic Support Center also offers University Seminar for Undeclared Majors and Project Success students.  It is a two semester, general education course sequence designed to provide students with the essentials for a smooth transition to college life and academic success.  Academic skills are developed through critical reading, thinking, listening, writing, speaking, using the library, the Internet, and word processing. A global, multi-cultural perspective is used to discuss moral and ethical issues facing students in college life and career experiences. Values clarification, coping with peer pressures, wellness, nutrition, and health are addressed. Opportunities are provided for self-examination through assessment of career possibilities and basic learning, including time management, note-taking and problem solving. Important goals of this course are to know the history of the University, to feel connected to the University, and to have a common educational experience with other freshmen. This course is one credit each semester and is included in the GPA.    
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William C. Jason Library
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Academic Enrichment

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Greetings from the Executive Director! Welcome to the Division of Academic Enrichment Website. As our name suggests, our goal is to enrich and support the undergraduate learning experience at the university. The function of the division is to provide continuous identification, intervention, monitoring and follow-up of all students to ensure student's success. We work in collaboration with academic departments and student life units across the university to develop programs and activities that impact retention and graduation of our students. The division is composed of the following offices which offer a variety of programs: Academic Support Center, Mentoring and Advising, Testing Services, McNair Scholars and the University Studies and First Year Programs. Please explore our website and become familiar with our services listed. We look forward to serving you. Phyllis Brooks-Collins Executive Director William C. Jason Library, Room 200 Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30a.m. - 4:30p.m. Phone: 302.857.7200   Fax: 302.857.7202 Mission The Division of Academic Enrichment follows the mission to proactively retain students in an environment of warmth and caring through a variety of programs, activities, strategic methodologies and delivery modes. Each student is to be valued as a customer who is worthy of consideration and respect in a wholesome, safe and satisfying environment while pursuing a higher education and ultimately, a satisfying career. The Division offers Academic Support Services in the following areas: Enrichment Courses: Reading Lab, Learning Strategies, University Seminar Tutoring Center Disability Services Staying-on-Course Drop-in Labs: Writing, Math, Computer Supplemental Instruction (SI)  
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Academic Enrichment Research

Retention Report

 

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