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Mentoring and Advising

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Advisement Outreach Center The Resources You Need are Just One Click Away Office Hours 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.   ADVISING Registration for Students Advising for Undeclared Majors Academic Advising FAQ General Education Info Undergraduate Academic Advising Handbook  Parents and Families Advising Checklist   MENTORING PROGRAM Overview/Mission/Goals University Seminar Peer Mentoring Early Alert System (EAS) Mentor Application   ACADEMIC POLICIES Withdrawal Policy SAP Academic Load Probation, Suspension, Dismissal Class Attendance Policy Adding & Dropping Classes General Probation Full-Time Status Transfer Student Admissions Policies and Procedures FERPA     FORMS Tutor Request Form Change of Major/ Declaration of Minor Financial Aid/ Publications           Other Academic Advisement Centers College of Education Health and Public Policy  Michele Rush Email: mrush@desu.edu Tel: (302) 857-6742   College of Business Lisa Dunning Email: ldunning@desu.edu Tel: (302) 857-6905 Website: http://desu.edu/business/college-business-advisement-center   College of Agriculture and Related Sciences Ahire Smith Email: Aysmith@desu.edu Tel: (302) 857-6473   College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Rhonda Thompson Email: rthompson@desu.edu Tel: (302) 857-6536   College of Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology Jarso Saygbe Tel: (302) 857-6715   RESOURCES National Academic Advising Association (NACADA) International Mentoring Association   Academic Advisor Webinar Series Stress and Time Management from the Advising Perspective Assisting in Making Career Choices Effective Diversity Awareness in the Classroom   Serving all students throughout the DSU campus community.   The Office of Mentoring and Advising support the University's core values encouraging diversity and equal educational and employment opportunities throughout the University community.  
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Meet Our Staff

Mrs. Frances Rogers
Director for the Division of Academic Enrichment/Title III Activity Director
frogers@desu.edu
Office Phone: 302.857.7985

Directors Message

Dr. Sonja J. McCoy
Associate Director for the Office of Mentoring and Advising
sjmccoy@desu.edu
Office Phone: 302.857.7634

Advisement Outreach Center

Mr. Chester Boyd
Academic Support Specialist
cboyd@desu.edu
Jason Library, Rm. 204
Tel: 302.857.7203
Fax: 302.857.7205

Majors and Concentrations

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At Delaware State University, discovering your niche is easy. Choose an academic path in one of our 52 undergraduate degree, 25 master’s degree and five doctoral degree programs, and embark upon a journey that will lead to a competitive, fulfilling and adventurous career.

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Science Education
College of Education, Health & Public Policy
B.S.
Science Education
College of Education, Health & Public Policy
M.A.
Secondary Special Education (7-12)
College of Education, Health & Public Policy
B.S.
Social Work
College of Education, Health & Public Policy
M.S.W
Social Work
College of Education, Health & Public Policy
B.S.W
Sociology
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
B.A.
Spanish
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
B.A.
Sport Administration
College of Business
M.S.
Sport Management
College of Business
B.S.
Studio Art
College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences
B.A.

Undergraduate: 51 Majors | 24 Minors | 34 Concentrations
Graduate: 27 Majors | 12 Concentrations

Assessment Office

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Genevieve Tighe 
Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs/Institutional Effectiveness
302-857-6649
gtighe@desu.edu
 
Bina Daniel
Assistant Director of Assessment
302-857-7403
bdaniel@desu.edu
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MISSION  RESOURCES MSCHE (Middle States Resources) General Resources Program and Student Learning Assessment Publications Mission The Mission of the Assessment Office is to oversee a holistic assessment process at the institution. This Office works collaboratively with units to ensure that they are implementing efficient and sustainable assessment plans. This includes verifying that units are collecting data that are used to improve programs/services and enhance student learning. This Office works closely with the Information Technology and Institutional Research units to facilitate data collection and reporting. Furthermore, this Office contributes to the assessment of strategic initiatives and supports efforts to attain and maintain various accreditations. The Assessment Office serves as the primary source for assessment resources, workshops, training, and recent directives from accrediting bodies. Lastly, this Office assists units with the analysis and reporting of assessment data for the purpose of demonstrating that the institutional mission of preparing students to “become competent, productive, and contributing citizens” is being carried out.   Assessment Resources on the Web Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Resources: Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) Accreditation Standards MSCHE Manual on Accreditation MSCHE Assessing Student Learning and Institutional Effectiveness MSCHE - Suggested readings related to Using Assessment Results Back to top General Assessment Resources: Measuring Quality in Higher Education North Carolina State University library of links Northern Illinois University resources Society for College and University Planning Texas A&M University resources Association of American Colleges and Universities (AACU) Association for Assessment of Learning in Higher Education Howard University library of assessment links Back to top Program and Student Learning Assessment Resources: Program Learning Assessment tips from Kent State University National Institute for Learning Outcomes (NILOA) – An excellent resource for reports about Student Learning Outcomes assessment Kent State University - Learning Outcomes modules (student assessment videos) Back to top Assessment Related Publications: Middle States Publications available as PDF downloads for printing or for puchase. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education is a quarterly journal on assessment issues/methods. This journal is available from DSU library full text electronic journals (via Ebscohost) Assessment Update is available from DSU library full text electronic journals (via Ebscohost). This is a bimonthly newsletter Practical Assessment, Research, and Evaluation is a free-access online journal. Search for articles by title, author, descriptor, and keyword. Research & Practice in Assessment is a free-access online journal from the Virginia Assessment Group. Academic Leadership is a free-access online journal containing numerous articles on faculty and leadership roles in assessment. Quality Approaches in Higher Education is a free-access online journal from ASQ (American Society for Quality) that includes articles on assessing student learning outcomes. International Journal of ePortfolio (IJeP) is a free-access online journal containing articles about the use of e-portfolios in assessment. Back to top  
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The Stinger Report

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  “We hope you enjoy this month’s feature of "The Stinger Report". This informative newsletter is designed to give you up to date information pertaining to the Academic Services for Student-Athletes unit. Each newsletter is delivered with informative stories; academic updates; policies that affect student-athletes; and feel good stories that are all about our Delaware State University student-athletes. Feel free to provide us feedback; including your likes, dislikes, or perhaps articles you would like to see to our office address:        Academic Services for Student-Athletes      Delaware State University      1200 N. DuPont Highway      Dover, DE 19901-2777. Send your inquiries and comments to Eric Hart, Associate Athletic Director (ehart@desu.edu). Take care and GO HORNETS!” Volume 1, Issue 1     August 2011   Volume 1, Issue 2     September 2011    

Records and Registration FAQs

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  Frequently Asked Questions: Records and Registration When do classes begin? When do classes end? When is the last day to add classes? When is the last day to drop? How do I obtain a transcript? When is the last day to withdraw from the university? When will final grades be posted? Do I have to pay for these courses today? What do I do if my PIN has been disabled? How to withdraw? Where do I go for advisement? Where do I obtain my alternate PIN? Where do I get a printed copy of my schedule? What do I do if my class is closed? What do I do if I try to register and get the message "pre-requisite needed" and/or "test-score error"?       When do classes begin? Refer to the my.desu.edu page under the "Academic Calendars" section for specific dates.   Top of Page When do classes end? Refer to the my.desu.edu page under the "Academic Calendars" section for specific dates.   Top of Page When is the last day to add classes? Refer to the my.desu.edu page under the "Academic Calendars" section for specific dates.   Top of Page When is the last day to drop? Refer to the my.desu.edu page under the "Academic Calendars" section for specific dates.   Top of Page How do I obtain a transcript? Go to my.desu.edu page and click on the "Request a Transcript" link located on the left side of the page under the title "General Information".   Top of Page When is the last day to withdraw from the university? Refer to the my.desu.edu page under the "Academic Calendars" section for specific dates.   Top of Page When will final grades be posted? Final grades are posted to all students’ transcripts approximately 3 business days after grades are due in the Registrar’s Office. See the “Academic Calendars” section on the my.desu.edu page for more specific dates.   Top of Page Do I have to pay for these courses today? All courses must be paid for prior to the removal for nonpayment date. This information can be acquired through the my.desu.edu page under “Academic Calendars”.   Top of Page What do I do if my PIN has been disabled? You have to reset your PIN (Personal Identification Number) yourself. Go to my.desu.edu and on the left side of the page under the title “Account Information,” click on “Create/Reset PIN”. Follow all of the instructions on the page. Remember the new PIN must be exactly 6 characters long and must contain at least 1 letter, 1 number and a special character.   Top of Page How to withdraw? Come to the Office of Records and Registration to complete a withdrawal form; turn in your student identification card to the Office of Student Accounts, and make sure any outstanding balance is paid in full. If you have received a Stafford Subsidized or Stafford Unsubsidized loan while attending DSU, you must complete an exit interview at www.studentloans.gov. If you have received a Federal Perkins or Nursing Loan, you must complete an exit interview at www.mycampusloan.com.   Top of Page Where do I go for advisement? Based on your major, you need to contact the chair of that department to be directed to the appropriate faculty member.   Top of Page Where do I obtain my alternate PIN? Your advisor is the person who can provide you with your alternate PIN (Personal Identification Number).   Top of Page Where do I get a printed copy of my schedule? All schedules are obtained from the student’s self-service account.  Go to my.desu.edu page and click on the Login link.    Top of Page What do I do if my class is closed? You need to submit an add/drop slip (with the student’s, instructor’s and advisor’s signature) to the Registrar’s Office in order to be added to the course.   Top of Page What do I do if I try to register and get the message "pre-requisite needed" and/or "test-score error"? You need to submit an add/drop slip (with the student’s, instructor’s and advisor’s signature) to the Registrar’s Office to be added to the course.   Top of Page

General Education Program (Fall '06 - Spring'09)

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  Effective Fall 2006 to Spring 2009 THE GENERAL EDUCATION PROGRAM  — A REACH TOWARD EXCELLENCE Rationale The General Education Program at Delaware State University is predicated on the University's definition of the educated person. Delaware State University, through its general education curriculum and its specialized major curricula, provides a set of academic experiences designed to produce within students the knowledge, skills and attitudes that empower them to solve problems, clarify values, secure and sustain meaningful professions and careers, and embrace learning as a life-long process. Thus, Delaware State University aims to graduate an educated person possessing the following characteristics: A.      Fundamental skills in communication, computation, and critical thinking necessary for life-long learning; B.      A sense of self-dignity and self-worth; C.      An ever-expanding capacity for appreciating, understanding, and sympathizing with the human condition in all its variations of cultural, social, racial, ethnic, moral, and physical diversity; D.      Knowledge and skills necessary for meaningful and productive living; and E.      A desire to know more about one's environment. The General Education Program is the University's commitment to providing breadth and depth to students' academic, cultural, social, moral, ethical, and physical development during their undergraduate experience. The General Education Program recognizes that teaching and learning embrace several bodies of knowledge, skills, and sensibilities that combine to form the whole student. Therefore, at Delaware State the goals of the General Education Program are divided into those areas of study that best describe the experiences that all students are required to complete in order to complement those experiences that the specialized curriculum in each major program of study provides. Areas of study in the General Education Program at Delaware State University are the following: Core Courses-- those courses that all students must study because they are fundamental to all learning and basic to the mission of the University.  A grade of “C” or better is required in Core Courses. Foundation Courses for Life-Long Learning — those categories of courses from which students may choose a designated number of credit hours that provide breadth and the well-roundedness of a liberal education in the arts, humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences. Senior Capstone Experience--a course such as senior seminar, internship, or student teaching-with-seminar--any course that serves as the final course in which a student demonstrates competence in the body of knowledge and skills inherent in a major. It is also the course in which the student shows an understanding of the breadth of knowledge and skills that a mastery of general education provides. It enables students to make "real world" connections to their discipline and to other disciplines as well. The Senior Capstone Experience brings general education and major programs of study together providing an opportunity for students to demonstrate their becoming "the educated person."   Goals The following goals of general education speak to breadth, integration, and scaffolding of knowledge, skills, and sensibilities that are inherent in the mission of the University. The goals of general education are the following: General education should focus on the essential attitudes and behaviors that promote reflection and encourage life-long learning, wellness, and engagement with ideas, issues, and new experiences. General education should foster the development of critical thinking; curiosity about the social and natural worlds in which we live; appreciation for the complexities of knowledge and tolerance for ambiguity; and a capacity for attaining perspective on one's own life through self-examination and the study of others. General education should engage students in activities that strengthen their ability to read, write, speak, listen, and think effectively. General education should provide students with opportunities to examine and reflect upon moral and ethical problems and issues. General education should enable students to use technology in order to access and manipulate information competently. General education should enable students to understand and appreciate the ways social and cultural differences and similarities structure human experiences and knowledge--in the arts, the humanities, mathematics, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. As an important aspect of general education, students should understand multicultural dimensions of the world in which we live, especially the experiences of people of African descent. General education should emphasize study in breadth and encourage students to explore the ways disciplined inquiry in the major can shed light on broader issues in their own lives and to render service to humanity. Integrated Strands If graduates from Delaware State University's undergraduate programs are to become effective communicators, critical thinkers, and problem-solvers in the world's pluralistic and global societies, then some critical concepts or "strands" should infuse the general education program and major curricula. These integrated strands should be linked with research and professional development that lead to the most effective instructional strategies, course activities, and assessments of student learning and program effectiveness. The strands that are integrated throughout general education courses and major curricula, and which produce the desirable learning outcomes in students are the following: (1) Reading, Writing, Speaking, and Listening Across-the-Curriculum (RWSL); (2) Computer Competency and Information Literacy; (3) Critical Thinking/Problem-Solving/Quantitative Reasoning; (4) Multiculturalism; and (5) Global Issues.   Reading, writing, speaking, listening across-the-curriculum College graduates should be able to communicate effectively. Students should be able to do the following: comprehend, analyze, and evaluate various texts; write coherent essays; write and speak effectively and correctly; listen actively to what teachers and peers are saying; and write the standard form of the English language that is relatively free from grammatical, mechanical, and usage errors. Communicating effectively is not the exclusive domain of the English department. It is the responsibility of all teachers to inculcate effective communication skills throughout the curriculum.  Computer Competency and Information Literacy To the greatest extent possible and wherever practical, computer and information technologies should be integrated into general education courses and generally throughout the curriculum. Research shows that students who do their papers on the word processor generally perform better than students who do not. College graduates should be able to do the following: (a) use word processing; (b) access and manipulate spreadsheets and databases; (c) use printed and computerized resources to locate information; and (d) use and prepare multimedia applications. Students who enter Delaware State University unfamiliar with using the computer should enroll in computer literacy courses such as Survey of Computer Science (35-107) and Basic Computer Applications (44-100). Critical thinking/Problem-Solving/Quantitative Reasoning College graduates should be able to move beyond the mere conveying or restating of other's facts and ideas. Students should be able to do the following: (a) reflect upon, question, analyze, and evaluate information; (b) assess bias, narrowness and contradictions; (c) formulate hypotheses and alternatives; (d) evaluate an argument in terms of reasoning and applicability; (e) determine how new data may lead to confirmation or questioning of conclusions; (f) make inferences, comparisons, formulate frameworks or categories, classify data, and translate information from one medium to another; and (g) analyze and evaluate their own arguments and those of others in order to confirm or deny the accuracy, validity, and reliability of their own reasoning and of the various sources of information they hear or read.  Students should also be able to conduct disciplined inquiry and be able to do the following: (a) determine the nature of a problem; (b) analyze the problem and determine possible solutions; (c) assess the advantages and disadvantages of each possible solution; (d) determine the most effective and efficient of the optional solutions; and (e) execute the solution. Being able to think critically and solve problems is one of the hallmarks of becoming an educated person. Multiculturalism College graduates must understand how to develop and manage human relationships by being able to identify and adapt to the needs, values, expectations, and sensibilities of others. Students must be able to do the following: (a) understand and consider diverse points of view; (b) determine what is appropriate in a given situation given the norms of groups and cultures which provide guidance for acceptable language and behavior; (c) be open-minded about and inclusive of other cultures; and (d) understand different points of view based on gender, ethnicity, race, or national origin. Global Issues College graduates should understand that their world is no longer circumscribed by the boundaries of nations and continents. The world is a global community and students should understand and appreciate the pluralism of this global community. Students should be able to do the following: (a) learn at least one language other than English; (b) understand some of the mores and customs of at least one culture other than their own; and (c) appreciate the beauty and dignity of at least one language and culture other than their own. The integrated strands of general education — multiculturalism, critical thinking, reading, writing, speaking, listening, technology, and global view -- should infuse as many other courses as possible. These strands connect general education courses to each other and to the majors. GENERAL EDUCATION COURSES CORE COURSES Required of All Students – A Grade of “C” or Better is Required in Each xx-191 University Seminar I (see description below) xx-192 University Seminar II 01-101 English Composition I                              01-102 English Composition II                              16-100 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 01-200 Speech  31-395      Global Societies (Students must have junior status)                        FOUNDATION COURSES Check major for minimum grade requirements Arts and Humanities---------------------------------3 Hours           05-101 Introduction to Art            06-101 Introduction to Music 06-100 Introduction to African-American Music 01-113 Introduction to Theatre                              03-201 Introduction to Philosophy 03-202 Ethics                              03-105 Contemporary Moral Issues    History/Social Science------------------------------6 Hours                     Three hours must be in one of the following American history                     courses:           34-201 American History to 1865 34-202 American History from 1865                              34-203 African American History to 1865                              34-204 African American History from 1865                    The other three hours may come from one of the other courses listed above or from one of the ones listed below:                             40-201 Principles of Macroeconomics 34-101 World History to the Sixteenth Century  34-102 World History from the Sixteenth Century    33-103 Introduction to Political Science                              36-201 Introduction to General Psychology 37-101      Introduction to Sociology   Foreign Languages-----------------------6 Hours In the Same Language  French Language and Culture,           Spanish Language and Culture,           German Language and Culture,           Kiswahili Language and Culture, or           Japanese Language and Culture   Literature------------------------------------------6 Hours 01-201 and 202   World Literature I and II 01-205 and 206   African-American Literature I and II Students may take 01-201 and 01-206 or 01-205and 01-202,                                     but not 01-201and 01-205.   Mathematics-----------------------------------------6 Hours                              25-101* Survey of Mathematics I                              25-102    Survey of Mathematics II                              25-121* College Algebra 121                    (grade of “C” required to take a higher level course) 25-122   Trigonometry   25-125      Finite Mathematics 25-131   Pre-Calculus                  25-241       Statistics                *    Students may substitute the combination 25-110 Algebra A and 25-111 Algebra B for 25-121College Algebra in the General Education Program.  General Education credit will be given for at most one of the           following:                                       25 - 101 Survey of Mathematics I                               25 - 121  College Algebra                               The combination 25 – 110 Algebra A and 25-111 Algebra B                               25-131 Pre-Calculus General Education credit will be given for at most one of the           following:          25-122 Trigonometry          25-131 Pre-Calculus           In order to meet individual student needs and depending on placement scores and high school background, other combinations of 100 and 200 level courses may be approved by the student's major department in consultation with the Department of Mathematics.   Natural Sciences------------------------------------6 Hours           Any two courses selected from the following: 23-100  Introduction to Biology** 23-103  Human Biology** 23-107 Human Heredity 23-110 Essential Topics in Biology** 24-100 Introductory Chemistry 23-105 Basic Ecology 22-101 Descriptive Astronomy 27-101 Geology *** 27-201 Physical Science Survey*** 27-207 Earth/Space Science***   23-101 General Biology** (Recommended for Science Majors only) 23-102 General Biology (Recommended for Science Majors only)       24-101 Gen. & Elem. Analytical Chemistry                                         (Recommended for Science Majors only) 24-102 Gen. & Elem. Analytical Chemistry                                        (Recommended for Science Majors only)                     26-121 Concepts of Physics I 26-122 Concepts of Physics II   Prerequisites and co-requisites must be satisfied when selecting courses, especially the second course in a sequence.   **       General Education credit will be given for at most one of the           following              23 - 100 Introduction to Biology               23 – 103 Human Biology                                       23 - 101 General Biology                                       23 - 110 Essential Topics in Biology      *** General Education credit will be given for at most one of the           following:                                       27- 201 Physical Science Survey                                       27- 101 Geology                                       27- 207 Earth/Space Science                       Higher level physics survey courses (111-112 or 201- 202) may be substituted when a mathematical approach is more appropriate.   The catalog description for each major must be consulted for specific requirements within the Foundation Courses including minimum grades.     English Composition I and II, six hours of mathematics, University Seminar, and Fitness and Wellness should be completed within the students' first 30 hours of courses.   UNIVERSITY SEMINAR: XX*-191, XX*-192                             1:2:0, 1:1:0 University Seminar 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 will be developed. These skills include critical reading, thinking, listening, writing, speaking, and using the library, the internet and word processing. Values clarification, coping with peer pressures and the impact of a healthy lifestyle will be addressed. Opportunities will be provided for self-evaluation and growth in basic learning strategies as well as personal and career goals. Knowing the history of the University, feeling connected to the institution, and sharing a common educational experience with other freshmen are important goals of this course. Students entering Delaware State University with sixty (60) credit hours or an associate degree do not have to take University Seminar. Some Departments may advise these students to take the course since they need the content of the departmental component of University Seminar. A grade of “C” or better is required. * XX is the primary number of the department in which the student is majoring. Undeclared majors take 02-191 and 02-192. No more than one (1) credit hour of University Seminar I and one (1) credit hour of University Seminar II can be used in the GPA and towards graduation. The department chair and/or the advisor will decide which of the courses will count towards graduation.     GLOBAL SOCIETIES 31-395                                                                 3:3:0 This course is designed to develop persons with educated and informed perspectives on the world for the twenty-first century. These are individuals who know their world, and who can understand facets of globalism which transcend time, space and place. Factors to be considered include global geography, global themes of the past, the global marketplace, and global political, social and cultural developments. This will enable students to appreciate the past, comprehend the present, and be effective and knowledgeable global citizens for the future. A grade of “C” or better is required. Students must have a minimum of 60 credit hours to register for Global Societies.   SENIOR CAPSTONE EXPERIENCE----3 HOURS (Minimum) The senior capstone experience is a course in a major program designed to integrate general education and the major course of study. It enables the student to demonstrate the following: 1) a competence in the major and 2) an understanding of the breadth of knowledge, skills, and sensibilities that general education provides. The course may be planned and/or implemented in an interdisciplinary manner.  

Supplemental Instruction Program

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Delaware State Academic Support

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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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The General Education Program

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 Genevieve Tighe, Assistant to Vice President for Academic Affairs /Institutional Effectiveness
302-857-6649 or 302-857-7403 gtighe@desu.edu

 Jacqueline Washington, Ph.D, 
Director, University Studies and First-Year Programs
Director of General Education
Grossley Hall, Room 1
302-857-7252    Fax:  302-857-6838 jawashington@desu.edu
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  A Reach Toward Excellence Effective Fall 2009; Updated Fall 2013 Program Information Components of the Program Core Breadth Areas Breadth Course List Senior Capstone Across the Curriculum (A-t-C) Outcomes Across the Curriculum (A-t-C) List Rationale The General Education Program at Delaware State University is predicated on the University's definition of the educated person. Delaware State University, through its general education curriculum and its specialized major curricula, provides a set of academic experiences designed to produce within students the knowledge, skills and attitudes that empower them to solve problems, clarify values, secure and sustain meaningful professions and careers, and embrace learning as a life-long process. Thus, Delaware State University aims to graduate an educated person possessing the following characteristics: Fundamental skills in communication, computation, and critical thinking necessary for life-long learning A sense of self-dignity and self-worth An ever-expanding capacity for appreciating, understanding, and sympathizing with the human condition in all its variations of cultural, social, racial, ethnic, moral, and physical diversity Knowledge and skills necessary for meaningful and productive living A desire to know more about one's environment and the global perspective. The General Education Program is the University's commitment to providing breadth and depth to students' academic, cultural, social, moral, ethical, and physical development during their undergraduate experience. The General Education Program recognizes that teaching and learning embrace several bodies of knowledge, skills, and sensibilities that combine to form the whole student. Therefore, at Delaware State University the goals of the General Education Program are divided into those areas of study that best describe the experiences that all students are required to complete in order to complement those experiences that the specialized curriculum in each major program of study provides.   Goals The following goals of general education speak to breadth, integration, and scaffolding of knowledge, skills, and sensibilities that are inherent in the mission of the University. The goals of general education are the following: General education should focus on the essential attitudes and behaviors that promote reflection and encourage life-long learning, wellness, and engagement with ideas, issues, and new experiences. General education should foster the development of critical thinking; curiosity about the social and natural worlds in which we live; appreciation for the complexities of knowledge and tolerance for ambiguity; and a capacity for attaining perspective on one's own life through self-examination and the study of others. General education should engage students in activities that strengthen their ability to read, write, speak, listen, and think effectively. General education should provide students with opportunities to examine and reflect upon moral and ethical problems and issues. General education should enable students to use technology in order to access and manipulate information competently. General education should enable students to understand and appreciate the ways social and cultural differences and similarities structure human experiences and knowledge -- in the arts, the humanities, mathematics, the natural sciences, and the social sciences. As an important aspect of general education, students should understand multicultural dimensions of the world in which we live, especially the experiences of people of African descent. General education should emphasize study in breadth and encourage students to explore the ways disciplined inquiry in the major can shed light on broader issues in their own lives and to render service to humanity. Components of the Program   The General Education Program at Delaware State University consists of a Core, Breadth Areas, Senior Capstone Experience, and Across-the-Curriculum (A-t-C) Learning Outcomes. These are described below.   The Core-- those courses that all students must complete because they are fundamental to all learning and basic to the mission of the University.  The Core provides students with the knowledge and habits of mind that they will need in order to accomplish their academic goals in all major programs.  A grade of “C” or better is required in all Core courses.  Core Course # Core Course Name Credits Name XXXX-191 University Seminar I 1 XXXX-192 University Seminar II 1 ENGL-101 English Composition I 3 ENGL-102 English Composition II 3 MVSC-101 Lifetime Fitness and Wellness 2 ENGL-200 Speech 3 GLOB-395 Global Societies (Students must have junior status) 3       Course Descriptions: University Seminar:  XXXX*-191, XXXX*-192                                                              1:2:0, 1:1:0 University Seminar 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 will be developed. These skills include critical reading, thinking, listening, writing, speaking, and using the library, the internet and word processing. Values clarification, coping with peer pressures and the impact of a healthy lifestyle will be addressed. Opportunities will be provided for self-evaluation and growth in basic learning strategies as well as personal and career goals. Knowing the history of the University, feeling connected to the institution, and sharing a common educational experience with other freshmen are important goals of this course. Students entering Delaware State University with sixty (60) credit hours or an associate degree do not have to take University Seminar. Some Departments may advise these students to take the course since they need the content of the departmental component of University Seminar. A grade of “C” or better is required. * XXXX is the primary code of the department in which the student is majoring. Undeclared majors take UNIV-191 and UNIV-192. No more than one (1) credit hour of University Seminar I and one (1) credit hour of University Seminar II can be used in the GPA and towards graduation. The department chair and/or the advisor will decide which of the courses will count towards graduation. Global Societies GLOB-395                                                                                                           3:3:0 This course is designed to develop persons with educated and informed perspectives on the world for the twenty-first century. These are individuals who know their world, and who can understand facets of globalism which transcend time, space and place. Factors to be considered include global geography, global themes of the past, the global marketplace, and global political, social and cultural developments. This will enable students to appreciate the past, comprehend the present, and be effective and knowledgeable global citizens for the future. A grade of “C” or better is required. Students must have a minimum of 60 credit hours to register for Global Societies.   Breadth Areas -- those categories of courses from which students must choose a designated number of credit hours that provide breadth and the well-roundedness of a liberal education in the arts, history, literature, other humanities, natural sciences, mathematics, and social sciences. Minimum grade requirements for Breadth courses vary by major program. See curriculum sheet. Breadth Course # Breadth Area   Minimum Credits HIST-xxx History 3   ENGL-xxx Literature 3 xx-xxx Social Sciences 3 xx-xxx Arts/Humanities 6  MTSC-xxx Mathematics 3 xx-xxx Natural Science with Laboratory  3    It is important to note that each student and advisor must consult the curriculum and the Across-the-Curriculum plan for specific requirements of their program. Certain honors courses or colloquia may satisfy breadth area requirements.  Consult with the Director of General Education for specifics. Click for the list of courses in the Breadth Areas.   Across the Curriculum (A-t-C) –   learning outcomes which students must demonstrate through various assessments.  If graduates from Delaware State University’s undergraduate programs are to become effective communicators, critical thinkers, and problem-solvers in the world's pluralistic and global societies, then some critical concepts should infuse the general education program and major curricula. These Across-the-curriculum outcomes should be linked with research and professional development that lead to the most effective instructional strategies, course activities, and assessments of student learning and program effectiveness. The Across-the Curriculum concepts that are integrated throughout the general education program and major curricula, and which produce the desirable learning outcomes in students are the following: (1) Reading, Speaking, and Listening Across-the-Curriculum (RSL); (2) Self-Evaluation; (3) Wellness; (4) Information Literacy; (5) Computer Competency; (6) Writing in the Major (Outside the Capstone); (7) Quantitative Reasoning; (8) African-American Experience (9) Multiculturalism; (10) Critical Thinking/Problem-Solving; and (11) Global Issues. Since these areas are integrated throughout the curriculum, there will be overlaps between some breadth courses, major courses, and across the curriculum requirements.  Reading, Speaking, Listening College graduates should be able to communicate effectively. Students should be able to do the following: comprehend, analyze, interpret and evaluate various texts; write and speak effectively and correctly; listen actively to what instructors and peers are saying. Communicating effectively is not the exclusive domain of the English Department. It is the responsibility of all instructors to inculcate effective communication skills throughout the general education and major curriculum. Self-evaluation In order to become productive and contributing citizens, students must have a critical self-understanding. Active engagement of students in their education is important. This creates a sense of relevance. Students can also develop an internal locus of control and other mature ways of thinking. Self-evaluation is evident in curricular and co-curricular activities, journal reflections and course activities that encourage students to examine their ethics, core beliefs/values, communication and leadership skills, strengths, weaknesses, likes/dislikes, etc. Students can then be prepared to make choices in majors, minors, career aspirations and important life decisions. Wellness To be able to think clearly, develop effective study skills, and be prepared for careers and life-long learning, students must demonstrate an understanding of the principles involved in wellness.  They should be able to share these principles with family members, friends, and associates.  The wellness component aims to address issues involved in nutrition, well-being, social adjustment, and psychological and physical health. Information Literacy  In order to be successful in this information age, all graduates should have knowledge/experience in the process of information acquisition.  This includes researching library databases, understanding and performing scholarly searches, completing citations, evaluating information for relevance/reliability, and compiling information for a unified purpose.  Information literacy must be incorporated in general education courses as well as major courses to demonstrate field-specific applications. Computer Competency To the greatest extent possible and wherever practical, computer and information technologies should be integrated into general education courses and generally throughout the curriculum. College graduates should be able to do the following: (a) use computers and other technology (b) access and manipulate spreadsheets and databases; (c) use printed and computerized resources to locate information; and (d) use and prepare multimedia applications. Students needing formal instruction in this area should takes courses such as Applying Computers (20-101) and Microcomputer Applications (52-105). These and other program specific courses provide students with opportunities to analyze the efficient utilization of computers to enhance productivity at all levels of organization, from office personnel to executive management. Students examine and utilize the different types of hardware, software, operating systems, multimedia, the Internet, Web page design, etc. Writing in the Major  College graduates should be able to write coherent essays, reports, thesis papers, using the standard form of the English language that is relatively free from grammatical, mechanical, and usage errors.  To build on the foundational English composition skills, students will be required to apply these writing skills in their field of study as well as across the general education program.   Quantitative Reasoning   This competency may be met by courses or modules in the major or by a second mathematics course. Some examples of quantitative reasoning include: Mathematical analysis, computations, charting, graphing, algebraic problem solving, Numerical analysis, numerical relationships, patterns, estimation measurement Quantitative problem solving or real-world problem solving Data analysis, data interpretation, statistical analysis Logical thinking and steps to construct feasible solutions to various problems. The specific methods of quantitative analysis will vary by program. African-American Experience Delaware State University’s legacy as a historically black college enables it to provide students with the opportunity to understand African-American perspectives in history, liberal arts, and society. Courses such as African-American History, African-American Art History, African-American Literature, African-American Music and other major courses provide exposure to the African-American viewpoints in American society.  Students will demonstrate an understanding of the roots of slavery and resulting African-American experiences, as well as an appreciation of the contributions of African Americans. Multiculturalism College graduates must understand how to develop and manage human relationships by being able to identify and adapt to the needs, values, expectations, and sensibilities of others. Students must be able to do the following: (a) understand and consider diverse points of view; (b) determine what is appropriate in a given situation given the norms of groups and cultures which provide guidance for acceptable language and behavior; (c) be open-minded about and inclusive of other cultures; and (d) understand different points of view based on gender, ethnicity, race, or national origin. Critical thinking / Problem-solving College graduates should be able to move beyond the mere conveying or restating of other's facts and ideas. Students should be able to do the following: (a) reflect upon, question, analyze, and evaluate information; (b) assess bias, narrowness and contradictions; (c) formulate hypotheses and alternatives; (d) evaluate an argument in terms of reasoning and applicability; (e) determine how new data may lead to confirmation or questioning of conclusions; (f) make inferences, comparisons, formulate frameworks or categories, classify data, and translate information from one medium to another; and (g) analyze and evaluate their own arguments and those of others in order to confirm or deny the accuracy, validity, and reliability of their own reasoning and of the various sources of information they hear or read. Students should also be able to conduct disciplined inquiry and be able to do the following: (a) determine the nature of a problem; (b) analyze the problem and determine possible solutions; (c) assess the advantages and disadvantages of each possible solution; (d) determine the most effective and efficient of the optional solutions; and (e) execute the solution. Being able to think critically and solve problems is one of the hallmarks of becoming an educated person. Global Issues College graduates should understand that their world is no longer circumscribed by the boundaries of nations and continents. The world is a global community and students should understand and appreciate the pluralism of this global community. Students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of various political and economic systems, and the positive and negative aspects of globalization.    Across-the-Curriculum (A-t-C) learning outcomes of general education -- should infuse as many other courses as possible.  These outcomes connect general education courses to each other and to the majors.  The following page outlines some generic guidelines for meeting Across-the-Curriculum outcomes.  It is important to note that each student and advisor must consult the curriculum and the Across-the-Curriculum plan for specific requirements of their program. Certain honors courses or colloquia may satisfy one of these requirements. Consult with the Director of General Education for specifics. Click for Across the Curriculum (A-t-C) List: (Please note: This list is a general guide. Students and Advisors must consult the individual program Across-the-Curriculum Plan for additional course requirements or options.)  

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  The General Education Committee consists of faculty from all Colleges and diverse departments.  Faculty members are elected by the Faculty Senate. 2013-2014 Committee  members:  TBA, Chair of Committee Alton Thompson, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Bridget Anakwe, Accounting, Finance and Economics, COB John Rich, Psychology, CAHSS Dr. Richard Barczewski, Agriculture and Natural Sciences, CARS Dr. Donald Becker, Art Dr. Andrew Blake, English & Foreign Languages Raymond Tutu, Global Societies Dr. Alexa Cawley, History Political Science and Philosophy Dr. Cecil Clark, Education Dr. Nicola Edwards-Omolewa, Mathematics Dr. Anthony Hill, Social Work Dr. Micahel Katz, Accounting, Economics & Finance Dr. Andrew Lloyd, , Biological Sciences, CMNST Dr. Rick McCallister, English and Foreign Languages Dr. Carla Murgia, Public Health & Allied Sciences, CEHPP Dr. Kenneth Nagelberg, Mass Communications Dr. Myna Nurse, English & Foreign Languages, REpresenting English, CAHSS Dr. Gulnihal Ozbay, Agriculture & Natural Resources, CARS Dr. Rayton Sianjina, Education Graduate Program Dr. Mark Still, Sports Sciences  For updates regarding Committee documents, Faculty and Staff may refer to Public Folders in Outlook, under Provost in the General Education Folder.  Please click here for instructions on how to access Public Folders in Outlook. 2010 General Education Committee Meeting Dates (Tentative):  All meetings are held in Arts Center Gallery 11:00 am – 12 noon, unless announced otherwise by Committee Chair.  January: Tuesday 1/14/10 and Thursday 1/26/10 February: Tuesday 2/11/10 and Thursday 2/23/10 March: Tuesday 3/11/10 and Thursday 3/23/10 April: Tuesday 4/8/10 May: Tuesday 5/13/10 (Tentative)  

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