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Delaware State TRIO Organization

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    Interested in additional TRIO programs and benefits in the State of Delaware?  Check out the Delaware State TRIO Organization homepage:  DEStateTrio.com  

Drop-In Writing Studio

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The Delaware State University Drop-In Writing Studio is located in Room 205 of the William C. Jason Library. Students may drop in for assistance with any writing assignment across the curriculum.  Professional staff and Writing Studio tutors will offer suggestions, tutor in grammar, and assist in formulating ideas.  They will not correct or edit papers.  Students should allow adequate time for proper tutoring.  Therefore, students must request services at least 24 hours prior to the assignment due date.  Individualized study skills training is available.  All Writing Studio tutors have faculty recommendations, meet strict grade standards, and are trained by the Writing Studio Coordinator.   The Writing Studio employs the “drop-in” system, so no appointment or pre-registration is necessary.  Many faculty members recommend that students consult a writing tutor before submitting their final papers.    
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Jean Gilroy
Coordinator
William C. Jason Library
Room 207
jgilroy@desu.edu
302.857.7540
302.857.6386 (fax)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Drop-In Computer Lab

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  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 technology at DelawareStateUniversity.  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. Students are required to have a current pass code issued by the Academic Computing Office in order to gain access to computers.  The Coordinator serves as a resource for technical assistance, information, and study sessions.        
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Jackye Fountain
Coordinator
William C. Jason Library
Room 206
jfountain@desu.edu
302.857.6389
302.857.6386 (fax) 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Staying-On-Course Program

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Staying on Course (SOC) is a mandatory support program for all students on academic probation (AP), as well as students who are readmitted from suspension (RS). The overall goal of the Staying on Course Program is to retain and return these students to good academic standing.  The program is designed to promote effective academic practices and behaviors.  Students are either enrolled in the three credit course Learning Strategies for Academic Success or the one credit course Staying On Course class for students who have already completed Learning Strategies with a “C” or better.  The students are identified each semester by the Registrar through the BANNER System.   Staying On Course is a mandatory support class for all students on academic probation as well as students who are readmitted from suspension.  However, this class is open to all students who wish to improve their learning/study skills.  The objective of this course is to promote effective academic practices and social behaviors.  The overall goal of the “Staying On Course” class is to retain and return students to good academic standing.  Students enrolled in this one credit course have already completed the “Learning Strategies for Academic Success” course with a grade of “C” or better. This one credit class does not count towards credit for graduation.  If the student on academic probation or readmitted suspension does not pass the class satisfactorily, he/she may be recommended for academic suspension or dismissal.  The student must retake the class upon returning to the University.   The general assembly meeting for AP and RS students is the Friday prior to the beginning of the fall and spring semester, in the Bank of America Building, Longwood Auditorium.  At the meeting, packets of information are distributed to the students.  This information includes the procedures regarding academic probation, academic calendar, SOC schedule of activities, important campus support programs and numbers, SOC program goals and objectives, and a “Staying-On-Course Contract.”    
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Cindy Seto-Friel
William C. Jason Library
Room 214
cfriel@desu.edu
302.857.7840
 

 

Tutoring Center

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  The Academic Support Center offers FREE peer tutoring for courses across the curriculum. The procedure for obtaining a tutor starts as soon as the student realizes s/he needs additional help in a particular subject(s). The next step is to complete the Tutor Request Form available online or in the William C. Jason Library, Room 206.  Once a student returns the request form to Library Room 206 s/he will be notified within 48 hours.  Tutors will schedule one-on-one or small group tutoring sessions in the library at a mutually agreed upon time. CRLA-ITTPC Level I Certified
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Jackye Fountain
Coordinator
William C. Jason Library
Room 206
jfountain@desu.edu
302.857.6389
302.857.6386 (fax)

 

 

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Tutor Job Description

Tutor Request Form

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Provost/Academic Affairs

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Alton Thompson, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
407 Administration Building
Delaware State University
1200 N. DuPont Highway
Dover, DE 19901-2227
(302) 857-6100 - Voice
(302) 857-7410 - FAX
athompson@desu.edu
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Academic Affairs is one of five administrative divisions at Delaware State University. The Office of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs oversees all operations of the Division of Academic Affairs and is responsible for the University’s colleges and  departments,  the additional locations and related academic activities in coordination with the Office of the President.  The goal of the Office is to provide the highest quality teaching, learning and research environments possible and to engage the communities across Delaware, the Mid-Atlantic Region, the nation and around the world.Led by Dr. Alton Thompson, Provost and Vice President, the Division of Academic Affairs' major responsibilities include, but are not limited to, academic planning and budgeting; program evaluation, assessment and accreditation; educational policies and procedures; enrollment management; professional development, promotion and tenure of faculties, and strategic planning.Together with the academic deans, department chairs and directors, Academic Affairs provides leadership in curriculum and program development, advances the teaching and learning environment, promotes creative and scholarly activities including research and outreach.  The Office also administers existing programs, revises and reviews those programs, and provides administrative oversight. Academic Affairs is assisted in its endeavors by its division units:  Academic Enrichment; University Studies and First-Year Programs; the Graduate School; the William C. Jason Library; Institutional Assessment; the Honors Program; McNair Scholars Program; International Programs; Research; Adult and Continuing Education; Registrar; University Art Gallery; Title III, Land Grant Programs, and the five discipline-based colleges:  the Colleges of Agriculture and Related Sciences; Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences; Business; Education, Health and Public Policy; and Mathematics, Natural Sciences and Technology.CollegesCollege of Agriculture & Related SciencesCollege of Arts, Humanities & Social SciencesCollege of BusinessCollege of Education, Health & Public PolicyCollege of Mathematics, Natural Sciences & TechnologySchool of Graduate Studies and Research  Other LinksUniversity LibrariesStudent Support CenterRecords OfficeOffice of TestingUniversity Art GalleryAssessment OfficeEarly College High School   Programs and ResearchLand Grant ProgramsSponsored ResearchInstitutional ResearchContinuing EducationInternational ProgramsTitle III ProgramHonors ProgramHBCU-UP SMILE ProgramCollective Bargaining Agreement2010-2015 Collective Bargaining AgreementStrategic InitiativesThe following are itemsof interest that pertainto the University community.PRIDE 2020 Strategic PlanRetention ReportUndergraduate AcademicAdvising HandbookStudent Learning GoalsMSCHE AccreditationReport to DSU Faculty, Administration, Trustees, and Students from the Evaluation Team representing MSCHEMiddle States Commission on Higher EducationGlossary  
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Dr. Bradley Skelcher
Associate Provost
302-857-7604
bskelcher@desu.edu

Alicia A Davis,  EdS
Budget Analyst
302-857-6104
aadavis@desu.ed@desu.ed

Georgeann Hayward
Special Assistant to the Provost
302-857-6100
ghayward@desu.edu

La-Toya Fletcher
Administrative Assistant
302-857-6100
lfletcher@desu.edu

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.

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