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William C. Jason Library, 2nd Floor
Hours: Mon - Fri  8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m
302-857-7542 Office
302-857-7538 Fax
 

 

 

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Academic Services for Student-Athletes (ASSA), housed on the 2nd Floor of the William C. Jason Library, serves as the academic arm of Delaware State University Athletics. The unit houses five full-time staff members, including a Senior Associate Athletic Director, four Academic Counselors. Academic Services for Student-Athletes serves approximately 300 scholarship and non-scholarship athletes in 18 NCAA Division I sports. Current Student-Athletes Welcome Letter Policy Manual Handbook & Planner ASSA Calendar My DESU NCAA Academic Requirements at a Glance Book Purchase and Return Policy Log-on for Text Rental Forms Library     Prospective Student-Athletes Mission Statement NCAA Initial Eligibility Transfer Students International Students Apply to DSU Academic Orientation for Student-Athletes 2013-2014                   Life Skills Student Athletes  Advisory Committees (SAAC) Awards and Recognition Career Development             Welcome to "GradesFirst" DSU ATHLETICS PARTNERS WITH WILLIAMS COMMUNICATIONS       DSU Administration Faculty Academic Representative Graduation Success Rates (FED) NCAA Academic Progress Rate​ Statistical Results: Spring 2014                   Academic Services Study Tips and Learning Strategies Study Hall Policies Tutorial Support Office of Student Accessibility Services Other Academic Services                 Tools You Can Use RENT-A-TEXT DSU Athletic Press Releases Frequently Asked Questions                            
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Meet Our Staff


 
Dr. Sonja McCoy
Associate Athletic Director
Phone number: (302) 857-7542
Fax: (302) 857-7538
 
Assistant Director 
Phone number: (302) 857-6038
Fax: (302) 857-7538
 
Dr. Patrick Hairston
Academic Counselor
Phone number: (302) 857-7974
Fax: (302) 857-7538
 
Academic Counselor
Phone Number: (302) 857-7079
Fax: (302) 857-7538
 
Academic Counselor
Phone Number: (302) 857-7415
Fax:  (302) 857-7538
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Awards and Honors

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Academic Services for Student-Athletes HONORS AND AWARDS   Academic Services for Student-Athletes experienced unprecedented success during the past and present academic years. The achievement of our student-athletes is a testament to the countless hours spent in study hall; performing in the classroom; student dedication; and academic services staff interaction with students, faculty and staff. Our coaches and support staff are to be commended for the assistance they provided while following up on requests for academic improvement throughout the years. The following outlines some of the highlights from the year, starting with a recap from the DSU Student-Athlete Scholars of the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) Commissioner’s All – Academic Team 2013-2014 Honors Celebration Award, culminating with many of our student-athletes being recognized for individual and team academic honors.   Please take a moment to view and join us in congratulating our Delaware State University student-athletes honor awardees (click below to view).     2009 – 2010  Departmental Scholars 2009 – 2010  Academic Excellence Awards by College 2009 – 2010  National Honor Societies Inductees   2010 – 2011  Departmental Scholars 2010 – 2011  Academic Excellence Awards by College 2010 – 2011  National Honor Societies Inductees 2011 – 2012 Departmental Scholars 2011 – 2012 Academic Excellence Awards by College 2011 – 2012 National Honor Societies Inductees   2009     President’s and Deans List: Student-Athletes (Fall Semester) 2010     President’s and Deans List: Student-Athletes (Spring Semester) 2010     President's and Deans List: Student-Athletes (Fall Semester) 2011     President's and Deans List: Student-Athletes (Spring Semester) 2011     President's and Deans List: Student-Athletes (Fall Semester) 2012     President's and Deans List: Student-Athletes (Spring Semester) 2012     President's and Deans List: Student-Athletes (Fall Semester) 2013     President's and Deans List: Student-Athletes (Spring Semester) 2014     President's and Dean's List Student-Athletes (Spring Semester)   2009     Hornet Academic Honor Roll: Student-Athletes by Sport (Fall Semester) 2010     Hornet Academic Honor Roll: Student-Athletes by Sport (Spring Semester) 2010     Hornet Academic Honor Roll: Student-Athletes by Sport (Fall Semester) 2011     Hornet Academic Honor Roll: Student-Athletes by Sport (Spring Semester) 2011     Hornet Academic Honor Roll: Student-Athletes by Sport (Fall Semester) 2012     Hornet Academic Honor Roll: Student-Athletes by Sport (Spring Semester) 2012     Hornet Academic Honor Roll: Student-Athletes by Sport (Fall Semester) 2013     Hornet Academic Honor Roll: Student-Athletes by Sport (Spring Semester) 2014     Hornet Academic Honor Roll: Student-Athletes by Sport (Spring Semester)   2009     Men’s and Women’s Sport Term/Cumulative GPA (Fall Semester) 2010     Men’s and Women’s Sport Term/Cumulative GPA (Spring Semester) 2010     Men's and Women's Sport Term/Cumulative GPA (Fall Semester) 2011     Men's and Women's Sport Term/Cumulative GPA (Spring Semester) 2011     Men's and Women's Sport Term/Cumulative GPA (Fall Semester) 2012     Men's and Women's Sport Term/Cumulative GPA (Spring Semester) 2012     Men's and Women's Sport Term/Cumulative GPA (Fall Semester) 2013     Men's and Women's Sport Term/Cumulative GPA (Spring Semester) 2013     Men's and Women's Sport Term/Cumulative GPA (Fall Semester) 2014     Men's and Women's Sport Team/Cumulative GPA (Spring Semester)        

Alton Thompson, Ph.D.

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Dr. Alton Thompson is the provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Delaware State University (DSU).  As DSU’s chief academic officer, he oversees all operations related to academic planning and budgeting; program evaluation, assessment and accreditation; educational policies and procedures; professional development; promotion and tenure of faculties, and strategic planning.  His collaborative, energetic and enthusiastic style of leadership has elevated all aspects of the University related to teaching, learning, scholarship and research. Prior to joining Delaware State in July 2010, Thompson was a tenured professor and dean and executive director for Agricultural Programs in the School of Agriculture and Environmental Sciences at North Carolina A&T State University for eight years and then served as interim provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs for two years. He earned his bachelor’s degree at North Carolina Central University and his master’s and doctorate from The Ohio State University. Thompson’s academic specialty is in the interface of statistics, research methods, demography, and rural sociology. His research has resulted in the publication of 25 articles in refereed journals, seven book chapters, and a book entitled “Quality of Life among Rural Residents in North Carolina: Community and Life Satisfaction."  His research focus includes agromedicine, rural poverty/development, labor economics, and the structure of agriculture.  Thompson’s grantsmanship has resulted in more than $5.5 million in extra-mural research funds.  Thompson was inducted into the USDA/National Institute of Food and Agriculture Hall of Fame in 2010 and he has also served in leadership roles on the Board of Agriculture Assembly for the Association of Public and State Universities, the 1890 Council of Deans of Agriculture, the Ford Foundation’s Rural Economic Policy Program, Census of Agriculture Advisory Panel of the National Council on Food, Agricultural and Resource Economics, and the Southern Governors’ Southern Growth Policies Board.  Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors of Carolina Farm Credit and the Rural Advancement Fund International. These combined experiences provide him with a depth of understanding of the issues facing the colleges and divisions at Delaware State University.  
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Dr. Alton Thompson

Alton Thompson, Ph.D.
Provost and Executive 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

Forms Library for Student-Athletes

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For the convenience of our student-athletes, below you will find the most frequently used forms in electronic versions requested by many. To access a particular form, you simply click on the name of the form requested and download it, (forms are in Adobe Acrobat format).   Although, it is ASSA primary goal to provide our student-athletes with up-to-date information, forms may become outdated. Should you come across such a situation, we asked that you please contact us as soon as possible so that we may immediately take corrective action.   If you are aware of any forms that you would like for inclusion to this site, please email your recommendation(s) to our Content Manager. Thank you.     ► Change of Major/Minor Form   ► Change of Student Personal Data Information Form   ► Course Request Form   ► Course Substitution Form.   ► Memorandum of Agreement: Study Hall Rules and Guidelines Form   ► Minor Verification Form   ► Request for Overload Form   ► Senior Audit Sheet for Graduation Form   ► Student Request to Enroll in Courses at another Institution for Transfer Credit Form   ► Student-Athletes Certification of Compliance Form: ASSA Policy and Procedures Manual   ► Time Management Grid for Student-Athletes   ► Tutor Request Form.    ►  Off-Site Tutoring Request Form   ► Undergraduate Application for Graduation Form  

Student-Athlete Advisory Committees (SAACs)

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A student-athlete advisory committee (SAAC) is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience. The SAAC also offers input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on NCAA member institution campuses. Presently, there are separate national SAACs for NCAA Divisions I, II and III. NCAA legislation mandates that all member institutions have SAACs on their respective campuses. Further, NCAA legislation requires that all member conferences have SAACs.   The information that follows will assist you in understanding how the network of SAACs, from individual campus committees to the conference and/or national committees, interact and support one another to shape intercollegiate athletics policy and enhance the student-athlete experience.   For detail information about Delaware State University S.A.A.C., please feel free to  contact Ms. Mary Hill, Associate AD/SWA 302-857-7633          

Mission and Vision Statements

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  Mission Statement Academic Services for Student-Athletes   Our mission is to provide comprehensive services that will prepare our student-athletes to compete and be successful in the classroom, ultimately fostering an environment conducive to graduating. We are customer-service oriented when engaging with prospective student-athletes and their families. We will be leaders in our conference and provide professional development opportunities to our staff so they can effectively master their craft of service to student-athletes.   Vision Statement Academic Services for Student Athletes   We believe the resources for academic success at Delaware State University are abundant, and we are committed to leading the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) with improved Academic Progress Rate (APR) data, Graduation Rate data, and student-athlete scholars who perform at and above the competitive standards within the conference. It is our belief that ‘team first, individuals second’ will create a new synergy of HORNET Pride.  

NCAA Faculty Athletic Representative

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WELCOME! Briefly, my role as the Faculty Athletics’ Representative at Delaware State University is to: Report to the President of the University; Assure the academic integrity of the athletics program; Monitor the academic performance of the student-athletes; Deliver academic services to student-athletes; Monitor the student-athlete experience; Meet with the Student-Athlete Advisory Board; Take part in exit interviews of student-athletes as they depart the University; Certify eligibility of student-athletes; Assist with inquiries into alleged or suspected rules violations; and Serve as the chairperson of the Hornets Athletics Advisory Board (HAAB).   The HAAB consists of faculty, administrators, and staff who work to make the DSU experience for all student-athletes as productive, and pleasant as possible.      As the Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR) for Delaware State University, I invite current and prospective student-athletes to feel free to contact me or stop by my office regarding any academic and/or student well-being questions, concerns, and/or suggestions.   Dr. Charlie Wilson   Science Center 148 302-857-6519 cwilson@desu.edu    

Other Academic Services Available for Student-Athletes

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The following services provided by the Academic Support Center located at W. C. Jason Library, 2nd floor.  Please contact the Office of Academic Services at 302-857- 6385 for updates or change of venue. The Academic Support Center is a unit within the Division of Academic Enrichment.   Drop-In Writing Center: Room 207 Student-athletes may drop-in for assistance with any writing assignments. PLATO Reading and Writing is available.   Lab Hours * Hours are posted on lab door each semester.   Drop-In Mathematics Center: Room 212A Students may drop-in for assistance with any Mathematics assignments. Professional staff and peer tutors are available to assist students with solving Mathematics problems in Introduction to Algebra, Algebra A&B, College Algebra, Survey of Mathematics I & II, Trigonometry, and Finite Mathematics. All peer tutors have faculty recommendations, meet strict grade standards, and are trained by the Mathematics Center Coordinator. PLATO Math is available Lab Hours * Hours are posted on lab door each semester.   Drop-in Computer Lab: Room 205 and 206 The Coordinator serves as a resource for technical assistance, information, and study sessions. Students are required to have a current pass code issued by the Academic Computing Office (located at Bank of America Building, Room 313) in order to gain access to computers. .  Lab Hours * Monday-Thursday 9:00am-9:00pm Friday 9:00am-3:00pm (Hours subject to change).  * The Center employs the “drop-in” system, thus no appointment or pre-registration is necessary to participate.   Office of Disability Services: Room 214 Student-athletes with documented learning or physical disabilities may request reasonable accommodations to address their specific needs. In addition, student-athletes, who are struggling with understanding coursework while documenting solid effort, may ask for a screening and/or consultation. Student with temporary disabilities may also apply for services.   Staying-On Course Program (SOC): Room 213 Student-athletes on Academic Probation or Readmitted Suspension are required to participate in academic enrichment activities that promote their return to Academic Good Standing. In addition, students on the SOC program must take and successfully pass a 3 credit elective course titled Learning Strategies for Academic Success, (unless previously taken and passed).     Supplemental Instruction Program (SI): Room 212A Supplemental Instruction (SI) offers weekly study sessions to students taking “historically” difficult course. SI participants meet with their leader and classmates outside of class to discuses challenging concepts and develop study strategies. Students develop a better understanding of course content and learn how to effectively test themselves.  

Study Tips and Learning Strategies

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Academic Study Tips: Links You Can Use… These websites offers academic support tips, tools and links to assist you in your academic courses at Delaware State University. The Academic Services for Student-Athletes (ASSA) Program focuses on building skills to be a successful student-athlete, to adjust to the many transitions during the undergraduate experience.  Please feel free to scroll down to the desired subject heading website, and click on it.   For additional information, or assistance, please do not hesitate to visit or call our NCAA Learning Specialist located at the W.C. Jason Library on the 2nd floor, or call 302-857-7304. You may also e-mail her at rdurrington@desu.edu   GENERAL SKILLS WEBSITES:   ► This site is designed for students of all ages. Gives different approaches to studying in a very simple way and includes examples on techniques involved:  www.how-to-study.com   ►This site has a ton of material on many areas of study:   www.studygs.net Includes test-taking approaches Includes Math, Science, Writing and Reading basics Science links include Lab safety and how to write lab reports Math includes solving linear equations and practice tests ► This site provides On-line study skills workshops:     ► This site provides Study Skills checklist:    ► This site provides a Learning Styles Chart: www.chaminade.org   ► This site provides On-line Academic success and learning strategy videos: http://www.dartmouth.edu/~acskills/videos/index.html   ► This site covers listening, memorization, note-taking, reading improvement, procrastination, test preparation (including essay prep), time management strategies and schedules: www.sas.calpoly.edu/asc/ssl.html     MATH SKILLS WEBSITES:   ► This site provides lower level math help. However, helps with simple concepts such as percents, practical math, statistics, geometry, and exponents: www.aaamath.com/   ► "Ask Dr. Math," Questions and answers about various math topics: http://mathforum.org/library/drmath/drmath.college.html   ► This site provides math reference links, including Internet Mathematics Library for College and Grad level students: http://mathforum.org/students/college/ref.html   ► This site helps with beginning, college, and intermediate algebra which include over 100 different tutorials that range from help with multiplication to graphing inequalities:  http://www.wtamu.edu/academic/anns/mps/math/mathlab/   ► This site provides step- by- step explanations for topics in calculus. Also includes calculus applets and animations. In addition, provides links to sample exams from colleges and universities from the United States and tips for preparing for a calculus exam: http://www.calculus.org/   ► This site contains tutorials in flash player (flash is needed). It is described in easy to understand terms. The site is currently adding more information, so only topics from limits to The Chain Rule are available: http://www.calculus-help.com/funstuff/phobe.html   ►This site consists of java applets that help with understanding algebraic, trigonometric, geometric, and calculus topics: http://www.univie.ac.at/future.media/moe/galerie.html   SCIENCE SKILLS WEBSITES:   ► This site provides General Chemistry help. Includes practice tests, glossary for terms, lab information, and topic review:     ► This site provides Organic Chemistry help, same content as website above:    ► This site provides a breakdown of chemistry topics usually found in high school and beginning chemistry courses; Provides charts and diagrams: http://www.chemistrylecturenotes.com/index.html   ► This site provides Physics terms: http://www.launc.tased.edu.au/online/sciences/physics/tutes1.html   ► This site provides a list of terms and explanations for physics concepts; Organized by an index: http://www.physics247.com/physics-help/index.shtml   ► This site provides general physics information aimed at high school and college students: http://www.splung.com/   ► This site provides interactive problems using java and flash involving general physics concepts from friction to Einstein’s theory of relativity: http://www.fearofphysics.com/index1.htm   ► This site includes a large list of topics for college level biology:  http://users.rcn.com/jkimball.ma.ultranet/BiologyPages/T/TOC.html   ► This site provides tutorials and in-depth explanations for many topics found in high school and college level biology: http://www.biology.arizona.edu/site.html  

Tutorial Support

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Academic Services for Student-Athletes (ASSA) Tutoring Policy The Office of Academic Services for Student-Athlete provides via of the Office of Academic Enrichment a free individualized tutoring program to student-athletes in a wide variety of academic courses, such as, but not limited to English, Mathematics, Biology, Chemistry, Accounting, and Foreign Language. The procedure for getting a tutor starts as soon as the student-athlete realizes a need for additional help in a particular subject course(s).  Request for a Tutor - Procedures To request for a tutor, the student-athlete should contact their respective ASSA counselor and apply through the “GRADESFIRST” system, located at the W.C. Jason Library, 2nd floor.  All tutoring sessions must be held in the W.C. Jason library, or an approved academic building on campus. Please note:  once you have logged-in onto GradesFirst, select and click “Request Tutor Appt.” for the appropriate class; you should be navigated to the “I am Available on…” screen, point and click anywhere within the box.  GradesFirst will now ask to provide day and times you are available, in addition please enter your DSU ID number and the five (5) digit CRN number. Once a student-athlete completes the “Tutor Request” process, he or she will be notified within 48 hours, for either a one-on-one or small group tutoring session at a mutually agreed time. Guidelines for the most effective tutoring process, please: Be on time for all sessions. Tutors are a support system for all student-athletes and their time is valuable. Be prepared and organized for your sessions. Bring all materials to your tutor session. Take good, legible notes in class and bring the notes to your session. Prepare questions in advance for your tutoring session. Turn off your cell phone during your session. Be respectful of yourself, your tutor, and those around you. Communicate honestly with your tutor. Do your own work. Your tutors are not responsible for completing your assignments. They are responsible for assisting you in gaining a greater understanding of the concepts and materials you are working with. Important: Please attend all your scheduled tutoring sessions. If you are not able to attend a scheduled session, please contact your tutor at least 24 hours in advance to reschedule. A student athlete needs to follow up with the Academic Tutor, in so doing please: Let your Academic Councellor know when you where contacted by the tutor advisor Report all missed schedule appointment Demonstrate the process that is being made with the tutor advisor. Let the Academic Tutor know when you have completed your tutoring service.        

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