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    Endicott College
   
 
  Nov 23, 2017
 
 
    
2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Division of Academic Resources


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The Division of Academic Resources works collaboratively with the Endicott community to provide access to information resources and services, technology, and academic support programs. These services are provided by the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Department of Academic Technology, the Center for Teaching Excellence, the honors program, and the Halle Library.

 

The Center for Teaching and Learning

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The Center for Teaching and Learning, located in the Diane M. Halle Library, provides a wide range of services to all students seeking a successful academic experience. Students are encouraged to participate actively in their learning through an understanding of the skills, strategies, and techniques needed to achieve their academic goals. Various programs that focus on content instruction and study skills are offered on an individualized or group basis.

The Advising Services Center

The Advising Services Center (ASC) is located in the Diane M. Halle Library and is open six days a week, with daytime and evening hours. ASC provides one-to-one sessions on the various majors, concentrations, and minor options available.  Students may schedule an appointment, drop in with questions, or attend one of several workshops offered each semester.  Topics include: the online registration process, the use of degree audit, the course of study, policies and procedures for adding, dropping, or withdrawing from classes and/or changing majors, and the components of the College-wide curriculum including core electives and writing designated courses.  The Center also helps prepare students for their pre-advising meetings with faculty advisors.

EC101: Endicott Transitions

This course addresses the challenges of incoming students and provides strategies for success in an academic community. The course assists students in the development of knowledge pertaining to social skills, academic resources, the Endicott mission and traditions, Endicott policies and procedures, and the meaning of a college education. Students are encouraged to reflect on both their own development and methods for contributing to the community.

Peer Tutor Certification  Program

Peer tutors are highly qualified students who are trained and certified following the guidelines of the College Reading and Learning Association. Peer tutors are successful students who have achieved a 3.0 GPA or higher, have been recommended by a faculty member, and have received a B or above in all of the courses they tutor. Tutors are available in a wide variety of courses across the curriculum. They work in the Writing Center,  provide tutoring across disciplines, and are also available for one-on-one or small group sessions by request.

Student Support Program

The Student Support Program offers professional learning consultation two hours per week to help students develop appropriate learning strategies that will enable them to be in control of their own education. Course work is closely monitored through frequent contact with faculty and consistent recording of progress. The Student Support Program is available each semester for an additional fee.

Tutoring Services Program

The Tutoring Services Program  is offered free of charge and is designed to enhance the educational experiences of all students at Endicott College. Through individualized tutoring with professional and/or peer tutors, students may receive support in a variety of disciplines, either in small groups or one-on-one sessions. Students may view the schedule online to make an appointment or drop into Tutoring Services  when the tutors are available.  The Tutoring Services Program is available Sunday through Friday, with day and evening hours available. Several Study Skills workshops are also offered each semester for those students interested in more generalized study strategies.

The Writing Center

The Writing Center provides free one-on-one assistance with all aspects of the writing process through professional and/or peer tutoring. Students may make appointments online or drop in to the Writing Center, which is open on weekdays, evenings, and Sundays. Writing tutors work with any Endicott student - undergraduate or graduate - on any type of writing. The Writing Center also offers workshops and online writing resources. 

The Academic Technology Department

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The Academic Technology Department, located in the Diane Meyers Halle Library and the Samuel C. Wax Academic Center, provides a comprehensive approach to technology-integrated education. Students are able to develop their computer skills through learning experiences appropriate for a variety of educational, occupational, and personal applications.  In addition to helping students become computer literate, the Academic Technology Department assists faculty in their efforts to integrate technology in their course curricula.

The Academic Technology Department is comprised of six state-of-the art computer labs. Two PC labs are located in the Diane Meyers Halle Library building, one in the Van Loan School of Graduate and Professional Studies, and two Mac labs plus a digital printing lab are located in the new Center for the Visual and Performing Arts. The labs are equipped with some of the most powerful and sophisticated software and hardware technologies available to date. The labs function both as classrooms and as areas in which students can pursue independent projects. All of the labs provide access to the Internet/World Wide Web, enabling students to conduct research and to communicate around the world. Students also have access to the labs between scheduled classes both day and evening. A number of computers are also available for student use outside of the computer labs. These are located in the Library proper and in the Cyber Café.

All students are given email accounts and have access to GullNet, Endicott’s web portal and learning  management system. GullNet allows faculty and students to share files and communicate online via discussion boards and chat rooms and even complete online assignments and quizzes.

In addition to the six full computer labs, there are  43  classrooms, including three  science labs,  a mini Interior Design lab,  and a nursing lab, which are enhanced with either computer-mediated or “Smart” instructional technology. Media Services supplies a host of audio, visual, and multimedia equipment to support the academic programs. The Scangas Center for Media and Learning includes a state-of-the-art broadcast and multimedia production facility. All Endicott College classrooms and residence halls are equipped with Internet connectivity via fiber optic cable, and all academic areas are wireless.

Academic Technology also supports the College’s laptop program, which is explained in detail below.

Laptop Program

College Laptop Requirement

All incoming students are required to bring a laptop to campus that meets the specifications of their respective majors, which will be posted on their website.  If a Department does not indicate a particular laptop specification, the general College laptop specifications, located on the IT website under Hardware Recommendations, will be used.  Students may use the specifications to purchase a laptop of their choice, or they may take advantage of the College Laptop Purchase Package as described below.   Please note: Students in the Interior Design program and students in the School of Business have specific purchase requirements explained below.

Laptop Requirement for Business

Participation in the Endicott College Laptop Purchase Program is mandatory for all students in the School of Business, starting with the freshman class for Fall 2010, as described below. (Please refer to the School of Business website for specific program information.)

College Laptop Purchase Package

The purchase package will be offered to students through our website.  There is no semester fee for this program.  It provides students with an excellent value on hardware, accidental damage coverage and on-campus support.  Students who participate in the program will receive the following benefits:

•    Standardized hardware and software build

•    Extended warranty and accidental damage policy

•    On-campus service

•    Loaners on a first-come, first-served basis if the laptop needs to be left for service

•    Laptop trade-in option

•    Opportunity to upgrade the laptop’s specifications for a higher cost

For more information, please go to the technology “Partnerships” page on our website.

Please note: Non-Business or Interior Design students who choose not to take advantage of the College purchase package are expected to have a maintenance agreement with an outside service provider in the event that they experience hardware issues with their laptop computers.

A printer is strongly recommended to print personal material for courses and assignments. We recommend an inexpensive inkjet printer (HP or similar).

Interior Design Laptop Program

Because of the specialized technology requirements of the major, students in the Interior Design program are required to participate in a laptop program designed specifically for them.  Interior Design students will pay a fee each semester, and during fall orientation they will receive a laptop loaded with the software and settings required for their program.  They will keep the laptop until the beginning of their third year at Endicott when they will exchange the computer for a new model.  Software is updated each year as new versions are released. This “refresh cycle” ensures that Interior Design students will have access to the latest technology available and will receive professional, timely service.  Should their laptops need to go in for repairs, Interior Design students will receive a loaner configured specifically for this program.  Interior Design students who remain at the College for four years will keep their laptops upon graduation at no extra charge.  If a student leaves before completing the program, he or she will be given the opportunity to buy out the lease on the computer or return it to Endicott.

The Center for Teaching Excellence

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The Center for Teaching Excellence provides support and training for all teaching faculty at Endicott College. Services include individualized consultation and syllabus review, and mentoring of new faculty. The Center is also responsible for organizing training workshops and discussion groups focusing on all aspects of classroom instruction and academic advising.

The Diane Meyers Halle Library

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The Diane Meyers Halle Library supports the curriculum with a collection of over 120,000 volumes and access to over 48,000 periodical titles via print or electronic means and titles on microform and in multimedia formats. Membership in the North of Boston Library Exchange (NOBLE), a consortium of 28 academic and public libraries, provides direct access to over three million items. Access to the Massachusetts Virtual Catalog enables library users to search and request materials from hundreds of public and private libraries across the Commonwealth, representing many millions of collected titles. The integrated, user-friendly Web-based catalog allows patrons to search the Diane M. Halle Library collection or any and all libraries in the NOBLE consortium and the Massachusetts Virtual Catalog with a few keystrokes. Free, daily delivery service among NOBLE libraries expedites the transfer of requested materials owned by both NOBLE libraries and materials located throughout Massachusetts. On-site reciprocal borrowing privileges between NOBLE member libraries are also available. The Library’s electronic resources include a variety of licensed full-text academic journal and newspaper databases, representing thousands of unique journal titles and hundreds of thousands of individual journal articles across disciplines. Library staff provides both individual assistance and group instruction to support students with their current research and information needs, and to develop information literacy skills that will facilitate lifelong learning.

Honors Program: Endicott Scholars

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The Endicott Scholars is an interdisciplinary honors program that challenges Endicott’s most able and ambitious students to engage closely with ideas from a broad array of fields of study and to undertake independent research. For a full description, please see Honors and Awards .