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    Endicott College
   
 
  Nov 23, 2017
 
 
    
2015-2016 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Division of Academic Resources


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The Division of Academic Resources, located in the Diane M. Halle Library, works collaboratively with the Endicott community to provide access to information and library resources, advising services, professional development, disability services, technology, and academic support programs.  Academic Resources 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.

Disability Services

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Disability Services complies with the mandates of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 Title II; and the ADA Amendments Act of 2008 (ADAAA), which prohibit discrimination against individuals with disabilities. Endicott seeks to provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals as stated by law. Accommodations provide qualified individuals equal opportunity to obtain the same benefit or privilege as those without a disability. Students requesting accommodations must self-identify and provide appropriate documentation of their disability. The office also collaborates with the Veterans Integration to Academic Leadership (VITAL) program in providing services and accommodations to our veterans.

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 available for one-on-one or small group sessions by request.

Student Support Center

The Student Support Center is available each semester for an additional fee. The Student Support Center 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. Students are taught how to break down their academic tasks into distinct, achievable steps. Students learn to convert academic tasks into action stages using universal learning strategies.

Tutoring Center

The Tutoring Center offers free services 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-in to the Tutoring Center when the tutors are available.  The Tutoring Center is open 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 Tutoring Center is certified through the College Reading and Learning Association.

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 Writing Center is certified through the College Reading and Learning Association.

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 five state-of-the art computer labs and multiple departmental specialty labs located throughout the campus. Additionally, there are approximately 80 mediated, technology enhanced and interactive classrooms. 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 internet access, 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. There are also public computers available for student use in the Library proper and in the Cyber Café.

Academic Technology also supports the learning community with state-of-the art web applications, such as MyEndicott and Canvas (the College’s two learning management systems), Big Blue Button (a synchronous web based distance learning application) and Mediacore (a cloud-based multimedia management and distribution system).

In addition, Academic Technology supports the campus multimedia needs in several areas. Media Services, an Academic Technology department, supplies a host of audio-visual and multimedia equipment to support the academic programs. The Digital Media Center includes a state-of-the-art broadcast and multimedia production facility. The Scala digital signage system located throughout the campus, displays the latest events and news from campus and the world and plays programming from ECTV, the student run campus TV station.

Academic Technology also supports student laptops, the requirements of which are explained in detail below.

College Laptop Requirements

General Laptop Requirement

All incoming students are required to bring laptops to campus that meet the specifications of their respective majors, which are posted on the web page of the major.  If a School or Department does not indicate a particular laptop specification, the general College laptop specifications, located on the Endicott College website under Laptop Program Support-Hardware, should be used.  Students may use the specifications to purchase laptops of their choice, or they may take advantage of the College Laptop Purchase Package as described below.  Please note: Students in the Interior Design, Graphic Design, and Photography programs and students in the School of Business have specific purchase requirements as explained below.

Laptop Requirement for Business

All incoming business students are required to bring either PC laptops or Macbooks to campus that meets the general College laptop specifications, located on the Endicott College website under Laptop Program Support-Hardware. Students may use the specifications to purchase laptops of their choice or they may take advantage of the College Laptop Purchase Package as described below.

Incoming business students may use either a PC laptop or Macbook; however, it is the students’ responsibility to ensure they are able to run the software applications required by their classes. The School of Business operates primarily in a Windows environment, and some required software applications may not work properly in the Mac operating system. One of the required packages used throughout the curriculum is Microsoft Office for Windows, or Microsoft Office 365 University.

Important Note to Mac Users:
All Macbooks manufactured in the last few years have an Intel processor and can therefore be dual booted into a Windows environment. All students enrolled in The School of Business who have Macbooks are required to have Windows 7or newer installed, and another application such as Boot Camp (comes free with Macbooks) or Parallels, in order to use their Mac as a Windows laptop.

Additionally, business and accounting students are required to have Microsoft Office Professional 2010 or higher, or Microsoft Office 365 University for Windows. Students will be informed of other required software applications on a course by course basis.

Interior Design Laptop Program

All incoming interior design students are required to bring either PC laptops or Macbooks to campus that meets the specifications of the Interior Design program. 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 later in this page.

The 2015 minimum specifications for interior design PC laptops or Macbooks will be posted on the Academic Technology and interior design websites as they become available.

Important Note to Mac Users:
Incoming interior design students may use either PC laptops or Macbooks; however it is the student’s responsibility to ensure they are able to run the software applications required by their classes. The interior design department operates primarily in a Windows environment and some required software applications do not work properly in the Mac operating system. Therefore all students enrolled in the interior design program who have Macbooks are required to have Windows 7 installed, and another application such as Boot Camp (comes free with Macbooks) or Parallels, in order to use their Mac as a Windows laptop. All Macbooks manufactured in the last few years have an Intel processor and can therefore be dual booted into Windows.

Additionally, interior design students are required to have the Autodesk software suite installed on their laptops. There is a free student version available for download from the Autodesk website which will satisfy this requirement. Students will be informed of other required software applications from their instructors.

Graphic Design and Photography Laptop Program

All incoming graphic design and photography students are required to bring a Macbook that meets the specifications of their  major. Students may use the specifications to purchase laptops of their choice or they may take advantage of the College Laptop Purchase Package as described in these pages.

The 2014 minimum specifications for graphic design and photography Macbooks and other recommended software and hardware, will be posted on the Academic Technology and Visual Communications websites as they become available.

Hard Drives and Storage
We recommend a portable USB hard drive of at least 500 GB or larger with a 7200 rpm spin rate (note check the model specs for this feature and triple interface (USB, Firewire 800/400). This interface is recommended as a failsafe against the failure of a single connection, however a single interface drive will work as well.

Recommended Software

Recommended Additional Warranty

* (* included in purchase package):

  • AppleCare Protection Plan for MacBook Pro

For more information: Please contact the School of Visual And Performing Arts at 978-232-2250.

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 anti-virus protection
  • 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

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

Please note: Students who choose not to take advantage of the College Laptop Purchase Package are expected to have a maintenance agreement with an outside service provider in the event they experience hardware issues with their laptops.

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

The Diane Meyers Halle Library

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The Diane Meyers Halle Library serves the Endicott College Community as a hub of information resources and is a major source of support for the College’s academic curriculum. The Library environment, both physical and online, is designed to be welcoming and friendly, conducive to research and all styles of inquiry. Approximately 120,000 volumes in the Library, and digital subscription access to over 130,000 academic ebooks support academic programming. An array of library-licensed periodical and research databases, many featuring full-text content, collectively represent over 80,000 unique periodical title resources. Reference librarians are available to provide both individual assistance and group instruction to support students with their research and information needs, and to develop information literacy skills that will facilitate lifelong learning. Halle Library’s 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 efficiently search the Halle Library collection or any and all libraries in the NOBLE consortium and the Massachusetts Virtual Catalog. Daily delivery service among NOBLE libraries expedites the transfer of requested materials. On-site reciprocal borrowing privileges between NOBLE member libraries are also available. Halle Library is part of the Division of Academic Resources, which strives to enhance and enrich the academic experience of all Endicott College students.