Divison of Behavioral and Social Sciences
As part of our commitment to our students, and to the principle of academic excellence, we encourage curricular and extra-curricular practices within the department designed to enhance the college experience of our students. We believe these practices will...
- Simplify yet strengthen the learning process
- Improve student academic performance
- Ensure an excellent educational experience for our students
- Promote fellowship among students and faculty
- Guide students into the best career path
- Web-Based Grade Book: A web-based grade book provides students with convenient internet access to all of their grades for a particular class. By being able to easily and frequently check their class performance, students will know the exact nature of their performance and are thus more likely to succeed.
- Electronic Submission of Assignments: In many of our classes, when possible, students submit their homework assignments electronically. Rather than physically bringing a paper to the professor, students simply save a copy of the paper onto a specified network drive or attach it to an email. This reduces lost or forgotten homework, it can save student printing expenses, and is environmentally friendly.
- Course Evaluations: We as faculty are committed to providing students the opportunity to give us feedback on their learning experience. We use this feedback to make improvements for the next time we teach that course. In addition to an end-of-semester evaluation, in some classes a mid-semester evaluation is done so that feedback can influence the course that semester.
- Career and Graduate Resource Center: The department maintains a list of online articles, print resources, and web sites that have invaluable information relevant to making career and graduate school choices. The resources are organized by category and usefulness. As a department, we believe it is crucial to ensure our students are prepared for life after graduation.
- Academic and Career Seminars: Each semester the department invites students to an informative meeting where they can interact with other students in the department, learn strategies for navigating their degree successfully, and learn specific procedures for moving on in their career or graduate school choice. These seminars give students the nuts-and-bolts of the academic process.
- Focused Advising: Every student in the department is assigned a specific faculty advisor according to the student's interests. Recognizing that a degree is not just a set of courses, we value the opportunity to meet with our students regularly to discuss their academic and career choices. Meeting with our students outside of class allows us to give individualized attention to each student's needs and concerns.
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