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Students can take advantage of a number of first-class technology resources available at Temple University, including the TECH (Teaching, Education, Collaboration and Help) Center, a 75,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art technology facility located on Main Campus at 12th Street and Montgomery Avenue. The TECH Center contains 700 computers available for student use; 13 breakout rooms for collaboration and group study; specialized labs, including video editing, recording booths, music composition, graphic design and multimedia studio; social space with lounge areas and plasma televisions, and a Starbucks café. In addition, for the convenience of students, there is 24-hour access to the center. For more information on the TECH Center, go to http://techcenter.temple.edu.
A 24-hour Help Desk is also located in the TECH Center. At the help desk, professional consultants offer technical assistance on a wide range of computer topics. To obtain assistance, students can stop by the Help Desk on the first floor of the TECH Center, call 215-204-8000, or send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org.
In order to use the computer resources at the TECH Center as well as Temple's numerous applications and systems available online, you will need your AccessNet username and password. With this login information, you can gain entry to the TUportal web site (http://tuportal.temple.edu), a single gateway to the university's most popular services, including TUmail, Blackboard, Self Service Banner, Diamond Dollars, My Backpack, and My Housing.
TUmail is an integrated e-mail system accessible anywhere on the internet to students using a web browser or software such as Microsoft Outlook or Google Mail. The Blackboard system enables faculty and students to share coursework materials and discuss topics online. Self Service Banner allows students to view course prerequisites and register for classes, view rosters, check grades, view account balances and financial aid information, and pay bills, all on the web.
For up-to-date information on the rapidly-changing nature of technology at Temple, including wireless access and security awareness initiatives, go to the Computer Services web site at www.temple.edu/cs.
For the locations of Computer Services Help Desks at Ambler, Fort Washington, TUCC and the Health Sciences Center, go to the Walk-In Support section of the Computer Services web site (www.temple.edu/cs/helpdesk/contact/walkin.htm).
The Ambler Learning Center on Ambler Campus is a state-of-the-art facility incorporating smart classrooms, wireless technology, new computer labs/classrooms, breakout room and study lounges.
The Academic Resource Center was created to serve the needs of Temple University students who have not yet decided on a school/college or major. The team of professionally trained and dedicated academic advisors will assist students in navigating the transition to campus life as well as provide academic and career exploration assistance to our students. Services include individual and group advising appointments, academic success workshops, and major exploration programs all tailored to support personal growth and to promote scholastic achievement.
Academic advisors are available 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. on a walk-in basis on Monday, walk-in or appointment basis Tuesday through Thursday, and by appointment on Friday. Please call 215-204-2500, visit www.temple.edu/vpus/arc, or stop by our office for assistance.
It is recommended, and in some cases required, that students consult with an advisor prior to registration. The advisor reviews the proposed coursework and attempts to keep students informed of the requirements for graduation. In addition, the advisor helps the students achieve breadth in the curriculum and provides other assistance as needed.
Academic advisors strive to avoid errors when advising students about program requirements, although the college cannot assume liability for errors in advising. Students must, therefore, assume primary responsibility for knowing the requirements for their degree and for acquiring current information about their academic status.
Students are required to meet with an advisor when they do not meet the academic standards set by their college. See the Academic Policies section of the Bulletin, called Academic Standing, for detailed information.
Each school, college, and campus of the university offers a range of academic advising for students. Professional advisors and/or faculty advisors help students plan curriculum, choose majors, make vocational and post-graduate plans, and resolve a variety of academic issues. Students should consult the specific advising unit in their colleges and schools for services and policies that apply to them. Please refer to your school or college section of this Bulletin for locations and specific information about these units.
Justin Miller, Director
1800 N. Broad Street
Pearson Hall 103
Hours of Operation
Monday-Friday 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Student Athlete Academic Advising & Support Center (SAAASC) monitors the academic progress of all student athletes. From the admissions stage through graduation, the center provides coordination of academic services, academic counseling and advising, and tutoring services. The center has a strong commitment to the education and graduation of all student athletes.
The mission of the Student Athlete Academic Advising & Support Center at Temple University is to assist all student athletes in their development as individuals and as active members of the university community. The center will provide an environment that fosters student- athletes’ personal, academic, and social growth. The Center also supports student-athletes by coordinating and providing the resources and opportunities for them to develop and refine the skills needed to achieve their personal and academic goals.
SAAASC promotes academic excellence by ensuring student-athletes’ welfare at every opportunity, while empowering student- athletes in their decision-making and their development of life skills. Student-athletes will be accountable and responsible members of Temple University and the surrounding communities.
In order to assist student athletes with balancing their academic endeavors with their athletic commitments, the Student Athlete Academic Advising & Support Center provides structured, quiet study hall services to student athletes.
The study hall facilities in Pearson Hall are available to student-athletes Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Fridays 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sundays 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Study hall hours in the Edberg-Olson Football Complex are determined by the football staff.
Tutoring is a service offered to student-athletes by the Student Athlete Academic Advising & Support Center. The tutorial program is a supplement to classroom instruction, individual study, and preparation.
Tutorial services are available on an individual, small group, and walk-in basis during scheduled study sessions. Review sessions for courses with high student-athlete enrollment are also offered throughout each semester.
Tutor Program Contact:
Allison Vendt, Program Coordinator
215-204-4966 (Direct Line)
215-204-9002 (Main Office number)
DARS stands for the Degree Audit Reporting System. Students and advisors can use DARS both to track and plan students' academic progress toward completion of an undergraduate degree in their declared or proposed major. DARS shows students how their Temple University courses, transfer courses, and courses in progress apply toward degree requirements. It enables a student to explore alternative academic programs and gives detailed and accurate information about the student's academic record.
The information on the audit now comes from the Banner Student information system. This is the same system students use to register for classes and to check their grades at the end of the term. Since DARS accesses the actual database where student's information is stored, it is current as of the moment an audit is processed.
Using the new interactive audit, students can view and run degree audits online, and project how future courses might apply towards their degree. A new feature allows students to view details of the courses required, such as the description and its attribute(s). This function is easily activated by clicking on a course link within the audit. Audits are web-based, secured, highly-interactive, and compatible with major modern browsers.
Students can request a degree audit by clicking on the Student Tools tab in TUportal and then, in the Records channel, clicking on Degree Audit.
Students can learn more about DARS at the DARS web site, including information about how to interpret the DARS, general resources available in the DARS office, and general information about the system.
Neida Pérez, Ed.M., Director
Pre-Professional Health Studies
1810 Liacouras Walk, Suite 100
The office of Pre-Professional Health Studies at Temple University provides advising, counseling, and application support for students interested in preparing for specific careers in health care. Advising offered by the office supplements the academic advising (course registration, major requirements and graduation review) provided by the Academic Advisors in the student's primary college which is based on their Major program of study.
Specifically, the office of Pre-Professional Health Studies advises students preparing for the following health professions or graduate programs:
Health Professional schools for:
Graduate Program options in:
The office of Pre-Professional Health Studies provides advising support for students to help them identify their academic strengths and interests and the paths that will best prepare them to fulfill their career aspirations within the health professions. Specifically, the office provides:
The Pre-Med Health Scholar Program
The Pre-Med Health Scholar Program is offered to highly talented High School Seniors interested in pursuing a career as a physician. It is designed to recruit exceptional students to Temple University by offering a Linkage Agreement with Temple University School of Medicine. Students entering Temple University as Pre-Med Health Scholars have the option to consider an Accelerated BA/MD (3+4) Degree.
Accelerated Programs for Dentistry, Pharmacy, Podiatry, or Physical Therapy
Accelerated Programs allow Pre: Dentistry, Pharmacy, and Podiatry (3+4 Tracks) as well as Physical Therapy (3+3 Track) students the option of earning both their Bachelor of Arts and Graduate degrees in a shorter period of time after successfully passing all courses in the first year of professional school. Each program offers a Linkage Agreement with the corresponding Temple University professional school or graduate program.
Applications from interested entering freshman are available on the health advising web site. Completed applications are due by the end of the first semester at Temple University. The Accelerated BA/DMD, BA/PharmD, BA/DPM, or BA/DPT Programs are designed for high-achieving students who have distinguished themselves with impressive high school academic records and a demonstrated interest in their respective field.
Tuttleman Learning Center, Suite 201
Temple University students are eligible to apply to a variety of funded opportunities, including scholarships, fellowships, funded summer research opportunities and funded internships. Fellowships Advising will help any Temple student identify awards and opportunities that are well suited to their aspirations and accomplishments, and will provide guidance and support throughout the application process.
The Temple University Libraries form an extensive network of services and resources to support the educational and research needs of the university's students and faculty.
The combined collections include more than 3 million volumes and 27,000 current serial subscriptions, and over 600 research databases, as well as extensive collections of microforms, maps, photographs, and audiovisual materials.
The Special Collections Research Center includes the Urban Archives and the Philadelphia Jewish Archives collections, which document the social, economic, and physical development of the greater Philadelphia region since the mid-19th century; rare books, artists books, and manuscripts collections; the Contemporary Culture Collection; the Science Fiction and Fantasy collections; the Philadelphia Dance Collection; and the University Archives. The Charles L. Blockson Afro-American Collection documents the history and culture of people of African descent. The Libraries serve as a depository for both Pennsylvania and federal documents.
Information retrieval: Research databases, full-text resources, the online catalog, electronic references, and other information and services are at http://library.temple.edu/.The online catalog (diamond.temple.edu) lists library holdings and course reserves and their circulation status, and links directly to selected electronic course reserve materials. The Paley Library offers a computing commons and hundreds of seats for study. A media services center provides access to audio-visual resources, and offers specialized viewing/listening stations and study rooms.
Expert assistance in using the library resources is provided by reference staff. Students are introduced to basic information literacy skills through the University General Education program. Librarians collaborate with faculty to integrate research skills development into general education courses, such as the freshman Analytical Reading and Writing course. Librarians also provide user education classes tailored to individual courses. Individual questions are answered in person, as well as by phone, e-mail, text message, online chat, and IM. Go to the Ask A Librarian web site at http://ask.library.temple.edu/ to ask questions and retrieve information.
When local resources do not supply needed material, Temple students and faculty may directly request books from other universities and colleges through the E-Z Borrow Program, or request article copies and books through the Temple Libraries' interlibrary loan service.
Reading rooms and libraries are also maintained by several academic programs. The following facilities are located on the Main Campus:
Mona Zaoudeh, Director
Hours of Operation for Fall and Spring Semesters on Main Campus:
Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m. - 8:30 p.m.
Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday, 10:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
(Summer I and II hours of operation can be found on the MSRC web site)
102 Learning Center
Visit the MSRC web site for hours of operation: www.temple.edu/msrc/tutoring/schedules
To help students learn and master math and science course content, the MSRC offers individual/group drop-in tutoring in its Main and Ambler locations, as well as online tutoring for Ambler and TUCC students. MSRC tutors are Temple students majoring in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics, Statistics and related fields. These tutors receive special training to develop effective tutoring strategies in their specific field of study. This training prepares tutors to help students, especially those new to university-level courses, overcome their difficulties.
In addition to tutoring services, the MSRC provides an array of resources to help Temple students achieve their academic goals. Tutors use sample problem sets approved by academic departments to conduct exam review sessions that emphasize fundamental principles introduced in the classroom. At the end of each semester, final exam review sessions are provided for classes with high enrollments. During these sessions, tutors reinforce material presented during the course and address specific questions students may have. Workshops for specific courses are offered per an instructor's or special program's request.
The MSRC has a fully-equipped computer laboratory/classroom designed for working in mathematics and science, and for assisting other students who are working on web-based assignments or need to use specialized software such as Matlab or Maple. The workstations have both color and laser printers to produce finished, high-quality assignments. The MSRC also has a Laptop Loaner Program in the tutoring lab so that students can access online assignments and software while working with a tutor. In addition to the computer laboratory, the MSRC also has a resource library where students may borrow materials, such as textbooks, student solutions manuals, reference books, and calculators.
A valid Temple student ID is all that is needed to use any of the MSRC's resources or services. Visit the MSRC office or web site (www.temple.edu/msrc) for up-to-date announcements and resources.
Recipient of the National "2011 Lee Noel - Randi Levitz Retention Excellence Award"
Michael Stokes, M.Ed., Director
The Russell Conwell Center is a University Learning Center designed to help you become a more effective learner. If you want to perform better academically, get higher grades, review/prepare for a class, enhance your leadership skills, or chart a career path come to the Russell Conwell Center (RCC). The RCC is comprised of a network of programs providing comprehensive academic support, professional development, and leadership training to facilitate student retention and graduation and to help students prepare for their future careers. Among the academic support students have available are:
The RCC also has six computer labs and a laptop loan program for student use. The RCC employment program hires over 100 students each year as tutors, classroom assistants, instructors and office assistants. Furthermore, the RCC serves as the home of the Supplement Scholarship Committee, providing annual scholarships to over 100 Temple University students. In addition to serving students during the academic year, the RCC offers a six-week Summer Bridge Program for entering freshmen through its "Freshmen Admission Programs" described below. The RCC also serves Philadelphia high school students who aspire to attend college through two Temple University Upward Bound Programs. The RCC offers a wide range of services and support to students in high school and undergraduate education and preparation for graduate school. Stop by and see how we can assist you.
Undergraduate Support Programs and RCC Freshman Admission Programs [Emerging Scholars Program, Classic Student Support Services, and STEM Student Support Services]:
The mission, objectives and services of the three programs are essentially the same, with the primary distinctions established by state or federal requirements as outlined by the different funding sources. Students admitted by the Temple Office of Undergraduate Admissions and assigned to the RCC may begin their university experience during a six-week Summer Bridge Program prior to their fall enrollment. Upon successful completion of the Summer Bridge Program, students matriculate as Temple University freshmen in the fall semester and receive advisement, academic support and service from the RCC throughout their undergraduate career. The Summer Bridge Programs are an excellent opportunity to get a "jump start" on your Temple education. The program is designed to improve student's academic skills in mathematics, writing, English, and research and library skills. Students complete various academic assessments and develop a four-year academic plan to keep them on track toward graduation. Students also receive academic and educational counseling to facilitate their successful transition into the collegiate academic, social, and cultural milieu, creating a foundation for academic excellence. Students currently attending Temple can join the RCC by contacting Michael Stokes at 215-204-5544 or by visiting the office at 1700 N. Broad St., Room 202.
Pre-College Programs [Upward Bound and Math Science Upward Bound Programs, both funded by the U.S. Department of Education]:
Tutoring at no charge is available in the following schools, colleges, and departments:
Main Campus and Health Science Campus
Alliance for Minority Participation (AMP) Bridges to Baccalaureate Program
College of Health Professions
Kinesiology (formerly Physical Education)
501 Alter Hall
Math and Science Resources Center (MSRC)
Room 201 - Main Office
Room 208 - Tutoring Lab
Risk Management and Insurance (RSK MGT)
Russell Conwell Educational Services Center
Social Work, School of
University Writing Center
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