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Temple undergraduates -- academically talented participants in the University Honors program, freshmen whose backgrounds may not have prepared them fully for college work, seniors experiencing "writer's block" on their final research papers, non-traditional students long away from school—all have access to an array of programs and services to help them excel in their academic work.
Temple University faculty members keep regular office hours, apart from class meeting times, when they are available to meet by appointment with students. Many instructors notify classes of their office hours at the beginning of each semester. Departmental offices also may be consulted for instructors' office hours.
While few faculty members are available to provide extensive tutoring or supplemental instruction, a meeting with the instructor may answer questions, clarify concerns, and direct students to the appropriate resources.
Each of Temple's 11 undergraduate schools and colleges has a member of its Dean's staff whose responsibilities include those relating to students' academic concerns. These individuals know the University and its resources. They are familiar with the academic programs within their units and can respond to many of their students' needs. For those persons' names, see the Faculty/Administration listings at the end of each school and college's material in the next section of this Bulletin.
Academic advisers give students timely information about program requirements and University policies and procedures. Advisers assist in selecting courses and programs of study in accordance with students' interests, abilities, academic progress, and goals. An adviser may be able to aid a student in the initial exploration of long-range occupational and professional plans, helping to synthesize academic pursuits with lifetime goals and vocational aspirations. The adviser not only guides the student in the selection of required courses but also in choosing from the large number of elective courses those which best fit into the major. Advisers aid students in the use of all of the departmental and support services of the institution.
Academic advisers attempt to avoid errors when advising students about their program requirements, but schools and colleges cannot assume liability for errors in advising. Therefore, students must assume primary responsibility for knowing the requirements for their degree and for acquiring current information about their academic status.
Departmental and Dean's offices have current information about degree programs. DARS reports, described below, are another source of this and other information.
For many academic actions, the approval of an academic adviser or of the student's dean's office is required.
Each school, college, and campus of the University offers a full component of academic advising for students. For locations and specific information, students should contact the office of the Dean of the College in which they are enrolled, or consult the listing below.
Degree Audit Recording System
Students and advisers use the Degree Audit Reporting System in planning students' academic careers. DARS is a sophisticated enhancement to the Integrated Student Information System which shows students' progress toward their degrees, enables them to explore academic alternatives, and gives detailed and accurate information. Academic advisers have information about DARS, including an instructional booklet.
Allied Health Professions, College of
3307 North Broad Street Health Information Management
12th and Norris Streets Architecture, Room 907 (215) 204-8813
Art, Tyler School of
Beech and Penrose Avenues Elkins Park, PA
Meetinghouse Road off Butler Pike Administration Building, Third Floor (215) 283-1237
Business and Management, School of
Communications and Theater, School of
Continuing Education and Evening Services, Office of
Education, College of
Engineering, College of
Landscape Architecture and Horticulture
Music, Esther Boyer College of
Main - Presser Hall, Main Office (215) 204-8301
Pharmacy, School of
3307 North Broad Street
Social Administration, School of
521 Ritter Annex (215) 204-7611
Temple University Center City
1616 Walnut Street, First Floor (215) 204-4358
Tutoring at no charge is available in the following schools, colleges, and departments:
387 Speakman Hall (215) 204-8196
Allied Health Professions, College of
HCOP provides tutorials
3307 N. Broad Street, Room 150 (215) 707-8214
NCOP provides tutorials for students in the Department of Nursing
Jones Hall, Room 512
Tutoring arranged in a variety of subjects
Office of Academic Advising and at other Ambler Campus locations:
877 Ritter Annex
Walk-in tutoring for all Engineering students in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and introductory engineering courses.
Engineering and Architecture Bldg. Room 325
Anderson Hall, 5th Floor
Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Tutoring is available to students enrolled in C100 or C101, Anatomy and Physiology.
Curtis Hall 11
Pharmacy, School of
GCOP provides tutorials.
3307 N. Broad Street, Room 150
Russell Conwell Educational Services
First come, first served tutoring available in accounting, biology, chemistry, economics, English composition, finance, management, mathematics, physics, social sciences, statistics, and selected other courses
202 Seltzer Hall
203 Speakman Hall
Ambler Campus, Library 14
Social Administration, School of
New Career Ladders in Social Work
529 Ritter Annex
William Thompson Communication Skills Instructor
650 Ritter Annex
There are several sources through which students may be able to arrange for tutoring, often at a nominal hourly fee:
The University Writing Center
Frank Sullivan, Director
Main Campus B-19 Weiss Hall
F. Douglas Module
The University Writing Center provides valuable tutoring services free of charge to students at all levels. The Center offers individual and small group tutorials as well as access to computers and assistance in using them. Temple undergraduate and graduate students from all campuses may use these services. No appointments are necessary.
Tutors at the Center are experienced instructors from academic disciplines across the University. Students may work with these tutors on writing for courses in the Core curriculum, in writing-intensive courses, or in any other course. They may also bring writing being done outside of coursework.
Center staff encourage students to focus on specific aspects of their writing, such as organization, sentence clarity, and paragraph structure. The Writing Center does not provide proofreading services.
The Writing Center at Main Campus is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30 to 3:30, Friday, 8:30 to 12:30; and Tuesday and Wednesday evening from 4:30 to 7:30. Students should call the Ambler campus for Writing Center hours.
The Mathematics Learning Center
Silvi Liberman, Director
Curtis Hall 11
The Mathematics Learning Center is open to all undergraduate students at Temple University for assistance in their Core mathematics/statistics/logic classes. The Center provides both one-to-one tutoring and group tutoring to build students' technical abilities and to demystify the subjects. The Center is also a place to do homework under the supervision of a tutor. Extensive review sessions are held during final examination week.
The Center is staffed with approximately 35 tutors comprised mainly of graduate students in mathematics, engineering and computer science, and some under-graduate math majors.
No appointments are necessary. The Math Center is an experience both for students and tutor alike, a place to learn, to teach oneself, to teach each other, to communicate, and to acquire confidence in the technical fields.
The Media Learning Center
Robin Lawrason, Director
AL-22 Anderson Hall
The Media Learning Center provides helpful media and computer resources to assist students in the College of Arts and Sciences and the University community in general.
An audio cassette language lab provides help in speaking and listening in foreign languages. Slide and video resources allow students to view visual materials related to their coursework in individual study spaces at the Center. An instructional computer lab assists students with word processing, mathematics, foreign language, writing skills, and other course-related programs.
The Media Learning Center has self-study materials which allow students to improve basic skills in reading, writing, and mathematics; to develop good study habits; and to prepare for tests such as the GRE and the LSAT. The MLC is open from 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday to Friday during the fall and spring semesters, and from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the summer sessions.
The Russell Conwell Educational Services Center
Norma Arnold, Director
202 Seltzer Hall
The Russell Conwell Educational Services Center provides educational access and academic support services for students who are members of groups which had traditionally lacked access to higher undergraduate and graduate education: students who are the first in their family to go to college, low-income students, adults, minorities, veterans, women, etc.
The Center provides specialized academic and counseling services for Temple students admitted through the Conwell Center, including a mandatory Summer Bridge Program. Throughout the academic year, specialized educational workshops, tutorial services, and supplemental academic coursework which enhance retention and graduation are provided to students. The Center also provides pre-college services for Philadelphia high school students aspiring to college, as well as for pre-graduate students aspiring to graduate school.
Alternative Admissions Programs: Three programs for entering freshmen require entering freshmen to participate in a Summer Bridge Program sponsored by either the Act 101 Program, the Student Support Services Program, or the Educational Services Component Program. Students apply directly to Temple, through the regular admissions application. When admitted to Temple through an alternative admissions process, the student will be notified about next steps for the Summer Program by the Conwell Center.
Pre-graduate School Preparation Services: The Ron McNair Faculty-In-Training (FIT) Program is designed for undergraduate students (juniors and seniors) interested in pursuing eventual teaching in higher education. Students may apply for participation in the program, which includes a Summer Research Program as well as an academic year program of graduate school preparation. It provides services for low-income, first generation college students, as well as underrepresented students in under-represented areas. Students apply for the Program during the fall semester of their sophomore year.
Pre-college Preparation Services: A regular Upward Bound Program and a Math/Science Upward Bound Program provide pre-college services in academic skill development and college preparation activities. Each program has a Summer Residential Program in Temple's residence facilities, along with an academic year program. The Math/Science Program provides specialized instruction in these two areas, as well as regular pre-college skills. Students may see their high school counselors or contact the Programs directly at (215) 204-1252.
HPERD Learning Resources
Hettie Graff, Director
Pearson Hall, Room 219
The College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance has special facilities to assist its students in their studies. HPERD's learning resources include a computer lab, library, media workshop, audio room, photography lab, film-video loan collection, and desktop publishing services.
THE UNIVERSITY LIBRARIES
John G. Zenelis, Acting University Librarian
The Libraries of Temple University form an extensive network of services and resources that supports the educational and research needs of the University's students and faculty. The Libraries support nine University schools and colleges on the Main Campus, the Ambler Campus, Tyler School of Art, and Temple University Center City Campus. The Health Sciences Center Libraries serve the Schools of Dentistry, Medicine, and Pharmacy, the College of Allied Health Professions, and the Temple University Hospital at the Health Sciences Center. The Law Library supports the faculty and students of the School of Law on the Main Campus. The University also provides library services for students attending Temple University Harrisburg Center, Temple University Rome and Temple University Japan.
Computer technology plays a crucial role in identifying and locating the vast array of resources owned by the University's system of libraries. An Online Catalog lists library holdings and course reserves and their circulation status. The Scholars Information Center network links SIC workstations on five University campus locations: Main Campus, the Health Sciences Center, Temple University Center City, Tyler School of Art, and the Ambler Campus. From the SIC workstation, users conduct research using CD-ROM and online databases; access local and external computing facilities using local, regional, and international networks; and manipulate and analyze retrieved data using popular software packages for wordprocessing, database management, and spreadsheet and presentation design.
Expert assistance in exploring the resources of the library system is provided by reference staff. Students are introduced to basic library skills through a self-paced workbook, the completion of which is a requirement of the University's Core Curriculum for all incoming freshmen and transfer students. Students test the accuracy of their work using the computerized Learning Library Skills Program in the Scholars Information Center. Librarians also provide advanced library instruction classes tailored to individual courses.
The combined collections of the Temple University Libraries include more than 2.3 million volumes and 15,000 current serial subscriptions, as well as extensive collections of microforms and cartographic, graphic, and audiovisual materials. The University participates in the Federal Depository Library Program, through which it receives 60 percent of the publications issued by the U.S. Government Printing Office. Special collections include the Urban Archives Center, which documents the social, economic, and physical development of the Philadelphia metropolitan area since the mid-19th century; the University Archives; the Rare Books and Manuscripts, Contemporary Culture, and Science Fiction and Fantasy collections; and the Blockson Afro-American Historical Collection.
When local holdings do not supply needed material, faculty and students may choose to access the collections of other universities and colleges, either directly or indirectly. The University's participation in the Research Libraries Group (RLG) provides for reciprocal on-site access to the libraries of approximately 30 major U.S. academic institutions, including the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Rutgers, Penn State, Columbia, and New York University. Students and faculty may also request books and copies of journal articles through Interlibrary Services. These requests are filled using an international network of cooperating academic, public, and special libraries. The Libraries also offer a fee-based service that can supply copies of journal articles from commercial sources on a cost-recovery basis.
The resources of the University Libraries are housed in Paley Library and in ten separate facilities serving specific disciplines and campus locations. These are:
Reading rooms and libraries are also maintained by several academic programs. The following facilities are located on the Main Campus.
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY PRESS
David Bartlett, Director
305 University Services Building
The University's commitment to urban education and scholarship made the establishment of a publishing house a natural extension of Temple's "Acres of Diamonds" philosophy. The purpose of the University Press was not to publish the work of those scholars employed by the University, but to aid in the dissemination of work by scholars across the nation and around the world. Today, Temple University Press is nationally recognized as a leader in scholarly publishing.
The Press is a child of the turbulent '60s, and its books sustain that dedication to political and social ideals. Current projects include Gary Francione's Animals, Property, and the Law, a critical look at how to balance the failure of the legal system to protect animals with its professed recognition of animal rights; Nancy Whittier's Feminist Generations: The Persistence of the Radical Feminist Movement, a study of the conflict and cooperation between generations of radical feminists; Molefi Asante and Abu Abarry's African Intellectual Heritage: A Book of Sources, a landmark book that brings together documents from the intellectual history of Africa and the diaspora; and Filipino American Lives by Yen Le Espiritu, first person narratives that reveal the range of Filipino American experiences. Continuing to reflect this broad spectrum of thought within an essentially urban context, the Press has grown from 12 titles a year to an annual list of more than 80 publications.
The Press publishes projects in the areas of American studies, history, sociology, photography, philosophy, political science, health care, women's studies, and urban studies; African American, Latin American, and Asian American studies; law, education policy, and Philadelphia regional studies. The Press's critical and popular successes include The Swing Era New York: The Jazz Photographs of Charles Peterson; Paying the Price: Ignacio Ellacuria and the Murdered Jesuits of El Salvador; Latina Politics, Latino Politics: Gender, Culture, and Political Participation in Boston; The Sponsored Life: Ads, TV, and American Culture; and Poems Performance Pieces Proses Plays Poetics.
General Alumni Association
John MacDonald, Executive Director
1619 Walnut Street (Wachman Hall), Fourth Floor
Any graduate or former student of the University whose class has been graduated is a member of the General Alumni Association. The Association's principal purpose is to maintain continuing interest in the advancement of the University.
The General Alumni Association is governed by its officers and a Board of Directors consisting of three representatives elected by each of the school and college alumni associations,
Directors-at-Large, National Directors, and Life Directors.
The Alumni Center is the central administrative office of the Association. The Center contains offices, conference rooms, and dining facilities. A full-time professional staff services a wide variety of alumni activities, which range from continuing education projects to Homecoming, Founder's Dinner, Cherry and White Day, and special interest alumni clubs.
Services include Temple Abroad, an extensive travel program which offers alumni and their families high quality, low-cost group travel. Excellent values are also available to alumni and their families through the Collegiate Alumni Trust, a specially designed group life insurance program. Many University services are available to alumni, such as the Career Services Office, University libraries, and athletic facilities.
Alumni are kept informed of developments and needs of the University through the Temple Review, a magazine which is sent to all alumni of record.
Alumni are urged to keep the Association informed of changes in address and occupation, and to continue association with the University through the many services of the General Alumni Association and the University.
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