Undergraduate Bulletin for 1998-99

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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 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.

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 list below. For many academic actions, the approval of an academic adviser or of the student's dean's office is required.


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.


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 Resource Center

Allied Health Professions, College of
3307 North Broad Street

Architecture Program
12th and Norris Streets
Architecture, Room 907 (215) 204-8813

Art, Tyler School of
Beech and Penrose Avenues
Elkins Park, PA 19027

Arts and Sciences, College of

Meetinghouse Road off Butler Pike, Administration Building, Third Floor (215) 283-1237

Business and Management, School of

Communications and Theater, School of

Continuing Education, Office of

Education, College of

Engineering, College of

Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, College of

Landscape Architecture and Horticulture

Music, Esther Boyer College of

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 Services

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
1316 Ontario St
Jones Hall, Room 518
(215) 707-8214

Ambler Campus
Tutoring arranged in a variety of subjects
(215) 283-1237

877 Ritter Annex
(215) 204-8880

Walk-in tutoring for all Engineering students in mathematics, chemistry, physics, and introductory engineering courses.
Engineering and Architecture Bldg. Room 323
(215) 204-7818

Anderson Hall, 5th Floor
(215) 204-8266

Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance
Tutoring is available to students enrolled in C100 or C101, Anatomy and Physiology.
(215) 204-1947

Mathematics and Sciences Resources Center (MSRC)
Walk-in basis, no appointments necessary
Curtis Hall, Room 17
(215) 204-8466
Web Site: http://www.temple.edu/MSRC/

Pharmacy, School of
GCOP provides tutorials.
3307 N. Broad Street, Room 150
(215) 221-8214

Russell Conwell Educational Services
Tutoring in many classes is made available to Temple students. Group or individual tutoring sessions are available, depending upon demand.
202 Vivacqua Hall
(215) 204-1251

203 Speakman Hall
(215) 204-8144
Ambler Campus, Library 14
(215) 283-1399

Social Administration, School of
New Career Ladders in Social Work
521 Ritter Annex
(215) 204-7611
William Thompson Communication Skills Instructor
650 Ritter Annex
(215) 204-6029

Tyler, School of Art
Office of the Academic Coordinator
207 Tyler Hall
(215) 782-2780
Assistance is available with writing and mathematics.

Other Tutoring Sources


The Academic Resource Center

Jodi Levine, Director of First-Year Programs
Miguel Gonzalez, Director of Evening and Student Services
Curtis Hall 113
(215) 204-2500, 2501

Temple University recognizes that not all students can or should declare an academic major upon entering the university. The Academic Resource Center is an academic advising and support program that serves students in the College of Arts and Sciences who have not yet declared a major, students seeking to transfer to another school or college within Temple, or any Temple student needing general assistance selecting a major. Non-matriculated students who intend to pursue a degree at Temple may also come to the Center for advising and registration.

A staff of professional and peer advisers work closely with students from the time they arrive at Temple through their successful transitions into declared majors. Advisers meet with students on a walk-in and appointment basis. During registration periods, students are encouraged to attend a small group advising session. Students can also receive advising assistance via e-mail by sending questions or concerns to arc@blue.temple.edu . An adviser will respond within one academic day.

The Academic Resource Center offers a variety of programs to help students select an appropriate major. Students can use our Academic Information Library to research academic majors and careers, and use self-assessment tools to identify career interests and aptitudes. We offer informational workshops on different majors and mentor programs connecting students with people in the University, community, and workplace. Students are welcome to stop by the Center or visit our website http://www.temple.edu/arc/ for a calendar of upcoming events.

The Academic Resource Center is a site for registration activity. Students can use our telephone banks for direct access to telephone registration, and laptop computers to access the Temple website, which contains registration, financial aid, and grade information. Students not eligible for telephone registration can complete all advising and registration activities at the Academic Resource Center.

Prior to the registration period for an upcoming semester, students designated with an undeclared major in the College of Arts and Sciences can pick up their DARS (Degree Audit Report) document at the Academic Resource Center. DARS contains important information that students need to select courses for an upcoming semester. If a student has decided on a major or is considering a different major, an adviser can generate a new DARS document detailing the requirements of the new program.

The Academic Resource Center is open Monday through Thursday, 8:30-6:30 and Friday, 8:40-4:30.

HPERD Computer and Media Services

Karl Horvath, Director
Pearson Hall, Room 219
(215) 204-4689

The College of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance has special facilities to assist its students in their studies. HPERD's Computer and Media Services (CMS) include a computer laboratory in Vivacqua Hall, media design services, and an instructional support center.

Health Careers Opportunity Program (HCOP)

See the College of Allied Health Professions section of the Bulletin.

The Russell Conwell Educational Services Center

Norma Arnold, Director
202 Seltzer Hall
(215) 204-1252

The Conwell Center’s primary function is to provide Temple students with specialized academic support services. Throughout the academic year, specialized assessments, educational workshops, tutorial services, and supplemental academic course work that enhance retention and graduation are provided to students. These services are available to all students regardless of college or matriculation status.

The Center provides a six-week summer pre-matriculation program for freshmen. It also provides incentive and preparatory services to pre-graduate students at Temple, and to Philadelphia high school students who are aspiring to attend college.

Funding for these programs comes from State, Federal and University sources. Programs include the Act 101 Program, the Student Support Services Program, the Educational Services Component, the McNair Post-Baccalaureate Degree Program and Upward Bound programs.

Interested students should contact the office listed above or the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at (215) 204-7001. Tutoring is available. (See Tutoring Services listed in this bulletin.

Mathematics and Sciences Resources Center (MSRC)

Bashar W. Hanna, Director
Curtis Hall, Room 17
(215) 204-8466
Web Site: http://www.temple.edu/MSRC/

The mission of the Math and Science Resources Center (MSRC) is to create an effective learning atmosphere for all Temple undergraduates attending Main, Ambler, Tyler and TUCC campuses. The MSRC offers free tutorial and enrichment assistance to all students enrolled in any mathematics, science (Biology, Chemistry, Physics) or statistics core course. The MSRC also offers group tutorial/supplementary instruction for courses with large enrollment. The MSRC is committed to helping all Temple students achieve academic excellence in the University's Math and Science Curriculum. Every aspect of the Center has been revitalized and rededicated with this mission in mind.

The MSRC tutors are graduate and upper level undergraduate students who are Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics, or Statistics majors. The tutors are specially trained to deliver effective instruction in these subject areas and have earned a minimum of an A- in all core courses within their respective disciplines. Tutors are trained to be especially sensitive to students who are taking these courses for the first time or who are new to the University atmosphere.

The MSRC also has a Resource Library where students may borrow materials, such as texts and programmable calculators. The center also offers ongoing support and training to students who plan to become educators. This includes access to technical and creative resources to assist in the development of effective teaching and learning skills in mathematics and science.

The MSRC computer laboratory is dedicated to math/science students who are required to complete course work electronically. The workstations have access to the Internet and are equipped with both color and laser printers. The Center's computer library houses a large selection of software packages designed for use with mathematics and science course work. The computers can also be utilized in Distance Learning/Tutoring. Students who are physically unable to attend the center can submit questions via the Internet. A tutor will then answer the questions within twenty-four hours.

Throughout the year, the MSRC hosts seminars and colloquia on innovative teaching methods. The Center provides instructional support to faculty involved in teaching newly revised courses at the university as well as to the students enrolled in these courses.

The center operates on a walk-in basis, no appointments are necessary. Tutors are eager to help students achieve their academic goals. Assistance is not only for students who are struggling, but also for those who are highly achieving and choose to excel in their academic endeavors.

The Media Learning Center

Robin Lawrason, Director
AL-22 Anderson Hall
(215) 204-8265

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 University Writing Center

Frank Sullivan, Director
Main Campus
B-19 Weiss Hall
(215) 204-5611
Hours: Monday - 8:30 to 5:30
Tuesday and Wednesday - 8:30 to 7:30
Friday, 8:30 to 4:30

Ambler Campus - Call (215) 283-1347 for hours
213 Widener Hall

Tyler Campus - Call (215) 204-5611 for tutoring hours

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.

This web version written by Mary England 1/98

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