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Academic Catalog

    Argosy University
   
 
  Sep 23, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Argosy University Academic Catalog—Undergraduate Programs | Volume 8, Issue 1

Section Eight, Student Life


Enrollment Verification

Students may obtain a letter from the Student Services Department verifying their enrollment as documentation for student discounts, insurance, loan deferments, or other purposes. The request must be made in writing and must indicate the student’s name, address, phone number, and student identification number, as well as the information to be released, the reason for the release, and the location to which the letter should be sent.

Transcript Requests

Requests for transcripts are made to the Student Services Department. Argosy University provides a Transcript Request Form. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 requires all transcript requests to be submitted in writing and to be signed by the former or current student. Telephone requests for transcripts cannot be processed.

Housing

Argosy University does not offer or operate student housing. At some campuses, the Student Services Department maintains a list of housing options as well as a list of Argosy University students who wish to share housing. Contact the Student Services Department at your campus for more information.

Support Services

Each campus of Argosy University offers students a wide range of personal and professional opportunities designed to support students’ educational programs and learning needs that are not available through courses or practicum. Services vary by campus according to the needs of each student population. These support services range from a Student Government Association to lecture/workshop series, special-interest groups, and common hours. Students are encouraged to contact the campus Student Services Department for a full description of co-curricular activities.

Counseling Services

Counseling services are available at some campuses. Argosy University is committed to assisting students in integrating the many aspects of their lives while supporting personal growth and development. Services include short-term counseling, consultation, and referral to community agencies. Local referral lists may also be available at campuses that do not provide counseling services.

Tutoring Services

Argosy University is committed to supporting students’ academic needs. To this end, tutoring services are available for many courses at many campuses. Interested students should contact their Student Services Department for assistance in obtaining tutoring services.

Student Government

The primary purpose of the campus student government associations or student senates is to represent student concerns, facilitate communication, and assist the faculty and administration in promoting the welfare of the campus. Through participation on various campus committees, student government often influences policy making on the campuses. The student government is also responsible for organizing social gatherings and events promoting honor societies, providing confidential advice relating to Argosy University matters to students requesting such assistance, assisting with orientation, and selecting student representation for committees.

Lecture, Symposia, and Workshop Series

Periodically campuses invite distinguished professionals from a variety of academic fields to present lectures and conduct workshops or symposia. Open to the community, these presentations provide an opportunity for students, alumni, and faculty to discuss issues of interest.

Special Interest Groups

Campuses coordinate special interest groups that discuss ideas related to a specific topic. Composed of faculty and students, these groups cover a variety of issues. Participation in these groups is available without additional charge to any interested student.

Career Services

Argosy University offers a variety of resources and serves to assist currently enrolled students in developing career plans and reaching their employment goals. While the primary focus of the Career Services Office is to assist students upon graduation, any enrolled student may seek employment information through Career Services. Although Argosy University does not guarantee employment it is vitally important to both the graduate and the University that each student obtains appropriate employment. Therefore, job search advice, support and assistance is provided to students prior to graduation by career services professionals located in either a centralized remote location or by on-ground staff at their campus. Students should contact their campus directly to determine the type of services available at their location. Career services professionals can provide a variety of tailored assistance including resume and cover letter coaching and critique, mock interviews, assistance developing and implementing job search strategies and help identifying and generating job leads.

In addition to career service professionals, enrolled students have access to a variety of “self-directed” web-based career resources and services through the Campus Common (Student Portal). These resources will assist students in building their career and job search related knowledge, credentials and skills. Furthermore, they provide a forum for networking and becoming connected with classmates and other professionals.

International Student Services

Argosy University campuses approved to enroll nonimmigrant (F-1 visa) international students provide the assistance of an International Student Advisor (ISA). The ISA serves as the campus’s Designated School Official (DSO) and is available to advise F-1 visa students with respect to adjusting to their new locations and understanding the requirements, benefits, and limitations of their F-1 visa status. International students are required to meet with their ISA each academic term and must discuss any changes in program, enrollment, employment, or leaves of absence with the ISA prior to any such changes taking effect.

Alumni Community

About a month after graduating, alumni are added to Argosy University’s national online alumni community. As a registered member of the online alumni community, graduates can search a national directory of Argosy University alumni, create a profile, post personal and professional updates, get a permanent email forwarding address and receive periodic e-newsletters.

Some Argosy University campuses, offer additional alumni services and events. Alumni should contact their campus directly to determine the services available at their location.

Professional Associations

Argosy University encourages students to join professional organizations that reflect each student’s career path. Students in the College of Health Sciences are encouraged to join the following national organizations: American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT), American Society of Clinical Laboratory Science (ASCLS), and National Society for Histotechnology.

Honor Societies

Several campuses include honor societies as an important component of the student activities programs. Students should consult with the Student Services Department for further information.

Student Forums

Several campuses schedule periodic town hall meetings or student forums for the open discussion of issues of concern to students.

Textbooks

Textbook requirements are available on the student portal or directly within the online classroom. Delivery methods will be noted as digital or traditional. Courses with a digital delivery method will be available to students directly in the course. Argosy students’ courses using traditional hardcopy textbooks should purchase those materials at the distributor of their choice.

Campus Bookstore

At some campuses, students may purchase their books at an on-site bookstore or nearby local bookstore.

Provision for Books and Supplies

As described below, by the seventh (7th) day of each course start date within the payment period, Argosy University (the University) will provide a method for students to obtain their books and supplies required for their courses.

• A voucher issued by the University for books (for courses that do not use Digital Textbooks), supplies, and software to be redeemed with the University’s contracted third-party servicer and charged to the student account.

• For courses using a Digital Textbook and/or digital resources, a Digital Textbook provided by the University to be automatically redeemed with the University’s contracted third-party vendor and charged to the student account.

Title IV funding, if the student is eligible, will be used to pay for these charges. Any books and supplies charged in excess of Title IV and other financial aid funding on the student account are the responsibility of the student.

If the student opts out of the University’s Digital Textbook method, the student account will not be charged. For courses using a Digital Textbook, the charge will be reversed on the student account after the Add/Drop Period.

A detailed listing of the charges is disclosed on the University’s Enrollment Agreement and in the Catalog, or a supplemental disclosure.

If the student opts out of the University’s method, s/he will receive any Title IV credit balance, if one is created for the payment period in question, no later than fourteen (14) calendar days after the first day of class or fourteen (14) calendar days of the date the Title IV credit balance appears on the student account. If a Title IV credit balance is not created and, therefore, the student is not due to receive one, s/he is responsible for purchasing the required books and supplies for her or his courses.

The student may request a modification at any time for a subsequent payment period, regarding her or his choice to use the University’s method to obtain books and supplies, but not retroactively, by contacting the Student Financial Services Department.

Hardware Specifications
eCollege and VitalSource System and Hardware Specifications
Argosy University uses eCollege and Vital Source to deliver its digital resources. As with any software, the faster the processor, the more RAM, and the larger hard drive space you provide, the better the performance. Users wanting to move their material to their hard drive may need additional space. It is also important that users understand the process and benefits of maintaining their machines in top operating condition by keeping them current with the latest operating system updates, correctly configuring virus control, and other beneficial habits.

Computer:

PC: •Intel® or AMD x86 processor running at 1.3GHz or faster •Windows 7 or higher (32- or 64-bit) •1 GB RAM •10 GB free hard drive space recommended •1024x768 display •DVD-ROM drive
MAC: •Intel® processor •Mac OS X v. 10.7 or higher •1 GB of RAM •10 GB of available hard-disk space •1280x800 display •DVD-ROM drive

Software:

Microsoft Office Professional (Version 2010 or higher for PC and 2011 or higher for MAC) - MS Office Pro contains Access, Excel, PowerPoint, Publisher, Word and Outlook with Business Contact Manager , Norton AV (Version 10.2 or higher), Adobe Acrobat Professional (Version 10 or higher)

Peripherals:

N/A

Browser:

Courses offered online are best viewed using Microsoft Internet Explorer 8.0 (PC), Safari 3.0 (MAC), or Mozilla Firefox 3.0

Recommended Plug‐ins or Downloads:
Course instructor may employee technology in the eCollege classroom that requires one of these recommended plug‐ins or downloads in order to function properly. If your instructor uses the ClassLive technology, Java will be required. If your instructor provides PDF files, Adobe Reader may be required to open and view those files. You can download these items at the time that they are deemed necessary.

  • Java
  • If Mac MacOS Classic Java (MRJ 2.2.5) (http://developer.apple.com/java/index.html)
  • If Window ‐ Sun’s Java 2 SDK (Java 1.5 or Java 1.6) (http://www.java.com)
  • Adobe Reader (http://get.adobe.com/reader/)

Recommendation regarding “Netbooks”:
Students often see “Netbooks” (small laptop computers primarily designed for web browsing and emailing) as an affordable option when looking to purchase a computer for classwork. However, it is strongly recommend that students do not purchase a Netbook.
Purchasing a low-price laptop or desktop computer that meets the system requirements outlined above is a much better solution for classwork. While newer Netbooks may meet resolution and screen size requirements for reading your eBooks, much like some older laptops, some older Netbooks may not be able to graphically handle these sites. This means that reading e-texts and participating in the classroom could become difficult. It may be challenging to scroll through your readings and effectively and efficiently work through the material.

Diversity

The student bodies of the Argosy University campuses are noted for their diverse social, ethnic, economic, and educational characteristics. The academic programs and social life of the campuses foster the development of attitudes and skills essential to working with a wide range of individuals and populations. Some campuses feature a Minority Student Union or Diversity Committee that supports minority students, promotes diversity, increases cross-cultural sensitivity, organizes ethnic events, provides academic support and referral services, and facilitates communication.

Newsletters

Several campuses publish their own campus newsletter to promote campus events and student activities and enhance communication. These publications also enable students to practice their journalistic and leadership skills. Interested students should contact the Student Services Department to volunteer to serve on the publication staff at the campus.

Campus Facilities

Campuses consist of lecture rooms, computer labs, a learning resource center, staff and administrative offices, student lounge with vending machines and restrooms. Equipment and materials used for instruction include, but are not limited to: computers, projectors, printer, wireless access, textbooks and digital textbooks.

Library Resources

Argosy University Library Services supports learning and teaching by offering resources that help students and faculty attain a successful academic experience. It is a collaborative system of reference, instructional and research support that users may access through a variety of channels, both online and on ground.

The Online Library is an Internet-accessible center which facilitates the information needs of the entire Argosy University community. This digital center contains a robust collection of books, journals, multimedia, and reference materials housed in over 70 subscription databases; instructional guides for using library resources; tutorials and webinars; and much more. The Library Services team carefully selects the digital resources that will support students as they advance through their specific programs of study.

The Online Library is available twenty-four hours per day, seven days a week from the student and faculty commons, as well as from the online classrooms. To access it, students log in to the Campus Common and click the Online Library link. Once on the Online Library page, they may select links to the digital resources; a tool which enables searching in multiple digital resources simultaneously; interlibrary loan options; and contact information for Library Services staff.

Students may also utilize their campus Information Commons. In addition to physical collections of books, periodicals, multimedia materials, and instructional tools, these learning resource centers provide Internet access, computers, printers, and copiers, as well as a quiet environment for independent and group study.

Librarians and Learner Support Specialists are available online via email and phone or face-to-face at the campuses. They provide personalized research and reference assistance to students and faculty, teach learners how to navigate the Online Library and help users search the library databases effectively. They also design and deliver library instruction to promote information literacy, critical thinking and lifelong learning. Library personnel also fulfill interlibrary loan requests to procure resources not available in the Argosy University collections.

More detailed information about Argosy University Library Services can be found in the Online Library. Go to the Campus Common at https://mycampus.argosy.edu/portal/server.pt and log in to the portal. Choose Online Library in the My Academics menu options.

To contact the Online Library staff:

Additional contact information for campus Library Services staff can be found on the Online Library page.

For Technical Support, call (866) 848-0776.