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Academic and Human Development
The University provides developmental services to students for the successful pursuit of their academic program and personal development. These services include Academic Advising, Access Programs, Athletic Mentoring, Counseling, Learning Center, Minority Mentoring, Services for Students with Disabilities, and Writing Center. In addition, all faculty within the Department of Academic and Human Development advise students selecting the Liberal Studies major.
The Academic Advising Center assists students in a variety of ways related to their academic work. The Center is responsible for the advising of probationary, readmitted, and reinstated students. In addition, the Academic Opportunity, Athletic Mentoring, and Minority Mentoring programs are assigned to the Center, as well as the Academic Standards Review Board (ASRB).
All students with a QPA below 2.0 are required to make regularly scheduled appointments with their advisor throughout the semester. An advisor can help students make plans and take specific action to improve their academic progress. The goal of the Advising Center is to serve as a resource area and to help students adjust to college.
Effective academic advising involves a strong relationship between the advisor and the advisee. At Mansfield University, academic advising assists students in developing their educational and career goals. Mansfield University recognizes advising as a shared responsibility of both the student and the advisor. The Mansfield University Advising Center promotes this model throughout the university community.
The Advising Center is dedicated to the advising of, academic exploratory students, academic opportunity students, and probationary, readmitted, reinstated and qualifying students assigned to the Center.
There are two academic support programs assisting individuals who have potential to be successful college students, but do not qualify for regular admission to the University: the Act 101 and the Academic Opportunity Program (AOP), located in South Hall.
The Act 101 program supports Pennsylvania residents whose cultural, economic, or educational backgrounds might impair their ability to pursue higher educational opportunities successfully. The Academic Opportunity Program (AOP) is designed for students who did not do well enough in high school to qualify for regular admission to the University.
Both programs help to develop their academic skills. Students accepted through these special programs become regular matriculated students with the same opportunities and responsibilities as other students in accord with university policies and procedures.
Student-athletes can look toward the Athletic Mentor/Academic Advisor for guidance in developing and achieving their academic and career goals. Through individual and group advising, this program assists student-athletes in establishing necessary links to various university resources provided by the Academic and Human Development Department. Referrals are also made to auxiliary services.
The mission of the Athletic Mentoring Program is to maintain intercollegiate athletics as an integral part of the campus educational program and the athlete as an integral part of the student body. With this in mind, the NCAA CHAMPS/Life Skills Program was implemented at Mansfield University to support the student development initiatives and to enhance the quality of the student-athlete experience within the university setting. The Athletic Mentor/Life Skills supports a student-athlete’s development in four areas; academics, personal development, career development and community service.
The University Counseling Center provides free counseling services to all university students and staff. Our primary purpose is to help people grow in a positive and productive direction. We will assist you in understanding yourself, your feelings and emotions, your personal problem areas, and your educational concerns. We will develop a strategy with you to assist in reaching your goals and in helping you to live more effectively. Counseling sessions are tailored to each individual client. In addition to personal counseling, the counseling staff assists with student advocacy, mediation, career exploration, and consulting with classroom faculty.
The Learning Center offers tutorial assistance and professional consultation for students who wish to improve basic reading, writing, computational and/or computer skills or extend their knowledge in academic content areas. The center is staffed by professionals, paraprofessionals, and peer tutors. It includes a computer lab and small software library. A peer tutorial component is also housed within the center to assist individuals or small groups in most subject areas.
SUPPORT monitors the academic progress of racially/ethnically underrepresented students at Mansfield University.
SUPPORT services include academic workshops, developmental academic advising, to include group and individual sessions, and appropriate referrals to other supportive services, e.g. counseling, tutoring, career services, and faculty office hours. Peer, faculty, and alumni mentors are also available, as a major component of the program. SUPPORT also offers an interactive, informational web site and a Minority Alumni Network.
SUPPORT is designed to increase the likelihood for minority students to enjoy academic success, healthy personal growth and to help each student successfully navigate the academic systems that drive Mansfield University.
Services for Students with Disabilities
The Office of Students with Disabilities (SSD) is the main advocate for students with disabilities who request academic accommodations at the University. It is our goal to assist you in gaining appropriate and reasonable accommodations, enhancing your ability to pursue a meaningful college experience.
After submitting pertinent documentation, we will attempt to address all reasonable accommodations appropriate to your needs. Current accommodations include, but are not limited to, special residence hall living requests, on-campus transportation, early academic scheduling, a variety of testing accommodations, note takers, readers, interpreters, assistance in acquiring “Books on Tape,” and relocating class sections to aid access.
You are encouraged to contact the coordinator of Services for Students with Disabilities to discuss any accommodations. Early notification is critical when seeking physical or academic course material accommodations.
The Writing Center is an integral part of the University’s Writing Across the Curriculum program. Professional and peer-writing tutors help students develop effective writing and editing strategies that support the formal writing instruction presented in various courses throughout the curriculum.
Career Development Center
The CDC provides students and alumni with a wide range of services, including career exploration and planning, interest inventories, resume and cover letter writing and critique, practice interview sessions, on-campus recruitment interviews and job fairs. The CDC maintains a current resources library providing information on employment trends, occupational choices and continuing education options. Job opportunities are posted electronically through the CDC. Externship and on-site work/learning experiences are also supported by the CDC. The CDC sponsors several workshops, special events and featured speakers throughout the academic year. Alumni wishing to establish a credential file with CDC are welcome to do so. A minimal processing/storage fee is charged to support this service.
The Career Development Center provides administration for several testing services for Mansfield, including CLEP, Graduate Record Exam (GRE), Miller Analogies Test (MAT) and Praxis.
For more information about the CDC, please visit us on the web at web.Mansfield.edu/career.