Jun 22, 2021  
Mansfield University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog 
Mansfield University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Services for Students

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Department of 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, Athletic Mentoring, Counseling, Learning Center, Minority Mentoring,  Support Services for CHAMPS 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.

Academic Advising

Mission: the mission of the Academic Advising Center is to provide quality academic advising, to assist students in the purposeful planning of an undergraduate liberal arts education, contributing to an environment that promotes academic (Scholarship) and personal, as well as intellectual, and ethical (Character) growth. Academic Advising is a decision-making process by which students realize their maximum education potential, through communication, and information exchanges with an advisor; it is ongoing, multifacted and a shared responsibility of both the advisor and advisee. The advisor, utilizing a developmental, proscriptive and/or, prescriptive, strength-based approach, serves as a constant facilitator of communication, a coordinator of learning experiences, through course and career planning and academic progress review, and an agent of referral to other campus services.

Vision: The Academic Advising Center (AAC) has a fundamental vision to continue to provide leadership in a dynamic, central learning environment that is highly developmental and cultivates academic excellence and healthy decision making, through innovative advising practices. AAC assists students in attaining their career and academic goals. The Academic Advising Center continues to promote and cultivate an academic advising environment of trust, comfort and genuine caring. The Academic Advising Center continues to establish and maintain collaborative relationships with other student services, faculty and staff both (internal and external) constituents for the benefit of our advisees. Furthermore, AAC promotes the development of our advisees’ collaborative relationship, navagational skills, and an appropriate voice.

Athletic Mentoring and the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program

Mission: The mission of the Athletic Mentoring and CHAMPS Life Skills Program is to support the successful academic transition, matriculation, and graduation of the student-athlete. The Athletic Mentoring component serves to monitor, track and improve the academic standing and progress of the student athlete. The CHAMPS/Life Skills component is designed to enhance and support a student-athlete’s development in the areas of: personal development, career planning and community service, and academic excellence.

Vision: The vision of the Athletic Mentoring and CHAMPS Life Skills Program is the graduation of student-athletes with an enhanced academic and personal growth experience through the participation in CHAMPS/Life Skills Program and with the support and services of Athletic Mentoring.

Counseling Center

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.

Learning Center

Mission: The Learning Center (LC) at Mansfield University mission is to foster an out-of-class learning environment that provides students with undergraduate learning experiences designed to promote and maximize their learning potential. The Learning Center is committed to helping students achieve their academic goals and persist until graduation. The Learning Center offers our diverse student population with self-assessment measures that promote meta-cognition and self-evaluation. The student support services provided under the auspices of the Learning Center include: an accredited CRLA peer tutoring program; a NTA certified tutor trainer; a Certified Supplemental Instruction Supervisor, A Certified Reading Specialist and a certified Supplemental Instruction (SI) program for several survey and gateway level courses; learning style and study skills assessments; one-on-one and/or group learning support; academic advising; and appropriate skills instruction that address specific students’ needs.

Vision: The Mansfield University Learning Center’s future vision is to offer a mandatory self-management program dedicated to enhancing the out-of-class learning environment for all incoming freshmen, as well as any probationary, learning disabled, and reinstated students. The program’s focuses would be based in individual assessments of students’ learning styles and study skills and behaviors. All incoming students would self-assess their motivation, learning styles, time management skills, and develop an understanding and an ability to control their physical and social environments. The program would follow a four-step process that involves: self-assessment/self-observation, strategic planning, strategy implementation, and strategic-outcome monitoring.

SUPPORT (Minority Mentoring Program)

Mission: The SUPPORT program is designed to increase the likelihood for traditionally under represented students of color, at Mansfield University, to enjoy academic success, personal growth and leadership skill development.

SUPPORT promotes self empowerment and academic excellence. It is also the mission of SUPPORT to assist each student in making a positive and productive transition to Mansfield and the university experience, as quickly and efficiently as possible, again taking a developmental approach to each students unique, individual strengths and needs.

Vision: It is the vision of this program that each student will make a successful adjustment to the college and serve as a role model for future SUPPORT students, through graduation and beyond.

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.

Writing Center

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.


The Campus Bookstore is operated by College Community Services, Inc. The store is open from 8 AM to 4 PM Monday - Friday and 10 AM to 1 PM on Saturdays during the fall and spring semesters. During the summer sessions, the store is open 8 AM to 4 PM Monday through Friday. Also, during the first week of classes, the store is open extended hours, as posted, to aid students in purchasing textbooks, dorm supplies, health and beauty aids, class supplies, clothing, etc. The bookstore is located on the main floor of the Alumni Hall Student Center. Textbooks are located on the upper level of the store while supplies, clothing MU logo items, stationary, health and beauty aids, etc., are all found the the lower level. Reserve your books online at mansfieldbookstore.com and have the first chance at used textbooks.

Career Center

The Career Center (CC) provides students and alumni with a wide range of services, including career exploration and development, career interest inventories, resume and cover letter writing and critique, job search techniques, practice interview sessions, on-campus recruitment interviews and job fairs. A career library of websites, printed, and software-based information  covering career options, employer organizations, employment trends, internships, job listings, and graduate/professional schools is maintained through the Career Center. Job and Internship opportunities are posted electronically through the Career Center using CollegeCentral Network©, an online job board utilized by all 14 PASSHE System University Career Centers. Current students and alumni can register for this free service at www.collegecentral.com/mansfield. The Career Center sponsors several workshops and special events throughout the academic year.

The Career Center administers testing services for Mansfield University and the general public, including CLEP (College-Level Examination Program), DSST (Dantes), Miller Analogies Test (MAT), and test proctoring.

The Career Center is located on the Ground Floor of Alumni Hall. Students and alumni wishing to schedule an appointment may call 570-662-4133. For more resources, information about the Career Center and our calendar of events, please visit us on the web at http://career.mansfield.edu.

Our Mission: to provide students and alumni the best possible career development opportunities to prepare for effective, successful, and satisfying life-work.