2015-2016 Catalog

Student Services

Academic Advising: At Strayer University, academic advising is a communication process—whether face-to-face, by mail or e-mail, on the telephone, or through computer-mediated systems—by which the University helps students realize their maximum educational and career potential and become effective agents for their lifelong learning endeavors.

Strayer University views advising as a comprehensive process designed to help each student make sound academic decisions. Academic advising is done primarily by Campus Deans, specialized advisors, and Success Coaches. By using a team approach, the University provides expanded advising hours by experienced advisors across various discipline areas and enables students to get specific degree-related advice from a knowledgeable professional. The advisors and Success Coaches work in partnership with students to assist them in successfully navigating the path to reach their educational goals.

Career Services: Career services are available online and on campus. The University’s goal in supplying these resources is to support the professional development of our students and alumni. Online resources are available through the University Career Center on iCampus at htttps://icampus.strayer.edu.

Online resources include:  live career presentations, a career gallery containing a library of career webinars, recorded interviews with Strayer alumni, and tools for creating and sharing a comprehensive career portfolio with potential employers.  Links to resume and cover letter writing, interviewing, strategic networking, job search planning and other career-related resources are also available.

For campus-based students, there are additional career resources available in the Learning Resources Center which include: books, periodicals, and local job listings. The Learning Resources Center Manager on each campus is trained to assist with career service delivery which may include resume advising, demonstration of online resources, and job search suggestions.

Computer Services: Strayer University provides a variety of computer services to students. The University has multiple computer labs at each campus location, including an open lab that is available for student use during normal campus hours. A number of courses are also taught in Strayer teaching labs. All labs are equipped with state-of-the-art computer systems and high-speed Internet connections. Each lab has an array of software for use by students. This software includes, but is not limited to, the Microsoft Office Suite, Peachtree accounting software, Microsoft Expression and Microsoft Visual Studio.

The computer labs also have connections to online databases for use in research and related projects. Databases include: EBSCOhost’s Academic Search Complete, Business Source Complete, Criminal Justice Abstracts with Full Text, Education Source, ERIC, Library, CINAHL, Medline Complete, Information Science & Technology Abstracts, Regional Business News, and three Research Starters - Business, Education, and Sociology; ACM Digital Library; American City Business Journals; Britannica Online; Congressional Quarterly Review; Credo Reference; Data-Planet Statistical Datasets; eLibrary; Faulkner’s Security Management Practices; IGI Global Research Collection; LexisNexis Academic; Loislaw; Mergents Online and their WebReports and Archive; Merriam-Webster’s 3rd New International Dictionary; The New Palgrave Dictionary of Economics Oxford’s Reference; ProQuest National Newspapers Premier, and ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source.  These databases have proven to be an excellent resource for Strayer students.

Each university location has an onsite Lab Monitor and/or Learning Resources Center Manager who can assist students with basic computer questions. They can also help students in the use of online databases as well as basic functions of Microsoft Word and Excel.

Financial Advising: Any financial concerns should be discussed with personnel in the Business Office.

International Student Advising: F-1 students should meet with an Academic Advisor or their Student Success Coach early in their academic programs to plan their course schedule.

Placement Testing: Undergraduate students must demonstrate proficiency in English and mathematics skills in order to successfully navigate through their academic career at the University. Students should reference the procedures for fulfilling the University’s placement requirements under the section titled, “Undergraduate Admission” in the catalog.

Students needing to take the placement exam for English and/or mathematics do so during the admissions process. Taking the placement exam requires no preparation. Students have access to take the placement through the student portal on icampus:https://icampus.strayer.edu. This can be taken remotely or on the campus.

Tutorial Services: Tutoring is available in subject areas such as English, mathematics, accounting,computer information systems, and nursing. All students have access to these tutoring services at no cost—whether they are taking classes on campus or online.  Supplemental Instruction for specific courses, is also provided. Tutoring services are provided by experts with a strong background in the subject area in which they are tutoring.

Campus-based tutoring also is available. To participate in campus tutoring, students should check with their Campus Dean or Success Coach.

Online tutoring is also available for students; access is available via the Blackboard homepage. For all tutorial sessions, the student should come prepared by bringing course materials, having tried to do the required course reading and/or homework, and having formed specific questions for the tutor. Tutors will provide feedback to course instructors on topics covered in individual sessions. Although the instructor is always the first person the student should turn to for further clarification or assistance, a tutor can provide additional one-on-one assistance to help in reaching educational goals.

Veteran’s Advising : The University keeps abreast of current requirements and regulations by maintaining a liaison with the Department of Veterans Affairs through the Corporate Office. University administrators also periodically attend appropriate seminars.

Initial information about educational programs for veterans and initial assistance to veterans are provided by the Admissions Office. Thereafter, the Business Office handles questions and paperwork concerning recertification and continued eligibility. The Business Office is available to answer any questions veterans may have.