Lee University Catalog 2014-2015 
    
    Jul 19, 2018  
Lee University Catalog 2014-2015 [Archived Catalog]

Undergraduate Academic Resources



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Undergraduate Academic Resources

 


Academic Advising

Academic advising is one of the many ways in which students engage with faculty on an individual basis. After completing registration, each student is assigned a faculty advisor in his/her major area of interest. The faculty advisor and student work together to craft a unique and individual academic plan based on the student’s strengths and calling. Students who have not declared a major are assigned to a faculty advisor who is specially trained to work with students who are still exploring their strengths and calling.

Lee University hopes the advising relationship will be an ongoing ‘conversation’ that goes beyond mere course selection and will enable the student to explore the breadth of the liberal arts curriculum, focus on the major concentration, and prepare for life after Lee.

The academic advisor is a mentor and a guide. Students have to right to expect accurate information (to the best of his/her knowledge) from their faculty advisors. Advisors have the right to expect that their advisees will take ownership of their academic progress and accept the consequences of their academic decisions.

For questions about the advising process or to request reassignment to a new advisor, contact the Office of Academic Services.

Academic Support

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The Academic Support Office acts as a liaison between students with disabilities and the Lee University academic community. In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, as amended, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990, the Academic Support Office works to ensure that students with disabilities, (physical, sensory, learning, and/or emotional), have equal access to educational opportunities.

The Academic Support Office also provides information on issues of accessibility and reasonable accommodations. These services give students with disabilities equal access to academic programs. With the exception of one building, all buildings on campus are accessible for students with physical challenges. If a student with a physical disability takes a class in an inaccessible building, the class is moved to an accessible one immediately. In addition to serving students who are permanently disabled, the Academic Support Office also serves students who have temporary disabilities.

The Academic Support Office also provides free on campus academic tutoring to all Lee students. Although tutoring is not offered for 400 level classes, tutoring is available for most other courses.  Tutoring is offered in various ways, including one-on-one tutoring, small group tutoring, and lab tutoring for no charge. Tutors may be requested throughout the semester, but the last day for requests coincides with the last day to withdraw from a class.  Additionally, the Academic Support Office provides free mentoring for students who need extra support socially.

Students with Disabilities

Lee University is committed to the provision of reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities, as defined in Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Students who think they may qualify for these accommodations should contact the Office of Academic Support to set up accommodations.

Tutorial Program

Tutors are provided free of charge for any student who is having difficulty with a class and requests help. Tutors are recommended by faculty members, and are trained and carefully supervised as they deliver services. All tutorial services are monitored and evaluated for effectiveness.

Writing Center

The mission of the Lee University Writing Center is to help students improve as writers. Trained peer writing tutors are available to help students across disciplines with any writing assignment at any stage of the writing process, from brainstorming and drafting to revision and final editing. Individual appointments generally last 45 minutes. Students can make an appointment through the online scheduler, which can be accessed through the “University Services” menu on Portico. The writing center is located in the Vest Building on the second floor.

Center for Calling and Career

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The Center provides resources for students, faculty and staff to examine their strengths and discover a clearer sense of calling by understanding who they are as God’s “work of art.” The Center uses a strengths based approach to advising that allows time for students to enter into dialogue with a Strengths/Vocational advisor to discuss their strengths themes, what they enjoy, what they do best and what they believe they are called to do with their life. Students also come to the Center to declare or change their academic program.

Several career-related assessments and job search resources are available for students to access online. LeeCareerCentral provides an online Job Board, listing local part-time and full-time openings. Students may come to the Center for individual career counseling, and for resume and job interview preparation.

Computer Labs

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Lee University provides over 450 open use computers in four academic buildings and several dorms as well as a few computers in the lobby areas of the Humanities Center. Academic computer labs are outfitted with state-of-the-art Lenovo computers complete with Windows 7, Microsoft Office and provide access to the Internet. Some of the computers in the labs have development, web design, Flash and Adobe photo-shop applications installed on them for student use. Additionally, the student technology fee includes printing for up to 300 pages from the high-quality copiers throughout campus. Aside from scheduled times when classes meet in select labs, campus computer labs are open to all students. Staff members from IT Operations are available throughout the day to help with technical questions. Students can also call the Help Desk at extension 8027.


Campus Lab Locations and Hours of Operation:

Walker Memorial (3 labs)

  8:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
M-F, closed weekends
Paul Conn Student Union   7:00 a.m.-12:00 a.m.
Friday night open until 1 a.m.
Jazzman’s Café   See Café for store hours
Humanities Center (2 labs)   8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
M-F, closed weekends
Education Building   8:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m.
M-F. closed weekends

Library (The LINK)

 

Same as library hours
(Lab closes 30 minutes before library closes)

Science Math Complex
(2 labs)

 

8:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m.
M-F, closed weekends

First-Year Experience

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Lee University provides a comprehensive program designed to guide first-year students in the transition to university life. The Office of First-Year Programs seeks to assist all incoming freshmen and transfers of Lee University in the first year of their college experience. The office’s mission is to help new students connect with one another and to the university in ways that will promote their personal growth and engage them in a transformative educational experience. Three specific areas that the office oversees are New Student Orientation, the LEEU-101 course, and transfer student services.

New Student Orientation (NSO)

All new students entering Lee University participate in New Student Orientation. This orientation is dedicated to helping new students become acclimated to Lee University by attending various information sessions and participating in activities with faculty, staff, and current students. The Office of First-Year Programs leads this collaborative effort to ensure that students start on the right track during their first few days at Lee. Instructors and Peer Leaders of the freshman seminar course (LEEU-101) serve as guides for freshman students and parents during the orientation process. The Office of First-Year Programs also trains Transfer Student Leaders to help new transfer students throughout the process. Any questions about orientation activities can be directed to firstyear@leeuniversity.edu.

LEEU-101: Gateway to University Success

Lee University requires that all incoming freshmen enroll in a seminar course called, “Gateway to University Success” or LEEU-101. This unique course introduces essential academic and critical thinking skills, explores practical information needed to navigate life at Lee, and offers students the opportunity to develop meaningful connections and relationships. LEEU-101 sections are taught by an “all-star” team of faculty and administrators under the leadership of the Office of First-Year Programs. This class gives students the opportunity to interact with professors on campus and to create lasting relationships with their peers. In addition, classes are co-facilitated by Peer Leaders. These upperclassmen are recruited and trained by the Office of First-Year Programs to guide freshmen through their first semester at Lee. 

Transfer Student Services

At New Student Orientation (NSO) and in the weeks following, incoming transfer students will have the opportunity to attend uniquely designed sessions led by administrators and the Transfer Student Leadership Council. Each new transfer student will also be connected with a Transfer Student Leader who will serve as a resource throughout the entire first semester. Through various sessions and events, transfer students will have the opportunity to form relationships with their peers and to learn about Lee’s specific institutional culture.