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Academic Information

Academic Information

Academic Schedule

Instruction offered by Off-Campus Programs is independent of the university campus academic calendar. Classes begin and end at varying times, depending on the needs of the students being served. Flexible scheduling includes extensive use of compressed schedules and mini-sessions which permit an instructor to subdi- vide a course into varying time blocks and to schedule a series of intensive study sessions. Course materials and books are made available to students well in advance of the beginning of classes to ensure adequate pre-class preparation time.


The distinctive character and flexible course schedules of CMU’s off-campus offerings attract leaders from a variety of fields. Instruc- tion is provided by CMU faculty, by faculty from other colleges and universities, by public officials, by practicing specialists, and by leaders in business and industry.

The academic credentials of all instructors are approved by the appropriate academic department of the university. In addition, instructors of graduate courses are approved by the College of Graduate Studies. Instructors are contracted separately for each class.

Because Central Michigan University has over 1,400 approved part-time instructors, hired on a course-by-course basis, individual adjuncts are not listed in this catalog. All faculty are required to include biographical information on the cover sheet for each course they teach. This information is available to students before and during registration. As part of the course cover sheet, faculty are required to provide phone numbers, times they are available, and a mailing address where they can be reached before, during and after the class has been completed. A growing number of faculty also provide an e-mail address.

Academic Advising

Academic advising is provided to help students identify their edu- cational needs, interests and goals. Advisors include profession- als from education, business and government. They are available for advising appointments at regularly scheduled times and can be reached via e-mail or phone. Scheduling information is either mailed to students or is posted in the program center office.

Students work with an academic advisor to complete a pro- gram plan which serves as the road map or guide to achieve the student’s academic goals. It is the student’s responsibility to schedule an appointment with the academic advisor to develop the program plan. This should be done as early in the student’s course of study as possible – if at all possible, before a student begins her or his second course. If the student decides to take coursework before developing a degree program plan, he or she does so at the risk the work may not be applicable to the course of study which he or she wishes to pursue.

The academic advisor and the program director have author- ity over the student’s program plan. This authority is limited by the curricula and the university’s policies and practices. While the program plan is intended to be flexible, students should not deviate from the program plan without the permission of the academic advisor and the program director. If they do so, they run the risk the deviations may not be applicable to the course of study which they have chosen. No student will be approved for graduation until an approved program plan is on file at ProfEd’s Mount Pleasant office.

CMU Writing Center

For help with prewriting, drafting, revising, editing, and polishing, contact a CMU Writing Center consultant online, a free service at http://webs.cmich.edu/writingcenter. Enter the user name writ- ingcenter (one word) and password wconline (one word). A CMU Writing Center Consultant will work with you per submission, and papers are back within two business days. Contact writcent@ cmich.edu for more information.

Tutoring for Math and Statistics Students

Tutoring assistance is now available to Off-Campus Programs students from the CMU Math Assistance Center (www.cel.cmich. edu/mathcenter). After the online registration process (usually takes one business day), real-time tutoring via internet and/or toll free telephone connect (800-950-1144, ext. 2290) will be available. Students must be currently enrolled in an Off-Campus Programs mathematics course (MTH 105, 106, 107, 130, 132, 175, 203) or statistics course (STA 282 or 382); have activated their global ID and password; have computer access (high speed connection preferred); or telephone access. For more information, contact the Math Assistance Center at 800-950-1144, ext. 2290 or mathac@cmich.edu.

Library Services

The Charles V. Park Library at Central Michigan University is the resource center for CMU students, faculty, and staff. Its collections contain 1.1 million books, 10,500 electronic books, 20,849 video and media items, 125 electronic periodical article databases, and provide electronic access to the full-text content of more than 48,000 journals. Additionally, it is a federal and state government document depository library, which means it provides access to more than 500,000 items published by the United States Government and the State of Michigan. Items not owned by the library can be obtained from other institutions through the library’s interlibrary loan service.

Access to all library resources and services is provided to off- campus and online students and faculty by the Off-Campus Library Services (OCLS) department. OCLS librarians provide Reference assistance and answer questions about the library’s services and resources via telephone, e-mail, web form, and a chat interface. Faculty may contact OCLS to arrange for an instructional session to be presented by a librarian to their classes at either a remote center or within the electronic classroom via Wimba. Librarians are available to assist patrons Monday through Wednesday from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. (EST).

OCLS also offers a document delivery service that allows pa- trons to obtain books as well as copies of single book chapters, journal articles, sample MSA and EDU projects, and more. This service is provided free of charge and all requests are typically processed within a 24 – 48 hour period. The hours of operation for the Document Delivery Office are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.; Friday from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.; Saturday from 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.; and Sunday from 12:00 p.m.

  • 9:00 p.m. (EST).

As an additional service for faculty, OCLS also offers a copyright clearance service for items that an instructor wishes to use within the Blackboard course shell. If an instructor wants to use a journal article or an excerpt from a book as part of course materials, he

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