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Academic Support

This web page outlines the different Academic Support options available for students including tutoring through the Academic Success Center, academic advising, Undergraduate Admissions information and more! Use the drawers on this page to read a bit about each Academic Support.

Academic Success Center (ASC)

The Academic Success Center (ASC) offers learning support programs to assure high quality services to Montclair State University students. The quality learning is centered on the student as an individual. Therefore, ASC continues to construct a body of work focused on the academic needs of a rapidly growing student population.

The Center, certified by The College Reading and Learning Association (CRLA), provides tutoring, supplemental instruction and academic development services. Further-more, the national and international professional standards set by The CRLA are maintained through the application of innovative learning theories, tutoring practices, and cross-cultural training programs.

ASC is dedicated to providing an environment that promotes learning and professional growth where students and tutors work together in reaching their academic goals. The individual and group tutoring sessions are offered in most academic areas by master and peer tutors who have excelled in their particular subject areas and have been recommended by faculty. All tutors receive training on effective study strategies and tutoring techniques to best assist students.

The Academic Success Center (ASC) offers Academic Development, Tutoring Services, Supplemental Instruction and learning support to Montclair students in collaboration with academic and administrative departments, as well as the Assessment of freshmen and some transfer students for course placement.

Vision

Enhance student academic experience and success by providing appropriate assessment and fostering active learning.

The Center’s Mission

  • Provide comprehensive learning support programs to encourage academic excellence and help students acquire skills to become independent learners.
  • Offer a cohesive system of evaluation that incorporates placement into English reading, writing and mathematics employing multiple criteria to meet the needs of the University for optimal assessment; serve as an efficient proctoring site for internal and external testing.

Tutorial Services

One of the main goals of the Academic Success Center (ASC) is to offer quality tutorial services to Montclair State University students. Students are encouraged to take advantage of ASC tutoring which fosters active learning, reasoning, and critical thinking. The application of active learning processes and study skills are introduced during tutoring sessions in connection with the subject being tutored. Additionally, the tutors working at the ASC are well trained in applying learning strategies and tutoring techniques to help students become more confident and competent learners while facing academic challenges head-on and mastering course content.

The Center advertises the tutoring schedule at the beginning of the semester and we encourage students to sign up for a tutoring account to take advantage of the ability to schedule in person and on-line tutoring appointments in our various tutoring centers.

Tutoring Hours and Locations

  • Saturday through Thursday: 9 a.m. – 10 p.m. (times vary by location)
  • Friday: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • Locations: Webster Hall, Rooms 200A, 300A, Bohn Hall 1001 & Dinallo Hall, Room 2151

Assessment & Testing

The Academic Success Center (ASC) coordinates all assessment and evaluations associated with Placement Testing; students are placed by an advisor into appropriate courses in foreign language and mathematics after a review of their academic records and placement test scores by the ASC.

The ASC also administers the Math Readiness Tests, the Chemistry Readiness Test for students, and coordinates services with English as a Second Language. Proctoring services for MSU and non-MSU students are also available through this office.

Admissions
  • Director: Jeffrey Indiveri-Gant
  • Location: 855 Valley Road, Montclair, NJ
  • Telephone: 973-655-5116
  • Admissions Website

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions seeks to provide the University’s
faculty with academically prepared students by adhering to our department’s
mission. Undergraduate Admissions at Montclair State University
is comprised of a team working together to help prospective students determine
how Montclair State can assist them to achieve educational goals, to
graduate, and to establish a lifelong relationship with the University.
These values represent the efforts of a team that is committed to meeting
the needs of students during all phases of the enrollment process, from initial
inquiry to actual enrollment. During all phases of the Admissions process
activities and communication facilitate the student’s transition and
preparation for University and academic life. The ethical responsibility of
the Admissions operation is to support this vision by helping prospective
students determine if they are an appropriate match for both our curriculum
and the career opportunities that await our graduates.

How can the Undergraduate Admissions office help you as a faculty member? 

The Office of Undergraduate Admissions can assist faculty who wish to
play an active role in recruiting students for their programs by collaborating
with the Director of Admissions on special programs designed to attract
academic talent. Whether helping to facilitate simple touches like
“welcome” phone calls to accepted students, or initiating more complex,
discipline specific initiatives, faculty can help to determine the mix of students
in their classrooms. In previous years, the Office of Undergraduate
Admissions has highlighted specific academic majors at state-wide events
for guidance counselors, and has connected our faculty with high school
educators to nurture a connection between their very best students and
Montclair State.

Advising

Academic advising is a developmental process in which students and academic advisors engage that focuses on helping students achieve their academic, personal and career goals.

For more information, please visit the Academic Advising website.

Center for Leadership and Engagement

Student Leadership Programs is part of the Center for Student Involvement and encourages the development of student leaders through an intentional program of events, including retreats, seminars, courses, mentoring programs, learning communities, conferences, community service programs, and recognition and awards ceremonies. The office also encourages students to undertake leadership roles in clubs and organizations and student employment opportunities within the campus community, as well as to pursue leadership opportunities in state, regional, and national conferences and organizations.

Student Leadership Programs works in close collaboration with staff, faculty, and departments including the Educational Opportunity Fund Program, The Center for Advising and Student Transition Programs, Greek Life, Undergraduate Admissions, Social Justice and Diversity/Women’s Center, and Residence Life. Students are encouraged to interact with numerous areas of the MSU community and are encouraged to network with other students and faculty and staff to enhance their leadership experience.

Faculty can particularly be involved with Student Leadership Programs by
presenting and facilitating at student workshops, programs and conferences and by serving as advisors to student clubs and organizations.

How can Student Leadership Programs help you as a faculty member?

Student Leadership Programs communicates frequently with student leaders through email distribution lists, as well as through the department Web site and is able to publicize programs or initiatives to help faculty reach student leaders. The office also provides opportunities for faculty to present, facilitate, and/or participate in student programs, workshops, conferences, and community service initiatives, including the winter Student Leadership Retreat and the fall Student Leadership Institute.

 

Center for Writing Excellence

The Center for Writing Excellence (CWE) is available to all university students, faculty, staff, and alumni who are committed to developing and improving as writers. Sessions with experienced writing consultants are designed to provide help on every aspect of the writing process, with the goal of enabling writers to achieve long-term improvement, confidence, and independence.

Conferences are generally a maximum of 25 minutes, and are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We can also schedule appointments in advance, and we are now offering online consultations. There is no charge for these services.

Colleges and Schools

Designated a Research Doctoral University by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education, the University’s 11 colleges and schools serve more than 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students with more than 300 doctoral, master’s and baccalaureate level programs.

Disability Resource Center

The Mission of the Disability Resource Center (DRC) is to unite the Montclair
State University community in an effort to provide students with disabilities
the excellence and equity in education to which they are legally entitled.
Support from faculty is integral to the achievement of this mission. It is the
hope of the DRC that sharing this information will promote collaboration
between the DRC and faculty as well as provide you with some strategies, to
see that all students are encouraged to meet their full potential.

Although it may seem simpler to just accommodate students directly without
the involvement of the DRC, that approach can be risky. The DRC has the
expertise to ascertain whether the request is appropriate and reasonable. If
you provide an accommodation without proper documentation, other students
can challenge this treatment as preferential. Also, by providing an unsubstantiated
accommodation, a pattern is set under which a student can claim to be
“considered as having a disability” under the law. Therefore when students
approach faculty about disability issues, it is strongly recommend that they are
referred to the DRC.

Section 504 and the ADA are very specific regarding confidentiality issues.
Students voluntarily affiliate themselves with DRC, and the responsibility to
protect their confidentiality is taken seriously.
How can the Disability Resource Center help you as a faculty member?

Although it may seem contradictory to some that the DRC’s goal is to team
with the faculty to accommodate the student; that is our true mission. The
center advocates for students, but is also available to consult with and assist
faculty in meeting the University’s legal responsibilities to students with
disabilities.

The law permits dissemination of disability-related information on a “need to
know” basis only. Therefore when faculty is alerted, the center is permitted to
disclose only the existence, not the nature, of a disability and what accommodations
are necessary to equalize access to learning for that student. Asking
intrusive questions of the student or discussing the student’s disability with
others, no matter how well-intentioned, is a violation of federal law.

Education Opportunity Fund Program

Montclair State University’s Educational Opportunity Fund
Program (EOF) pr ovides access for motivated state r esidents fr om
underrepresented populations/areas that meet the income criteria and exhibit
the potential for high achievement. The Educational Opportunity
Fund Program provides quality academic support, leadership development,
financial literacy, career enrichment, intentional counseling/
advisement, and need based financial assistance to maximize the intellectual
and social growth of all participants. The EOF community fully
engages scholars in curricular and co-curricular experiences ultimately
producing active alumni dedicated to lifelong learning and global
citizenship.

How can the Educational Opportunity Fund Program help you as a faculty member?

EOF Students are assigned EOF Professional Counselors who
can be used as a resource for a student’s academic development
(tutoring, writing workshops, etc.). Progress reports are sent to faculty
members for EOF students and other select special admit populations to
ensure students maximize the use of their academic resources.

Experience Montclair

Experience Montclair (EM) is a University-wide initiative designed to provide activities, events and workshops to help students stimulate intellectual curiosity and career readiness through academic and co-curricular programming. This initiative promotes active student engagement starting in the very first semester. As students begin their transition to college life they will be presented with opportunities to explore areas of personal and professional interest in order to gain necessary skills for future employment and/or graduate study. By employing a competency-based approach, student engagement can be translated into competencies to make sense for students, administrators, family members and potential employers.

Important Dates

The Important Dates website includes important upcoming deadlines and dates for our students. Please review this information. Any additions will be announced via Red Hawk News sent to your University email account.