2014-2015 Graduate Catalog 
    Jan 17, 2022  
2014-2015 Graduate Catalog [Archived]

Special Resources

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Indiana State University has many resources which, as an integral part of the institution, facilitate learning, contribute to the total education and success of its students, and also serve faculty and administrators in performance of their duties and the enhancement of their continuing professional development. What follows are selections of examples of special resources available at Indiana State University.



The Office of Information Technology (OIT) provides technology support and resources for students, faculty and staff at Indiana State University. As a student there are many resources available to assist you with technology at ISU.  

Technology Terminology at ISU
There may be some new terms you have not heard before as you acclimate yourself to the ISU technology environment. In an effort to make your transition to ISU as easy as possible here are some of the common ones used on campus.
·         ISU-OIT-WPA wireless is the wireless access you will use to connect to the Internet while you are on the ISU campus.
·         Sycamore Login is what you will use to log into all systems while at ISU. This is usually your first initial and last name, but can be followed by a number. For example, Joe Smith might be jsmith21 or Mike Jones might be mjones7.
·         Sycamore ID, University ID or 991 # is a number that begins with 991-XX-XXXX and is a unique identifier once you are affiliated with ISU. This should not be confused with your “Sycamore Login” (see above).   
·         Sycamores Email is ISU email for students. Using the Sycamore login examples above, jsmith21 or mjones7, the email format would be jsmith21@sycamores.indstate.edu or mjones7@sycamores.indstate.edu. It is simply your Sycamore login followed by @sycamores.indstate.edu.
·         MyISUCloud, MyISU or Portal are all names that are used to describe the system where you will sign up for classes, access email and pay your bills at ISU.
·         Blackboard, Bb, Learning Management System or LMS is the system faculty and students use for distance courses or as a supplement to a class that meets on campus. You will receive class content from your professor, receive assignments, submit your work or have online discussions with your professor and other students.
·         Print-n-Sprint is the wireless student printing system with twenty-seven convenient printer locations on campus. There is no need to purchase a separate printer. Undergraduate students receive 650 prints each semester at no additional charge to use for their academic pursuits. You can find additional information at http://www.indstate.edu/oit/students/printing.php.
·         Downloads is the online website for you to download software at no additional charge. You can download software for Windows or Mac such as the latest Windows operating system, Microsoft Office Suite and Symantec Antivirus at https://downloads.indstate.edu.
·         Laptop Institution means that every ISU student is required to have a laptop for their academic pursuits.
Before Arriving on Campus
There are several things you should take care of before arriving on campus which will make your start of school much easier.
·         If you do not currently own a laptop and want to purchase an ISU supported unit, please visit http://web.indstate.edu/oit/students/comp-acquisition.php. ISU has a contract with Lenovo which provides special pricing for a business class laptop. The Lenovo ISU standard laptop meets all academic requirements, is fully supported (hardware and software) on campus and comes with a three-year warranty and accidental damage protection plan.
·         If you already own a laptop or plan to purchase one make sure to do the following:
o    Check to make sure it meets the “Laptop Minimum Hardware Specifications” at http://web.indstate.edu/oit/students/minimum-specs.php.
o    Update your operating system and antivirus software.
o    Turn on automatic updates on your operating system and antivirus software.
o    Make sure your laptop is functioning properly.
·         You should know your Sycamore Login and Password.
After Arriving on Campus
Although there are many tasks you can complete before arriving on campus there are several tasks you can perform after arriving that will help to make your use of technology on the ISU campus even better.
·         Configure your laptop to connect to the ISU-OIT-WPA wireless network by visiting https://downloads.indstate.edu then downloading and running the “WPA Setup Script” under “Networking”.
·         Install the ISU wireless printer drivers on your laptop by visiting https://downloads.indstate.edu and selecting “Printers” and then “Student Printers”. You can see more details about “Print-n-Sprint” in the “Technology Terminology at ISU” section above.
·         Familiarize yourself with the locations of the Print-n-Sprint printers at http://www.indstate.edu/oit/students/printing.php.
·         Familiarize yourself with the locations of the student support areas listed under “OIT Student Support Services” section below.
·         If you do not have an antivirus installed on your laptop, visit https://downloads.indstate.edu and select “Anti-Virus” then download and install the Symantec Antivirus program.
·         For assistance with connecting to the ISU wireless network with your laptop or other mobile device visit one of the convenient support areas listed in the “OIT Student Support Services” section below.
Smartphones and Other Mobile Devices
You can use your smartphone or other mobile device to access ISU electronic resources.  
·         For instructions on connecting your smartphone or other mobile device to ISU’s wireless network visit http://web.indstate.edu/oit/students/mobile.php.
o    Tip: If you change your Sycamore password at any time remember to change it on your smartphone or other mobile device as well. Failing to do so will disable your ISU electronic accounts.
·         You can print from your smartphone or other mobile device by following the instructions at http://web.indstate.edu/oit/students/wireless-printing-inst.php.
·         For assistance using your smartphone or other mobile device on the ISU campus visit one of the “OIT Student Support Services” listed below.
OIT Student Support Services
To receive help with accessing the ISU wireless network, Sycamores email, printing, Sycamore login, password help, virus and malware removal, general computing or technology questions check out one of the following service areas.
·         The OIT self-service website, http://web.indstate.edu/oit/, has student specific help where you will find solutions to the most commonly asked questions.
·         The call-in Help Desk can be used if you do not find a solution on the student self-service website. To contact the Help Desk call 812-237-2910 or 2910 from a campus phone.
·         The Student Computer Support Center (SCSC) is located in the basement of Stalker Hall room 009. The SCSC is a Certified Warranty Service Center for the Lenovo models approved by ISU. Walk-ins are encouraged and reservations are not necessary.
·         Student Tech Support in the Library is a walk-up service to assist you with some of the more common technology questions.
·         For Blackboard, training or other associated online learning tools assistance you can contact the Instructional Tools Support Desk at 812-237-7000 or 7000 from a campus phone or walk-in on the first floor of Gillum Hall room 103.
As described above, Indiana State University provides students with access to a wide array of institutional computing resources including general use computer labs across campus, dedicated specialized computing facilities for individual programs, and dynamic living and learning spaces. As a laptop university, the purchase of personal laptops is required for undergraduate students and also strongly encouraged for all graduate students.
For more information about the Office of Information Technology and resources available to you, please visit our website at http://web.indstate.edu/oit/.


Cunningham Memorial Library  



The Cunningham Memorial Library (CML) collection includes more than 1.4 million items and is a part of the Library Consortium of Vigo County. Through a search interface called Fusion, students may access the collective library holdings of CML, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and the Vigo County Public Library. More than 130 full-time service computers are available throughout the Library. New furniture, computer hardware, and software enable groups of students to collaborate electronically. Printers, document scanners and photocopiers are also available. Collaborative, group, and individual study areas are offered as well as group study rooms. The Library also hosts Wabash Valley Visions & Voices Digital Memory Project, a collaborative effort on the part of the region’s libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, community groups and area residents to document and presser the history and cultural heritage of west central Indiana. The Math and Writing Center and the Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence are also located in the Library.


Hours of Operation: During the Spring and Fall semesters the Library maintains a 24/5 operating schedule with reduced hours on Fridays and Saturdays. For a complete schedule of hours and events see: http://library.indstate.edu/about/calendar.html



Library Services


Research Assistance


Reference. Reference assistance may be obtained in a variety of ways during regular Reference Desk hours: in person at the Reference Desk on the first floor of the Library; by phone at 237-2580; via e-mail at

http://library.indstate.edu/tools/questions/ ; or on-line chat at http://library.indstate.edu/tools/reflive.html Contact information for the reference librarian who is a subject specialist in your area is available at: http://library.indstate.edu/about/staff/subjects.asp. In addition to Library Reference Services, the Office of Information Technology maintains a student technology support desk in the Library for answers to your IT questions related to campus computing.


Special Collections. Special Collections staff provide a variety of support services for ISU faculty and students such as assistance with research and study of rare and unique items examined in the third floor Reading Room. Please contact 237-2610 for further information or to schedule a visit.




Reference. The Library maintains a computer classroom for librarian-conducted instruction. This instruction facility provides 30 individual networked computers, an instructor’s podium workstation, and overhead projection screens to facilitate group training. To receive more information or to make a Library instruction appointment, call 812-237-2604 or visit the instruction Web site at http://library.indstate.edu/about/units/instruction/liohome.html Individuals may request specific, one-on-one instruction and research assistance by appointment with a reference librarian. Library staff members have compiled more than 80 detailed guides to information on topics of interest to ISU patrons using LibGuides:

http://libguides.indstate.edu/ Online tutorials are also available that address practical concerns of conducting library research, including library and online research strategies at http://library.indstate.edu/tools/tutorials/


Special Collections


The Special Collections department, located on the third floor of the Library, offers experiential learning opportunities in the form of class presentations, hands-on curriculum related course assignments, internships, and exhibit curation. The department is particularly interested in engaging students with primary source materials to develop research and critical thinking skills. Please contact 237-2610 for further information or to schedule a visit.


Support for Distance Education Courses


Reference, instructional, and document delivery services are available fhttp://libguides.indstate.edu/distancelearning or Distance Ed students and instructors. Access the Library’s services for distance students through the following link: http://libguides.indstate.edu/distancelearning A reference librarian has been designated to assist the distance learning programs. For reference assistance, call 812-237-2580 or 1-800-851-4279.


Support for Students with Disabilities


The Library provides a number of ADA-assistive devices to support students with disabilities. The Library maintains a study area dedicated to adaptive technology, which includes a Braille display, a reading machine, a special individual monitor for people with retinal degenerative diseases, a head tracker, a multi-colored QWERTY layout with keys four times larger than normal, a voice-to-text program, and software to help people who struggle with reading.  To check out the room with this equipment please ask for the Kurzweil room at the desk


Interlibrary Loan


Use the Interlibrary Loan service to obtain materials that are not a part of the ISU Library collections. All requests are handled using ILLiad software. To use the service you must create an ILLiad account and place your requests on this system, which is available from the Library’s home page at http://library.indstate.edu.

Many items may be requested such as books, dissertations, documents, media, journal articles, and book chapters. You will be notified by email when your item is ready. Physical items are picked up at the first floor front desk; items in electronic format are delivered to you via email. For questions, Interlibrary Loan personnel can be reached Monday to Friday, 8:00 am to 4:30 pm at 812-237-2566 or via email at ISU-libill@mail.indstate.edu



Library Collections


Circulating Collections. With a valid ISU student ID card, undergraduate students may check out Library circulating material for three week loan periods with 3 renewals. Graduate students have a 16 week loan period with 3 renewals. Digital media, such as CDs, DVDs, and computer games circulate for one week for everyone with no renewals. The Library is also part of the Library Consortium of Vigo County. Through the online catalog called Fusion, students may see what is available at ISU, the Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, and the Vigo County Public Library.


Electronic Resources: Journals, subject indexes, e-books and full text databases are available to the ISU community via the Library’s Web page menu at http://library.indstate.edu/ For more information on how to use these resources, or suggestions on effective searching of databases, contact the Library’s Reference Desk at 237-2580.


Class Reserve Material and Electronic Reserves. Material that supplements classroom instruction may be placed on reserve by faculty or graduate instructors. These can include books, material scanned and available electronically, videos, slides, audiotapes, and CDs. Students may request reserved items at the circulation desk by the call number, faculty member’s name, or course number. An ISU student ID must be shown. Loan periods for reserves vary from two hours to one week. Those materials checked out for two or four hours may not leave the Library. Electronic reserves are photocopies of materials such as journal articles, practice examinations, homework assignments, etc. Electronic reserves are on-line materials and cannot be checked out. Students can access electronic reserves anywhere with a computer and Internet access. To access electronic reserves students must have their student ID and a password from the instructor.


iPads. iPads are available for students at the first floor front desk for a 7 day check out period. These items can be checked out from the desk. For more information, call 812-237-2541.


Special Collections. Located on the third floor of the Library, the Special Collections Department includes Rare Books & Manuscripts, University Archives, and Digital Initiatives. Materials are available for use in the Reading Room Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon and from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Major collections include the Cordell Collection of Dictionaries; the Eugene V. Debs Collection; Indiana literature and history; the Indiana Federal Writers Project Papers; the historical Sheet Music Collections; and ISU records, publications, and materials of historical value to the University. The department provides online open access to its digital collections through:


Sycamore Scholars. A repository of the scholarly writings of ISU faculty and students, electronic theses and dissertations and ISU publications available at http://scholars.indstate.edu/


Wabash Valley Visions & Voices Digital Memory Project (WV3). A collaborative effort of libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, community groups, and area residents across the Wabash Valley, which documents the history and culture of west central Indiana available at http://visions.indstate.edu/


Archon. A web interface that furnishes access to University Archives finding aids and to uncataloged rare book databases not available through the Library’s online catalog available at http://archon.indstate.edu


Library Partners


Math and Writing Center. The Math and Writing Center, located on the second floor of the Library, is available seven days a week to help ISU students with any type of math or writing for any class. Workshops, in-class presentations, study groups, and distance tutoring is available. For more information call 812-237-2989 or visit library.indstate.edu/mathandwritingcenter.  


Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence.The Faculty Center for Teaching Excellence (FCTE) functions as the centralized body that elevates, informs, and celebrates teaching excellence on the campus of ISU. Faculty members at all career stages are essential to student success and are served through the varied programming of the FCTE. The Center provides faculty support that fosters ongoing communication and collaboration centered on effective teaching/learning practices. For more information call 812-237- 2688 or visit http://www.indstate.edu/fcte/



The Office of Sponsored Programs is the pre-award grant and contract office. The primary mission of the office is to assist ISU faculty, staff, and students in obtaining external funds to support their research, creative, service, and other activities. The office also provides University review and record keeping functions for all proposals submitted and funded, and a variety of other administrative tasks. Support to the Institutional Review Board for review of human subject research is also provided. The office offers both source-finding and proposal development assistance. To assist proposal writers in their search for grant funding, the office maintains electronic databases and other sources of information, which describe governmental (public) and foundation/endowment (private) grant programs and organizations. Once a potential grant program is identified, the professional staff in the office can assist with the various phases of proposal preparation and budget and assurance issues, and other topics involved with externally sponsored activities. Persons interested in these services can find this information and more on the Office of Sponsored Programs home page www.indstate.edu/osp



The Consortium for Advanced Technological Studies was organized to offer the doctor of philosophy in technology management. This is an unique organization of five universities having studies in technology including Bowling Green State University; University of Central Missouri; East Carolina University; Indiana State University; and North Carolina A&T State University. The Consortium brings together leading schools/colleges of technology in the United States to capitalize on existing resources and faculty expertise in specialized areas of technology. The Consortium universities have been recognized for providing continued leadership to the technology, management, and applied engineering profession.




Indiana State University offers several courses and degree programs online. Online programs are designed for working professionals who cannot commute to campus and for the growing number of individuals who prefer courses delivered via the Internet. Many courses and programs can be completed entirely online. Other programs require minimal visits to the ISU campus. For more information about online programs, visit the website at http://www.indstate.edu/online/ or contact the office’s services via email at indianastateonline@indstate.edu or by phone at 812-237-2345.



Internship programs off campus and special clinical facilities on campus are integral parts of many degree programs at Indiana State University. They offer the kind of practical on-the-job experience and cooperative links with industry and community agencies which foster the advancement of knowledge. Graduate training and work experience are available in such areas as college student affairs administration, communication disorders, counseling, criminology, economics, education, geography and geology, history, political science, psychology, school administration, and sociology. Among the clinical facilities on campus which are used in the development of specialized skills are the Counseling Clinic, the Porter School Psychology Center, the Psychology Clinic, and the Rowe Center for Communicative Disorders. For more detailed descriptions of these programs and facilities, see individual departmental listings.



The Graduate Student Association is the official representational body for ISU graduate students. This organization works strategically to facilitate and enhance communication between graduate students, ISU administrative offices, and other campus organizations. The association’s functions and operations are currently funded by the Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs through the College of Graduate and Professional Studies.  The Graduate Student Association participates annually in the research symposium and graduate student orientation. Representatives of the GSA serve on committees which promote and advance the academic interests and experiences of graduate students including assisting ISU with recruitment, retention of graduate students, diversity, and university award selection. Also, the GSA strives to facilitate the professional development of its members by providing scholarship opportunities for attending and presenting at conferences as well as researching.  Additional information about the Graduate Student Association is available at http://www.indstate.edu/gsa/.



Students accepted into the Indiana University School of Medicine may take the first two years of their regular four-year medical program at a statewide campus including the Terre Haute site located on the campus of Indiana State University. The basic sciences are taught during the first two years. The first year program includes courses in biochemistry, concepts in health and disease, gross anatomy, histology, immunology, introduction to medicine, microbiology, neuroscience, and physiology. Clinical exposure is provided to medical students in cooperation with Union Hospital, the Hamilton Center, Terre Haute Regional Hospital, and community physicians. After successful completion of the first year of medical school, students take the second year of courses, which include biostatistics, introduction to medicine, medical genetics, general and systemic pathology, and pharmacology. Medical students then transfer to the Indianapolis campus for their third and fourth years. Several of the third year clerkship rotations and fourth year clinical electives have also been established in community hospitals throughout Indiana, including Terre Haute, as part of the Indiana University statewide system for medical education. This system is presently expanding in the number of students accepted and the number of four-year sites.

In fall 2008, the Indiana University School of Medicine, Terre Haute inaugurated the Medical School Rural Program in which selected incoming students attend all four years at the Terre Haute campus. This program emphasizes early and rapid acquisition of clinical skills, the study of medicine from the perspectives of the rural physician and rural patients, and an understanding of the community context of rural medicine. It is believed that this novel program provides needed physicians to rural communities as well as provides educational opportunities for students from rural areas of Indiana.

Since 1997, Indiana State University and Indiana University School of Medicine, Terre Haute have conducted a joint Bachelors/Medical Degree Program. Interested and qualified high school students from rural counties apply and are admitted simultaneously to college and medical school. Provided that the students maintain a qualifying grade point average and obtain a competitive MCAT score during their four years of college at Indiana State University, they are directly admitted to the Indiana University School of Medicine to complete their four years of medical school. To date, 12 physicians have graduated from this program.  Requests for further information about the Medical Education Program should be directed to Dr. Taihung Duong, director. Information is also available at http://web.indstate.edu/thcme


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