2015-2016 Graduate Catalog 
    Aug 14, 2020  
2015-2016 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 lower level of Parsons Hall 003.
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  


Cunningham Memorial Library (CML) bills itself as “Your Campus Living Room.”  The collection includes more than 1.4 million items and through the library’s website, access is provided to a countless array of electronic information resources.  Students have access to more than 130 public workstations located throughout the five floors of the library.  Public printers, scanners and photocopiers are also available. We offer quiet and group study floors, a coffee shop, and a host of individual services to meet your information needs.  During the Spring and Fall semesters we maintain a 24/5 operating schedule with reduced hours on Fridays and Saturdays. A complete schedule of hours and events is available on the library’s website.


Reference:  Reference assistance may be obtained in a variety of ways:

  • in person at the Public Services desk,
  • by phone at 812-237-2580,
  • via e-mail:  http://library.indstate.edu/tools/questions/
  • or on-line chat:  http://library.indstate.edu/tools/reflive.html

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. 

Group Instruction.  A computer laboratory is available for librarian-conducted instruction to groups and classes. To receive more information or to make a Library instruction appointment, call 237-2604 or visit the instruction page on the library’s Web site.  

Individualized Instruction and Research Assistance.  Individuals may request specific, one-on-one instruction and research assistance in person or by appointment with a librarian. Library staff members have compiled several detailed guides to information on topics of interest to ISU patrons using LibGuides http://libguides.indstate.edu/. They may also use the self-guided on-line instructions and tutorials on database searching and other topics. These tutorials address practical concerns of conducting library research, including library and online research strategies.

Interlibrary Loan:  Interlibrary Loan (ILL) is a free service which borrows materials (books, articles, scores, dissertations, media, etc.) that are not available here at ISU. Articles are delivered via email.  Print materials are picked up at the Circulation Services Desk, after email notification.

Document Delivery:  Request an article or book chapter that is available at the ISU Library and ILL will pull it, scan it, and send it to your email.  Go to the ISU Library home page.  From the library homepage, scroll down to the ‘Quick Links’ and click “Interlibrary Loan.” 

Questions: ISU-Libill@mail.indstate.edu, 812-237-2566.  ILL is open Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m-4:30 p.m.

Support for Distance Education Courses. Reference, instructional, and document delivery services are available for Distance Ed students and instructors. Access the library’s services for distance students through the “Services” link on the Library Web page.   A librarian has been designated for the distance learning programs and a distance ed support LibGuide is available at http://libguides.indstate.edu/.  For reference assistance, call 812-237-2580 or 1-800-851-4279; for document delivery or interlibrary loan questions, call 812-237-2566.

Equipment Loan.  iPads, laptop computers and portable device charging stations are available for in-library use by students.  These items can be checked out from the Circulation Desk for four hours and for in-library use only. For more information, call 812-237-2541.

The Math & Writing Center.  In conjunction with the College of Arts and Sciences, the ISU Library provides writing and research assistance to students through the Math & Writing Center, which is located on the second floor of the library. For hours and other information, visit the Math & Writing Center Libguide.  http://libguides.indstate.edu/

Support for Students with Disabilities.   The Library provides a number of assistive devices to support students with disabilities.  A computer with ZoomText capabilities that enlarges print and screen images and reads aloud for the visually impaired.  The Library also 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.


Circulating Collections:  Graduate students may check out most print material for a four month loan period using their student ID.  Digital media, such as CDs, DVDs, and computer games circulate for one week. The library is also part of the Library Consortium of Vigo County.  Through the online catalog 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. 

Electronic Resources: A growing number of journals, subject indexes, e-books and full text databases are available to the ISU community via the library’s Web page menu. For more information on how to use these resources, or suggestions on effective searching of databases, contact the library’s Public Services Desk at 812-237-2580.

Government Documents: CML is a member of the Federal Depository Library Program and maintains a large collection of Government Documents on the Lower Level.  Assistance in locating specific information and using the collection can be obtained at the Public Service Desk.

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. The 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 are not 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.

Special Collections (http://library.indstate.edu/about/units/rbsc/) Located on the third floor of the library, the Special Collections Department encompasses Rare Books & Manuscripts, University Archives, the Permanent Art Collection, and Digital Initiatives. Three exhibitions per year spotlight its collections and are open to the public. All physical primary source materials are available for onsite use in the Reading Room Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Registration and a photo ID are required. The department provides reference services for its collections, offers opportunities for class presentations, and works with faculty to create assignments based on the rare and unique items contained within its collections. Photoduplication services are available upon request. For additional information on accessing Special Collections materials please call (812) 237-2610.

Rare Books and Manuscripts (http://library.indstate.edu/about/units/rbsc/#Collections) contains books, manuscripts, pamphlets, prints, photographs, maps, and memorabilia dating from the 15th century to the present. Major collections include the Cordell Collection of Dictionaries; the Eugene V. Debs Collection; History of Education; Indiana Literature and History; the Indiana Federal Writers Project Papers; the Indiana Folklore Collection, Historical Sheet Music; Early Travel and Discovery; and the French Revolution. Approximately one half of the collections are catalogued and searchable through the Library’s online catalog. Uncatalogued titles in the Cordell and Rare Books collections are searchable through the Archon database (http://archon.indstate.edu). All items may be requested for use in the Reading Room. For additional information about the rare book and manuscript collections and links to searchable databases please see the Special Collections web page. For additional assistance please contact the Reading Room at (812) 237-2610.

University Archives (http://library.indstate.edu/archives/) documents and preserves the history of the University from its founding in 1865 to the present. The University Archives contains records of historical, legal, or administrative value to the University. Examples of records contained in the archives are: Presidential records, Faculty Senate Minutes, Board of Trustees Minutes, Financial Reports, various college and department program records, course catalogs, Homecoming photos, trophies, yearbooks, and much more. The University Archives collection is largely searchable through the Archon database (http://archon.indstate.edu) and digitized materials can be found in the Wabash Valley Visions & Voices Project and ISU’s Institutional Repository: Sycamore Scholars.  Interested researchers should consult these resources and contact the University Archives at 812-237-8435 to arrange a visit to view the materials in the Special Collections Reading Room.

Permanent Art Collection (PAC) (http://library.indstate.edu/art/) encompasses the collecting of the visual arts at ISU.  It houses and preserves many fine arts objects and their associated written records.  PAC has several sub-collections that are available for research and class presentations upon request. Sub-collections include a Study collection and Faculty/Emeritus collection which includes work by many current and former ISU students and Faculty, art created under the Works Progress Administration, a large Pop/Op art selection containing many photographs from the Andy Warhol Foundation, contemporary American art, 3-D art objects of ceramics, wood, metal and other materials and outdoor Public Sculpture.  Besides the 30 works of public sculpture found throughout the grounds at ISU, much of the collection can be seen enlivening the University’s interior spaces, made possible by our campus loan program. Inquiries can be directed to the Permanent Art Collection Curator (812) 237-7815.

Sycamore Scholars (http://scholars.indstate.edu) is ISU’s digital repository that collects, disseminates, and preserves the intellectual and academic output of the ISU students, faculty, and staff. Sycamore Scholars aggregates electronic theses and dissertations and other scholarly or creative works. The digital repository accepts a wide variety of formats such as text documents, PowerPoint files, media (video, audio, and graphics), specialized formats, HTML web pages and many more. This service helps to expose outputs of the university, maximizes the visibility and impact of these outputs, showcases the university, and contributes to the overall body of knowledge. ISU faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to contribute items they have written or produced such as journal articles, student projects, educational materials, papers in progress, technical reports, art, and music. For information on how to contribute to Sycamore Scholars contact the Data Curation Librarian at (812) 237-3052.

Wabash Valley Visions & Voices Digital Memory Project (WV3) (http://visions.indstate.edu) is dedicated to the documentation and preservation of the history and cultural heritage of west central Indiana in print, image, and sound. As a collaborative effort among the region’s libraries, museums, historical societies, community groups and area residents, the project provides free access to its digital collections via the Internet and promotes remembrance and lifelong learning. It is the oldest collaborative digital library project within the State of Indiana and it continues to attract new partners and to add new content. The project’s collections are fully searchable and contain representations of art, artifacts, administrative and personal papers, manuscripts, photographs, texts, yearbooks, maps oral histories and audio/video files. For more information about WV3 please contact the Project Director at (812) 237-2534.



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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