2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived]

Undergraduate Academic Information

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The University establishes those conditions, which determine eligibility for continued enrollment. Students should be aware of these conditions and of other pertinent academic information as well, such as the policies on grading and class attendance; procedures for changing class schedules or degree programs; and the availability of special academic opportunities.

Academic Year


The University’s academic year includes two semesters. An eight-week summer session (with three-week, five-week, and eight-week classes) and a five-week summer session constitute other academic periods.

Persons unable to attend regular day classes are served through on-campus evening and Saturday morning classes, extension classes offered in their community, or distance education classes offered via television, the Internet, DVD’s, and correspondence.

The University calendar can be found in the front section of this publication.

Class Attendance


Students are expected to attend all classes. It is the responsibility of each instructor to inform students of the consequences of absence from class. It is the responsibility of the student to keep instructors informed regarding absences from classes.

It is the responsibility of each instructor to maintain attendance records as required to inform the University whether a student was present in class during certain weeks of class, as the University may designate. Each instructor must also include his/her class attendance policy, if any, in the course syllabus. Attendance records may take many different forms and each instructor may choose his/her own method.

Students who know of necessary absences should consult with their instructors before the absence. Students who miss classes are not excused from their obligations to their instructors. The faculty is expected to provide students with an opportunity to meet class commitments when the absences are for good and proper reasons. Further, instructors are expected to maintain attendance records and are required to report attendance information to the Office of Registration and Records. Failure to attend classes negatively affects academic success and may jeopardize a student’s financial aid standing.

Only students who are advised by a Student Health Services staff physician to remain at their place of residence for medical reasons will be given, upon their request, a statement attesting to the absences because of medical reasons. Students returning to classes after an illness not under the care of a Student Health Services staff physician should report the reason for the absence directly to their instructors.

Class Load


The recommended class load at Indiana State University is 16 hours per semester, based on the assumption that most students wish to graduate after eight semesters of academic work. Full-time student status requires a minimum of 12 credit hours (six credit hours in summer sessions).

Students may take no more than 18 hours in a semester (including correspondence courses). Although students have many load options open to them, the maximum load limit should be reserved for unusual situations. Students on academic probation are restricted to a maximum of 13 credit hours.

Students who for any reason find it necessary or desirable to carry more than the maximum semester hours shall petition for this privilege at the offices of their academic deans. In general, petitions for schedules in excess of 18 semester hours may be approved: when the student’s grade point average for the three previous semesters is 3.0 or above; when a student can complete graduation requirements only by carrying an excessive load in either of the last two semesters. (In that semester in which a student does his/her student teaching, the total load should not exceed 16 semester hours.)

Enrollment Verification and Veteran’s Certification


Please visit the Office of Registration and Records Web site at http://www.indstate.edu/registrar/ to view the scales used to determine a student’s enrollment status or to certify a veteran’s enrollment status. Questions about status (full-time, three-fourths time, one-half time, and part-time) should be directed to the Office of Registration and Records at 812-237-2020.

Class Standing


A student is usually identified as a freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior. Such a classification is applicable to the four years of regular college attendance. However, an increase in hours earned during one or more semesters or enrollment in summer sessions may result in an accelerated program. Thus, it is more accurate to designate class standing in accordance with semester hours earned.

The following schedule of hours earned is used to establish class standing:

0—31 freshman
32—62 sophomore
63—93 junior
94 and above—senior

Course Numbers


In this Catalog, undergraduate courses are numbered in 100, 200, 300, and 400 sequences. Normally, freshman courses are in the 100 series, sophomore courses are in the 200 series.

Some 400 series courses are individualized by an asterisk (*). These “starred 400” courses can be taken by graduate students for graduate credit. Graduate courses are usually numbered 500 or higher. Students should consult the Graduate Catalog for a description of graduate courses.

Course Examinations


The use of written examinations as a means of determining achievement in the requirements of a course is considered by the University to be part of acceptable pedagogy. Each instructor may administer such examinations as he/she deems suitable to the content of the course, and at such times during the semester when the need for a written measuring device exists.

The final examination schedule is within the last week of each semester. During these days, each regularly scheduled class which offers two or more semester hours of credit, which meets between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, and which meets for the full semester will be in session for one final two-hour period.

Final Examination Schedule. The final examination schedule for day, evening, and Saturday classes is published on the University Web site. In summer sessions, final examinations are on the last scheduled class day.

Study Week. Study Week is intended to encourage student preparation for final examinations given during the final examination week. Class attendance, however, is expected.

No examination of any kind, including quizzes that count over four percent of the grade, shall be given during Study Week-preceding Finals Week.

Papers due during Study Week must be specified in the class syllabus handed out to the students at the beginning of each semester. Examinations for laboratory, intensive mini-courses, or summer sessions are permitted.

The student is responsible for notifying the Student Government Association of a violation of any of the above terms. The Student Government Association will take the correct procedures for informing the faculty member and the academic department chairperson of the failure to comply with the terms of the Study Week policy. The student’s name will be confidential to the Student Government Association.

Grading System


Letter Grades for Course Work Completed. Letter grades indicating the quality of course work completed and for which the semester hours credit earned can be applied toward graduation requirements generally can be interpreted as follows:

A, excellent; B+ and B, superior; C+ and C, fair; D+ and D, poor; or S, satisfactory.

The letter grades assigned for unsatisfactory course work are “F” and “WF” for failure, and “U” (unsatisfactory) for specially approved courses. Grades of “DP” (passing at time of drop) and “DF” (failing at time of drop) will be assigned to courses dropped after the fourteenth calendar day of the semester through the end of the tenth week of the semester. Grades of “WP” (passing at time of withdrawal) and “WF” (failing at time of withdrawal) will be assigned to officially withdrawn courses after the tenth week of the semester. “DP”, “DF”, and “WP” grades will not be calculated in the student’s grade point average. “WF” grades will be calculated in the students grade point average as an “F”.

The letter grades assigned for unsatisfactory course work at the time of drop or withdrawal during summer terms are “F” (failure) and “U” (unsatisfactory), for specially approved courses.

The Incomplete. An incomplete grade (IN) may be given only at the end of a semester or term to those students whose work is passing but who have left unfinished a small amount of work-for instance, a final examination, a paper, or a term project which may be completed without further class attendance.

When a grade of incomplete (IN) is assigned, the professor will specify, via Web grading, the work necessary to complete the course and receive a grade, the deadline date for completion, and the grade to be assigned if the work is not completed by the specified date. The date for completion will normally be within four weeks of the beginning of the next semester, but will not be longer than one calendar year. The sole exception is for graduate research courses, which will have no maximum deadline.

In the event that the instructor from whom students receive an IN is not on campus, the disposition of students’ eventual grade resides with the appropriate department chairperson.

Students may not graduate with an incomplete on their record when the incomplete was assigned for any semester or term after spring 2007.

Course Repeat Policy. Any course may be repeated once for grade point average improvement. Only courses taken at Indiana State University are eligible for course repeat. The better grade earned will become the grade for the course. The lesser grade remains recorded on the transcript, but hours and points of the lesser grade will not be used in index computation. If a “DF”, “DP”, “IN”, “S”, “U” or “WP” grade is received, the course repeat request is void.

The Grade Point Average (GPA). The grade point average is a numerical value which is obtained by dividing the number of grade points earned by the number of hours attempted. This average, often called the index, is computed at the end of each semester or term, and on a cumulative basis. The grade of “A” represents four points for each hour of credit; “B+” three and one-half points; “B” three points; “C+” two and one-half points; “C” two points; “D+” one and one-half points; and “D” one point. No points are recorded for an “F” or a “WF”, although the hours attempted are included in the computation.

Suppose that the student has earned the following grades:

3 hours of A (equal 12 points)
3 hours of B (equal 9 points)
3 hours of C (equal 6 points)
2 hours of D (equal 2 points)
2 hours of F (equal 0 points)

The semester average, then, would be 2.23, which is the quotient obtained by dividing 29 (the number of points) by 13 (the number of hours attempted).

An average (cumulative) grade point of 2.0 or above is required for graduation. (Some academic units require a higher cumulative grade point average; students should consult the appropriate section of the Catalog and talk with their academic advisors.)

Academic Standing—Requirements for Continued Enrollment


The cumulative grade point average (GPA) is used to indicate the academic standing of students at the end of any semester or summer term and will determine their eligibility for continued enrollment.

  1. Good Standing. A student must maintain a C (2.0) cumulative grade point average to be considered in good academic standing by the University.
  2. Academic Probation. If a student’s cumulative grade point average is less than 2.0, the student will be placed on academic probation. Students on academic probation will not be permitted to take more than 13 credit hours. Students on academic probation will be assigned mid-term grades so they are aware of possible academic difficulties early in the semester. Students who are on academic probation are strongly encouraged to repeat courses in which “F” or “WF” grades were received during the next semester (or the next time the course is offered).
  3. Academic Dismissal. Students who meet the following criteria will be academically dismissed:
    1. First-term students who earn a term grade point average of 1.0 or less;
    2. Freshmen who are on probation and earn a term grade point average of 1.7 or less;
    3. Sophomores who are on probation and earn a term grade point average less than 2.0;
    4. Juniors and seniors who are on probation and earn a term grade point average less than 2.2.

Students who have been academically dismissed should expect to stay out of classes for one academic semester (following a first dismissal) and one academic year (following a second dismissal), after which such students should petition their academic dean to return to classes. No student may return to classes after a third academic dismissal.

It should be pointed out that some programs may have requirements above the minimum University retention standards.

Grade Reports


At the end of each semester and summer session in which the student is enrolled, a grade report is provided which is a record of courses enrolled in, letter grades earned, semester grade point average, and cumulative grade point average. Special instructions or information concerning the student’s academic status, such as honors, probation, and dismissal are also included. Students access grade reports through http://myisu.indstate.edu. At mid-semester, all first-semester freshmen and students on academic probation receive progress reports in the form of letter grades. All other students doing D+, D, and F work at mid-term are given letter grade reports. Such a deficiency report does not indicate certain failure, but it should be regarded as a warning. Also, the lack of a mid-semester report of deficient work is not a guarantee that courses attempted will be passed.

The Dean’s List


A list of students recognized for academic achievement is prepared each semester in the Office of Registration and Records after grade processing, which occurs after the close of the term. This Dean’s List includes full-time students whose semester grade point average is 3.75 to 4.0. Full-time status for Dean’s List calculation is determined by a minimum of 12 semester hours of punitive grades, “A” through “F”. Students of sophomore standing or upper classmen who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.75 or better are designated Collegiate Scholars.

Class Schedules


For each semester and the summer terms, a schedule of University class offerings is prepared for student use. The course reference number (CRN), department, course and section number, title, semester hours credit, building and classroom assigned, time, day(s) of the week, instructor, and general education designations are provided.

The Schedule of Classes is available at http://indstate.edu/registrar

Registration Procedures


Students use web registration to register for classes and to make any subsequent schedule changes (i.e. drop or add classes). The last day to add a course to a fall or spring semester schedule is at the end of the first week of class; the last day to drop a course is at the end of the tenth week of classes for a fall or spring semester. Detailed scheduling information for all terms/semesters may be found in the on-line version of the Schedule of Classes on the Office of Registration and Records Web site at http://web.indstate.edu/registrar/

Through the fourteenth calendar day of a semester, students may drop any course and receive no grade. After the fourteenth calendar day of the semester through the end of the tenth week of the semester, students may drop any course and receive a grade of “DP” (passing at time of drop) or “DF” (failing at time of drop). No course may be dropped after the tenth week of a semester. A grade of “F” may result when a student does not complete a course without officially dropping it. Students who wish to drop all of their classes must officially withdraw from enrollment by contacting the Office of Registration and Records, Parsons Hall, room 009, 812-237-2020.

Audit Students


Students who wish to audit a course for no credit must have a valid admission to the University and must obtain written permission during the add period of each semester from the instructor of the course and the chairperson of the department which offers the course. Those who audit do so for the purpose of hearing and seeing only; they do not have the privilege of participating in class discussions, laboratory work, or field work. They do not take tests, submit term papers, or receive grades. Students who audit a course will not appear on the final class rolls or grade rolls, and no notation of the audit will be made on the student’s transcript. A student may not transfer from audit to credit or from credit to audit. The fee for auditing a course is $5 per credit hour. The Permission to Audit form is available on-line at http://www1.indstate.edu/registrar/ , under the “of interest to students” link.

Student Withdrawal from Enrollment — Academic Year


The University recognizes that numerous circumstances may arise which will necessitate a student ceasing class attendance prior to the end of the semester. “Official withdrawal” involves the student withdrawing from all classes for which he/she is registered as well as notifying appropriate administrative officials of his/her decision to leave the campus. If a student leaves without properly processing a withdrawal, the absences from class and from the campus will be justification for the grade of F to be assigned for the courses in which the student is enrolled.

Procedures. The student is not officially withdrawn until he/she has completed the withdrawal procedures. Official withdrawal from enrollment must be initiated in the Office of Registration and Records, Parsons Hall, room 009. Students seeking to withdraw are interviewed by a professional staff person and complete a withdrawal authorization form. Questions concerning withdrawal from enrollment should be directed to the Office of Registration and Records.

Grade Determination. Grade determination for students who officially withdraw from the University during a fall or spring semester is established as follows. From the first through the tenth week of classes, no grades are assigned for processed withdrawals. Beyond the tenth week, if the work is failing at the time of withdrawal, the grade of “WF” will be given; if the student is doing passing work, the grade of “WP” will be given. “WF” grades will be included in calculation of the grade point average. A grade of “WP” and “WF” may be assigned only when students have officially withdrawn from enrollment after the tenth week of the term.

Withdrawal Following Priority Scheduling. Students who participate in priority scheduling must initiate an official withdrawal in accordance with the procedures described above if they elect not to attend any classes during the session for which priority scheduling was accomplished. An official withdrawal must be completed for the semester for which the student has priority scheduled even if he/she has withdrawn from the previous semester. The refund of fees will follow the schedule of refunds contained in the reference below.

Refund of Fees for Official Withdrawal. See “Fees, Expenses, and Financial Aid” elsewhere in this publication.

Residence Hall Contract Cancellation. Withdrawal from enrollment results in cancellation of the residence hall contract; however, students are responsible for contacting Residential Life if they are not planning to return to the University. Residence hall students should review the terms and conditions of their residence hall contracts concerning refunds and the contract cancellation service charge.

Official Withdrawal During a Summer Session. All procedures concerning withdrawal are carefully explained in the Schedule of Classes, published on-line each semester and summer session. See these publications for details regarding grading, refund provisions, and calendar limits.

Administrative Withdrawal


Administrative withdrawals are initiated by the Director of Student Judicial Programs when a student fails to obey University policies, fails to comply with procedures, or has been suspended or expelled from the institution. The grading and refund policies, which apply to voluntary withdrawals also apply to administrative withdrawals.

Administrative withdrawals are also performed when a student is academically dismissed at the end of a semester or term and has registration for a future semester/term. In that case, the student is administratively withdrawn from the future semester(s)/term(s).

Change of College, Department, or Curriculum


Students who wish to change their majors should consult with their current academic advisor as to the appropriateness of the change. Normally, students must be in good standing to make a change. Forms which must be completed are available in the advisement coordinator’s office in each college. Students will be notified by the new college or major department regarding the procedures for completing the change of major, if appropriate.



Students completing the prescribed undergraduate curricula and otherwise meeting all University and departmental requirements for graduation will receive diplomas admitting them to the baccalaureate degree and full alumni standing.

Course requirements completed may be those in effect at the time of matriculation or at graduation, but not a combination of both. Usually, students should expect to follow the curricular patterns and University regulations provided in the Undergraduate Catalog current with their matriculation. The dean of the college may determine which of the courses taken by the student more than seven years prior to graduation may be applicable to a baccalaureate degree.

Degree requirements for graduation are those as described by the college and the chosen curriculum of each student. Transcript index information is kept to assist the student. A complete audit of the transcript is not made until graduation, but the Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS) is always available from the Web site MyISU Portal at http://myisu.indstate.edu, to assist students in planning and progress toward their degree.

Each student is responsible for planning his/her own program and for meeting the following degree requirements by the time he/she expects to be graduated:

  1. Complete and submit an accurate application for graduation. (Regulations pertaining to filing for graduation are issued by the Office of Registration and Records.) Undergraduate students, who have at least 32 hours of earned credit for an associates degree or who have at least 78 hours of earned credit for a baccalaureate degree, are eligible to apply on-line by logging into the MyISU portal (http://luminis.indstate. edu/cp/home/loginf) The application is located on the Student Tab, under the MyISU Quicklinks. Students who do not have access to the on-line application are responsible for contacting the Office of Registration and Records at 812-237-2020 to request a paper application. Any change in the application, once it is filed, is the responsibility of the student and must be recorded in the Office of Registration and Records. If requirements are not met, a change in the date of graduation must be made. It is the responsibility of the student to report this change.
  2. Earn a minimum of 124 semester hours of credit, excluding any duplicate course credit hours. Note: Of the last 15 semester hours earned preceding graduation, no more than five may be transferred hours-hours earned at a university or college other than Indiana State University-and these hours must be approved in advance by the appropriate academic dean.
  3. Students may not graduate with an incomplete on their record when the incomplete was assigned for any semester or term after spring 2007.
  4. Complete at least 30 semester hours as residence credit at Indiana State University.
  5. Complete a minimum of 50 hours of course work in 300 and 400-level courses.
  6. Complete the General Education Program (see relevant section of this Catalog).
  7. Earn a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Note: Certain programs require a higher minimum grade point average. Consult the relevant sections of this Catalog for individual degree program information.

Additional degree requirements are specified by the college and the students’ chosen curricula. Students should consult the relevant section of this Catalog for complete information about degree requirements for their major/minor programs.

The dean of each college is responsible for certifying the completion of degree requirements for each candidate for graduation.

Upon certification of the roster of candidates for graduation, those candidates who are free of all University obligations and who are designated as having completed degree requirements are issued the corresponding diploma and the transcript through the Office of Registration and Records. The academic record at the semester of completion is closed once graduation is certified; no record changes will be permitted once the degree is awarded. No further registrations beyond the semester of completion are permitted. If the graduate desires to pursue a second degree, he/she must be readmitted.

Graduation Honors


Honors achievements of graduating seniors are recognized by Indiana State University at commencement and on diplomas and transcripts. Honors are granted to baccalaureate candidates on the following basis: Summa Cum Laude-a grade point average of 3.95 or higher; Magna Cum Laude-grade point average of 3.8 through 3.94; and Cum Laude-grade point average of 3.6 through 3.79.

Guidelines for graduating with honors are as follows:

  1. Current application for graduation must be on file in the Office of Registration and Records
  2. Complete 62 hours of resident credit
  3. Earn at least a 3.6 cumulative grade point average at Indiana State University
  4. All academic courses (attempted) from all accredited institutions are converted to ISU’s grading scale and incorporated in the honors grade point average
  5. In all considerations for honors, graduation deadlines are to be observed. Once the commencement announcement has been submitted for printing, there will be no additions made for honors to be announced at commencement
  6. All grades which are on a point basis are used in final honors designation. Grades such as “N”, “IN”, “WP”, “DP”, “S”, and “U” are not included in honors calculation.

Honor candidates who will participate in commencement exercises will be determined by the honors cumulative indexes at the close of the preceding semester or term. The honors cumulative index includes all academic courses from all accredited institutions.

Second or Additional Baccalaureate Degree. A student who desires a second or additional bachelor’s degree must complete a minimum of 30 semester hours at ISU after the awarding of the first degree and must fulfill all requirements for the degree being pursued. Two baccalaureate degrees may be granted simultaneously provided all requirements for both degrees have been completed and a minimum of 154 hours has been earned.

Associate Degree. University associate degree requirements are the same as those for the baccalaureate degree where applicable. All curricular requirements must be met as well as the completion of 62 semester hours of credit and a cumulative grade point average of 2.0. Degree requirements for graduation are those as described by the college and the chosen curriculum of each student. There are no minors or honors awarded at this level.

Candidates for the associate degree must earn at least 15 semester hours of residence credit at Indiana State University.



Assessment is conducted across the University to measure student progress toward educational goals, improve teaching and learning, and enhance the quality of programs and the University. Participation assists the University to identify ways to improve. For reports and information, see the Web sites of the Vice President for Academic Affairs and the Vice President for Student Affairs and Web sites of individual departments.

Academic Advising


Indiana State University is committed to providing quality advising. Academic advising is an integral part of the educational process. The primary purpose of academic advising is to assist students in the development of meaningful educational plans compatible with the attainment of their life goals.

Effective advising is characterized by a good working relationship between the advisor and the student, which adapts to the experiences and changing needs of the students. Quality advising also requires understanding, affirming, and respecting the individual differences within the University community. The advisor is expected to develop the knowledge, experience, and interest for successfully communicating with students in a genuine, sincere, accurate, and confidential manner. Students are expected to understand University and program requirements and accept the responsibility for fulfilling them. Together advisors and students are expected to maintain a professional and mutually respectful relationship as they review students’ progress toward the attainment of educational objectives.

Academic advising is an interactive process in which both students and advisors share the responsibility. The advisor serves as a facilitator of communication, as a source of accurate information, as a coordinator of academic planning, as an assistant in helping students to solve academically related problems, and as an agent of referral to other professionals and campus resources.

Responsibilities of the University Administration. Effective advising is contingent upon adequate staffing, facilities, and resources including sufficient course offerings. Given the above, the administration should:

  1. Ensure that facilities and personnel resources are adequate for effective advising.
  2. Provide professional orientation, continuing education, and evaluation for advisors.
  3. Provide adequate incentives, compensation, and recognition for advisors.
  4. Ensure that administrative offices respond promptly to advisement inquiries.
  5. Ensure that administrative offices provide current information.

Responsibilities of the Undergraduate Advisor. Inherent in the advisement process is the need to help students understand the nature of the University and a university education. Given the above, the advisor must:

  1. Have a thorough understanding of:
    1. the General Education Program.
    2. institutional requirements
    3. course sequences and major and minor requirements, and, if appropriate,
    4. teacher education requirements of advisees.
  2. Know University and college policies and procedures.
  3. Be available to students by maintaining adequate office hours and appointment times that are reasonable to accommodate students’ needs.
  4. Be sensitive to the unique needs of individual students.
  5. Discuss linkages between academic preparation, the world of work, and life goals.
  6. Provide students with information about alternatives, limitations, and possible consequences of academic decisions.
  7. Monitor student advisees’ progress toward educational/career goals through the maintenance of accurate student records.
  8. Refer students to appropriate resources for needed assistance and serve as an ombudsperson (advocate) for advisees.
  9. Participate in professional development activities related to academic advisement.
  10. Exhibit the professional rapport necessary to maintain congenial relationships with advisees and for maintaining a positive, constructive attitude toward advising in general.

Responsibilities of the Undergraduate Student. Students must accept the idea of a university education. To have a successful educational experience requires developing a commitment to the advisement process that entails:

  1. Being knowledgeable about the academic policies, procedures, and requirements (including graduation requirements) of:
    1. the University
    2. the college
    3. students’ program major(s)
    4. students’ program minor(s)
    5. the General Education Program
  2. Planning an academic program to meet degree requirements.
  3. Maintaining personal copies of a tentative degree plan, progress reports, General Education evaluations, transfer credit evaluations, and other important University documents.
  4. Knowing the name and office location of the academic advisor, and actively participating in the advising and scheduling process by consulting with that person.
  5. Taking advantage of the information and advice provided.
  6. Seeking and reviewing relevant information for decision-making.
  7. Developing social, academic, and career goals, and examining how these goals can affect life.
  8. Understanding that students must accept final responsibility for decisions regarding personal goals and educational goals, and for satisfying graduation requirements.
  9. Apply for graduation.

Student Participation in Program Planning. Each student enrolled in the University is expected to read carefully and to understand the contents of this Catalog. This includes the awareness of the University’s general policies and regulations for academic achievement necessary for continued enrollment as well as for graduation, in addition to those regulations identified by Student Activities and Organizations relating to his/her social and campus conduct.

Students also are responsible for familiarizing themselves with any requirements special to the academic discipline of their choice which must be a condition of their qualifying for graduation.

Each student should assume at the earliest moment possible the initiative for preparing the semester schedule of classes. The academic advisor is available to offer suggestions and to verify the accuracy of course choices in meeting curricular patterns, but the primary responsibility for knowing the requirements of the academic program and proceeding to satisfy those requirements in an orderly and sequential manner remains with the student.

Degree Audit Reporting System (DARS). Each student will run a DARS report each semester to use during the advising and registration period for the subsequent term. The DARS report (which is available on the MyISU Portal at http://myisu.indstate.edu) provides students with a current account of courses taken (along with credit hours and grades earned), and also indicates remaining graduation deficiencies in students’ declared degree programs. Students are encouraged to review their DARS report each term, report any inaccuracies or questions to their academic advisor, and use the report to plan for degree completion. DARS is a tool for students and advisors to use to help track progress toward degrees; it is not a substitute for academic advising, nor does it certify students for graduation

A Student Guide to Academic Integrity


Indiana State University requires that all students read and support the Policy on Academic Integrity. Academic integrity is a core value of the University’s community of learners. Every member of the academic community (students, faculty, and staff) is expected to maintain high standards of integrity in all facets of work and study. The Policy on Academic Integrity describes appropriate academic conduct in research, writing, assessment, and ethics. The policy is found in the Code of Student Conduct and on the Web at www1.indstate.edu/sjp/

Academic integrity plays an important role in every aspect of the academic experience:

  1. Academic integrity affirms the importance of learning and the mastery of subject matter in a given discipline.
  2. Academic integrity is critical to the reputation of the institution and to the degrees conferred by that institution.
  3. Academic integrity and the sharing of knowledge must be based on honesty and truthfulness. Knowledge tainted by dishonesty has no value.
  4. Persons who engage in academic dishonesty cheat themselves and the entire University.
  5. Academic integrity is the cornerstone of Indiana State’s community of learners.

Academic dishonesty is not tolerated at Indiana State University. Penalties can be severe and include:

  1. Failing the assignment
  2. Failing the course
  3. Referral to Student Judicial Programs to face formal conduct changes. Students found in violation may be suspended or expelled and can have a permanent notation affixed to the official transcript indicating that an academic integrity violation occurred.

Students are urged to discuss questions regarding academic integrity with instructors, advisers, or with the academic deans.


This procedure is predicated on the right of faculty to make academic decisions in the courses they teach while affirming the core value of academic integrity. By following these procedures, the University community promotes consistence, fairness, and mutual support for the principle of academic integrity.

When a situation arises that appears to be in violation of the policy, faculty should proceed as follows:

  1. If the faculty member’s initial review of the facts leads to a conclusion that the allegation was unfounded, documents associated with the incident are destroyed and no further action taken.
  2. If the initial facts merit further review and possible action, the faculty member should report the alleged violation to the department chairperson.
  3. The faculty member should arrange a meeting (individually) with the student(s) involved. At this meeting the faculty member presents the facts supporting the allegation and offers the student(s) an opportunity to provide an explanation or additional information.
  4. If the student offers a satisfactory explanation, the matter is dropped and all documents associated with the inquiry are destroyed (e-mails, memos, etc.).
  5. If the faculty/student discussion causes the faculty member to conclude that a violation has in fact occurred, the faculty member decides what
    action(s) to take. Possible actions include:
    1. Assign a grade penalty for the specific academic exercise
    2. Assign a grade penalty for the course
    3. Assign additional work to replace the academic exercise and for which a different grade may be assigned

      The student may appeal the faculty member’s decision through the grade appeal process.
  6. The faculty member and the department chairperson complete a Notification of Academic Integrity Violation Form (Appendix II). The original is retained in Student Judicial Programs and a copy is provided to the academic dean for the academic department involved. The faculty member provides a copy of the notification to the student(s) once the process is complete.
  7. This form is an informal record. The University will not release this document to any external party unless compelled by subpoena or statute. Absent a repeat violation of the Academic Integrity Policy, the form will be destroyed when the student completes a degree or does not re-enroll within two years of last attendance.
  8. If Student Judicial Programs receives a second notification form on the same student, the faculty member filing the second form and the appropriate associate dean(s) will be notified by the academic integrity coordinator of the previous violation.
  9. The associate dean in the specific college/school will advise the faculty member as to the procedures for filing formal conduct charges in addressing the second violation.
  10. The faculty member cannot be required to file a formal complaint or to participate in a formal complaint filed by the Academic Integrity Policy.
  11. Formal adjudication is processed through Student Judicial Programs. The Academic Integrity Policy reviews the allegation and prepares the complaint and supporting documents for submission to Student Judicial Programs.
  12. Formal adjudication is recommended when the student has a prior academic integrity violation and/or when the student has engaged in “considerable advanced planning, group coordination, or other serious acts of fraud or deception” (Pavela, Applying the Power of Association on Campus: A Model Code of Academic Integrity, Journal of College and University Law, Summer, 1997).
  13. The case will be assigned to an All-University Court hearing panel. The three member panel includes a faculty, executive administrative professional, and student justice. The faculty member will serve as the presiding justice. If the complaint involves a graduate student, the presiding justice will be a member of the graduate faculty and the student justice will be a graduate student (when possible).
  14. The academic integrity coordinator presents the findings to the hearing panel and may call the course instructor to answer questions or clarify information.
  15. The court must find clear and convincing evidence to assign responsibility.
  16. If the student is found responsible for the violation the court may impose sanctions up to and including suspension or expulsion. All documents associated with the process become part of the Student Judicial Programs record and are managed under the records policy outlined in the Code of Student Conduct.
  17. The court may order that the official transcript include the comment “Due to a Violation of the Policy on Academic Integrity” to the grade(s) assigned as a result of the violation.
  18. The student, in accordance with procedures outlined in the Code of Student Conduct, may file an appeal of the All-University Court decision with the Dean of Students. The appeal must be based on one or more of the following grounds:
    1. To determine whether the original hearing was conducted fairly and in conformity with the prescribed procedures giving the accused party a reasonable opportunity to prepare and to present a rebuttal of the allegations.
    2. To determine whether the sanction(s) imposed is appropriate for the violation that the student is found to have committed, and/or
    3. To consider new evidence that is sufficient to alter a decision, or to offer relevant facts not brought out in the original hearing because such evidence and/or facts were not known to the appealing party at the time of the original hearing.

Standards of Classroom Behavior


Disruption or obstruction of teaching or other University activities is a violation of the Code of Student Conduct. The primary responsibility for managing the classroom environment rests with the faculty. Students who engage in any prohibited or unlawful acts that result in disruption of a class may be directed by the faculty member to leave the class for the remainder of the class period. Longer suspensions from a class, or dismissal on disciplinary grounds, must be proceeded by a disciplinary conference or hearing, as set forth in The Code of Student Conduct.

Advanced Credit Standing


Indiana State University offers opportunities for students to earn credit toward a degree for knowledge they have acquired independently, at work, in the military, through workshops and special classes, and in other ways. Most of these opportunities require that students take an examination to “test out” of a course or group of courses. Credit earned this way counts toward graduation requirements, but does not count towards resident credit. Students cannot receive credit of this type for courses for which they have already received credit. Through these opportunities students can earn up to 63 credit hours for the baccalaureate degree, 31 credit hours for the associate’s degree, and 25 percent of an undergraduate certificate. Students should discuss the utility of the options below with their advisors.

University Testing Office

Information. For more information, contact the University Testing Office, Erickson Hall, room 231, Telephone 812-237-7666, fax 812-237-7764; e-mail: testing@indstate.edu or Web site: http://www1.indstate.edu/testing/

Indiana State University students may be eligible to accelerate their degree program completion by the following advisor-approved credit by examinations: (Students should verify with their advisor that each specific examination will fulfill their academic program requirements before scheduling an examination.)

  1. The College-Level Examination Program (CLEP)-Subject and General Examinations
  2. College Board-Advanced Placement Program Examination
  3. Credit for foreign language proficiency

College Level Examination Program—All

Eligibility. Indiana State University grants appropriate credit to currently enrolled Indiana State University students who earn satisfactory scores on the subject examinations of the College Level Examination Program (CLEP). Students will not be awarded CLEP credit for subject examinations if they have been or are presently enrolled for credit or audit in an accredited University course that covers the subject for which CLEP credit is offered, nor may they repeat a subject examination within one year. Currently enrolled Indiana State University students who have taken a CLEP Examination prior to enrolling at Indiana State University may have their records evaluated for CLEP credit through the University Testing Office.

Procedures. Indiana State University administers CLEP examinations thorough the University Testing Office. For additional information, contact the Testing Office at (812) 237-7666.

Cost. Visit College Board at www.collegboard.com/clep for CLEP fee information. Additional ISU administration fees may apply.

College Level Examination Program-Subject/General Examinations

Subjects and Credits. Academic departments determine the courses in which CLEP credit may be earned. Credits awarded upon successful completion of the CLEP General Examinations apply only toward general electives. The general tests are in English, mathematics, history, and natural sciences. There are a variety of tests available for CLEP Subject Examinations. For a list of current general and subject examinations and required scores for which credit may be earned, refer to the on-line Credit by Examination Program brochure at http://www1.indstate.edu/testing/credit/creditexam.pdf

Credit by Departmental Examination/Assessment of Prior Learning

Eligibility. Students must be enrolled at ISU and have departmental consent to be eligible for credit by departmental examination/assessment of prior learning. Students may not repeat a departmental examination for credit within one year.

Credit. Each department determines whether credit by examination/assessment of prior learning is appropriate and, if so, which degree requirements may be met in this manner. Assessment of prior learning may involve portfolio review or demonstration of a level of competency. If a student’s performance is satisfactory according to departmental standards, credit will be granted. ISU cannot guarantee that credits earned by credit by examination/assessment of prior learning will transfer to another university.

Procedure. The student initiates the credit-by-examination/assessment of prior learning procedure by contacting the appropriate departmental office. Forms are available on the University Testing Office’s Web site at http://www1.indstate.edu/testing/

Cost. There is a fee for the credit by examination/authorization process for undergraduates, which is paid at The Computer Store. The University Board of Trustees reserves the right to change fees at any time in the future.

Mathematics Placement

Eligibility. Students enrolling in Math 111, 112, 115, and 122 are required to take the Compass Math Placement Examination unless they have met the course prerequisite in another way.

Credit. Compass is for placement purposes only. Credit is not granted.

Procedure. Compass is administered during Sycamore Advantage sessions at specific sites. Compass is also administered in the University Testing Office. Contact this office at 812-237-7666 to schedule the examination.

Cost. There is no cost to take Compass.

Credit for Foreign Language Proficiency

Eligibility. All students who wish to receive credit and advanced placement in a foreign language they have already studied at the high school level must take a language placement examination (CAPE). This examination is not intended for use as a test-out option for the Basic Studies foreign language requirement and is available only to students who have already met the requirement.

Credit. Students whose examination score places them in courses higher than 101 may receive up to 12 hours of credit for the courses out of which they placed. To receive this credit, they must successfully complete the course into which they are placed with a grade of C or higher. Please see the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics Web site for further information. Students whose native language is not English are not eligible for credit in 100 or 200-level language courses in their native language.

Procedure. The foreign language placement examination (CAPE) is administered in the University Testing Office. Contact this office at 812-237-7666 to schedule the examination.

Cost. There are no fees for the foreign language placement examinations.

Quantitative Literacy Exemption Test

Eligibility. All students who have not met the Quantitative Literacy requirement are eligible to take the Quantitative Literacy Exemption Test.

Credit. The Quantitative Literacy Exemption Test is for students who want to test out of Mathematics 102. No credit is received.

Procedure. The Quantitative Literacy Exemption Test is administered in the University Testing Office. Contact this office at 812-237-7666 to schedule the examination.

Cost. There is no cost to take the Quantitative Literacy Exemption Test.

Tek.Xam (Information Technology Literacy Test Out)

Eligibility. Students who first entered ISU in summer 2003 or later and have not completed the course requirement for the information technology literacy requirement are eligible to take this test.

Credit. Tek.Xam is an exemption test. While the student is exempt from the Information Technology Literacy requirement, no credit is received

Procedure. Tek.Xam is administered in the University Testing Office. Contact this office at 812-237-7666 to schedule the examination.

Cost. There is no cost to take the Tek.Xam

Residence Credit


For undergraduate students, any course offered for credit by Indiana State University and for which a student must register is designated as residence credit. Credit by examination, placement, and work experience are excluded from residence credit.

Transfer Credit


Transfer students must meet graduation requirements as stated in the graduation section of this Catalog. The academic dean of the college of the student’s intended major determines the transferability and applicability of transfer credit hours. The transfer credit will be re-evaluated if a transfer student changes his or her degree program.

Only transfer credit hours earned in college-level courses (typically numbered 100 or higher) from regionally accredited colleges or universities will be considered for acceptance. Transfer courses in which a grade of C or higher was earned will be assigned credit. Courses with a grade of C- or below will not be assigned credit.

Military Credit


Credit Earned During Military Service

Eligibility. Students who have taken college-level studies or DANTES Subject Standardized Tests while in the military service may be eligible to receive credit if their official military reports of educational achievement indicate attainment of college-level equivalency.

Credit. Credit will be granted by Indiana State University according to the guidelines of the Office of Educational Credit of the American Council of Education. If the Office of Educational Credit guidelines are in conflict with Indiana State University policies on the granting of credit, the latter will take precedence.

Procedures. Contact the Office of Degree Audit and Transfer for complete information.

Cost. There is no fee for this service.

American Council on Education. Indiana State University recognizes and applies American Council on Education guidelines in providing credit earned while in the military. The Office of Degree Audit and Transfer works with the various academic departments in determining the credits that will be accepted based on the American Council on Education guidelines.

Elective credit for active military service will be granted on the following basis:

No credit for less than 12 months service.

Four hours credit for 12 months service, one day to 16 months service.

Five hours credit for 16 months service, one day to 18 months service.

Six hours credit for 18 months service, one day to 20 months service.

Seven hours credit for 20 months service, one day to 22 months service.

Eight hours credit for 22 months service, one day to 24 months or more service.

To receive credit for military education, applicants must submit a DD214 and either an AARTS or SMART transcript. Contact the Office of Degree Audit and Transfer for questions.

The Honors Convocation


Honors convocations are held by the Colleges of Arts and Sciences; Business; Education; Nursing, Health, and Human Services; and Technology and the Student Academic Services Center to recognize students for superior achievement.

Honorary Organizations


Student professional organizations and fraternities or sororities founded on the premise of excellence in higher education have active groups on the campus. These include more than 40 national and departmental groups, representing all University academic areas.

Office of Information Technology and Center for Instruction, Research, and Technology


Indiana State University is committed to the use of advanced information technologies in support of teaching, research, and student learning. To enhance the academic environment, Indiana State has invested in a number of information technology resources including: state-of-the-art general use and discipline-aligned computer laboratories; Internet and high-speed campus network connections; technology-enhanced classrooms; distance learning classrooms; Web and media production services; high performance computing services; course management system (Blackboard); interactive and multimedia design services; and access to a wide variety of commercial and course-specific software. A complete list of student services can be found on-line at http://www.indstate.edu/oit/students.html.

In addition to this list of resources a technology guide has also been created. This guide has been designed specifically for students. This guide can help students learn how to attach to the Indiana State computer network; access e-mail and Internet services; setup the computer; avoid viruses and spyware; obtain software; use the wireless network; access telephone and cable TV services; find a campus computer laboratory; or get help with a problem. The Technology@Indiana State: Student Guide is available both on-line and in print. The on-line version can be found at http://www1.indstate.edu/oit1/pubs/techpubs/studentguide.html. The print version is mailed each fall to students’ home addresses and can also be picked up at the Office of Information Technology walk-in Help Desk, located in the Student Computing Complex.

Library Services


      The library collections include more than two million items. Undergraduate students may check out most materials for a three-week loan period, using their student ID. More than 110 full-time service computers are available throughout the library. Nine computers are equipped with scanners and one computer has ZoomText capabilities that will enlarge print and screen and read aloud for the visually challenged. New furniture, computer hardware, and software enable groups of students to collaborate electronically. Currently available are six state-of-the art collaborative workstations spread throughout the first floor. A new type of workstation that conveniently enables four students to collaborate using a computer monitor mounted on a flexible arm is now also available. To operate, students merely swing the arm to comfortably share the monitor. Printers and photocopiers are also available. Collaborative, group, and individual study areas are offered as well as group study rooms. To schedule study rooms call 237-3700. Reference and research assistance is offered at the reference desk. For library hours, call 237-2375, or visit the Web site at http://library.indstate.edu

Reference Services. Reference assistance may be obtained in various ways: in person at the reference desk, by phone at 237-2580, by e-mail at http://library.indstate.edu/askus.html or by on-line chat at http://library.indstate.edu/tools/reflive.html during regular library hours. To access the on-line services, go to the library’s Web site at http://library.indstate.edu and select “Reference Live Chat” or “Email a Librarian” from the left column.

Database Searching. A growing number of e-journals, electronic indexes, abstracts, and full text databases are available to the ISU community via the library’s Web page menu at http://library.indstate.edu In addition, the library now offers WebFeat, a federated search engine application that lets the user search many resources from one interface so that different interface designs for different databases do not impede the research process. Now part of the library’s home page, this software simplifies searching strategies while allowing users optimum and seamless search returns. 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.

Instruction Services. Two classrooms and an instructional computer laboratory are available for librarian-conducted instruction. To receive more information or to make an appointment, call 237-2604 or visit the instruction Web site at http://library.indstate.edu/about/units/instruction/liohome.html

Individualized Instruction. Individuals may request specific, one-on-one instruction or use the self-guided on-line instructions and tutorials on database searching and other topics available at http://library.indstate.edu/tools/tutorials/ These tutorials address practical concerns of conducting library research, including library and Internet research strategies.

On-line library research guides are available at http://library.indstate.edu/about/units/instruction/topic.html

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

Interlibrary Loan. Interlibrary Loan borrows books, dissertations, reports, and other materials not available in the ISU library. Copies of journal articles, book chapters, and other print materials may also be requested and are delivered to student’s desktops electronically. Interlibrary loan requests are accepted via the ILLiad system accessible from “Interlibrary Loan” under the “Services” link on the library’s home page at http://library.indstate.edu Additional information can be obtained there or by calling Interlibrary Loan at 237-2566, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m-4:30 p.m.

Reserves and Electronic Reserves. Reserves are materials that supplement classroom instructions and are placed on reserve by faculty or graduate instructors. These can include books, videos, slides, audiotapes, or CDs. Students may request these items at the circulation desk by the call number, faculty member’s name, or course number. An ISU student ID must be shown. Reserves are loaned for different time periods, 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, a password from the instructor, and Acrobat Reader on their computer (free download at http://www.indstate.edu/oit/readers/acrobat/).

Laptop Computers. Laptop computers are available for four hour checkout at the circulation desk. For more information, call 237-2541.

Special Collections. Located on the third floor of the library, the Special Collections Department contains rare and other materials in the form of books, pamphlets, manuscripts, photographs, memorabilia, and similar items. Among its major collections are the world-renowned Cordell Collection of Dictionaries, which is partially on permanent display; the Eugene V. Debs Collection, which contains over 10,000 items related to the famous social activist; and the Indiana Collection, which offers a wide array of prominent literary works, county histories, and even books on sports figures such as Larry Bird. For more information, visit http://library.indstate.edu/about/units/rbsc/

Library Hours. During the fall and spring semesters the library is open Sunday through Thursday until 2:00 a.m. For a complete list of hours, check the Web site at http://library.indstate.edu/about/calendar.html or call 237-2375.

Additional Resources

Diversity Information ONLine. DION is an ISU resource created and maintained by the ISU Library. The DION team works with the Office of Diversity and Affirmative Action and the President’s Commission for the Enhancement of Diversity Resources. DION links to courses, departments, organizations, electronic resources, community information, and events that relate to the promotion of diversity on campus and in the community. DION is available at http://library.indstate.edu/tools/dion/dion.htm

International Affairs Center


Dr. Michael R. Chambers, Interim Executive Director
El-Houcin Chaqra, Associate Director, Grant Administration and Partnerships
Randy Green, Associate Director of International Student Services
Office: Erickson Hall, room 611

The International Affairs Center is dedicated to providing high quality programs and services to students, faculty, and staff, which support Indiana State University’s strategic goal of enhancing and advocating multicultural and international values. To this end, the International Affairs Center coordinates the University’s Faculty International Travel Grants program. It administers and oversees partnerships and relations with foreign universities in support of the internationalization of the University. The International Affairs Center staff provides support for international institutional grant development and provides support for international contracts and educational joint ventures. It serves as the initial point of contact for official visitors and foreign dignitaries; promotes initiatives to create opportunities for exporting professional expertise of ISU faculty and staff to markets abroad; and serves to promote local economic development efforts to increase foreign investment and business opportunities abroad.

The center provides services and programs to domestic and international students to further their educational and cultural experiences while at Indiana State University. The International Affairs Center offers presentations, workshops, and orientation programs to domestic and international students in a variety of areas including immigration laws and procedures. In addition, it maintains relations with embassies, ministries of higher education, private and public educational agencies, and foundations in support of the University’s internationalization objectives.

The International Affairs Center also provides consultation services to the campus on systems and institutions of higher education in foreign countries’ articulations with foreign universities. The center supports ISU and international visiting scholars participating in teaching and research exchanges abroad through its services and through travel grants. Some international visiting scholars have offices located in the center. The International Affairs Center advises international student associations on campus, including: International Student Organization, Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Korean Student Association, African Student Union, Hispanic Student Association, Japanese Student Association, Muslim Student Association, Taiwanese Student Association, Thai Student Association, and the Indian Student Association. Faculty and students should contact the International Affairs Center regarding services and programs. Information about the International Affairs Center may be found on the Web at http://web.indstate.edu/IAC/

Transfer Central


Transfer Central provides information in one centralized location for both transfer students and the University’s partner institutions to enhance the success of transfer students and to increase articulation agreements for both courses and programs. Contact the office by phone at 888-237-8080 (toll free) or by e-mail at transfercentral@indstate.edu Detailed information is available through the Web site http://www.indstate.edu/transfer/ ISU is a full partner in all state initiatives to enhance transfer: Course Applicability System (CAS), Core Transfer Library (CTL), E-Transcript, and transfer program articulations. Current information on these and other state transfer issues is available at http://www.TransferIN.net

Degree Audit and Transfer

The Office of Degree Audit and Transfer maintains the Degree Audit and Reporting System (DARS) and individual transfer course and program articulations. Specific information on DARS, transfer course evaluations, and listing of program articulations is available at http://www1.indstate.edu/transfer/l

Distance Support Services

The Office of Distance Support Services facilitates the delivery of designated distance learning educational programs. A variety of student services are offered, including help with admission, registration, and financial aid. For specific details, visit the Web site at http://www.indstate.edu/distance or contact Distance Support Services toll free at 888-237-8080, or via e-mail at studentservices@indstate.edu

DegreeLink Program. DegreeLink is a baccalaureate degree-completion program. The purposes of DegreeLink are to facilitate transfer of credit and degree articulation and to provide place-bound students access to selected baccalaureate degrees, thereby enabling students to continue post-secondary education.

Eligibility: Students who have earned articulated associate of science degrees (A.S.), associate of applied science degrees (A.A.S.), or have accumulated credit hours from accredited collegiate institutions may be eligible to enroll in DegreeLink programs on the Indiana State University campus or through distance learning.

Articulated Programs and Transfer of Credit: Transfer of credit decisions depend on each student’s program of study, academic record, and the accredited institution from which the credit is transferred. All students who wish to participate in the DegreeLink Program must declare a major upon admission to Indiana State University.

DegreeLink students receive academic advisement and student services offered at Indiana State University. In addition, full-time DegreeLink student services coordinators, located at Vincennes University and Ivy Tech Community College campuses in Ft. Wayne, Indianapolis, and Columbus, serve as liaisons between DegreeLink students and Indiana State University. Furthermore, personnel located at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana and Vincennes University campuses and at other selected learning centers serve as DegreeLink coordinators on a part-time basis.

For additional information on DegreeLink, call the Office of Distance Support Services at 888-237-8080 or visit DegreeLink on the Web at http://www.indstate.edu/degreelink

Distance Learning (for campus and distance students). The University’s Distance Learning Program offers both campus and off-campus students the opportunity to earn undergraduate credit through a variety of courses offered via distance learning technologies. Selected undergraduate programs can be completed via distance learning, including associate degree and certificate programs, and baccalaureate degree-completion programs offered through the DegreeLink Program. (See the DegreeLink Program description in this Catalog.) Many courses and selected programs can be completed entirely via learning education; others require minimal visits to the ISU campus.

Semester-Based Distance Courses. Students may enroll in a semester-based distance course at the start of advanced registration and continue to register through the last day to add classes for the fall, spring, and summer terms. Students register for semester-based courses using on-line registration. Course offerings and registration procedures are listed in the on-line Schedule of Classes.

Year-Based Distance Courses. Students may enroll in a year-based distance course any time during the year and take up to one year to complete the course. Students who want to enroll in a year-based course must be admitted to the University. (See Admission Requirements and Regulations in this Catalog.)

Students must register for year-based distance courses by contacting the Office of Distance Support Services. For information on year-based course offerings and registration procedures, contact the Office of Distance Support Services at 888-237-8080 or visit the Year-Based Distance Courses Guide at http://www.indstate.edu/distance/year-based

Precollege Programs

College Challenge. Selected courses from Indiana State University are offered to high school students at designated high schools. These college-level courses are taught by high school teachers who have been approved by the University’s appropriate academic department and, in effect, are serving as ISU adjunct instructors. Contact the Office of Admissions for additional information.

Summer Honors Program (SHP). The High School Summer Honors Program is coordinated by the Office of Admissions and provides one week of intensive academic challenge for talented high school students who have completed their sophomore or junior year of high school. To qualify for the program, students must have completed their sophomore or junior year during the current academic year, rank in the upper 25 percent of their respective class or have maintained at least a “B” average, and be recommended by their high school counselor, teacher, or principal. Selected freshmen are permitted to enroll in some of the seminars on a space available basis. Each seminar is discipline centered, focusing on a specific body of content. Upon successful completion of the program, students earn one semester hour of credit. The High School Summer Honors Program began in 1969, and assists Indiana State University in generating an atmosphere of academic excellence throughout curricula. For details, visit http://indstate.edu/experience

Other Programs

Corrections Education Program. Indiana State University recognizes the need to provide higher education access to incarcerated students. Given this need, the University has entered into an agreement with the Indiana Department of Corrections to deliver an associate and baccalaureate degree in liberal studies to incarcerated students at selected correctional facilities.

Evening and Weekend College Program. Evening and Weekend College Program classes are conducted on campus to serve those persons who wish to earn academic credit toward degrees or licenses, or to attain qualifications for career advancement or personal involvement. The University offers a number of degree programs that can be completed through evening study. In addition to courses which have been sequenced to allow evening-only students to earn a major in selected disciplines, a wide variety of undergraduate and graduate courses are offered in other academic areas. It is possible to complete course work to fulfill General Education requirements during evening sessions. The Office of Continuing Education coordinates Evening and Weekend College Program activities in partnership with the academic units. The Office of Registration and Records announces registration for evening and weekend credit classes for each academic semester.

Summer Terms. Since 1894, summer terms have been an important aspect of Indiana State University’s year-round enterprise, carrying on the instructional function without interruption in summer. Summer terms serve full-time, part-time, and guest students who wish to utilize the summer months to accelerate or enrich their college experience. An eight week, a three week, and two five week summer terms enable students to earn up to 15 semester hours in the summer. Courses, workshops, seminars, and institutes are available for enrichment as well as for purposes of licensing and degree completion. A rich variety of cultural and recreational opportunities are available during the summer sessions. Distance education courses are an alternative for students who must return home or those who must work during the summer.

Office of Continuing Education


Department Office: Tirey Hall, room, 133A

The Office of Continuing Education serves as the primary unit for coordinating those educational activities that are directed toward the credit and noncredit outreach efforts of the University and/or toward specific all-University outreach and engagement activities in Indiana and beyond.

The office is particularly important to part-time and nontraditional students as its major services include:

Conferences/Seminars/Workshops/Special Events
Credit Outreach
Noncredit Program
Travel Programs
University Speakers Series
Workforce Development
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

For additional information contact Continuing Education at 812-237-4101, http://www1.indstate.edu/conted/, toll free 800-234-1639, or visit Indiana State University, Tirey Hall, room 133A.

Center for Public Service and Community Engagement


Department Office: Tirey Hall, room 134B
Web site: http://www.indstate.edu/publicservice/

The Center for Public Service and Community Engagement provides leadership for the coordination and development of ISU outreach and community engagement activities.

Indiana State University offers students a wide range of co-curricular and curricular community engagement opportunities based upon the belief that these relationships can transform the lives of students and improve the quality of life in the community. Partners in community engagement initiatives include human service agencies, arts and environmental organizations, health care organizations, business and industry, and educational institutions.

The Center for Public Service and Community Engagement provides support for several community-based initiatives, including service-learning, volunteerism, and community-based research. Service-learning is a specific form of experiential learning that operates through student service experiences in the community. Numerous ISU faculty members have designed courses around community service experiences. Students can search for service-learning designated courses through the dynamically searchable schedule of classes. Faculty who are interested in designing a service-learning course can access the appropriate forms on the Center for Public Service and Community Engagement Web site.

Focus Indiana is a project coordinated by the Center for Public Service and Community Engagement and the ISU Career Center with the purpose of creating economic opportunities for ISU graduates. This project provides support to students through internships scholarships and faculty through the Liberal Learning in Action mini-grant program. Sycamore Service Corps is a local AmeriCorps program coordinated by the center. Students serve as AmeriCorps members, completing 300 to 675 hour service terms with local non-profit organizations. The Center for Public Service and Community Engagement also is the administrative home of the Alliance for Excellence through Engagement and Experiential Learning. The alliance coordinates several mini-grant programs through a gift from the Lilly Endowment. The Alternative Spring Break program is coordinated by the Center for Public Service and Community Engagement and the Office of Student Activities and Organizations. The program includes an annual Alternative Spring Break trip and a fall service trip to Chicago.

Faculty, staff, and students who are interested in creating community/campus partnerships are encouraged to visit the center’s Web site at http://www.indstate.edu/publicservice/ or contact the center at 812-237-2334 or cpsce@indstate.edu.

Philosophy for the First Year


The first year of college is the foundation for the personal, academic, and professional growth and success of engaged student learners. Within a climate of mutual respect, students and teachers participate collaboratively in the cooperative enterprises of inquiry, learning, scholarly and creative achievement, and service.

Goals for Students for the First Year

  1. Gain the confidence, competence, and commitment necessary to progress toward degree completion;
  2. Develop a foundation for building life-long learning skills, including critical thinking, communication, problem solving, leadership, analytical reasoning, and interpersonal skills;
  3. Participate in educational and social opportunities designed to facilitate the transition of new students into the intellectual, cultural, and social milieu of the university community;
  4. Realize roles and responsibilities as members of the university community of learners;
  5. Develop meaningful connections within the university community to achieve their educational, social, and personal potential;
  6. Increase the awareness of values and beliefs;
  7. Accept the obligation of educated persons to be participatory citizens;
  8. Increase the realization of, appreciation for, and respect for diversity and multicultural perspectives.

Student Academic Services Center


Dr. Catherine Baker, Director
Office: Gillum Hall, second floor

The Student Academic Services Center coordinates the efforts of the various programs listed below in order to provide academic support to students of Indiana State University.

Academic Opportunity Program (AOP)

The Academic Opportunity Program is designed for admission of students who may need academic support during their first year in the collegiate environment. This program offers academic advisement, access to tutoring services, academic monitoring of student progress, mentoring by upperclass students, and counseling for choosing major programs of study. Students must participate in the program for the first year in college or until their grade point average will allow them to declare a major, enroll in University 101, and complete five hours of study halls each week. Students in this program are required to declare a major by the time they have earned 64 credit hours.

Open Preference Advisement Program (OP)

The Open Preference Advisement Program provides academic advisement and career counseling to University students who have not yet decided upon a major area of study. Students in this program are required to declare a major by the time they have earned 64 credit hours. The Open Preference Program sponsors the Majors’ Fair each year for all University students.

Athletic Study Program

The Athletic Study Program provides special sections of University 101, tutoring services, and study halls for all student-athletes participating in the Intercollegiate Athletics Program. It also offers careful monitoring of the academic progress of student-athletes, academic records for NCAA reports, counseling for student-athletes, and the Life Skills Program, which is designed to provide a smooth transition from collegiate to professional life for student-athletes.

University Tutoring Program

The University Tutoring Program offers free tutoring to University students for most General Education courses and for many upper-division courses. This program also offers help in academic skills, such as reading, writing, and study skills techniques. Faculty may refer students to this program or request tutoring for students enrolled in courses they are teaching.

Supplemental Instruction (SI)

The Supplemental Instruction Program provides peer-guided group study in courses which historically are more difficult. The Supplemental Instruction leader attends class, consults with the course instructor, and conducts two or three study sessions each week.

University 101

The SASC offers University 101: Learning in the University Community (two credit hours), a course designed to help first year students make the transition into the University environment and to foster their success therein. This course is required for students in the Academic Opportunity Program and Open Preference Advisement Program and for student athletes.

Services for Persons with Disabilities

Students who need adaptations in their learning environment may obtain help through the services located in the Student Academic Services Center. Services include assistance in accessing recorded textbooks or readers for the blind and learning disabled. This office also arranges for note-takers or signers for hearing impaired persons. Alternate testing procedures may be arranged as needed. Services for persons with disabilities are based on individual needs and the University’s intent to offer appropriate accommodations according to the student’s documentation of need for same. These services are coordinated by the Student Support Services Grant Program. It is recommended that persons with disabilities visit Indiana State University prior to making a decision to enroll.

Student Support Services Grant Program (SSS)

The Student Support Services Program is a federally funded program designed to help students who are first generation collegians, who are low income students, or who have physical or learning disabilities. The services provided assist such students to initiate, continue, or resume post-secondary education. The program provides developmental courses in mathematics and English composition; counseling services; academic tutorial services; and, in conjunction with the Department of English, a writing center. Additionally, the program provides assistance to eligible participants in the completing of financial aid forms.

West-Central Indiana Site for Twenty—First Century Scholars

The Site for Twenty-first Century Scholars is a state funded program designed to promote academic success in secondary and post-secondary educational programs for low income students by providing academic, financial, and career counseling information to students and their parents who have signed the Twenty-first Century Scholars pledge in the eighth grade. The Site serves students in Vigo, Vermillion, Putnam, Clay, Parke, and Sullivan Counties.

Sycamore Academy for Twenty—First Century Scholars

The Sycamore Academy is offered each summer to confirmed Twenty-First Century Scholars who have graduated from high school and been admitted to a college in Indiana. This program provides seven hours of first year courses for credit in an intensive and supportive environment to help Scholars make a viable transition to academic life at the collegiate level.

Lumina Grant for the Student African American Brotherhood

This grant supports a two tiered mentoring program for African American male students enrolled in the University and also for African-American male students in local secondary schools.

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