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Academic Support

  1. Academic and Career Advising
  2. Aspire
  3. Center for Writing
  4. Computer Labs and Technology Classrooms
  5. Mason Library
  6. Math Center

Academic and Career Advising

(First Floor Elliot Center) Academic and Career Advising department (ACA) supports students in the transition to Keene State College, in the clarification of academic focus and major, and in the successful translation of their academic credentials as preparation for life after the college experience. Services include: advising for undeclared students , walk-in advising for students during course registration, advising for students in academic difficulty, advising for transfer students, advising in resume development, job search techniques and graduate school exploration, Kiosk computers for career exploration and online registration, Program Planning Sheets, Forms and information about academic procedures and policies, Information on earning Life Experience/Portfolio credit.


(First Floor Elliot Center) The Aspire Program is a federally funded TRIO program, one of two TRIO programs at Keene State College. Aspire provides an array of services designed to improve student success.

Center for Writing

The Center for Writing (81 Blake Street) provides students with individual tutoring sessions in a friendly environment.

Trained peer tutors support students with any aspect of writing, from interpreting an assignment and coming up with ideas to organizing, revising, and polishing a draft.

Tutors at the Center can assist in the creation of a solid thesis statement, offer guidance on when and how to paraphrase and quote sources, and provide resources and strategies for improving writing styles.

The Center also has a full library of writing guides, including information on APA, MLA, CBE, ASA, and Chicago citation styles as well as helpful handouts on many aspects of writing.

Computer Labs and Technology Classrooms

Keene State College provides technology-enabled classrooms and public and specialized computing labs on campus. Computing labs are important campus gathering places and can provide access to essential technologies not always available on students’ personally owned computers, such as faster network connectivity, laser printers, digital scanners, and Microsoft Office or specialized software.

Many academic areas of study have computer labs with specialized hardware/software equipment. Students use these labs to create, manage, and deliver technology and media projects in the same professional environment found in many of today’s companies and industries. The computing labs, with more than 500 personal computers, are used throughout the year by residential and nonresidential students.

Public computing labs are open more than 90 hours per week, with longer access during exam periods. The Mason Library loans laptops for students to use within the library and wireless zones within the library permit roaming network access.

Technology-enhanced classrooms are geographically distributed throughout the campus. Permanent placement of instructional media cabinets, data jacks, video/data projectors, cable TV, and VHS/ DVD players provides a base for classroom technology. This setup allows KSC students and faculty to make technology an integral part of the instructional environment.

Mason Library

The Wallace E. Mason Library offers materials and services in support of the College’s undergraduate and graduate curricula. The Library staff provides timely information services and active instruction in research methods and the use of library resources. The Library seeks to maintain an intellectual environment that encourages critical thinking, while providing an atmosphere that is both informal and comfortable.

Mason Library and the Keene Public Library were automated in 1991 through a single online catalog called Keene-Link. Collections housed in Mason Library include approximately 326,000 items and annual publications with subscriptions to more than 900 journals and newspapers - and an extensive selection of videos, DVDs, audio books, and music CDs. Students also have ready access to the 100,000 volumes available at the public library.

Visit the Library web site for the most current hours and policies.

Your Responsibilities

Library patrons are expected to return materials by the due date. Individuals assume responsibility for all materials checked out on his or her account, including liability for loss, theft, or damages. Fees, fines, and replacement costs will be billed to the student or department’s account. Patrons are responsible for the due date without notice. Mason Library sends overdue notices as a courtesy only.

Mason Library adheres to the New Hampshire Revised Statutes Annotated 202-A: 24 and the Keene State College Policy on Academic Honesty (referred to here as College Policy) when seeking to address incidents of theft and mutilation of library materials. The procedures and guidelines found in College Policy will be followed when applicable. The Library reserves the right to examine the contents of any backpack, purse, or book bag when the security system alarm has been activated.

General Circulation/Reserves/Interlibrary Loan

Any student currently enrolled at Keene State College may have a library account. Students must present their KSC ID at the Circulation Desk to check out materials. The holdings of Mason Library and the Keene Public Library are listed in an online catalog called Keene-Link, which can be accessed on the Library web site. Simply type in the title, keyword, subject, or author to find out if we have what you need.

Loan period. The general loan period is six weeks. Video, DVDs, audio books and music CDs may be borrowed for seven days. Most items may be renewed once. All materials are due on the last day of the semester.

Recall. The Library may recall items that have been borrowed after two weeks if another patron needs them. Recalled items must be returned by the date specified on the recall notice.

Reserves. Course reserve materials are made available at the Circulation Desk. These high-demand materials have brief circulation periods, specific to each item.

Noncirculating. The following materials do not circulate: reference items, periodicals (magazines, journals, newspapers), certain Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies materials, Children’s Literature Festival books, and Special Collections (Preston Room, Orang Asli Archive).

Interlibrary loan. Items not owned by the Mason Library may be ordered through Interlibrary Loan - a network that includes 41,000 libraries in 82 countries and territories worldwide. Students should allow one to two weeks for the items to arrive.

Curriculum Materials Library

(2nd floor of the Mason Library) The Curriculum Materials Library (CML) at Mason Library supports education faculty and students, particularly methods students and student teachers. CML’s collection emphasizes pre-K to grade 12 geography, language arts, mathematics, reading, science, social studies, special education,and school counseling teaching materials. The emphasis is on practical materials that present teaching methods and activities.

The collection comprises approximately 16,500 items. In addition to books, videos, and textbook sets, the collection includes: professional development materials for teachers; curriculum models; math and science manipulatives, such as pattern blocks and simple machines; educational games; activity guides; and puppets.

The CML has two special collections - The Great Explorations in Math and Science (GEMS) Collection and The Safe Schools Collection, which contains curricula and teacher training materials about bullying prevention, social skills, and conflict resolution.

The CML is located on the second floor of the Mason Library. For more information, call 603-358-2729.

Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies

(First floor Mason Library) The Cohen Center for Holocaust Studies is a resource, research, and support center for students, educators, scholars, and the general public. A leader in Holocaust education for 25 years, the Cohen Center, with its outstanding library collection, interdisciplinary team of faculty, programming, educational outreach, and web site, has helped Keene State College honor its history of teacher education and fulfill its mission of service to the community.

The center supports an undergraduate minor in Holocaust Studies at Keene State College as well as an extensive educational outreach program for the campus and larger community. The center itself houses more than 4,500 volumes, several periodicals and annuals, thousands of articles, more than 340 videos, and numerous curricular items. These materials are available to members of the college community and may be used in the center by anyone. For more information or an appointment, call 358-2490 or visit the center’s web site.

Math Center

(88 Winchester Street) The Math Center is a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere for learning mathematics. Our peer tutors, peer course assistants (PCAs), and course-specific assessment exams can help students succeed from the very beginning of their math study at Keene State.

Tutoring at the Math Center is a drop-in service for students who have questions about quantitative concepts taught in math classes or classes with a quantitative component. Students may come in with specific questions to ask the tutor, or to just do their work and know that the tutor is there to help.

Special review sessions for the math portion of the PRAXIS I exam are held at the Math Center before each testing date on campus during the fall and spring semesters. Specific tutors are also available during the regular tutoring times to help review for the exam.

The Math Center staff administers exams and quizzes for individual faculty members within the mathematics department as well as proficiency and assessment exams for individual courses. Students who need to take an exam or quiz at the Math Center should call 358-2023 to make an appointment.

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Ownership: Student Handbook, Dean of Students
Last Modified: Feb 20, 2017 –
Categories: Student Support
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