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Academic Support

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

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 declaration of academic focus including majors and minors, and in the successful translation of their academic credentials as preparation for life after the college experience. Services include: advising for first year students, undeclared students, walk-in advising for students during course registration, advising for students in academic difficulty, and advising for transfer students.

Aspire

(First Floor Elliot Center) Trio’s Aspire program is a welcoming environment seeking to support students along a continuum to and through college. Aspire staff work to provide all KSC students with student support services designed to enhance success by improving performance and giving them the tools they need to not only survive college, but thrive. Some of our services include: individualized course selection and degree planning; study skills development, time management and organizational support. Additional services are provided to students who are first in their family to earn a bachelor’s degree, come from a moderate income, or have a documented disability. There are three academic support/tutoring services on campus: the Center for Research and Writing, the Math Center, and all other tutoring occurs through Aspire.

Center for Research and Writing

The Center for Research & Writing offers a variety of services for both students and faculty aimed at using research and writing as tools for critical thinking, civic engagement, and interpersonal growth and development.

The Center offers one-to-one consultations (in person and over Zoom) and written feedback on student work. It’s quick and easy to request support from a tutor on our website: https://library.keene.edu/portal-research-writing.

Trained peer tutors can help students working on academic, personal, and professional projects by assisting in brainstorming and researching, organizing, revising, and polishing drafts. Tutors also offer answers to quick questions on our LiveChat feature, available through the Mason Library website (click Help & Chat to ask a question). In addition, tutors staff the HelpDesk near the entrance of Mason Library where they can answer quick questions, help students find library resources, and make tutoring appointments or locate the Center, also located on the first floor of the library.

Website: https://library.keene.edu/portal-research-writing
Facebook Page: The Center for Writing at Keene State College
Twitter: KSC_C4W
Instagram: ksc_centerforwriting

Computer Labs and Technology Classrooms

Keene State College provides technology-enabled classrooms, 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 laser printers 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 public Computing Cluster is located in the Mason Library and follows the hours of the library. It provides access to desktop computers, specialized software and printers. The Mason Library has laptops for loan to students to use within the library for academic purposes.

All KSC classrooms are media enhanced and include all or some of the following: wireless access, ceiling mounted data projector, pull down screen, DVD player, Smartcart with laptop connection and/or permanently installed PC and Eno/Smartboards. 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 space, materials and services in support of the College’s students and academic programs. The Library staff provides services including assistance accessing a wide selection of print and digital resources and instruction that focuses on critical thinking and use of information. The Research & Writing Help Desk and the Center for Research & Writing are located in Mason Library to provide students with help when and where you need it and includes options for live chat help. We strive to create an environment that supports intellectual development and also welcomes students with varied study space, convenient hours, and technology.

Mason Library is proud to share resources with the Keene Public Library (KPL). A KSC ID can be used to borrow KPL materials by visiting the library or having items delivered to campus.

Visit the Library website for the most current hours and access to our online resources.

Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies

(First floor Mason Library) The Cohen Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies is one of the nation’s leading educational centers for Holocaust and Genocide Studies. The Cohen Center provides public programs and educational resources for the study of the Holocaust and genocidal violence with the goal of inspiring students and other citizens to take responsibility for promoting human dignity and civic responsibility while confronting the escalating violence that leads to atrocity and genocide. The Center maintains an outstanding library collection that includes over 6000 scholarly volumes, digital access to the Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive as well as Yale University’s Fortunoff Video Archive for Holocaust Testimonies. In addition, the Center holds a number of historical artifacts housed in the Mason Library Archive. These special materials are available to members of the college community and may be used on site by those who use the facilities of the Cohen Center and/or the Library.

The Cohen Center is a collegial partner with the academic department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies supporting the College’s interdisciplinary undergraduate program in this distinctive subject area.

For more information about the Cohen Center call 358-2490 or visit the Center’s web site at <www.keene.edu/cchgs/>. For information about the academic program contact the department of Holocaust and Genocide Studies through the Cohen Center or by visiting the department’s web site at http://www.keene.edu/academics/programs/hgs/.

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 peer tutor, or to just do their work and know that the tutor is there to help if needed. Peer tutors are also available to help with the math portion of the Praxis CORE Exam and the Praxis Subject Mathematics Subtest.

Peer Course Assistants (PCAs) are assigned to support students in specific 100-level mathematics courses. The availability of PCAs varies from semester to semester, depending on the instructors. Typically, each PCA helps the instructor in and out of the classroom and holds approximately 3 hours of scheduled study sessions per week.

The Math Center staff administers mathematics assessment exams and quizzes for certain majors as a way to determine the students’ mathematical skills. Students are notified if they are required to take any assessments.

For more information about the Math Center and to find current schedules, visit: https://www.keene.edu/office/mathctr/.

Peer Led Learning

All academic student support services in one place https://www.keene.edu/academics/support/

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Ownership: Dean of Students
Last Modified: Aug 20, 2021 – rcobb@keene.edu
Categories: Student Support
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