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2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog 
2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Archived Catalog

Academic Life

Academic Resource Center (ARC)

The John C. Ford Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers academic services and resources to assist all students in their pursuit of academic and personal success. Located on the ground floor of the Bachmann Main Building, the ARC is staffed by trained professionals and students who provide a wide range of services, including peer and professional tutoring, organized study groups, study skills workshops, academic counseling, and disabilities services.

The ARC staff works closely with faculty and administrators to provide programmatic support to all Neumann students, beginning with their First-Year Experience and overall orientation to the University and lasting throughout their years at Neumann University and beyond. The ARC is home to the following offices and programs:

These resources are available to all students and are free of charge. While some services are available on a “drop-in basis,” students are strongly encouraged to make appointments.

Career Development Office

The mission of the Career Development Office is to promote a values-based approach to career and life planning with opportunities for career exploration through Experiential Education programs, as well as Service-Learning, internship, and cooperative education experiences.

Career planning is viewed as a developmental process that begins with the first year of college and continues throughout the student’s educational program at Neumann. As they begin their studies, students become familiar with all aspects of the career planning process as part of their First-Year Experience. An integral part of that process is an introduction to SIGI PLUS, a computerized career-planning program, supported by the Office, that assesses a student’s values, skills, and interests. Students are also provided with current information on career possibilities and assisted in their decision-making process pertaining to career options. The Office houses a library of career-related publications, and its web site also contains links to career planning information. These resources, along with the opportunity for individual career counseling by appointment, provide a basis for educational and career planning.

Students are encouraged to utilize the resources of the Career Development Office to learn about full- and part-time job opportunities, obtain career and graduate school information, and establish credential files. Workshops are held each semester on career exploration, résumé writing, interviewing skills, and job search strategies. In addition, employment opportunities are posted both internally and on the Office’s web site at www.collegecentral.com/neumann. The Career Development Office annually participates in an Intercollegiate Career Fair with other local colleges in the spring and hosts a Career Fair for Nursing majors each fall. As a member of the Delaware Valley Education Consortium, the Career Development Office assists in the planning and implementation of the annual Greater Philadelphia Teacher Job Fair. Experiential education programs (Co-Ops, Internships, and Service-Learning) are coordinated through the Career Development Office by the Coordinator of Experiential Education programs.

Cooperative Education and Internship Placement Programs

The Cooperative Education Program (Co-Op) allows undergraduate students to combine the world of academics with the world of work. Co-Op provides students with paid work experiences under the supervision of faculty and experienced professionals. All Co-Op placements must be related to the student’s academic major, minor, or concentration and must provide experiences which augment the student’s theoretical knowledge. To qualify for Co-Op experiences, the student must have successfully completed 60 credits and must have satisfied both University and Division criteria for participation in the Cooperative Education Program.

Cooperative Education experiences can be taken for 3 credits or in increments of 3 credits up to 6 credits per semester with a maximum of 12 credits during a student’s undergraduate experience. Each 3 credits of Co-Op require 195 hours of supervised work experience; for Sport Management majors, a total of 6 Co-Op credits is required, with each credit equating to 70 hours of supervised work experience.

The Internship Placement Program offers students non-paid, career-related work opportunities. These experiences are subject to the same policies and procedures that govern Co-Op placements.

When registering for either Cooperative Education experiences or Internships, the following course numbers should be used, prefaced by the major course abbreviated prefix. For example, a placement in Management in the Fall semester of a student’s junior year of study would be MGT 395. Listed below is the complete numbering system for either placement option.

  394 Pre-Junior Summer 494 Pre-Senior Summer
  395 Junior Fall 495 Senior Fall
  396 Junior Spring 496 Senior Spring

For both Co-Op or Internship experiences, the student is responsible for his/her own transportation to and from the worksite. In addition, the student must register for either a Co-Op or Internship in the same semester during which the Co-Op or Internship occurs. Credit will not be awarded retroactively if a student successfully completes either a Co-Op or Internship experience without first registering for the course.

Service-Learning Experience

The Service-Learning Experience at Neumann University combines theoretical classroom learning with service-based learning in the community. A Service-Learning Experience serves as a valuable and integral part of the student’s total learning experience for a specific course or can be pursued as an Independent Study. This type of experience supports the student’s intellectual, moral, career, and personal development as well as enhances a sense of civic and social responsibility. Service placements are established to address unmet needs in the community. Examples of such Service-Learning Experiences are: outreach to the Wilmington and Chester communities with the Ministry of Caring, Friendship House, Anna’s Place, and Drexel Neumann Academy; serving senior citizens of Delaware County with Chore Connection and Fair Acres; and continued service to schools, the Red Cross, and homeless shelters. Service-Learning experiences are typically arranged through the faculty member or the Placement Coordinator. Students should seek approval for the choice of service site before serving.

Service-Learning Experiences are available to the student under the guidance of the Coordinator of Experiential Education Programs.

Community Service opportunities are also available to students on a non-credit basis and constitute another means of learning through experience while, at the same time, making a difference in the community.

Computer Facilities and Media Services

Computing and media services are managed by Neumann University’s Office of Information Technology and Resources (ITR). The ITR staff views computers and the Internet as tools which support all fields of study, the Mission of the University, and all members of the University community. The University Computing Center is located on the ground floor of the Bachmann Main Building and consists of four state-of-the-art computer classrooms and the ITR administrative offices. ITR maintains a gigabit network which connects academic and administrative users, as well as residents in the Living and Learning Centers, to University resources, and to the Internet. Wireless connection to the network is available in most locations.

More than 100 computers in general and special purpose computing labs run Microsoft Windows software, with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Access, and PowerPoint) as the standard productivity suite. Software related to academic disciplines, such as statistical and scientific software, can be found in the Computing Center and labs. In the Digital Media Lab, students can record and edit audio and video projects. Computer labs and classrooms throughout the University are equipped with computers and video projectors for instructor use. Computer Lab hours are posted at the beginning of each semester.

Distance learning technologies (primarily the Blackboard Course Management System) are supported and maintained by ITR’s Academic Technology group. This group also provides training for Neumann University faculty on advanced instructional delivery systems and related academic software. The Media Services component of ITR manages the University’s audiovisual resources, including instructional and presentational equipment for ongoing academic use and for special events. Media Services also maintains the equipment in the University’s television studio, radio station, and the Mirenda Center broadcast facility. Students can record, edit, broadcast or be a part of the production teams in each of these areas. The Administrative Computing group of ITR manages the University’s student information system and provides access to it for student financial and academic services through the WebAdvisor portal. Secure accounts for WebAdvisor and for University email and network services are provided to all incoming students.

For additional information, please visit the Computing Services pages on the Neumann website or call the ITR Help Desk at 610-558-5620.

Library Services

The Neumann University Library plays a crucial role in the learning experience of students as well as in the teaching and research needs of the faculty. The Library contains a balanced collection of resources to satisfy information needs across the disciplines. The Library media collection contains approximately 3,000 assorted films and compact discs. The rapidly expanding book collection combines print, electronic, and audio formats and currently numbers around 65,000 individual items. All physical Library materials require a valid Neumann ID to be presented at check out. All electronic books can be accessed using a standard personal computer, and some can be downloaded onto e-readers and mobile devices. All books, regardless of format, films, and music CDs can be located using the Library’s automated on-line catalog, Francis. Francis is just one of many Library resources that can be accessed online by members of the Neumann Community from anywhere in the world. The web site is available at http://www.neumann.edu/academics/library.asp . Proprietary resources such as electronic books or databases require log-in using an ITR-issued username and password.

Neumann University’s Library also provides access to 43 electronic databases that contain a myriad of resources including scholarly journal articles, popular magazine articles, newspapers, dissertations and theses, full-text reference books, government documents, music libraries, and statistical data. JSTOR, Project Muse, Ovid, ProQuest Full-text Dissertations & Theses, and EBSCOhost databases such as Academic Search Complete, Business Source Premier, CINAHL, ERIC, and PSYCArticles are just a few of those databases that collectively provide full-text article access and indexing of tens of thousands of online journals. These databases can be found on the Library web site, along with a growing library of web-based Research Guides that may help new users navigate online resources or simply provide research assistance to students near and far, whenever a professional Librarian may not be available. There are general and specialized subject guides that are filled with research tips, video tutorials, recommended scholarly resources, and technology suggestions to help innovate research writing and presentations. Students, faculty and staff can ask questions with just a click of the” Ask Us” button on the Library web page. Questions are answered promptly by professional Neumann librarians and the resulting question and answer session will live on as part of an organic FAQ knowledge base. Questions can also be submitted by telephone, email, or addressed by appointment or in person.

Librarians strive to keep students growing increasingly more information literate by keeping abreast of emerging technologies and actively collaborating with faculty to create the best lessons. Library lessons are designed to help students think critically about their information needs and then successfully navigate the exponentially growing information environment. Librarians work with faculty on assignments, visit classrooms to aid with specific projects, and develop online activities that may be used by Faculty or students on their own to hone research skills. Instructional sessions and online tools help students better identify their information needs, efficiently locate reliable information sources, and ethically interpret and synthesize their findings with their own thoughts and hypotheses.

To further supplement its resources, the Library is a member of several academic consortia. Neumann University is a founding member of SEPCHE (The Southeastern Pennsylvania Consortium for Higher Education) and receives the benefit of resource sharing with other member libraries. SEPCHE member libraries provide on-site access to resources and extend borrowing privileges to students, faculty, and staff. The eight SEPCHE institutions are: Arcadia University, Cabrini College, Chestnut Hill College, Gwynedd-Mercy College, Holy Family University, Immaculata University, Neumann University, and Rosemont College. The SEPCHE collaboration makes available nearly one million volumes, scores of electronic databases, and several special collections on various subjects. The materials and services of more than 42 area libraries are also made available through the Library’s consortium membership in the Tri-State College Library Cooperative. As an active member of OCLC (Online Computer Library Center), the Library is also able to provide interlibrary loan service to both students and staff, bringing in outside resources from both near and far.

The Library is open seven days a week and provides plenty of tables and study carrels to satisfy the needs of students who want to work collectively as well as those who prefer to study alone. The staff is professional, well-informed, and completely service-centered. The atmosphere is friendly and the space bustles with equal parts of scholarly activity and peer interaction.

The Library also houses the Neumann Institute for Franciscan Studies, which was founded by the University on August 26, 1998. Designed to strengthen the vision and charism of Francis and Clare of Assisi within a context of contemporary experiences in higher education, the purpose of the Institute is to integrate teaching experience and student learning, both of which are part of the embodiment of Neumann University’s higher standards and response to future challenges that foster educational excellence. The Institute includes the St. Clare Immaculate McDonnell Franciscan Resource Room and the Assisi Room. The Resource Room, founded in 1994 through the inspiration and guidance of Dr. Rosalie Mirenda, President of Neumann University, is open to the public and offers visitors and scholars alike the opportunity to learn more about the Franciscan mission and its values. The Institute fosters the collaborative interchange and integration of Franciscan values and Catholic education at Neumann University.

For faculty, the Institute provides opportunities to design and expand professional and interdisciplinary programs. For students, it maximizes opportunities to demonstrate the practical application of knowledge, especially in its ethical implications. Through academic events, seminars, lectures, programs, and newsletters, the Institute seeks to advance Catholic and Franciscan intellectual tradition, mission, and values, thereby enhancing Neumann University’s identity as a Catholic Franciscan higher education institution of renown.

Study Abroad

Students who wish to study abroad must first consult with their academic advisor and Division Dean and, then, schedule an appointment with the Coordinator of International Studies Education. As part of this process, students are also required to complete a Neumann University Study Abroad Form. For more information, visit www.neumann.edu/ise.

Neumann University has established full articulation agreements with Australian Catholic University (Melbourne, Australia),Shanghai University (China), St. Mary’s University College (London, UK), St. John’s University (Paris, France & Rome, Italy), the Franciscan Heritage Program (Perugia, Italy), St. Francis University (Ambialet, France), University of Limerick (Limerick, Ireland), and the University of Wisconsin – Platteville (Seville, Spain). Neumann University also participates in the
The British Council’s Study USA Program (formerly known as the Business Education Initiative), a nationally recognized program which sponsors student exchange with institutions in Northern Ireland. These articulated agreements are designed to develop and enhance academic and cultural exchanges between Neumann University and participating institutions, with the goal of working toward the internationalization of higher education. In accordance with the terms of these agreements, Neumann University agrees to accept graded transfer credit for these completed courses from the host institution.

Students who plan to register for courses that are offered by unaffiliated programs, i.e., foreign institutions with whom Neumann University has no formal articulation agreement, must first consult with their academic advisor and Division Dean and, then, schedule an appointment with the Coordinator of International Studies Education. As part of this process, students are also required to complete a Neumann University Study Abroad Form. In identifying those courses on the Form which the student intends to study, it is understood that Neumann “per course equivalencies” will neither be listed nor determined at the time when the Form is completed and signed. Any suggested “per course equivalencies” are to be viewed as unofficial and nonbinding. When a course of study has been completed at the unaffiliated institution, the student must arrange for an official transcript to be sent by the originating institution to an international evaluation service recognized by the National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES). A complete list of NACES member evaluators is available at: http://www.naces.org/members.htm. The evaluation service must provide Neumann University with a course-to-course assessment which identifies United States college-level course equivalencies. All costs for these evaluations are to be paid by the student. Neumann University agrees to accept these evaluated credit recommendations and to apply those credits to the student’s academic program, as applicable. The sole exception to this evaluation process would be for those foreign institutions with which Neumann University has previously established articulation agreements. For additional information, please contact either the appropriate Division Dean or the Office of International Studies Education at 610-358-4547. 

Qualified students may also study abroad through programs that are sponsored by another regionally accredited United States college or university. Such programs are usually offered as summer institutes or academic year programs. Before seeking permission to be admitted into such a program at the host institution, students must first consult with their academic advisor and Division Dean and, then, schedule an appointment with the Coordinator of International Studies Education. As part of this process, students are also required to complete a Neumann University Study Abroad Form. When the course of study has been completed in this type of program, the student must arrange for an official transcript to be sent from the regionally accredited American college or university which sponsors the program to Neumann University’s Registrar at One Neumann Drive, Aston, PA 19014. This transcript will be evaluated in accordance with the academic policy which governs the acceptance of transfer credit; and credits will be applied to the student’s academic program, as appropriate.

Through a special partnership with St. Bonaventure University in New York and the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities, Neumann University students now have the opportunity to participate in the semester-long Franciscan Heritage Program (FHP) in Perugia, Italy. All FHP students study Franciscan heritage, Italian language (at varying degrees of proficiency) as well as elective courses such as Italian history, Italian culture, and international business. All courses are taught in English and include field trips to nearby Assisi, La Verna, and other Franciscan sites. Student participants also receive the support of a full-time American resident director.