ACADEMIC SUPPORT SERVICES

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Communications Centers
Students may find immediate help with reading, writing, and study skills by visiting the Communications Centers Individual tutoring and a wide range of materials in a friendly, personalized setting make the Centers a popular place with students. Open both day and evening hours, the Centers assist students with a particular class assignment or with an entire skill development program. Many students also enjoy the Centers’ atmosphere for studying between classes.

Computer Instructional Labs
The Computer Instructional Labs are designed to provide many services to students. These services include computers to support courses where microcomputer technology is used, computer-aided instruction packages to supplement classroom work for certain courses, assistance for students with programming problems, instructional assistance for equipment and software usage, and a centralized workspace for students. The labs are staffed with personnel to assist in these areas.

Computer Lab
Each campus has a variety of computer labs, many of which are open for general use. Staff in the open labs provide free assistance to students in using computers and software.

Dental Hygiene Clinic
Dental hygiene care is provided by dental hygiene students under the supervision of licensed faculty. This service consists of cleaning, fluoride treatment, oral health education, x-rays and sealants. Fillings, extractions and prosthetic appliances are not available through the Clinic. Appointments can be made by calling (918) 595-7022. The Dental Hygiene Clinic is located in the Metro Philips Building, Room MP300.

Developmental Programs for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
The Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing’s developmental courses are designed for students with a hearing loss to improve basic English, reading, math, study, sign language, computer science and personal development skills. The courses enable students with a hearing loss to achieve the skills necessary to proceed through the Developmental Studies Program and on through a planned college program. The specific courses offered through the Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing are:

CARS 0811 Orientation to College for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
CSCI 0802 Computer Concepts for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
CSCI 0811 Computer Exploration for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
ENGL 0813 Reading and Vocabulary Skills for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
ENGL 0823 Writing Skills for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
INED 0612 Conversational Sign Language for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
INED 0802 Sign Language for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing I
MATH 0803 Mathematics Skills for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
MATH 0822 Consumer Math for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

For more detailed information on each course, please refer to the course descriptions in the back of this catalog. Each course is listed within its own discipline heading and course prefix number. For more information on the Resource Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, please see the “Disability Resources” listing in this catalog.

Developmental Studies
Tulsa Community College Developmental Studies are designed to help students improve in reading, writing, mathematics, and study skills. The courses enable students, especially those who have been out of school for a period of time, to achieve skills necessary to succeed in college-level courses. Specific courses in Developmental Studies include:

Mathematics:
MATH 0003 Basic Mathematics
MATH 0013 Beginning Algebra
MATH 0055 Basic Mathematics & Beginning Algebra
MATH 0123 Intermediate Algebra
MATH 0105 Beginning & Intermediate Algebra

Reading:
ENGL 0903 Reading I
ENGL 0913 Reading II

Student Success:
ENGL 0963 College Survival
ENGL 1003 Academic Strategies
ENGL 1091 College Orientation

Writing:
ENGL 0923 Writing I
ENGL 0933 Writing II
ENGL 0990 Selected Topics in Developmental English

Self-Paced Developmental Studies Courses:
ENGL 0601 Basic Grammar
ENGL 0611 Sentence Improvement
ENGL 0621 Punctuation
ENGL 0631 Spelling and Phonics
ENGL 0641 Basic Vocabulary
ENGL 0651 Study Skills
ENGL 0661 Writing Skills

Additional developmental courses in specific areas are described under English course descriptions. The reading classes are highly individualized. Primary emphasis is placed on developing interest in reading, improving comprehension of coursebook materials, identifying main ideas, and building vocabulary. Students begin at their own reading levels and move at their own rates of speed.

The writing classes are designed to help students improve skills in sentence, paragraph and essay writing so that they may proceed successfully through college-level courses. Students gain practical skills they can apply in all their academic, business, and personal writing. These courses include individualized practice in sentence structure, punctuation, grammar, spelling, and diction.

The Academic Strategies course is an integral component of Developmental Studies, designed to assist students in successfully completing their college classes. The curriculum emphasizes study skills strategies and familiarizes students with college resource areas such as the Career Center, the Learning Resource Center, and the Reading, Writing, and Mathematics labs.

Mathematics courses are designed for students who need further development of mathematical skills. The basic course covers the four fundamental operations: addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division of whole numbers, fractions, and decimal fractions. The course also covers percentage, interest, and simple equations. The beginning algebra course provides an introduction to algebra.

Contact the Advisement Centers for additional information concerning Developmental Studies. The Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education requirements state that credits and grades earned in classes with a course number beginning with “0” cannot be used for purposes of admission, retention, or graduation.

English as a Second Language
(See Course Descriptions for English as a Second Language, ESLG. Please call (918) 595-8411 for more information.

Fast Track Program
The Fast Track Program provides courses for day and evening students in four-week blocks. The opportunity to begin a class every four weeks allows students flexibility in managing work, home and educational commitments. The four-week format also allows a student to focus on one or two subjects at a time rather than four or five subjects with conflicting deadlines. Credit earned in the Fast Track Program format will apply to any degree plan. Students may enroll in one or two courses per block. Those taking two courses each four-week block will complete an associate degree in liberal arts or business in approximately one year. Students taking one course each block will complete the degree in approximately two academic years. Students can obtain a degree even sooner by supplementing the blocks with other options available (i.e., telecourse, Internet, May Intersession, other short courses, CLEP or Advanced Standing Credit).

The Fast Track program is attractive to goal-oriented day and evening students who wish to earn a degree in a short period of time, whether their goal is job promotion or a four-year degree. Some students may want only a few accelerated courses, but not an associate degree. Those students may take Fast Track general education requirements in order to reach their goals more quickly. The Fast Track courses have been designed to transfer to most four-year colleges and universities as well as meet the general education requirements for workforce development degrees. Those students who have already begun their degree programs will find the accelerated pace of the Fast Track classes allows them to finish their degree sooner than through the traditional semester format. Whether students take only Fast Track courses or take Fast Track courses in combination with other classes, they will be able to build a schedule convenient for them.

Honors Program
The Honors Program at TCC offers academically motivated students an exciting and stimulating option to satisfy their graduation requirements. All interested students, both full-time and part-time, regardless of age or previous educational background, are welcome to take Honors classes. No formal application process is required; however, a 3.0 grade point average is expected.

Participants in Honors courses enjoy lively interaction in small class settings, as each class is limited to 20 enrollments. Faculty are able to take a more creative approach to the design of class curriculum, often including greater depth of investigation into the subject matter, wider breadth of reading, and stronger emphasis upon critical thinking, discussion, and writing. Students may also have opportunities to pursue topics of special interest and work closely with faculty. The purpose of all Honors classes is to allow students to be more active participants in their own learning.

Qualified students may be interested in applying to become TCC Honors Scholars. Applications are available from the Honors coordinator on any TCC campus. Once accepted, the Scholar proceeds through a curriculum of 24 credit hours of Honors classes (or 21 Honors credit hours with an approved, student-proposed project). Successful completion of the program with a grade point average of at least 3.5 leads to the designation of Honors Scholar on the student’s TCC transcript. Special scholarship opportunities, such as the TCC Honors Scholar State Regents Tuition Waiver, are among the benefits available to TCC Honors Scholars.

Honors offerings include courses in the sciences, mathematics, liberal arts, and business. Because the Honors schedule changes each semester, students should check for class titles preceded by the letters “HONORS,” for example, HONORS Composition I I or HONORS Speech Communication. This same designation appears on student transcripts once the class is completed. For more information about specific courses or the Honors Scholar Program, contact the Honors Program at (918) 595-7378.

International Campus
A major component of the International Studies program, the International Campus allows students to earn credit for TCC coursework taught in a foreign country by TCC faculty. It promotes an awareness of global issues, languages, and cultures.

International Language Center
Presently fourteen languages are available to students: Arabic, Chinese, ESL, French, German, Greek, Italian, Hebrew, Japanese, Latin, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish, as well as American Sign Language. The associate degree, applied science degree, and certificate programs include languages and cultures. Electronic computerized laboratories are an important component of the International Language Center on each campus. Available to day and evening students, these labs provide video as well as audio samples to facilitate language learning. Special maps, international clocks, foreign periodicals, foreign language videos, and foreign language music are available to students.

International Studies
The programs (Associate in Applied Science Degree and Certificate of Achievement) in International Language Studies or International Business are designed to prepare future workers for the international marketplace. Also, the Associate in Arts/Science Degrees in Business and Liberal Arts increase awareness of the 21st century’s global interdependence. The International Studies Associate in Arts Degree provides concentration in one of five areas: Asia, the Americas, Europe, Africa, or Middle East.

Internet/Online
See Distance Learning

Library
The Library is a college-wide academic support service which contributes to teaching and learning at Tulsa Community College. The libraries are enriched environments of knowledge resources where intellectual curiosity is inspired and nurtured by helpful staff. There is a library on each campus. The book, periodical, and online collections contain materials that support coursework and the pleasure of reading. Collections college-wide total over 100,000 volumes, 80,000 eBooks, over 50 databases, and 12 professional librarians that teach over 3500 students a year. The Library receives over 225,000 in-person visits, and answers over 5,100 reference questions each year at their four physical locations.

Each library offers comfortable reading and study areas, computers, and Wi-Fi access. The Library website provides access to eBooks, searchable academic databases, and research guides to help students navigate more easily to the information they need. Last year there were over 350,000 visits to the Library website. Connect with us online at http://library.tulsacc.edu to explore this and a wealth of other information. Resources are available 24/7.

Information about the Library, including our policies and procedures, is available on the library’s website.

Mathematics Laboratories
The campus Mathematics Laboratories offer complete mathematical assistance to any TCC student. The purposes of the labs are 1) to continue the learning process that begins in the classroom by providing individual instruction, computer tutorial software, and videotape tutorials, and 2) to provide a relaxing, friendly, and encouraging atmosphere in which to help students learn and understand mathematics. Additionally, the labs provide informal counseling and advisement on the sequence of mathematical studies. All services are free to TCC students.

Reading Laboratories
See Communications Centers. For further information please call 918-595-7595.

Service Learning
Students enrolled in classes with a service-learning component have the opportunity to apply academic theory learned in the classroom directly to a practical service experience in their community. Through service-learning, students develop intellectual, personal, career, and civic skills and assume a more active role in their education. Service-learning classes may be stand-alone classes in which students spend most of their time in the community, or they may be short-term projects that are either required or offered as options. Students reflect on their experiences to illustrate to their instructor what they have learned from the project and how it affected their knowledge and thinking about the people and situations involved in the experience.

Faculty service learning coordinators on each campus are available to assist students and instructors with service-learning information. The office of Engaged Student Programming located on the Northeast Campus, 918-595-7595, can also provide with more information to students, faculty, staff, and community partners about service-learning classes on all TCC campuses.

Writing Laboratories
See Communications Centers

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