A student may find it necessary to withdraw without completing the degree at the College because of failure to meet the academic requirements of the College or for personal reasons. In compliance with Public Law 101-542, “The Student Right-To-Know Act,” the graduation/completion rate for the 1998 cohort is 56.8%. In order to assist students in the realization of their academic and career goals, the College provides the following services: academic advisement, academic and personal counseling, and career development.
Orientation is a three-phase program designed to facilitate a new student’s adjustment to college life.
Phase I: Pre-College Day deals with practical aspects of beginning College, including skills testing, information sessions on curriculum, residence and commuter life, and I.D.
card applications, etc.
Phase II: Orientation is a three-day, compulsory activity designed to ease the transition to college life by means of an intensive on-campus program. Experiences are provided
which touch on the intellectual, personal, cultural and social dimensions of student life. New students have the opportunity to become acquainted with classmates, faculty
members, and administrators while adapting to the campus atmosphere.
Phase III: CMSV 101, a non-credit bearing orientation course, is required of all freshmen. A separate orientation program is held for new students enrolling in January.
The College provides each student with an opportunity for academic advisement. Upon entrance each student is assigned to a faculty advisor. The faculty advisor meets with the student on a regular basis to discuss choice of courses and to guide the student in formulating long-range plans. Admission to a course depends on the completion of the
prerequisite if one exists. Students who have not declared a major are assigned to an advisor who will assist the student in reaching a decision by the end of sophomore year.
ACADEMIC RESOURCE CENTER
The Academic Resource Center is a resource for students who wish to improve their academic skills and ability to manage their time. Services include individual academic counseling on a long-term or short-term basis, writing assistance, and workshops in time-management and college-study skills. A variety of academic skills courses (both credit and non-credit) are offered each semester through the Academic Resource Center.
Individual and small-group peer tutoring is available in all academic areas and in college writing. There is no charge for any of the Center’s services. In addition, a professional writing tutor is available for adult and graduate students (appointments can be made in Room 309). See posted schedules for the CMSV Writing Center as well as drop-in tutoring in a variety of subjects.
WRITING EMPHASIS COURSES (WE)
WE courses include written assignments in at least two different modes of writing that total at least nine pages. These courses help students not only to improve writing skills,
but to use writing as a learning tool in the content area. WE courses are designated on the students’ transcripts (as well as in the College catalogue) to indicate to graduate school admissions committees and future employers that the students who have taken these courses have developed their writing skills well beyond the minimum requirement. One WE course which includes at least 15 pages of writing may be applied to the Writing Minor, with the approval of the Director of Writing.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT AND INTERNSHIPS
At Mount Saint Vincent career planning is a four-year process. Beginning in their first year, students are encouraged to work with the Office of Career Services and Internships to gain skills that will help them to develop as employees able to adapt to the ever-changing workplace. The Office provides career counseling and uses assessment tools such as the Self Directed Search, and the Strong Interest Inventory to help students choose their major and clarify goals. Other services include assistance with graduate school selection and resume and cover letter writing. There is a Graduate School Fair each fall. The office houses collections of graduate school catalogues, corporate annual reports and a career library. Students in any class year may open a reference file.
The College participates in a Recruiting Consortium to provide an annual career fair. Students meet with employers within the Metropolitan Area to discuss opportunities for full time employment after graduation.
To ease the transition from college to the world of work, Mount Saint Vincent offers an internship program which allows students to assume professional roles within various
organizations. This helps students define their career choices and obtain practical experience. Juniors and seniors are eligible to register for these internships during the fall, spring, intersession and summer sessions. Interns earn three credits for working 120 hours at the internship site and completing academic and career related assignments.
Recent internship sites have included Merrill Lynch, the Bronx Zoo, Montefiore Medical Center, Columbia Presbyterian Psychiatric Institute, the Sally Jesse Raphael Show, CBS, Major League Baseball, MTV Network, WABC Eyewitness News, Children’s Television Workshop, NBC Sports, the New York Department of Probation, Nassau District Attorney ’s Office, and American Express Travel .
Students are required to sign a contract which specifies the number of hours they will work per week, their responsibilities, and the assignments associated with the internship.
The contract is also signed by the site supervisor, faculty member, and Director of Career Development and Internship and submitted to the office of the director by the prescribed date. Students must keep a copy of the contract.
Students may earn up to six credits for internships. Academic credit is not given for any paid employment.
THE HEALTH PROFESSIONS ADVISORY COMMITTEE
The Health Professions Advisory Committee is a counseling body of faculty members established to give guidance to students who are interested in preparing for medical,
dental, or allied health careers.
The Committee attempts to make the pre-professional student aware of the qualifications essential for admission to professional school. It is also the concern of the Committee to direct the student to choose a program of studies that will furnish him/her not only with specialized pre-professional courses in science, but also with a broad liberal education that will prepare him/her for active and creative participation in the spiritual and intellectual needs of the human community.