Academic Support

Academic Counseling and Support

The Office of Academic Counseling and Support serves as a resource and referral agent for both students and faculty.

Through one-on-one partnerships, academic counselors challenge undergraduate students to determine meaningful academic and life goals by encouraging them to reflect upon their educational experiences and achievements. The Academic Counseling staff offers special support to those students who are experiencing academic challenges, provides assistance with class registration, long term academic planning individual assistance in study skills improvement, time management, test taking preparation, college reading techniques, and college survival skills.

Faculty Advisers

Full-time faculty members serve as advisers to all students. Faculty advisers assist students in their freshman and sophomore years in planning their class schedules each semester.

Major field advisers guide their advisees’ progress toward a degree by reviewing grade reports and degree evaluations, and helping students solve academic problems.

Academic Development Program

The Academic Development Program (ADP) is a team-taught combination of courses designed to help incoming first year students develop proficiency in reading, writing, library and learning skills necessary for college success.

Students are invited to participate in this program if high school records and entrance exams (such as the ACT) indicate weakness in the areas of reading and writing.

Participants in the program register for twelve or sixteen credits in fall semester: ENGL 110 Intensive Writing; a companion course covering one of the core curriculum requirements; and one or two additional courses of the student’s choice.

Mathematics Resource Center

The Mathematics Resource Center (MaRC) provides a variety of resources including a tutoring staff, placement preparation, self-study/review programs, and general mathematics advising. Also available from the MaRC is a list of private tutors, whose rates are subject to individual negotiations.

Students must satisfy all prerequisites in order to enroll in a math course. Most entry-level math courses require an appropriate Math Placement Code (MPC) derived from an ACT math score or from a UST Math Placement Exam, which is taken online by newly admitted students, and as a proctored test, offered multiple times a week, by current students.

Students whose MPC is 099 can prepare for MATH 100 or MATH 101 by taking the Basic Math Skills self-study review course (MATH 005). The course has a nominal registration fee.

For students needing review or assistance to prepare for MATH 108/109, an advanced self-study review is available.

Consult the website for more information: http://www.stthomas.edu/mathematics/marc

Disability Resources

Students qualify for services through Disability Resources through self-disclosure of a disability and the presentation of current and comprehensive documentation. Reasonable academic accommodations are arranged on an individual basis in order to provide students with disabilities equal access to all university programs. The University of St. Thomas is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

Center for Writing

Writers at all levels of experience from across the university use the Center for Writing. Through individualized conferences, peer consultants work with writers to help them focus, develop, and organize their ideas, and revise and edit their drafts. Students can seek assistance on any work in progress before they write, as they write, and after they write. Most writers bring course assignments, including analytical, research, and capstone papers. Those writing essays for application to graduate school or study abroad are also welcome.

The Center is staffed by peer consultants selected each spring through a rigorous application and interview process. The consultants do not edit or proofread, but instead help writers strengthen their approaches to all facets of the writing process.

Conferences with consultants are free and confidential.

Appointments should be made through our website www.stthomas.edu/writing. Online consultations are available through our website as well. For more information on our services, please contact the director, Dr. Susan Callaway, in JRC 361, 651-962-5601.

Major Field Advisers

After a student has completed 48 semester credits, the student fills out a major field form and applies to be accepted as a major in his or her chosen field.

When the student has been accepted as a major in a particular department the guidance of her or his program is then transferred from the pre-major adviser to a departmental major field adviser. 

Information Resources and Technologies

Information Resources & Technologies encompasses six service and support departments: Budgets, Acquisition and Inventory, Client Services, Information Technology, Networks & Telecom Services, University Libraries, and Web & Media Services. Our mission is to integrate people, processes, information resources and technologies in support of teaching, learning and strategic goals at the University of St. Thomas.

The Budgets, Acquisition and Inventory group is responsible for managing the IRT operating budget and the university IT equipment leasing budgets, responding to and processing requests for software, hardware and audio/visual items for multiple departments and the university. BAI manages the installation and upgrade of IT and presentation systems in instructional facilities, and the acquisition, inventory and processing of equipment for the annual replacement of faculty, staff and lab desktop computing resources.

Client Services provides a single point of presence for accessing academic and administrative technology support services - in person, online, or by phone - and the complex coordination, cross-training, support, and knowledge management essential to success. Client Services provide both rapid response to technical break/fix issues in faculty and staff offices and classrooms as well as consultative-based support for productivity tools and technologies to facilitate course content delivery.

The Information Technology (IT) department manages centralized networks, servers, application software and database management software. The IT department also is responsible for a combination of network and system security including the policies, procedures and technologies to be used for this purpose. These systems include the network firewalls, wireless network registration system, enterprise monitoring systems, IP addressing and security compliance issues.

Networking & Telecommunication Services (NTS) supports UST’s network, the central nervous system on which all facets of technology at UST depend on for their performance. NTS provides highly reliable, secure, and extensive voice and data service to the university community.

The University Libraries provide support for research, writing and information literacy. The libraries enrich scholarship and teaching by providing information resources, services, and instruction that support the curriculum and the intellectual development of St. Thomas students, faculty, and staff.

Web and Media Services (WMS) manages the university Web environment and offers services supporting effective uses of Web and media technology for instruction and promotion.