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Making a decision about a major without adequate knowledge of course content and career options can hinder the student's progress in the long run. If in doubt about major selection, it is better to remain flexible during the first few semesters so the student can learn more about him/herself and what opportunities are available at Gannon University. To assist in career exploration and college major selection, students may be enrolled in an Undeclared Student First-Year Seminar or meet regularly with their advisor. Students will meet with their advisor to address questions about curriculum, degree requirements, and course selection. Students are expected to make a successful transition into the correct choice of major during the freshman or early sophomore year.

Center for Experiential Education Experiential Education programs provide students with the opportunity to gain valuable career-related experience while pursuing their undergraduate degree. Shadowing, mentoring, internships, co-op placements (alternating and parallel), and company visits are programs designed to connect students to professionals and alumni in the working world. Approved, academically focused internship and co-op placements exist in local, regional, national and international organizations. Students can earn academic credit, make professional contacts, and earn a salary. During a typical semester, seventy to eighty percent of the students completing a placement receive compensation. Requirements for internship and co-op placement include completion of the co-op seminar (1 credit, offered both fall and spring), completion of 30 credits, a cumulative GPA of at least 2.5, and good standing within the university. For further details regarding co-op and internship requirements and process, students are asked to contact the Center for Experiential Education located in the Student Success Center.

Commonwealth Academic Achievement Program/ACT 101 The Commonwealth Academic Achievement Program/ACT 101 (C.A.A.P./ACT 101) is a state funded program designed to provide academic support services to students who have been identified as meeting financial and academic eligibility requirements. Counseling and tutorial services are available throughout the academic year to program eligible students.

Disability Support Services (ADA/504) Students with disabilities who require information or assistance regarding accessibility, accommodation of facilities, programs or services of the University should contact the ADA/504 Coordinator at 814-871-5522. Students may also come to the Student Success Center in the Palumbo Academic Center (PC 1025) and make an appointment with the Coordinator.

Early Alert Referral System The Early Alert Referral System (E.A.R.S.) is a referral program designed to help identify students who are experiencing problems that may hinder their academic and/or personal performance. Faculty or staff should complete the brief on-line form which is forwarded to the Dean of the Student Success Center (SSC). The form is located on the Gannon Portal under GUXpress and the Faculty Information link. Faculty/staff members are encouraged to discuss the referral with the student prior to forwarding the form. The student will receive an email from the Dean of the SSC asking them to schedule a meeting with the Dean to determine the appropriate referral to resolve the student's issues. The Dean will advise the referring faculty member and the student’s advisor of any actions taken on the student’s

Gannon University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014  
Gannon University Undergraduate Catalog 2013-2014  
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