Desert State University Success in Service
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Greetings from the President Welcome! Thank you for your interest in Desert State University! We have many wonderful opportunities for any journey, and hope you will explore everything we have to offer! Our goal is to provide services to allow DSU to be your foundation. Here, you can build skills and develop qualities to help you succeed in our growing world.
integrate core curriculum paths, and themed housing designed for any interest, our students truly find passion within our core values. Please take the time to discover all this University has to offer. Schedule a tour with Admissions, browse our website, ask our students questions, and read this Prospective Student Book. You are sure to find experiences that will be perfect for you! Best of luck in your college search,
At DSU, the students, faculty, and staff live our core values of academic success, community
commitment, and lifelong learning. With service-learning courses in every department,
Dr. Gloria Menendez
If you choose DSU… •
You will have the chance to learn a diverse assortment of subjects, with our unique guided paths in place to help you build from one course to another. Your classes will be structured to teach you subject materials, as well
as workplace skills. Your housing will provide a strong sense of community, a true home away from home. Our faculty and staff have a commitment to encourage you. Critical thinking and principled reasons are the backbone
of any college graduate, and we craft our courses and activities to achieve just that. 2
Table of Contents The only person who is educated is the one who has learned how to learn and change. - Carl Rogers Introduction Casa Grande DSU facts
Academic Success Core curriculum Academic Success Center DSU Majors
6 6 7
Lifelong Learning Career Services Alumni Affairs Wellness Center
8 8 9
Community Commitment Residence Life Campus Activities Greek Life Center for Leadership and Service Multicultural Resource Center Study Away Off-Campus and Commuter Services First-Year Experience
10 12 12 13 15 15 16 16
Student Services International Student Services Disability Services Veteran Services Minority Student Services
17 17 17 17
Attend DSU Outcomes Achievement Admissions Financing your experience
18 19 20
The City is Our Classroom: Casa Grande
Casa Grande is a dynamic, involved community, a modern city with rural heritage and old-fashioned values.1
Campus is Our Home: DSU Facts
DSU History Founded in 1920, 5 years after Casa Grande’s incorporation into Pinal County.1 Established as a generous gift from the Governor of Arizona, the institution is public, and desires to provide a quality education to local and out-of-state students from any background. Our motto is “Success through service” and you will find this motto living in many aspects of our campus. In order to reduce our carbon footprint, DSU is among several institutions to have joined the Clinton Global Initiative. This commitment means LEED certified buildings, organic, locally grown food in the cafeterias, and energy-saving technology wherever possible.
DSU Statistics Location: the heart of Casa Grande, AZ, Student population: 40,000 undergraduate students, 7,000 graduate/professional students Student to faculty ratio: 15:1 Academic majors: Student racial and gender demographics: White: 30%, Black: 20%, Asian: 13%, Latino: 12%, Bi/multiracial: 20%, other: 5% 55% Female, 45% Male Financial aid: 90% of students receive financial aid, mostly in the form of work-study School colors: Green and white Mascot: Rattlers
Our Mission: Desert State University strives to develop a diverse body of students as question-askers, thinkers, knowers, leaders, and doers. DSU students, faculty, and staff seek to be engaged global citizens, friends, and leaders. 5
A Fresh Perspective: Core Curriculum At Desert State, we have given a new spin to the disjointed, overwhelming core curriculum. Taking a cue from liberal arts institutions, we have recently designed a new general education plan that is perfect for you.2 Students will have the opportunity to take courses from our collection of more than 150 different academic major departments. However, this does not mean a scattered, confusing list of introductory courses. Students are given the choice of specialized paths to help them make the most of their general education. Math, sciences, histories, languages, writing, logic, social sciences, literature, arts, and culture will all be required. Courses are categorized in thematic paths to build off one another. They work with students’ interests and strengths, and are characterized by themes such as ‘sustainability’, ‘public health’, or ‘servicelearning’, or strengths such as ‘writing-intensive’. Departments work with various other departments within the same route to create curriculum and integrate topics. Courses can also be honors level for students meeting Honors Program requirements. Classes at DSU are unique in their own ways. Many of them fulfill further curriculum requirements, such as a Western (non-US) course, a non-Western course, a diversity course, a lab course, two writing composition courses, and a service-learning course. These courses can be found in most academic departments, and are designed to make our students global citizens. In additional, students are required to take a first-year seminar to orient them with curriculum structures during their first semester at DSU. First-year seminars are shown to improve retention, grades, and student satisfaction. As you can see, an education from DSU is not just about getting a degree. It is about learning for your future.
Walta Yoseph Academic Success Center
As one of our core values, academic success is highly supported at Desert State. Our Academic Success Center, a generous gift from alumna Walta Yoseph, provides many support services, from academic advising, to tutoring and workshops. All services in this office are free of charge, and it is very much a part of the student culture to utilize the resources available.
Academic advisors are assigned to students by major. Until a student chooses a major, there are general education academic advisors to specifically assist them with their core curriculum requirements.
Upperclassmen are hired or volunteer their time to tutor at the Academic Success Center, which allows us to have tutoring available in every subject. Students may use tutoring services during drop-in hours, or may make an appointment.
The Academic Success Center professional staff provides workshops based on the needs and issues of college students academically. Workshops such as time management, study skills, and avoiding plagiarism are all offered on a monthly basis and are open to any registered
Students work with their advisors once every semester to plan schedules, choose a major, and ensure student satisfaction in academics.3
The writing center is open every day of the week to assist students specifically in their writing assignments. Students may also submit their assignments electronically and chat live with an assistant over the Internet!
Choose Your Path: Desert State Majors4 Allied Medical Professions: Athletic Training Biomedical Science Health Information Systems Health Science Management* Medical Dietetics Medical Technology Radiological Sciences Respiratory Therapy Architecture*: City and Regional Planning* Landscape Architecture* Arts and Sciences: Actuarial Science African American/African Studies* Anthropology* Arabic Art* Art Education* Astronomy* Biochemistry* Biology Chemistry* Chinese Classics* Communications* Comparative Studies* Computer and Information Science Criminology Dance* Economics* English* Entomology* Evolution and Ecology* Film Studies French* Geography* Geological Sciences* German* Globalization Studies Hebrew History* History of Art* Industrial Design Interior Design International Studies Islamic Studies Italian* Japanese Jazz Studies Jewish Studies Journalism Korean Linguistics*
Mathematics* Medieval and Renaissance Studies Microbiology* Modern Greek* Molecular Genetics* Music Composition Music Education Music History* Music Theory* Orchestral Instruments Philosophy* Physics* Piano Plant Cellular and Molecular Biology Political Science* Portuguese* Psychology* Russian* Sociology* Spanish* Speech and Hearing Science* Theatre* Voice Womenâ€™s Studies World Literatures Zoology Business: Accounting* Business Administration* Finance Human Resources* Information Systems International Business Administration Logistics Management* Marketing Operations Management Real Estate and Urban Analysis Risk Management and Insurance Dental Hygiene: Dental Hygiene Education and Human Ecology: Consumer Sciences Early and Middle Childhood Education* Exercise Science Fashion and Retail Studies* Hospitality Management* Human Development and Family Science* Human Nutrition* Physical Education Teacher
Education Special Education Sports and Leisure Studies Technical Education and Training Engineering: Aeronautical an Astronautical Engineering* Aviation Biomedical Engineering* Chemical Engineering* Civil Engineering* Computer Science and Engineering* Electrical and Computer Engineering Engineering Physics Environmental Engineering Food, Agricultural, and Biological Engineering Industrial and Systems Engineering* Materials Science and Engineering* Mechanical Engineering* Welding Engineering* Environment and Natural Resource: Environmental Policy and Management Environmental Science* Forestry, Fisheries, and Wildlife Parks, Recreation and Tourism Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences: Agribusiness and Applied Economics* Agricultural Commerce Agronomy Animal Sciences* Construction Management Construction Science Construction Systems Management Crop Management Crop Science* Dairy and Cattle Production Dairy Science Environmental Resources Science* Floral Design and Marketing Food Science and Nutrition* Horse Science Horticultural Science* Livestock Science Swine Production and Management Turfgrass Science and Management Nursing: Nursing* Pharmacy: Pharmaceutical Sciences* Public Affairs: Public Affairs* Social Work: 7 Social Work*
* denotes masterâ€™s and doctoral programs also available. List does not include professional school, such as law, medicine, etc.
Preparation for Life: Career Services Desert State has a long-standing commitment to assisting students in their search for a compatible career. Not only dedicated to building qualities and skills for each student, DSU actively forms relationships with large and local companies alike to benefit the futures of DSU Rattlers.5 Career counselors hold office hours to assist students in career planning and preparation. The same counselors host regular workshops to help students build skills such as resume writing, cover letter writing, networking, job searching, and first job experience tips. Any registered student may attend a workshop, and then seek a counselor to assist them personally. Desert State is proud of the internships available to students through the office of Career Services. Students have the opportunity to spend one semester as a part-time student in order to receive credit for a part-time internship of their choosing. Career Services works diligently with academic departments to discover the opportunities perfect for students studying in that major. Career Services is not only for upperclassmen thinking about their job preparation. Career Services works with the First-Year Experience office to host resume upkeep seminars. This unique offering gives students the skills to keep an up-to-date resume as they begin involvement at DSU, not once they are finishing their
Always a Rattler: Alumni Affairs When you leave Desert State University with your degree, you do not fade into the masses of society. You are marked with distinction, and always cared for by your Rattler community. Alumni are never out of touch with our semester newsletter, detailing the great work coming from exemplary students at DSU, and upcoming events for them to attend. Our strong network of alumni provides many opportunities for current students at DSU.6 The Student-Alumni Council works to constantly improve student-alumni relations, and hosts many activities for the general student body. The Alumni Affairs office hosts regular events for alumni to visit campus, speak on panels, and network with students. Alumni are important connections for students. Alumni Affairs works closely with the First-Year Experience office to offer seminars about the roles of alumni, and how to best use them as a student. This way, you can benefit from the alumni network from the beginning. 8
Holistic Health: Sedlacek Wellness Center A generous gift from alumna Heather J. Sedlacek, our wellness center is open 7 days a week to provide Desert State students with the services they need to be happy and healthy in any aspect of their lives. The Wellness Center provides many workshops on mental wellness, stress management, sexual health, money management, and physical fitness and nutrition. For students seeking contraceptives, the Wellness Center provides affordable contraceptives for students, and classes on how to use them properly. Sedlacek Wellness Center is active in large campus events, hosting activities during Welcome Week, orientation, and hosts a first-year seminar to discuss health in college.
Counseling Center Housed in the Wellness Center is the Counseling Center, and counselors are available by appointment. Registered students are allowed 10 free sessions per semester for anything related to stress, anxiety, relationship issues, or other troubles on students’ minds.7
Sports and Recreation Physical fitness is an important part of a student’s health.8 Desert State University provides many opportunities to be active, including state-of-the-art recreation centers, and 15 intramural sports for students to get involved with. Sedlacek Wellness Center also hosts Fitness Week at the beginning of each semester to offer free workout and recreation classes as a preview for the sessions
Religious and Spiritual Life As a public university, there are places of worship within our town, but not in our school. The Sedlacek Wellness Center recognizes the importance of practicing one’s faith, and offers non-denominational prayer and meditation spaces. If a student is looking for a place of worship in town, an up-to-date database of nearby religious communities can be found on the Wellness Center website. First-year seminars are available to discuss multi-faith awareness and acceptance, and spiritual wellness.9 The Wellness Center also works with the Comparative Studies department (which houses the religious studies focus) to develop programming for students, and connect students in class to events, speakers, and groups.
Parent and Family Relations At Desert State we recognize the diversity of our students. Many students have families, and need different services from their institution. To address the needs of students with and without a family of their own, the Sedlacek Wellness Center provides many services for its students. The Parent and Family Weekend welcomes parents, spouses, and children of students to learn about DSU. The Wellness Center works closely with Residence Life to provide family-friendly housing to any student who desires it. Subsidized daycare is available to registered students who have children, and workshops are available to address issues such as money management, children’s health and nutrition, and time management. The Wellness Center works closely with Career Services to assist in dual job searching for married/partnered students, and with financial aid to ensure students with families are receiving all the benefits available to them. The Sedlacek Center also offers a mini-grant program to provide assistance to low-income families for utility bills, home and car repairs, tuition assistance, etc.
Home Sweet Home: Residence Life “Living in the residence hall made me feel like I had a home. It brought me an automatic community that would have been difficult to find on my own.” – Donna Russell, Class of 2013
There is a two-year livein requirement for all students except those who are over the age of 22, married, or commuting from home.10 Upperclassmen and graduate residence halls are also available for those who choose not to live offcampus after the live-in requirement is fulfilled. Last year’s themed housing options: Languages and Cultures: Spanish language, French language, German language, Russian language, African culture, Asian culture, Hebrew heritage, women’s housing (only female-only housing available), men’s housing (only male-only housing available) Academic interests: physical and natural sciences, humanities, politics, business, health science, honors, music Activities: science fiction and gaming, community service, sustainability, transfer students, veteran students, athletics, first-year Living preferences: quiet floors, substance-free, coed rooms, transgender housing, graduate/professional, family apartment-style housing
Living learning is a concept designed to allow students to pursue curricular or co-curricular themes together while also living in a designated area of a residence hall. Desert State University believes in the living learning experience because it pushes to create a more seamless educational experience for undergraduate students, to bridge students’ academic experiences with other aspects of their lives, and to integrate their learning across the curriculum.11 At DSU, all on-campus housing is themed one way or another, in order to provide the best possible experience for each student. Our list of themes is certainly not exhaustive, and students are welcome to design their own theme if they desire. How we know it works Each semester students complete an evaluation of several aspects of their experience, with an emphasis on their housing themes and resident assistants. Upon assessing the survey, we typically see an overwhelming positive response in support of living learning style housing and programming centered around student interests. 10
Spotlight: The Resident Assistant Resident Assistants (RAs) are returning Desert State students who resided in residence halls the previous year. Some are brand new to the job, but many are returning RAs. RAs have many responsibilities, including the safety and welfare of all residents. Additionally, they are in charge of programming around floor themes once per month, and general non-themed programming once per month.12 Depending on the theme, some will have pledges to uphold the values set by the floor or hall, such as community service, sustainability, or language, and will be facilitated by the RA. Because the interest in themes varies each year, themed floors will be assigned to a building based on how many students indicate interest. This allows for any interested student to be involved. Large groups are assigned a building to themselves; small groups are paired with other small groups to fill buildings.
“Being an RA has been a great way to be immersed in my chosen theme. It has helped me to do well in my classes, and make some really great friends” – Julia Nieves, Class of 2012
This allows students to live within their desired community, interact with students that have similar interests, and increases their awareness of the cultural aspects of their chosen theme. RAs are assigned to floors according to their personal interests in order to develop a more cohesive living learning environment. Each RA works closely with the Center for Leadership and Service, academic departments, the honors program, and the First-Year Experience office depending on their floor theme to develop their programs.
“My RA was so helpful my first year. He really made my living experience so much fun. I learned a lot about how to live sustainably, too” – Andy Frantz, Class of 2013
A Culture of Involvement: Campus Activities With over 500 student organizations, you are bound to find one (or two, or three) to join! If not, create you own! Desert State encourages you to use student organizations to make our big school feel small.13 To help you find that perfect student organization, the Campus Activities office hosts the Student Involvement Fair before class begins. Student organizations will be showcased on the Sonora, our campus quad, where you can browse the endless options for involvement. The Student Involvement Fair is part of a weeklong event prior to the first day of class: Welcome Week. This Week includes pep rallies, speakers, concerts, convocation, and departmental activities, designed to orient you with campus life at DSU. Once you have joined an organization, Campus Activities helps you to grow as a group. Each organization is allotted a budget, and may use the money for events, speaker honorariums, and supplies. Campus Activities handles all new student organization proposals, and maintains present organization charters. They also work with the Center for Leadership and Service to host trainings for student organization leaders, such as the president, vice president, and treasurer. As you can see, student organizations at DSU are no joke! Housed in the Student Union, campus Activities does their best to accommodate all the needs of each organization through constant advising and assistance. Unsure of which group is right for you? Campus Activities hosts a first-year seminar with the FirstYear Experience office to help you find different ways to get involved!
Itâ€™s All Greek: Fraternity and Sorority Life There are many ways to get involved at Desert State University, and one of them is to join one of 50 fraternities and sororities on campus. Being Greek at DSU is much more than a social club.14 DSU upholds standards for all recognized Greek chapters to compliment the individual national requirements for grades, community service, diversity, housing policies, and general behavior. Fraternity and Sorority Life works with Center for Leadership and Service, and the Multicultural Resource Center to develop and provide programming to meet these standards. To connect each chapter with the University, they each have a university staff member serve as a â€œchapter advocateâ€? who sends works with them to maintain a bridge over the gap between Greek and non-Greek students. Additionally, the Fraternity and Sorority Life office hosts the risk management and university policy council, who meets twice per semester and consists of staff members, faculty members, and collegiate chapter members to continually revise policies and ensure chapters are adhering to them. The Sedlacek Wellness Center has developed a required alcohol education and follow-up programming required for each chapter member. This policy, and others, provides a positive and unique Greek experience unlike those at other universities. Fraternity and sorority life at DSU is an impacting, healthy experience for those who choose to be involved. The First-Year Experience office works with Fraternity and Sorority Life to host a first-year seminar about fraternities and sororities and all they have to offer.
Eric Oeur Center for Leadership and Service Leadership Retreats are hosted annually for every class: First years focus on building involvement in student organizations. Second years focus on developing leadership skills to take over as leaders of student organizations. Third years focus on leadership in the classroom and taking advantage of leadership opportunities in major courses. Fourth years focus on workplace leadership skills and how to showcase leadership abilities to future employers. These retreats are a way to connect students with the university and assist them with activities they are experiencing in a particular time of their college life.12 Each retreat will choose 25 students based on applications, and take them to a camp site out of town for 3 days to do team builders, skills workshops, leadership theory, and personality assessments tailored to their current level of leadership capabilities.
Leadership Trainings and Workshops To facilitate the success of student organizations, the Oeur Center provides workshops of all different kinds. Leadership transition, communication, strategic planning, teambuilding, meeting facilitation, etc, are all available to any registered organization. A special student leadership organization works closely with office to implement and improve workshops.15 The student leadership organization is comprised of 40 students who are trained to assist in writing and developing workshops for student organizations to use. They are available by request to come to a student organization to consult or execute a workshop or retreat based on the organizationâ€™s needs.
Leadership Skills for Your Life
Creating Community through Service Show love to the place you live: Community service activities The Oeur Center for Leadership and Service hosts one-time, large-scale service events for orientation week, Martin Luther King day, and Greek Week, with assistance from the Service Student Organization. Events are open to any student, and are a great way to meet new people and connect with the city! The Community Service Connection Center is run by student assistants and maintains database of all non-profit community organizations in the area to connect any interested student with a service site. The CSCC also hosts volunteer fairs once per semester to allow students to easily network with community organizations looking for volunteers. Because service is such an integral part of the campus community, the Oeur Center works with all other aspects of campus to integrate service wherever possible. From residence halls to classrooms, you will always have an opportunity to serve!16 How We Know It Works To ensure that the work we do reaches the outcomes we are trying to achieve, DSU uses many assessment tools to discover the true effects of our programming. The Oeur Center has developed a unique assessment tool to evaluate our programs and service-learning courses. The evaluation is completed by students after each course or program, and includes questions regarding how many hours of service is completed, how students feel they have learned through community service, and how community service has or has not made them feel connected to their peers, campus, or community. With qualitative and quantitative data collected, the Oeur Center is able to constantly improve courses and programs to help students in the most efficient and enjoyable way.
Learn in the Community: Service-Learning at DSU Service-learning courses are designed to engage students in experiences that address human and community needs together with structured opportunities for reflection intentionally designed to promote student learning and development.17 Desert State requires each student to take one service-learning class during their time here. Because of this, the Center for Leadership and Service works very closely with faculty to develop service-learning classes to ensure there is at least one available per department.18 In order to set a standard for service-learning courses at DSU, the CLS has created and shared a step-bystep course creation plan to create new courses or manipulate old courses to become a service-learning course. Most are in major courses, not introductory, in order to assist students in applying the concepts they care about to real world issues they may actually encounter in their career.
Many paths lead to DSU: Multicultural Resource Center The Multicultural Resource Center (MRC) strives to develop, co-sponsor and support programs regarding diversity and multiculturalism at Desert State University. The purpose of the center is to serve as a resource for students who have been historically marginalized, or deprived from higher education. The MRC works to support students of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) students, lowincome students, international students, and first-generation college students.19 The MRC hosts many workshops and programming to build awareness about world ideas, cultures, and multicultural identities and issues.12 To promote minority academic success, the MRC works with Minority Affairs to develop programs and services. MRC staff members advise student groups related to multicultural identities and issues, and work with academic departments to determine which courses fulfill the diversity requirement in the core curriculum. The MRC staff members assist senior administrators to continually update policies, strategic plans, mission statements, and accreditation materials to be multiculturally non discriminatory and inclusive. The office also advises judicial affairs in developing and enforcing a strong zero-tolerance policy regarding discrimination and hate crimes. The First-Year Experience office and MRC hosts a first-year seminar about multicultural competence and diversity in college.
Global Education: Study Away The Study Away office works to provide a broad, diverse variety of opportunities for any studentâ€™s study away goals. Whether it is New York City, Beijing, Buenos Aires, or Johannesburg, an education is best developed through experience.20 This is why Study Away collaborates with domestic and international institutions to establish affordable exchange programs for students. Desert State believes anyone who wants to study away should be able to do so, thus the Study Away office works with financial aid office and bursar to handle finances for student exchanges. To educate students about upcoming trips, Study Away hosts informational sessions about different opportunities, and organizes an annual study away fair. Additionally, Study Away holds a first-year seminar regarding the benefits of studying away.
Down the Road: Off-Campus and Commuter Services Desert State is situated in the heart of Casa Grande, with a population of right under 50,000 full-time residents. Maybe students are DSU neighbors, and choose to live at home while commuting to school. Additionally, upperclassmen may choose to lease a residence with private realtors. Off-Campus and Commuter Services have many resources to accommodate any living situation. For those who choose to live off-campus their third or fourth years, OCCS work with private realtors to provide safe and fair housing for students off-campus. Roommate fairs and housing fairs are held each semester to assist students in finding housing and compatible housemates. OCCS keeps an updated list of available properties and sublets to assist students in finding housing, especially those who transfer midyear or studied abroad and need housing. To continue strong connections with the University once living off-campus, the off-campus ambassador program provides an ambassador for each city street near DSU, and each ambassador and provides programming for street residents.21 For those who choose to commute from home, OCCS works with orientation staff to provide sessions specific to commuter students focusing on parking, lounge space, dining options, and lockers.22 The OCCS staff advises the student organization for commuter students.
The Beginning: First-Year Experience The first year of college is always important. Adjusting to studying, independence, or roommates can be a difficult experience to navigate. Success during the first-year can determine the success of the following years in college.23 Because of this, an entire team of staff is dedicated to helping first-year students do their very best at Desert State University. FYE works with academic and student affairs departments to create first-year seminars, of which all new students are required to attend two during their first semester. Many Welcome Week activities are designed for first-year students, so FYE works with Campus Activities to ensure quality programs. Within the admissions application is an essay question regarding leadership. Students are selected according to their answers to participate in a weeklong, pre-fall semester leadership retreat designed by the FYE office and the Oeur Center. Also in collaboration with the Oeur Center is a first-year alternative break service trip during fall break. For the new Rattlers that are not Casa Grande residents, FYE hosts an Out-of-Towners event series to introduce out of state students to the campus, city, and state. One of the most important roles FYE plays is to host orientation. During the summer before your first semester at DSU, you will take part in a 2-day orientation to help you learn about your upcoming college experience. Every student affairs department participates by providing workshops, sessions, and services to make your session informative and fun. First-years will be divided into groups that are lead by upperclassmen who have been hand chosen to serve as Orientation Leaders, or OLs. They help to plan activities, meals, and other fun events to complement informational sessions. You will schedule your fall semester courses at orientation. For students who transfer during spring semester, 16 a small-scale spring orientation session is hosted during December.
Student Services Desert State University welcomes students of all kinds, and strives to provide the most comprehensive resources for any student need. Below are a list of some services you will find at DSU.
International Student Services ISS diversifies our campus even further by bringing international students to campus. Ensuring VISAs are complete, housing is available, and students get to campus safely are some of the main roles of ISS. They also work with orientation to create a program for international students addressing needs such as where to buy a cell phone, how to set up an American bank account, and how to send letters home.24
Disability Services The Disabilities Services office is constantly working to ensure that Desert State is accessible in all ways to individuals with different abilities.25 All academic, departmental, and administrative buildings are designed to be accessible to all students. Disability Services is located in the library because they use state-of-the-art technology to offer resources in many different formats for students, whether it is on CD, DVD, or in Braille. Students with different abilities are offered specialized tutoring through the Walta Yoseph Academic Success Center to meet their needs, and to provide test assistance or extended time as necessary.26
Veteran’s Services Historically, the G.I. Bill has increased access to education for American Veterans. Our hope is to serve them as a ‘thanks’ for so selflessly serving us. To facilitate acclimation back into a school setting, Veteran’s Services works to make processes easier.27 They serve as advocate for veteran students in ensuring financial aid is allotted properly. They work with the Sedlacek Wellness Center to provide veteran-specific counseling, as needed, free of charge. Veteran’s Services has developed unique workshops and orientation sessions about adjusting to college life after military experience. They also work with Residence Life to ensure clustered housing for veterans who choose to live on-campus.
Minority Student Services Desert State values our commitment to the education of minority students. Because of this, additional services are provided to facilitate success in college.28 In addition to the academic advisor, MSS advisors are available for minority students to focus on the broad academic experience for students who statistically or less likely to graduate. MSS also works with the Multicultural Resource Center to develop programming to promote minority student academic success. 17
Intentional Education: Our Outcomes Our Outcomes
How We Do It
A strong understanding of major subject knowledge
With our integrated core curriculum pathways, students will truly learn in their academic courses. Our majors are designed to be specific and in-depth to provide the best quality education available.
Development of workplace skills
Academic courses and extracurricular involvement both include elements that assist in the development of workplace skills. Graduates of DSU leave with a strong work ethic and a sense of responsibility due to the variety of opportunities to take leadership roles on campus.
Ability to learn and grow from mistakes
Desert State is a place to learn, and a safe space to make mistakes. Faculty and staff alike encourage students to take risks in academics and extracurricular activities, and make mistakes to develop the internal process of critical analysis.
An understanding of how to live well within a community
Living-learning programs are intentionally designed to help students build the skills to be active and engaged citizens in any setting.
Ability to socially interact with others on formal and For many students, college is a way to build social informal levels interaction skills. Networking and communication are important in any setting. Many courses have group work and presentations to facilitate communication and collaboration, and student activities are a positive way to socialize. Have a global and local cultural awareness
In our society, both local investment and global awareness are important skills to succeed. Our core curriculum requires courses to ensure students are receiving a broad and varied education relevant to their future. DSU has a strong emphasis on community service and involvement, which contributes to both local and global awareness of events and issues.
Develop cognitive skills for critical thinking and lifelong learning
Through academic and extracurricular involvement, students will be challenged to think critically, ask questions, and understand the â€œwhyâ€? behind knowledge. Through our committed academic coursework, students will learn the value of knowledge, and become lifelong learners. 18
Become a Rattler: Admissions Application Checklist: • • •
Qualifications of a Rattler:
Complete the application Submit your test scores Letters of recommendation
Desert State is looking for dynamic students with potential to succeed. We value thoughtful answers to our essay questions, and hope to welcome students from all backgrounds.
Use this application type if… •
First-year: If you are graduating high school, or have graduated high school and taken less than 12 college credit hours. Transfer: If you are currently enrolled as a full-time college student, or have accrued more than 12 credit hours since high school Continuing learner: If you do not plan to earn a degree, are non-traditional age, or have already earned a degree.
Test scores: Desert State accepts both the SAT and ACT standardized tests. Score reports must be submitted to the Admissions office directly from the testing agency.
Early Decision Option: If your first choice is Desert State, please consider applying early decision. Your application will be given priority review, and we will contact you with our decision by December 15th. We value initiative and commitment at DSU, and will take that into consideration when deliberating your application. If you are accepted as an early decision applicant, you must submit your decision by January 15th. How can you be sure DSU is right for you? Desert State participates annually in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) to measure student involvement and satisfaction. Please feel free to check out our findings at www.dsu.edu. You will see for yourself how DSU ensures students’ success!
Due Dates What Is Due?
Early Decision Due Date
Regular Decision Due Date
Standardized test score
Letters of recommendation
Notifications to students
Investing In Your Future: Financing Tuition and mandatory fees 2011-2012 Arizona state resident:
Estimated living expenses Housing
Financial Aid Need based grants are available for all students who qualify. Students must submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) in order to receive need-based grants or scholarships. If you find that you do not qualify for need-based aid, you still have options. Federal loans, private loans, and scholarships are all available to students. Additionally, DSU allows students to set up a payment plan free of charge. Of the residential, full-time, employed students, 60% of them are employed by Desert State University. DSU has a strong commitment to assisting students in the cost of education, and believe in providing opportunities to assist in financing their experience.
What Is Due?
Early Decision Due Date
Regular Decision Due Date
DSU Financial Aid Application
2010 tax forms (yours and parentsâ€™)
FAFSA form online
Financial package information to admitted students
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