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Academic Support Services Students who have questions about advising should consult with their advisor or the Academic Advising Office, located in Exeter Hall.

Dorothy S. Rogers Career Development Center The Career Development Center assists students with life and career planning during and after their college careers. Career planning and development is critical for today’s college students who will be seeking career opportunities in an increasingly competitive job market. Career Development Center services fall into two primary areas: cooperative education and career planning.

Cooperative Education Students in most majors at Southern New Hampshire University have the option of participating in cooperative education experiences, or co-ops. This “earn-and-learn” program supplies credits toward degrees and integrates classroom study with related on-the-job work experiences, some of which are paid positions. These opportunities bridge the gap between textbook theory and the actual practices of the work world and allow students to test their career choices. All students are encouraged to build co-op options into their academic programs, as they form the basis for enhanced career opportunities after graduation. Southern New Hampshire University offers co-op experiences in three, six, nine and 12 credit-hour blocks for most majors. Each co-op experience must be approved by a member of the university faculty and requires the completion of written assignments. Co-op experiences are coordinated and supervised by the Career Development Center in consultation with faculty and students and take place in all regions of the United States. When cooperative education experiences are taken during the academic semester, they may be integrated with regular classroom work. However, students often elect to do their co-op experiences during the summer months, allowing them to concentrate on full-time work for an extended period of time. There is a tuition fee for cooperative education that is based on the number of credit hours. The Career Development Center maintains a working relationship with local, regional, national and international employers. Students also develop contacts who will help them and the university create new options.

Career Planning Because deciding on a career is a systematic process that requires time and planning, the Career Development Center offers a development plan for undergraduates. Making effective career decisions requires careful self-assessment and investigation of career options. The Career Development Center’s professional staff offers workshops and one-on-one counseling year-round, from freshman year to beyond graduation. Career assessment tools help clarify career objectives and values that relate to

personal goals and lifestyles. Traditional job search assistance is offered and contacts are made with representatives of business, government and industry to recruit employees on and off campus. The office’s career library contains materials on trends, job-hunting techniques and employment opportunities. A dynamic e-recruiting employer database facilitates internships and job enhancing efforts and quickly connects students to hundreds of employers. An early partnership with the Career Development Center will help students prepare to enter the work force.

Office of Disability Services The Office of Disability Services coordinates accommodations and services for students with documented disabilities. The office’s Disability Specialists work closely with faculty, staff and the ADA/504 Compliance Committee to ensure that reasonable accommodations are made to provide program and facilities access to individuals with disabilities. For more information go to www.snhu.edu/603.asp.

Services to Students With Disabilities 1. Section 504 Compliance and ADA Compliance Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 prohibits discrimination on the basis of disability in any program or activity receiving federal assistance. Southern New Hampshire University intends to comply fully with Section 504 and with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). Southern New Hampshire University’s ADA/504 policy is coordinated by the ADA/504 Compliance Committee, which endeavors to ensure that reasonable accommodations are made to provide program and physical access.

2. Self-Identification and Documentation of Disabilities While the university makes no pre-admission inquiry about an applicant's disability, such knowledge can often be helpful in the admission process. We recognize that to disclose any disability is a personal choice that every applicant may exercise. We respect that choice; however, we encourage applicants with disabilities to self-disclose to the Office of Disability Services. It is only through self-disclosure that informed decisions can be made by the applicant regarding the suitability of Southern New Hampshire University. This information is also useful after the student is enrolled to access appropriate services. Accommodations can be made only after the student provides complete documentation to the Office of Disability Services. Documentation guidelines are available from the Office of Disability Services or online at www.snhu.edu/1347.asp.

3. Academic Responsibility While personal services and personal aides cannot be provided, reasonable accommodations will be provided to students with disabilities based on documentation and an intake interview between the student and the appropriate Disability Specialist. Such accommodations may include priority registration, auxiliary technology and other reasonable classroom 27

SNHU Undergraduate Catalog 2009-2010  

Southern New Hampshire University 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog