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    Mount Ida College
   
 
  Aug 20, 2017
 
 
    
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2017-2018 College Catalog

General Information for Undergraduates


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2017-2018 Undergraduate Academic Calendar

 

FALL SEMESTER 2017

Mon   August 28   Opening of The College Meeting
Thur   August 31  

Convocation

Residence Halls Open for New Students

Fri   September 1   New Student Day of Service
Sat-Mon   September 2-4   New Student Welcome Weekend
Mon   September 4  

Residence Halls Open for Returning Students
Labor Day (no classes)

 

Tue   September 5   Fall Classes Begin
Wed   September 13   Add/Drop Ends
Thurs   September 28   September Graduation Date
Mon   October 9   Columbus Day (no classes)
Fri   October 20   Conversion of Incompletes
Wed   October 26   Mid-semester Grades Due
Mon   October 30   Advising for Spring 2018 Registration Begins
Mon-Fri   November 13-17   Registration for Spring 2018
Tue   November 21   Last Day for Course Withdrawal
Wed-
Sun
  November 22-26   Thanksgiving Break (no classes)
 
Mon   November 27   Classes Resume
Sat-Sun   December 9-10   Reading Days
Mon   December 11   Last day of classes
Tue-Fri  

December 12-15

  Final Exam Period
Sat   December 16   Residence Halls Close
Final exam snow day (if needed)

SPRING SEMESTER 2018

Sat   January 13   Residence halls open for new students
Mon   January 15  

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no classes)

Residence Halls open for returning students

Tue   January 16   Spring Classes Begin
Wed   January 24   Add/Drop Ends
Sun   January 28   January Graduation Date
Mon   February 19   Presidents’ Day (no classes)
Fri   March 2   Conversion of Incompletes
Mon-
Fri
  March 5 -
March 9
  Spring Break
 
Wed   March 7   Mid-semester grades due
Mon   March 12  

Classes Resume

Advising for Summer/Fall 2018 Begins

Mon-Thu   March 26 - 29   Registration for Summer/Fall 2018
Tue   April 3   Inspiration Nation (no classes)
Fri   April 13   Last Day for Course Withdrawal
Mon   April 16   Patriots’ Day (no classes)
Mon   April 30   Last Day of Classes
Tue-Wed   May 1-2   Capstone Presentations/Reading Days
Thu-Wed  

May 3-9

  Final Exam Period (No Saturday exams)
Wed
 
  May 9   Residence Halls Close for Non-graduates and Non-ushers
Thu-Sat
 
  May 10-12   Senior Activities
Sun   May 13   Commencement
Residence Halls Close for Graduates and Ushers

SUMMER SESSION I  2018

Mon-Thur   March 26-
May 16
  Registration for Summer Session I
 
Tue   May 15   Summer Session I Classes Begin
Wed   May 16   Add/drop for Summer Session I ends
Mon   May 28   Memorial Day (no classes)
Fri   June 1   Make-up Day for Memorial Day Holiday: Monday classes are held
Tue   June 19   Last Day for Course Withdrawal
Mon   July 2   Last day of Summer Session I Classes - Non-continuing residential students move out of residence halls

SUMMER SESSION II 2018

Tue-
Thu
  March 27 -
July 5
  Registration for Summer Session II
 
Tue   July 3   Summer Session II Classes Begin
Wed   July 4   Fourth of July (no classes)
Thu   July 5   Add/drop ends for Summer Session II
Tue

 
  August 7

 
  Last day for Course Withdrawal
Tue   August 21   Last Day of Summer Session II Classes - Non-continuing residential students move out of residence halls

Note: Final examinations are typically held on the last class meeting during Summer Session.


 

 


 

Academic Affairs

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Academic Year

The academic year is divided into two semesters. Each semester contains 43 Monday/Wednesday/Friday class meetings plus a 2-hour final assessment, which must be administered during the official Final Exam Period; and 29 Tuesday/Thursday class meetings plus a 2-hour final assessment, which likewise must be administered during the official Final Exam Period.

Full-time students in most programs take five 3-credit courses per semester. Some programs require additional courses per semester. Some allied health and science programs feature a combination of 4- and 3-credit courses. For detailed information consult the Degree Programs/Majors section of this Catalog.

Class Standing

Class Standing is based on the number of credits successfully completed, transferred in (if applicable), and applied to the major. Students are classified as follows:

Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior
  1-29 credits
30-59 credits
60-89 credits
90 and above credits

Credit Hour Explanation

Each course is assigned a credit value based on the number of scheduled hours established for that course. The final assessment, administered during the official Final Exam Period, is considered as instructional time. Generally, one academic credit is earned for 15 hours of classroom work. Online and hybrid courses carry the same credit hours based on a similar understanding though the learning activities/experiences for online instructional time will differ from traditional face-to-face instruction. Most lecture courses carry a value of 3 credits and meet up to 45 hours per semester. Most studio courses in the art and design areas carry a value of 3 credits and meet up to 90 hours per semester.

The standard formula for determining course work necessary to complete a college course is 2 hours of student work outside of class per credit hour. A face-to-face 3-credit-hour class requires 3 hours of classroom instructional time and at least 6 hours of student work per week outside of classroom time for a 15-week course. A typical 3-credit-hour online or hybrid course requires at least 9 hours (3 hours of instructional time; 6 hours of student work) per week to complete the course work for a 15-week course. A face-to-face 3 credit studio class requires 6 hours of classroom instructional time and at least 3.5 hours of student work per week outside of classroom time for a 15 week course.
 

Registration and Enrollment

Unless they are entering the College for the first time, students choose courses in consultation with their academic advisors during the advising and registration period preceding each academic semester. Thus, courses offered for the spring semester are chosen before the end of the fall semester. Fall semester courses for the sophomore, junior, and senior years are selected before the end of the preceding academic year. Students entering the College for the first time choose courses for the fall semester at one of the regularly scheduled orientation sessions held during the summer.

As a rule, the Registrar processes registrations in the order in which they are received. No fall semester course selection will be considered official unless and/or until the student has paid the required deposit for the coming year. Students are placed in their chosen sections unless the section has already been filled or unless placement in the chosen section creates a conflict with other courses in a student’s schedule.

 

Enrollment Management

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Check-in

All new and returning students are required to participate in Check-in each semester. Participation in Fall and Spring Check-in provides students with an opportunity to re-affirm their registration in semester courses. The College assumes that students who do not participate in Fall and Spring Check-in have decided not to return for the semester and, consequently, removes those students from their courses. Mount Ida College publicizes the specific dates, times, and locations of Fall and Spring Check-in on campus each semester. Students who plan on not returning to Mount Ida College for a specific semester must complete a College Withdrawal Form in a timely manner to avoid being billed for courses for which they have registered.

 

Student Affairs

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For more information about the Division of Student Affairs please see the current Student Handbook.

The Division of Student Affairs is committed to cultivating a learning environment that fosters growth and empowers students in developing a sense of exploration, connection, ownership and pride that transforms themselves as well as the Mount Ida College Community.

Student Affairs encompasses six departments: Accessibility Services, Athletic Department, the Career Service Center, Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement, Center for Wellness Services, and the Office of Campus Living. Each department offers a robust array of services and programs including, but not limited to:

Accessibility Services:

  • Services for students with documented disabilities
  • Requests for reasonable accommodations

Athletic Department:

  • Varsity Athletics
  • Fitness Center
  • Recreational and Intramural Sport Programs

Career Service Center:

  • Off-Campus Permanent and Part-Time Job Postings
  • Resume, cover letter, and interview coaching and instruction
  • Internship Assistance

Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement:

  • Leadership Programs
  • Student Organizations and Involvement
  • Campus Center
  • Social Justice and Inclusion
  • Civic Engagement
  • Commuter Student Resources

Center for Wellness Services:

  • Evaluation and treatment of common health problems and illnesses
  • Health maintenance
  • Women’s health care and Men’s health care
  • STD/STI testing and treatment, including HIV
  • Referrals to local ER, urgent care and specialists
  • Health education and wellness programming including smoking cessation information
  • Confidential individual counseling
  • Group counseling programs around specific themes and specialties
  • Prescription Management on limited basis with consulting psychiatrist

Office of Campus Living:

  • Residence Life

Residential housing assignments

RA programming and Living Learning Community management

Submission of work orders to the Office of Facilities and related follow-up

  • Community Standards

Student Conduct Process

Student Handbook Policies and Procedures

 

Accessibility Services

The College provides an array of support services for qualified students with documented disabilities. Services for students with disabilities may include classroom accommodations, test modifications, and assistive technology. All students with documented disabilities are entitled to appropriate and reasonable accommodations. Accommodations are reviewed on a case-by-case basis each semester.

Students who wish to receive accommodations should submit a request form which can be found on the Accessibility Services website www.mountida.edu/student-life/accessibility-services/. Please contact the Office of Accessibility Services with any additional questions at (617) 928-4648.

Athletic Department

 

Intercollegiate Athletics: Mount Ida College is an active member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association, Eastern College Athletic Conference, Great Northeast Athletic Conference, and the International Horse Show Association. Currently women compete in soccer, cross country, volleyball, basketball, softball, lacrosse, tennis, cheering, and equestrian riding. Men compete in cross country, football, soccer, basketball, volleyball, and lacrosse. Club sports include men’s baseball.

Students must be enrolled in a baccalaureate program and carrying at least 12 credits per semester to participate in a varsity and/or club program at Mount Ida College. A student-athlete must also meet the academic progression requirements of the College to remain eligible to continue to participate in intercollegiate athletics.

Recreational and Intramural Sport Programs: Recreational sport programs offer a variety of activities for students in the College’s athletic facility and health/fitness center. Among the intramural activities offered to both men and women are cardio kickboxing, aerobic dance, boot camp, abdominal classes, badminton, tennis, volleyball, basketball, floor hockey, weight training, flag football, softball, indoor soccer, and various inter-dorm competitions and community service fitness events. Mount Ida College’s recreational facilities also include tennis courts, athletic fields, and jogging trails.

Career Services

The Career Services Center provides individual career counseling, career interest and personality testing, and job search strategies. Students may request assistance in preparing resumes and practicing interviewing techniques through workshops and individual meetings. The Career Services staff works with faculty and employers to identify internship and job opportunities for Mount Ida College students and alumni.

Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement

The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement at Mount Ida College fosters environments of exploration and connection for students to author and be transformed by a multitude of experiences that empower them to become the best versions of themselves. The Center does this by providing quality programming that espouses community, civic engagement, school pride, social justice, leadership, engagement, and tradition. We strive to help students find and define themselves through meaningfully creating experiences that broaden, and creating places of comfort where students will be successful, connected and balanced.

The Center for Leadership and Civic Engagement is comprised of the following offices:

  • Leadership Programs
  • Civic Engagement
  • Social Justice and Inclusion
  • Campus Center
  • Student Organizations and Involvement
  • Commuter Student Resources

The Center also supports and advises:

  • The Associated Student Government
  • Diversity Peer Leaders
  • The Mount Ida Ambassadors
  • Class Officers

 

Commuters

Some students prefer to live at home with their families or make arrangements to live off-campus in housing in the Boston area. Because these students are an integral part of the community, Mount Ida College offers student resources for commuting students. Students can access these resources through the Campus Center Information Desk, located on the Campus Center 2nd Floor. While there, they can relax in the lounge, learn more about the Commuter Student Association, use one of the free mobile phone charging stations, access the free DVD and board games library, and learn more about commuter-friendly programming. The Commuter Student Lounge located in Holbrook Hall provides additional student and lounge space, and a kitchenette for students to store and cook food for on-campus meals. Mount Ida operates a free shuttle bus between the campus and the Green Line MBTA station at Newton Center for the convenience of both commuting and residential populations.

 

Center for Wellness Services

 

The Center for Wellness Services consists of Health Services and Counseling Services. Located in Appleton House, the Center is open from 8:30AM-4:30PM weekdays (excluding breaks and holidays). Wellness Services is open to all students, and services are confidential and are included in student fees. However, clinicians may make referrals to outside agencies, order lab tests, or write prescriptions, and these services will be billed to the student’s insurance plan.

 

Health Services is staffed by Nurse Practitioners (NP). An NP focuses on health promotion, risk identification and reduction, health maintenance and management of acute and chronic disease. Using standards of practice acceptable in college health, the NP provides assessment, diagnosis, education and management for students. We also offer the services of a consulting physician, who is on campus twice per week.

Services include:

·         Medical Evaluations; Illness, Injury & Prevention

·         Diagnosis & Treatment of Acute & Chronic Illness

·         Sexually Transmitted Disease Testing & Treatment

·         Gynecological Care

·         Well Woman Care

·         Birth Control Options

·         Pregnancy Testing

·         Pap Smears

·         Men’s Health

·         Nutritional Counseling

·         Laboratory Evaluation

·         Health Education

·         Travel Immunization Planning

·         Referrals to Specialists

Counseling Services is staffed by Licensed Mental Health Counselors (LMHC) and doctoral-level counseling interns. Counselors provide short-term individual or couples counseling by appointment. The most common emotional/psychological concerns counselors address include adjustment to college, mild to moderate depression, and anxiety; however, clinical staff do assess, offer treatment, or coordinate care for all psychological and psychiatric conditions. There is an emergency walk-in hour each day from 2-3PM, and a counselor on call is available for emergencies when the Center for Wellness Services is closed. We also offer the services of a consulting psychiatrist, who is on campus once per week to meet with students who require medication management. Counseling Services also offers educational group programming covering topics such as resiliency, healthy relationships, mindfulness, and more.

How do I set up an appointment? Do I need an appointment?

Please call (617) 928-4599 to make an appointment for health or counseling services. While walk-in students can be seen if a clinician is available, it is best to make an appointment so that you can be assured that someone will be available to see you.

 

Do I need health insurance?

Yes. Every student attending college in Massachusetts is required to have health insurance.

 

Is there any charge for using Wellness Services?

Wellness Services are covered by your student fees and are available to you whether you live on campus or commute, and whether you have the student health insurance plan or another plan. However, any outside service (prescription, lab test, etc.) will be billed to your insurance plan. It is your responsibility to contact your insurance company if you have questions about what procedures and prescriptions are covered by your insurance.

 

Can I buy my prescriptions at the Center for Wellness Services?

No. Nurse Practitioners, the Consulting Physician, and the Consulting Psychiatrist can write prescriptions, but they must be filled at a pharmacy.

 

Is the Center open during breaks?

No. The Center for Wellness Services closes for ALL college breaks (including summer break).

 

Is my health/counseling record confidential?

Yes. No one may have access to this information without your consent. In fact, if you visit both the medical and counseling clinicians, you have two separate records, and those cannot be shared with the other clinic without your consent- for example, your counselor can’t tell the nurse practitioner about your visits, and vice versa, unless you give them permission to discuss your care.

 

 

Office of Campus Living

The Office of Campus Living provides meaningful opportunities that empower students to engage with one another, explore new experiences, and develop outside the classroom. Comprised of Residence Life and Community Standards, the Office of Campus Living is committed to increasing students’ understanding of accountability and responsibility in order to create a civil, diverse, and respectful community.

Residence Life

Residence Life fosters community on campus, provides educational and social programming, and serves as a resource for residential students.

Resident Directors (RDs) are full-time professional staff members who live in the residence halls and provide additional support to students in their college experience. Additionally, there are graduate-level staff members in the residence halls. Resident Directors and Graduate Assistants work with the Resident Assistants to provide program opportunities, serve as a resource to students, and assist with any issues that arise in the Residence Hall environment.

Resident Assistants (RAs) are student leaders selected to help students facilitate a successful college experience. Resident Assistants are extensively trained and serve as a primary resource for students. Resident Assistants live on the floors with residents and have responsibility for specific wings/floors in the residence halls.

Community Standards

Community Standards maintains the Student Handbook policies and procedures, provides educational opportunities and awareness programs, and coordinates the student conduct process. The student conduct process is outlined in the College Policies and Procedures section of the Student Handbook. All members of the Office of Campus Living participate in Community Standards functions.

 

 

Office of Student Success

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The Office of Student Success includes the Office of the Dean of Student Success, Student Transition and Retention (STaR) Services, the First-Year Experience course, and the Student Achievement Program (SAP).

Student Transition and Retention (STaR) Services

 

Housed in the Office of Student Success, Student Transition and Retention (STaR) Services includes first-year advising, the CONNECT living/learning community, academic support services, student retention services, academic progression, and placement testing. The goal of STaR Services is to support students throughout their first year at Mount Ida College, assisting in their personal and academic transition, in order for students to have a successful first-year experience. Throughout students’ experience at Mount Ida College, our academic support team assists students with tutoring, exam preparation, and academic skill-building in order for students to reach their academic potential and become confident life-long learners.

First-Year Advising

A comprehensive advising system plays an integral role in the academic success of Mount Ida College students. All first-year students are assigned a Success Coach, who is a resource throughout students’ first year. Success Coaches meet with their advisees at summer orientation, during registration periods, and at regular intervals until they transition to a faculty advisor in their second year. The Director of STaR Services oversees First-Year Advising. For more information, contact the director at 617-928-4722.

 

CONNECT Living/Learning Community

The Connect Living/Learning Community is available for first-year students majoring in Accounting, American Studies, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Education, English, Geography and Regional Planning, Liberal Studies, Media Communication, Political Science and History, Professional Writing, Psychology, and Sport Management. Connect students live together on the second and third floors of Wingate Hall, take linked courses, engage in academic and social activities, and have access to embedded academic support. Peer and professional tutors, Success Coaches, and specially selected Resident Assistants are all available to Connect students right in their Wingate residence hall. Prospective students interested in being a member of Connect can call 617-928-4040.

 

Academic Success Center

The Academic Success Center (ASC) is Mount Ida College’s academic support center, which offers free academic assistance in most subject areas, including math, business, science, dental hygiene, veterinary technology, history, and fashion/graphic/game art/interior design. Working across campus, the professional learning strategists and student tutors provide one-on-one and group assistance. Additionally, the center offers sessions on building study skills and test-preparation strategies, all in a supportive learning environment.

The ASC staff is dedicated to helping students succeed in their coursework and achieve their academic potential regardless of prior learning experiences. To reach their academic goals, students may sign up for 30-minute or 60-minute appointments. Weekly standing appointments are also available. The ASC is located on the first floor of Hallden Hall. Please call 617-928-4709 if you would like more information.

 

The Writing Center

The Writing Center supports students by providing assistance with writing assignments and papers for all courses at all stages of the writing process. The Writing Center welcomes students of all ability levels. Writing Coaches are available to meet with students one-on-one in the Writing Center; they are also assigned to certain courses and provide assistance to the student writers in those classes via class presentations, in-class workshops, and online tutorials.

The Writing Center is located on the first floor of the Wadsworth Library. Please call 617-928-7322 if you would like more information.

Students can make Academic Success Center and Writing Center appointments by registering online: go to MIWeb Portal Home and click Academics under the Student drop-down tab on the left. Then find the links in the Academic Support box. For assistance in making an appointment, please call the Assistant Director of STaR Services at 617-928-4686.

 

Mapworks

Mapworks is a comprehensive retention system that enables Mount Ida College to identify at-risk students and engage them in effective early intervention. All students are encouraged to take a survey (First-year students are administered this survey in CC101), which helps identify individual barriers to success in college. College support staff, Success Coaches, faculty advisors, and instructors follow up on the survey results throughout the semester to monitor academic progress and refer students to appropriate support services.

 

Academic Progression

Students’ satisfactory academic progress is reviewed each semester by the Office of Student Success. Please see Satisfactory Academic Progress by Degree Level and Semester Completed under Undergraduate Academic Policies and Procedures in the College Catalog.

Placement Testing/Developmental Course Policies

Math placement is determined by Admissions prior to course registration. Students who wish to challenge their math placement may take a placement test. Transfer students who have not successfully completed college-level math will be required to take a placement test. If the placement test results indicate a need for pre-college level coursework, students must enroll in MA093 to prepare themselves for college-level math courses. Because MA093 is not college-level, the credits earned in this course do not count towards graduation, and therefore may create a need for additional time for the student to complete degree requirements.

 

Student Achievement Program

The Student Achievement Program (SAP) is a fee-for-service support program open to any student who is interested in working with a learning specialist to meet his or her academic and personal goals.  The program offers strategy-based tutorials that focus on developing skills in the following areas: study skills, reading and writing strategies, time management and organization, stress management, self-advocacy, memory and concentration, social skills, career preparation, and health and wellness.  All tutorials are standing appointments, and the one-on-one instruction is administered by an experienced, professional learning specialist.  First year students meet with their individual learning specialist once, twice, or three times each week for 50 minute sessions.  Returning students can choose one, two or three weekly tutorial sessions, depending on their need. Although enrollment is not a guarantee of success, students often value the additional structure and support the program provides.  In addition to one-on-meetings, students are encouraged to attend SAP’s academic strategy workshops offered throughout the semester.

Students interested in the Student Achievement Program must complete an enrollment form and submit directly to the program.  Enrollment is based on space availability so early submissions are encouraged.

The annual fees for participating in the Student Achievement Program cover the costs of private academic coaching sessions with an on-campus learning specialist. These fees are in addition to tuition, room and board and/or course fees.

 

Library Services and Academic Technology

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The College Library

The Wadsworth Library supports undergraduate and graduate students throughout their programs of study by providing reference help, access to print and electronic resources, instruction, and a welcoming place to study and collaborate.

The library staff develops, evaluates, and maintains a targeted collection of resources to help students as they progress through their course of study.  Additionally, Mount Ida College is a member of the Minuteman Library Network, which is comprised of thirty-six public libraries and seven academic libraries, and students, faculty, and staff may use their ID cards to access materials at any of these libraries.  If a member of the Mount Ida College community needs to access resources that cannot be found within our own collection or the collections of the Minuteman Libraries, then the library staff will work to find these materials through OCLC, a global library cooperative. 

The librarians work in collaboration with faculty in each academic program to develop students’ information literacy competencies throughout their course of study.  Our librarian liaisons teach instruction sessions that help students learn how to identify, find, and evaluate information needed for any assignment and how to best navigate our catalog, databases, and other resources.  Additionally, our library staff provides reference and research help to patrons at the reference desk, in individual meetings, and virtually, through email and LibChat, our instant-messaging system. 

The Wadsworth Library is open seven days a week and committed to providing a welcoming environment that supports all modes of study, learning, and collaboration.  Students can study in our open loft space, at individual study carrels, or in one of our group study rooms.  Members of the Mount Ida Community can also access and use computers, printers, copiers, and scanners at the library. 

For more information about the Mount Ida College Wadsworth Library, please visit the library website

Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, MA

All students have free access to the Museum of Fine Arts including special exhibits, and may use the MFA Library.  A student must present his or her Mount Ida College student ID to obtain free entrance to the MFA and special exhibitions. The MFA Library has over 320,000 items and supports research on the museum’s permanent collections, special exhibitions, and general art history.

In addition, Mount Ida College also has four MFA passes that circulate for a period of three days. Each pass is good for one general admission. Faculty, staff and students may check out the passes at the Center for Arts and Graphic Equipment (CAGE) in the School of Design.

Academic Technology

The Center for Curricular Innovation and Instructional Effectiveness (CITE) provides faculty members with the opportunity to create course web sites in the Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) to enhance student learning. Students have access to technical support throughout their time at Mount Ida College. For more information, visit the Canvas Basics site on Canvas or contact CITE at cite@mountida.edu.  

 

Special Programs

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Articulation Agreement Program

 

Internationally, Mount Ida College has articulation agreements with the University of Chester in England and the University of Nagasaki, Siebold. The College also has an agreement with the Showa Boston Institute for Language and Culture, a branch of Showa Women’s University in Tokyo.

 

Continuing Education/Summer Sessions

 

The Office of Continuing Education offers non-credit certificate curricula for adult students online and on campus. Programs include a course in dental hygiene local anesthesia and licensure for teachers of students with disabilities pre-K through 8th grade.

The Office also offers two summer sessions of credit-bearing courses to students in the academic majors at Mount Ida College and non-degree students enrolled in other colleges and universities.  Many students have used the summer session courses, whether online or on campus, to catch up on course work or to get ahead for the coming academic year.  The Office of Continuing Education can be reached at (617) 928-4624 or  continuinged@mountida.edu .

 

English as a Second Language (ESL)

Mount Ida College offers a one-semester advanced intensive English course (EN 004) for international students. This course is the equivalent of three courses, or nine credits. Students with TOEFL scores below 450 (133 computer-based/45 internet-based) are not admitted to the College until they achieve a minimum TOEFL of 450. Students with a TOEFL score between 450 and 525 enroll in ESL-Plus at Mount Ida College, which allows them to enroll in English language skill development courses and two courses for their degree simultaneously. English language skill development courses include an academic writing component and computer laboratory instruction.

Students with a TOEFL score above 525 (197 computer-based/70 internet-based) may be eligible to take a full course load in their chosen major. International students who enroll in ESL studies may require more than two years to complete an associate degree and more than four years to complete a bachelor degree. For full information about progression in ESL studies, please refer to the information on English courses (specifically EN 004) in the Course Descriptions section of the Catalog.

The Center for Global Connections

The Center for Global Connections at Mount Ida College offers programs and services that support social, educational and intercultural experiences abroad and at home, including:

  • Coordination of services to international students pursuing a Mount Ida College degree, including assistance with immigration requirements, applications and documents, as well as information relating to internships (CPT) and employment (OPT) both before and after graduation
  • Advising for Mount Ida College students who wish to earn credits while studying abroad or volunteer, intern or work abroad
  • Coordination of international exchange programs
  • Assistance and funding for professors who want to develop faculty-led travel courses for student travel and expand the on-campus curriculum to include an international focus
  • Administration of travel scholarships including Fulbright, Gilman and Santander Bank scholarships
  • Resources for travel such as passport applications and travel visas
  • Events for students, faculty, and staff who are interested in topics that are relevant across the globe

Mount Ida College offers eligible students access to numerous study abroad opportunities including short-term, summer and semester-long programs. Students have done service learning or studied in Australia, Belize, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, Germany, Italy, Japan, Peru, Spain and other countries.

Mount Ida College has two active exchange partnerships with the University of Chester in England and the University of Nagasaki, Siebold, in Japan.

Students are encouraged to consider a semester abroad at the University of Chester

The University of Nagasaki sends students to Mount Ida for a U.S. college immersion experience

Mount Ida College is affiliated with the following providers for university study and internships abroad. Students may request to study abroad with providers that are not already affiliated. Preapproval must be granted by the Center for Global Connections.

Students who are interested in participating in a short-term, summer, or semester-long program abroad are advised to begin planning early. Planning for study abroad is overseen by the Center for Global Connections. Students should meet with the Director of Global Connections and their academic advisors to:

  1. review eligibility requirements (3.0 CGPA is required for some semester-long programs)
  2. explore travel abroad options
  3. identify a program of choice
  4. determine the most appropriate semester or summer to travel abroad
  5. prepare for travel to the selected destination

The student must complete the Mount Ida College Study Abroad Application at www.mountida.edu/travel  by the posted deadline. The application includes program choice, basic contact information, the course approval form, a personal statement, and a reference from a faculty member. Additionally, the student must complete the program provider’s application; students are encourage to apply early as some programs fill quickly.  Assistance with these forms is available in the Center. Prior to departure, participating students attend the required study abroad orientation session provided by the Center for Global Connections.

Students participating in an approved semester study abroad program are eligible to use their federal, state and Mount Ida College financial aid in addition to travel scholarships. The College reserves the right to limit Mount Ida College institutional financial aid to a single semester abroad. At the end of the program, the grades earned while studying abroad are entered into the student’s permanent record and are counted in the determination of his or her cumulative grade point average.

 



Information Technology Services

The Office of Information Technology Services provides the Mount Ida community with access to technology services and support in support of the College mission.

Internet access is available via wired and wireless connections in all campus buildings and residence halls. Faculty, staff and students are provided with email accounts and access to the suite of tools available in Office 365.

Technology is a critical component of the instructional environment in media-equipped classrooms and labs. Canvas is used across campus as the learning management system for courses. In addition, academic programs utilize software specific to that discipline in course work. Computers are also available for student use at the Wadsworth Library.

The Information Technology Help Desk located in the Wadsworth Library offers technology support via email, phone or walk-in visits. Assistance is available for Mount Ida systems, wireless, gaming, mobile devices and laptops.
 

Media Services

Media Services provides equipment to students, faculty and staff to use information and learning resources in a variety of formats in and outside the classroom. Members of the College community may borrow upon availability a wide range of audiovisual equipment. All equipment is available for academic use. Media Services staff instructs students in the use of the equipment.

Technology Enhanced Classrooms

Every Mount Ida College classroom has access to the campus network and Internet. There are electronically enhanced classrooms, electronically enhanced auditoriums and an electronically enhanced conference room on campus with a combination of computers, data/video projection systems and audiovisual equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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