Sep 20, 2020  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Undergraduate Catalog

University Services and Resources



Henry Alexander Hunt Memorial Library

Frank Mahitab - Director of Library Services
478-825-6753 /Fax 478-825-6663
Webpage: www.fvsu.edu/huntlibrary Email: mahitabf@fvsu.edu

Henry Alexander Hunt Memorial Library is named in honor of Fort Valley Normal and Industrial School’s second Principal Mr. Henry A. Hunt Sr. 

The mission of Hunt Library is to support the curricula of each academic discipline in regard to print and non-print resources, online databases, and serials. Hunt Library continues to stimulate learning and research by providing resources and services centered on the needs of our students and faculty.  With access and engagement, Hunt Library seeks to advance the cause of education and meet the mission of the Fort Valley State University.

Hours of Operation Fall/Spring Semester:                                                                            

Monday-Thursday    08:00AM  - 10:00PM 
Friday                     08:00AM  - 05:00PM 
Saturday                10:00AM  -  04:00PM
Sunday                   04:00PM  - 10:00PM

Total hours of accessibility to resources    (via technology) ……………………. 24hrs

Total hours of library operation per day   (excluding 24/7 lab hours) …….. 14hrs

Total hours of library operation per week (excluding 24/7 lab hours) ………. 65hrs

Total hours of library operation per weekend (excluding 24/7 lab hours) … 12hrs

Hunt Memorial Library is the main library and information service building on campus. The objective of the library is to enrich the learning capacity of students by providing print and non-print resources to support classroom experiences, with access to technology and online resources.  Besides open study spaces, quiet study rooms and conference rooms are available to students upon request. A constant effort is made to promote the most effective use of library resources and services.

Electronic Services: The library building has a Wi-Fi environment. One can use their laptops or digital devices anywhere in the building. Twenty two public access computers are available for use in the building. Access to a computer lab for student use is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.   There are 32 computers in the lab, with access to more than 290 databases, Microsoft Office and email. This lab is extensively used by students and supported by the Office of Information Technology.

Virtual Library: Through collaboration and resource sharing, the Hunt library participates in the GALILEO project, a web-based virtual library that provides access to multiple information resources, including secured access to licensed products. Participation allows access to over 300 databases, indexing thousands of periodicals and scholarly journals. Over 2000 journal titles are provided in full-text. Other resources include encyclopedias, business directories, and government publications.

Information Literacy: Information literacy classes are conducted regularly, with training in research skills and the use of reference resources and databases.

Branch Library at the Warner Robins Center supports graduate study programs in the areas of Public Health, Mental Health and Rehabilitation Counseling. Another important part of the library is the Archives which provide access to historical information about the University and the local community.

Library Services: Reference, Circulation, Document delivery services (Inter Library Loan & GIL Express), Reserves, Special Collection, University Archives, GALILEO Resource Sharing and a 24/7 Computer Lab.

Office of Information Technology HELP DESK: The Office of Information Technology (OIT) Helpdesk is now located on the third floor of the Hunt Library building. This Helpdesk has a fully staffed call center that will be able to answer questions and aid our users, and serve staff, faculty, and students of FVSU more efficiently.

In addition to the relocation of the IT Helpdesk to the third floor of the Library, OIT has added a Helpdesk Technician who will provide after-hours support to the campus. Stay tuned for future growth and changes as we add additional services for the campus in the coming months.

Please visit the Helpdesk on the third floor of the Hunt Library for all your technology needs and/or requests as we are open Monday-Friday 8am-7pm. 

Online Learning Department: The Online Learning Department is now located on the 3rd floor of Hunt Memorial Library building. In this central location, the department continues to serve faculty by offering training in online course facilitation, online course and media development, and support for Brightspace.  Ms. Amanda Glover and Mr. Paul Small are instructional designers in the office of Online Learning. The department is led by FVSU’s new Director of Online Learning, Dr. Darryl Hancock. Collectively they bring several decades of experience in online pedagogy and program development.

 

University College

Dr. Gregory Ford, Interim Dean
Peabody Hall
478-822-1070

gregory.ford@fvsu.edu

The University College (UC) at Fort Valley State University serves as the primary academic support unit for students during their first two years as undergraduate students. The UC provides a wide variety of academic support programs and initiatives designed to create a successful transition to college life. The services provided to students are coordinated through several units, which include: academic advising, academic counseling, disability services, first and second year experience programs, testing, tutorial services, the academic support services offered by the federally funded TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) Program and the Learning Support Program.                

Academic Advising

Jocelyn Powell, Director
Peabody Hall Room 202
478-822-1315

powellj@fvsu.edu

Advisors provide academic advising to freshmen and sophomores (all students who have earned 0-59 credit hours). Faculty provide advisement to students with 60 or more credit hours in their major areas. The advisement process involves the development of a mutual relationship between the student and their assigned advisor. During the academic advising process, information regarding course selection, degree programs, resources, university policies/procedures, and career opportunities are provided to students.

Learning Support Program

Rosie Petties, Director
Miller Hall 116
478-825-6640

pettiesr@fvsu.edu

The Learning Support Program is designed to assist students who may need assistance with entry-level collegiate courses in English (reading and writing) and mathematics.  Learning Support courses are “Corequisite” courses that are paired with English College Composition I, MATH 1101 Introduction to Mathematical Modeling and MATH 1111 College Algebra. Corequisite Learning Support courses offers the advantage that all students are enrolled in credit-bearing collegiate courses upon matriculation. 

Corequisite Learning Support Courses

  • ENGL 0999 Support for English Composition (1-3) institutional credit
  • MATH 0998 Support for Mathematical Modeling (1-3) institutional credit
  • MATH 0999 Support for College Algebra (1-3) institutional credit

Additional information on Learning Support can be found at:

PDF version: https://www.usg.edu/assets/academic_affairs_and_policy/documents/transforming_remediation/LearningSupportManual.pdf

Word version: https://www.usg.edu/assets/academic_affairs_and_policy/documents/transforming_remediation/LearningSupportManual.docx

Academic Counseling and Disability Services

Joyce Brown, Coordinator
Peabody Hall Room 125
478-822-1072

The Office of Academic Counseling and Disability Services seeks to enhance student engagement in the learning process, encourages higher levels of academic performance, furthers critical thinking skills and promotes student self-authorship in the classroom. Additionally, the mission of Disability Services is to increase retention and graduation rates for students with documented learning disorders.  This is done by providing students with disabilities; the tools, reasonable accommodations and support services to participate in the academic environment.  Also, while ensuring equitable treatment, access to all academic programs and facilities at Fort Valley State University.  The office serves as an agent for compliance with federal and state laws that mandate equal opportunity for persons with documented learning disorders. 

Furthermore, Disability Services promote an accessible and culturally sensitive campus through outreach and by building partnerships with the university community and beyond. All services provided by the Office of Academic Counseling and Disability Services are provided in accordance to Section 504 of the 1973 Rehabilitation Act and the 1990 Americans with Disabilities Act which define a person with a disability as one with a mental or physical impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities (walking, seeing, speaking, hearing, breathing, working, learning and others). The person must have a record of such impairment or be regarded as having such impairment.  All students must present records that document their learning disorder to Disability Services. 

Examples of learning disorders are:

  • Brain Injury
  • Chronic Illness
  • Motor Coordination
  • Multiple Disorders
  • Mobility Impairments
  • Depression
  • Attention Deficit Disorder
  • Epileptic Seizures
  • Attention, Deficit, Hyperactivity
  • Disorder Multiple Sclerosis

Services provided for students with documented learning disorders and physical impairments include:

  • Registration Assistance
  • Computer Resources
  • Orientation Services
  • Assistive Technology
  • Academic Accommodations
  • Tutoring
  • Advocacy
  • Individual Counseling
  • Self-empowerment advisement
  • Appropriate Referrals

First & Second Year Experience Programs (FYE) (SYE)

Ala’Torya Cranford, Assistant Director
Peabody Hall Room 228
478-822-7008

cranforda@fvsu.edu

The FYE Program serves as an extension to the orientation first-year students receive upon enrolling at the university and the FVSU 0100 Course. The program is structured for freshmen and transfer students to ensure a successful transition and matriculation from high school or another institution into the University. The program is created as a partnership between the University College, Office of Campus Life, and Housing and Residential Life. The FYE Program provides students with the skills necessary to become fully acclimated as FVSU students such as civic engagement, leadership development, career exploration, and socialization skills. This program serves an extension of the FVSU 0100 course and has the following objectives:

  1. Orient new students to the University.
  2. Assist first-year students in developing academic and personal skills.
  3. Encourage student to be socially responsible.

The SYE Program is designed to provide co-curricular engagement opportunities, career exploration, and academic success opportunities for students in the second year in the University College, while creating intentional second-year traditions. The SYE Program is provided through campus wide partnerships designed to enhance the support provided to second-year students. The program seeks to accomplish the following objectives:

  1. Provide academic support and social integration opportunities for second-year students.
  2. Assist students with developing a connection between their academic major and careers.
  3. Serve as a gateway to entrance in upper level coursework in the junior and senior year.

Second-Year Experience Program (SYE)

The SYE Program is designed to provide co-curricular engagement opportunities, career exploration, and academic success opportunities for students in the second year in the University College, while creating intentional second-year traditions. The SYE Program is provided through campus wide partnerships designed to enhance the support provided to second-year students. The program seeks to accomplish the following objectives:

  1. Provide academic support and social integration opportunities for second-year students.
  2. Assist students with developing a connection between their academic major and careers.
  3. Serve as a gateway to entrance in upper level coursework in the junior and senior year.

Assessment Services

Heidi Gregg, Coordinator
Peabody Hall Room 118
478-825-6384

greggh@fvsu.edu

Assessment services supports the testing needs of the university and the surrounding communities. This unit strives to create a testing environment that is conductive to the best test performance for each examinee, while administering a variety of institutional, state and national standardized examinations throughout the academic year. Testing Services strives to provide assessments and preparatory information which are assessable to members of the university and general public at large. Testing administers a variety of institutional, state and national standardized examinations throughout the academic year. Technology-based assessments include SAT, ACT, CLEP, and ACCUPLACER for Dual Enrollment, Placement and Employment.  GRE is offered using the paper-based format. ETS Proficiency Profile for upcoming juniors, and ACAT/MFT is an assessment tool used for graduating seniors. Diagnostic Reading is administered to first-year freshmen taking ENGL 1101 each semester. Faculty Requested Exams are available upon request. Testing Services welcomes students requiring Testing Accommodations. Proctored midterms and final exams are provided to FVSU eCore students using the SmarterProctoring platform.

TRiO Student Support Services (SSS)

Davida Curtis, Director
Peabody Hall Room 230
478-822-7195

curtisd@fvsu.edu

TRiO SSS is a federally funded program that provides opportunities for academic development, while motivating students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of SSS is to increase college retention and graduation rates of its participants and facilitate the transition from one level of higher education to the next.

Tutorial Services and Supplemental Instruction

Heidi Gregg, Coordinator
Peabody Hall Room 118
478-825-6384

greggh@fvsu.edu

Tutorial Services and Supplemental Instruction seeks to provide high quality free academic support to meet the needs of students outside the classroom. This endeavor is accomplished through different tutorial methods designed to provide one-on-one assistance.  Supplemental instruction offers peer-assisted study sessions and small group tutorial support for undergraduate students in math and science-based courses.  All services provided are supervised in an academic assistance lab between 9am and 5pm.  Faculty Partnerships are welcome strategize with SI Leaders to improve success rates in “traditionally difficult” courses.  Test taking, note taking and study strategies are offered.

Reading & Writing Lab

Shameka Powers, Coordinator
Miller Hall Room 203
478-825-6121

powerss@fvsu.edu

The Reading Lab offers one-on-one reading tutorials and workshops focusing on specific literacy skills and reading comprehension, providing excellent resources for both students and faculty, in an effort to improve students’ reading comprehension. Among these services are individualized and group test preparation, and an opportunity to develop individualized tutorial schedules with English faculty are available for students.

The Writing lab provides an atmosphere for students to receive individual consultation with writing intensive courses and assignments. The learning process in the writing lab is inclusive of one-on-one and small group collaborative sessions.

Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership (online eMajor Collaborative Partner)

Professor Juone Brown

Academic Program Lead

Founders Hall 107

478-822-1010

brownj@fvsu.edu                      

The Bachelor of Science in Organizational Leadership degree (ORGL) at FVSU offers students the choice of concentrating in Public Service, Health Care Administration, or Office Administration and Technology. Regardless of concentration, the program’s core focus on communication, ethics, organizational development, project management, and leadership will enable graduates to leverage the degree to work or advancement in a broad range of careers in the public, community, non-profit, and private sectors.

Military Resource Center

Ralph Stith, Coordinator
Troup Administration Building Room 107
478-822-1020 Fax 478 825-6155

The Military Resource Center (MRC) functions to assist and provide support for active military, veterans, National Guard, Reserves and dependents. The Veteran Affairs Certifying Official is responsible for Certifying Enrollment of VA students to the VA Education Department, overseeing the MRC and the Student Veteran Lounge. For assistance, contact the Veterans Affairs Certifying Official at va@fvsu.edu.

Information Technology

Charlie Weaver, Chief Information Officer (CIO)
118 CTM Building
478-825-6228

The Office of Information Technology provides technological support and leadership by assisting the University in realizing its academic mission and research goals. This support includes, but is not limited to, assisting with distance education, administrative applications, wired and wireless network maintenance and access, e-mail, hardware installation and maintenance, software installation and maintenance, training, website management and exploring and implementing new technologies. OIT is responsible for maintaining and upgrading classroom technology throughout the campus.

OIT has relocated the Helpdesk to the Third Floor of the Hunt Memorial Library to better serve our students, faculty, and staff. The Helpdesk is staffed Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in the Fall and Spring Semesters. University users can stop by, call, or email the Helpdesk with questions or issues they may have.

Contact the FVSU Helpdesk by email at ithelpdesk@fvsu.edu or by phone 478-825-6228.

OIT maintains two open labs for student use. The Hunt Library contains an open lab that is available to students 24 hours a day. Students can access this lab using their Wildcat ID after hours and on weekends. The CTM building room 101 contains an open lab for student use that is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm during the Fall and Spring semesters. The CTM lab is closed during the summer and the December break.

In support of academic programs and to facilitate student access to computing technologies and facilities, more than 30 computing centers are located throughout the campus. Computing centers can be found in the following buildings and departments: Gano, Health Services Center, Horace Mann Bond, Computer Technology and Mathematics, Hubbard Education, Hunt Memorial Library, Agricultural Engineering, Miller Science, Chemistry, Founders Hall, Alva Tabor, Myers Hall, Veterinary Technology, Stallworth, Bywaters, Georgia Goat Research and Extension Center and the Warner Robins site.

Online Learning

Dr. Darryl Hancock, Director
243 Bond Building
478-827-3857

The Department of Online Learning includes management of the FVSU online offerings, instructional design services, and support for students who are taking classes via the learning management system.

 

Online Degree Programs

Through the offering of fully online degrees, Fort Valley State University provides quality programs to students independent of their geographic locations. Students who are unable to attend college because of family, work, and other responsibilities are able to pursue a college degree via the Internet. Online courses are facilitated using Brightspace by D2L (see Online Education for additional information).

FVSU’s online courses are designed for the highly motivated and independent student who is willing to devote as much time and effort to online learning as to traditional classroom offerings. Students should be comfortable using technology and have time management and organizational skills. As a member of the National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreement, Fort Valley State University is authorized to offer online courses and degree programs throughout the United States.

 

Fully Online Programs - Undergraduate:

• B.S. – Business Accounting

• B.S. – Business Management

• B.S. – Business Marketing

• B.S. – Business Supply Chain and Logistics Management

• B.A. - Criminal Justice

• B.A. - Organizational Leadership (eMajor)

• B.A. - Political Science

• B.A. - Psychology

 

Fully Online Programs - Graduate:

• M.S. – Rehabilitation Counseling

• M.S.Ed – School Counselor Education

• Ed.S. – School Counselor Education

 

For additional information on Online Learning email us at online@fvsu.edu

 

eCore

eCore, the University System of Georgia’s (USG) electronic core curriculum, is a convenient and adaptable option for students to take coursework. The core curriculum consists of undergraduate, general education courses primarily required during a student’s first two years of post-secondary study. Composed of basic courses in the humanities, physical and social sciences, mathematics, and languages, eCore is fundamental for any four-year degree. These courses are equivalent and accepted by all USG institutions to satisfy core requirements or prerequisites required for a particular major in a specific program.

The eCore courses are taught entirely online, except for the occasional proctored exam and are a great supplement to face-to-face coursework to keep students on track for a timely graduation. Student support services, including enrollment advisement, bookstore, library services, tutoring, test proctoring and disability services are coordinated through the eCore Administration and Fort Valley State University.

eCore courses follow a separate calendar that may or may not coincide with Fort Valley State University. Also, before enrolling in an eCore course, students are asked to review the fees associated with taking a course online. Students enrolling in only online courses are exempt from mandatory student fees, with the exception of the technology and institution fees.

For additional information regarding eCore visit https://ecore.usg.edu

 

eMajor

eMajor is a partnership with University System of Georgia public institutions to provide quality, affordable, high-demand post-secondary degrees and credentials that address the workplace needs of Georgia and beyond. eMajor programs are ideal not only for traditional students who wish to take advantage of online course delivery, but also for working professionals, military members, transfer students and others seeking alternative routes to degree completion.

Fort Valley State University offers an online Bachelor in Organizational Leadership with three concentrations – Health Care Administration, Office Administration and Technology, and Public Service.

Students receive superior student support in their eMajor program. Fort Valley State University offers a single point of contact for advising, registration, and other academic needs for students enrolled in the eMajor programs, as well as student services and technology assistance provided through the collaboration.

For additional information regarding eMajor visit https://emajor.usg.edu

 

Career Services

Barcado Styles, Assistant Director
101 Peabody Building
478-825-6347 Fax 825-6471

The Office of Career and Professional Development is a vital component of the Center for Student Engagement. The Center for Student Engagement (CSE) utilizes an integrated theoretical approach to service, leadership and career development by offering purposeful opportunities and resources that complement the academic experience. Our office is dedicated to helping students develop both in and out of the classroom through programs and activities that advance student learning and prepares students for success in the global community.

With a focus on civic engagement, leadership and career development we connect the university and the community to provide curricular and co-curricular opportunities for our students.

The Office of Career and Professional Development advances academic and experiential learning through comprehensive services that inform the career development process of assessing, discovering, planning, and exploring careers.  These services include but are not limited to creating a career plan, developing a professional resume, building an electronic career profile, participating in internships, and attending professional development sessions.  All comprehensive services follow standards defined by the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and Leadership, Engagement, Achievement, Professionalism (LEAP), with an emphasis on proficiency in soft skills development.

The Career Resource Library is available to help students. This includes current resources and materials on career decision-making, occupational outlook, graduate and professional school material, school system literature, and information on companies, agencies, and corporations are available.  LinkedIn, O*NET Online, The Occupational Outlook Handbook, and Georgia Career Information System (GCIS) are utilized to develop career profiles and to explore and research career data.

Comprehensive services offered by the Office of Career and Professional Development are designed to:

  • develop self-knowledge related to career choice and work performance by identifying, assessing, and understanding their competencies, interests, values, and personal characteristics.
  • obtain educational and occupational information to aid their career and educational planning and developing their understanding of the world of work.
  • select personally suitable academic programs and experiential opportunities that optimize future educational and employment options.
  • take responsibility for developing career decisions, graduate/professional school plans, employment plans, and/or job-search competencies.
  • gain experience through student activities, community service, student employment, research projects, cooperative education, internships, and other opportunities.
  • prepare to manage their careers after graduation.
  • link with alumni, employers, professional organizations, and others who will provide opportunities to develop professional interests and competencies, integrate academic learning with work, and explore future career possibilities.

The Office of Student Counseling and Outreach Services 

Jacqueline Caskey-James, Director
Florence J. Hunt Building
478-825-6278

The Office of Student Counseling and Outreach Services (OSCOS) is located in the Hunt Wellness Center. The building is adjacent to the C.V. Troup and C.W. Pettigrew Buildings. The OSCOS is staffed by the Director of Counseling, the Director of Outreach, a Licensed Professional Counselor and an Outreach Coordinator. The OSCOS is open Monday- Friday 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Operational hours may be modified during the summer months. The OSCOS provides holistic wellness services to all current students (full or part-time) enrolled at Fort Valley State University. These services are provided based on the student health fee charged each semester. Students incur no out-of-pocket expense to receive counseling and outreach services from the staff members of the OSCOS *.   

The OSCOS provides professional services guided by local, state, federal and international policies and procedures to address mental health counseling, outreach services, and social determinants of health. 

Mental Health Counseling Services:

Crisis Intervention Counseling and Referrals, Individual Counseling, Group Counseling (addictive disorders i.e. substance use, gambling, nymphomania, etc.) and Anger Management, Counseling Resource Center and Consultation Services

Outreach Services Overview (focuses on four areas of prevention):

  • Substance Abuse-Alcohol Literacy Challenge (ALC), Prime for Life, E-Checkup to Go and Training Intervention Protocol (TIPS) 
  • HIV/AIDS- Video Opportunities for Innovation Condom Education & Safer Sex (VOICES/VOCAES)
  • Sexual Violence Prevention- One in Four & Beyond.
  • Suicide Prevention- Sources of Strength and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)

Evidence-Based Practices (EBPs) are the core curriculum utilized in all prevention activities. 

Both on and off campus activities are guided by trained staff/faculty, peer-educators and community based partners (CBOs).

Funding Sources:  Department of Health & Human Services (SAMHSA), Department of Public Health and Governor’s Office of Highway Safety.

University Events Management

478-825-6478 Fax 478-825-6599 Email: events@fvsu.edu   

University Events Management(UEM) serves as the centralized event coordinating and venue scheduling office for Fort Valley State University.  UEM advises campus departments on protocol and event planning to ensure consistency and to promote high quality in production and management of university events. Through the division of Special Events, UEM plans and executes university-wide celebrations and events, such as: Homecoming, Commencement, dedications of buildings, groundbreaking ceremonies, and faculty and staff recognition events, for the Office of the President, University Advancement and university leadership. These events support the university’s mission through engagement of internal and external audiences.

The Warner Robins Center

Daniel Blankenship, Interim Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
The Warner Robins Center
478-953-7245

The Fort Valley State University Warner Robins Center, located at 101 Osigian Blvd. in Warner Robins, is the home of several graduate programs, Continuing Education, and undergraduate classes that are offered mostly nights and weekends. The classes as well as the Library Center are available for the convenience of all, but especially adult students.

Campus Police and Safety

Chief Anita Allen, Director of Campus Public Safety
Bywaters Building – Ground Floor
478-825-6500

The Fort Valley State University Campus & Safety Police Department is a University System Police Department with State Certified Police Officers. We are committed to safeguarding the lives and property as well as improving campus safety in a manner that is fair, impartial, transparent and consistent.   

We are dedicated to serve with understanding, professional high standards and integrity as we perform our daily duties. We will provide professional customer service and priority in community policing to faculty, staff and student. 

This is accomplished this through education and training, monitoring video surveillance, fire drills, emergency preparedness planning, safety seminars, and  vehicle/foot patrol 24 hours a day, seven days a week throughout the entire year.

The Department is responsible for enforcing the University’s policies on parking, alcohol/drugs, and sexual misconduct, in addition to enforcing local, state and federal criminal statutes.

The Department is operated and staffed with a Chief, Major, Lieutenant, Sergeant, Peace Officers, Security Officers, a Criminal Investigator, Communications Officers and an Office Manager.

University Bookstore

Lyons Student Center
478-825-6623

The University Bookstore is located in the Lyons Student Center. Available items include course materials comprised of new, used, rental and digital textbooks, digital devices, and supplemental study materials. In addition to school paraphernalia, school supplies, gifts, and snacks. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, checks, and debit and credit cards.

The hours of operation are:
Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 PM
Saturday and Sunday Closed; except for special occasions.

For additional details visit the bookstore online at http://www.bkstr.com/fortvalleystatestore/home