Academic advice and program planning by the deans and advisers are available to all SCE students. To arrange an appointment, call 401.865.2487. Each student should keep a personal record of courses completed, since he or she alone is responsible for the accuracy and completion of the program.
Orientation for New Students
Orientation programs are held for new students at the start of the fall and spring semesters. The orientation programs provide students with an excellent opportunity to learn more about the School of Continuing Education programs and services, receive a campus tour, and meet classmates and campus administrators.
Academic Support Services
The Office of Academic Services (OAS) supports all Providence College students through a combination of academic and personal development programming, including individualized and group academic assistance, tutoring, and specialized workshops and outreach. Services offered by the OAS include tutorial services that stress the learning process and emphasize the acquisition of independent study skills; the writing center whose purpose is to make better writers, not just better papers; special programs and workshops in academic topics such as study skills, time management, success strategies, and test preparation; and the coordination/provision of reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities.
Services for Students with Disabilities
Students with documented disabilities (learning, physical, medical, temporary) may qualify for reasonable accommodations, coordinated by the OAS. The assistant director for disability services is available to discuss each student’s unique needs and coordinate individualized services. To protect the interests of students who are entitled to reasonable accommodations based on their disability, the College has established Student Procedures for ADA/504 Grievance Resolution.
Print and online career resources are available to SCE students through the Office of Career Services, located in the Slavin Center 111.
The Office of Career Services maintains a career library and distributes numerous educational publications. Its Web site provides resources for self-assessment; major and career exploration; internship and job searches; and the graduate and professional school application process. Resources also include FriarLink, an online system for connecting to alumni for career information and advice.
Alpha Sigma Lambda
Alpha Sigma Lambda, the international honor society for adult continuing education students, recognizes high academic scholarship within a curriculum stressing the liberal arts. Candidates must be in the top 10 percent of matriculating students, with a grade point average of at least 3.2 (typically higher for SCE students).
Additionally, the following criteria for membership must be met:
- Members must have completed a minimum of 30 college credits or the equivalent in regular credit courses at the Providence College School of Continuing Education and shall be matriculated students in a degree program who have not been awarded a previous baccalaureate degree. (Transfer credits may not be included in the required 30 college credit hours in regular courses.)
- At least 15 credits of a student’s total credits shall be earned in courses in the liberal arts/sciences, not including applied arts/sciences, and shall be outside the student’s major field. Accepted transfer credits may be used to meet the liberal education requirement.
- Students must have been in attendance at Providence College for a minimum of four semesters.
The Eta Lambda Chapter, established at Providence College in 1991, holds an induction ceremony in the fall semester. Chapter members provide leadership at orientations, workshops, community service projects, and other activities that enhance learning and service at Providence College.
Continuing students who have already applied for admission or who have taken courses in previous semesters may access CyberFriar, the secure Web system that interfaces with the College’s administrative database – SCT Banner. Students may use CyberFriar to register for courses; update address and personal information; access grades; view financial aid and billing information under student accounts; and view and request academic transcripts. Every Providence College student, is assigned his or her own unique Banner ID and Personal Identification Number (PIN). If you have not yet received your Banner ID, you may do so by contacting the Office of Academic Records at 401.865.2982.You must change your PIN to something unique once you have gained access to CyberFriar. It is vitally important to maintain the utmost confidentiality with your Banner User ID and PIN since they provide full access to your personal information.
Note: If you are new to Providence College and have not taken courses previously, you must register in person or mail/fax the registration form.
ANGEL (A New Global Environment for Learning)
ANGEL is the college’s instructional tool used to support and enhance the classroom experience, as well as to deliver online courses. ANGEL provides a platform for faculty to administer online examinations, post course syllabi and calendars, manage online discussions, store course lessons, create virtual classrooms, and more. To log on to ANGEL, you will need a separate username and password. Questions about ANGEL should be referred to the Helpdesk 401.865.4357 or email@example.com.
Network and E-mail Accounts
Degree and certificate-seeking students in SCE are eligible to obtain a Providence College e-mail account, which facilitates communication and allows access to the College electronic services. Students may request an e-mail account by completing an Acceptable Use Policy form in the SCE office. Students are provided personal network accounts for accessing College computers and the wireless network. Questions about e-mail and network accounts should be directed to the Information Technology Help Desk at 401.865.HELP (865.4357) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The School of Continuing Education offers a number of courses online through the ANGEL platform. Courses may be offered completely online, or in a hybrid format, with three to four on-campus meetings during the semester. Though just as rigorous as traditional campus courses, online instruction offers a convenient option for students who prefer to satisfy a portion of their program requirements online. Because classes do not meet at regularly scheduled times, there is a heightened need for students to take the initiative in logging on frequently in order to keep pace. Requirements for participation in distance-learning courses include the following:
- Access to an up-to-date personal computer running Windows operating system or a Macintosh computer with Firefox browser; (refer to the self-help section of the Information Technology Web site for current computer specifications: http://selfhelp.providence.edu);
- An active e-mail account;
- Word processing and presentation software (Microsoft Word and PowerPoint are recommended for optimal performance.)
Student Identification Cards
All School of Continuing Education students are required to obtain an ID card from the office, either at the time of registration, if done in person, or during the first week of classes. School of Continuing Education students are entitled to the use of campus facilities such as the library, computer labs, dining areas, and parking upon presentation of a valid ID card. This card can be obtained without charge in the School of Continuing Education office. It must be validated each semester.