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Help is Available At Purdue
- Academic Assistance
There are various resources on campus for academic assistance such as help desks, student support programs, and tutoring. Please click on the Academic Assistance link for more information.
- Academic Programs at Purdue
Ever wonder about the specific majors offered through the School of Liberal Arts? What about the coursework required for a degree in Child Development and Family Studies? The entire list of Purdue's academic majors (and other essential information) is provided on this site. Prospective students can learn more about the academic areas at Purdue and current students can investigate areas that may be a better fit for them.
- Academic Success Center
This link takes you to Purdue's Academic Success Center (formerly the Learning Center) where you can take a virtual tour of the office and find descriptions and schedules of courses offered through the center - courses such as Study Skills Seminar and College Reading Skills. The Center also offers workshops each semester on topics like Time Management and Acing Your Exams - the schedule for these workshops are located on this site. You can also download tutorials and handouts that cover topics from overcoming procrastination to improving your note taking. Don't hesitate to schedule an individual appointment with an Academic Success Center counselor. Check out this FANTASTIC and FREE resource.
- Center for Career Opportunities (CCO)
Do you need help developing a resume and cover letter? Do you want to know about employers who will be coming to Purdue to conduct job interviews? Do you need to practice your job interview skills so that you can land the job of your choice? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions, then spend time at the CCO website. This site allows students to learn more about available jobs, upcoming campus interviews, develop and electronically post their resume, and get the help needed to increase the likelihood of successfully obtaining a job.
- Changing Majors (CODO)
When a student wishes to change majors at Purdue University, this process is called a CODO (Change of Degree Objective.) You can use this link to learn about specific CODO requirements for each school at Purdue and the step-by-step procedures you will need to follow to complete the CODO process. Degree-seeking students are advised to begin this process by talking with their academic advisor.
- Child Care Information
- Counseling & Psychological Services (CAPS)
Are you stressed out and need to talk? Are your grades falling but you're not sure why? Are you experiencing relationship difficulties? The psychologists and social workers at CAPS can help. Full-time students at Purdue are eligible for 8 free counseling sessions in both the Fall and Spring semesters. Part-time students can utilize the services at CAPS for a small fee. If you would like to learn more about CAPS and what it has to offer, check out the information on this site.
- Online Writing Lab (OWL)
If you need help writing a paper, then OWL is a site you must visit. OWL is run by Purdue's English department and provides valuable and informative resources related to every aspect of written communication. You can access tutorial information, study materials, and get all your writing-related questions answered. If you would rather meet face-to-face with someone, you can do that too. The site provides the location and hours of the writing lab in the English department.
- ITaP Customer Service
- Purdue University Libraries
The Purdue University library system (West Lafayette) is comprised of 15 different libraries that are located at various locations around campus. It is important that all students learn to effectively use The On-Line Resource (THOR) system provided above in order to save time and energy. From this website, you can search for specific books, journals, magazines, and newspapers as well as information available through a huge selection of electronic databases. Most importantly, you can find out which libraries have the information you're looking for. Be sure to print out a schedule of each library's hours of operation and a map that shows where each library is located on campus.
- Research Help
Purdue University Libraries is your source for research help. Whether you need assistance finding an article for your research project, or a book, or an online source, the Libraries can help you do it yourself or lead you to it. There is a research guide created for Span Plan students that includes links to databases, videos on how to search a database, and other resources such as OWL (Online Writing Lab). If you would like to talk to a librarian about your project or find out how to get the best advice for a specific subject, contact Mary Dugan firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Tax Assistance for Low Income Individuals and Families
Lafayette Urban Ministry (LUM) offers a Free Low Income Tax Assistance to the public, this year from January 17 - April 15, 2012. Click here for more information.
- Other Free Tax Services
For a list of other sites in Tippecanoe and other Indiana counties, go to www.in.gov/.
- Teaching & Learning Technologies
Don't let computers intimidate you! Although using the Purdue computer system is straightforward once you get the hang of it, it can be confusing when you're getting started. This site can answer many of your computer-related questions and provides essential information about creating and managing your computer account at Purdue. Learn how to create a login and password so that you can access your Purdue e-mail address (which is automatically created for all registered students). Locate any one of the multiple computer labs on campus and see if they are available for use. Learn how to access the Purdue computing network from off-campus.
On the Web - Understanding the "New" Nontraditional Student, Supporting Their Success In & Out of the Classroom
- The Factors Influencing College Choice Among
Nontraditional Students: An analysis of adult learners,
graduate students, and online learners.
- AdultStudent.com: Online resource center for
- National College Transition Network: Support for adult learners
returning to college.
- Back to College: A site designed by adult students, for adult students. You can sign-up to
receive the free newsletter on-line, search for financial aid, locate
discounted textbooks, and participate in discussions with adult students like
yourself as well as experts who can answer your questions.
- U.S. Department of Education
- Association for Non-Traditional Students in Higher Education (ANTSHE): ANTSHE is an international
partnership of students, academic professionals, institutions and organizations
whose mission is to encourage and coordinate support, education and advocacy
for the adult learning community.
Non-Traditional Student: This site is for nontraditional
students, and people who help them.
- Reality Check: A Vital Update to the Landmark 2002
NCES Study of Nontraditional College Students: Apollo
Research Institute, September 2011.
- List of
programs and colleges for non-traditional students
- Financial Aid for Older and Nontraditional Students
- How to
Succeed as a Nontraditional College Student
- Research on Adult Learners: Supporting the Needs of a
Student Population that Is No Longer Nontraditional: Berker, Ali, and Laura Horn.
2003. Adult Undergraduates Who Combine Employment and
Washington, DC: National
Center for Education Statistics.
- Choy, Susan. 2002. Findings from the Condition of Education 2002: Nontraditional Undergraduates. Washington,
DC: National Center for Education Statistics.
- Morris, M. Lynsey. 2004. Low-Income Women and the Higher Education Act
Reauthorization, American Association of University Women (AAUW).
- Baldino, Rachael G. Why Returning to College After Age 30 (Age 40, 50,
Etc.) Might Be Just the Right Choice for You
- Ritt, Elizabeth, 2008. Redefining Tradition: Adult Learners and Higher
on Adult Learners: Supporting the Needs of a Student Population that Is No
Ali, and Laura Horn. 2003. Adult Undergraduates Who Combine Employment and
Postsecondary Enrollment. Washington,
DC: National Center for Education Statistics.