Academic Services

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Continuing Education
TRiO Student Support Services Program
Institutional Support Service
Student Disabilities Services
Chance Program
Graceland University Writing Center
TRiO Educational Talent Search
Frederick Madision Smith Library
The Dr. Charles F. Grabske, Sr. Library and Learning Resource Center - Independence Campus
Creative Media Center
Information Technology Services
Instructional Technology Services
Testing Program

Continuing Education

A program of continuing education designed to serve persons on and off campus in both credit and noncredit courses is available. Special workshops, institutes, conferences, etc., are scheduled throughout the year and Continuing Education Units can be earned for certain programs when an application is filed and appropriate processing fees are paid.

 

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TRiO Student Support Services Program

The TRiO program is sponsored by Graceland University and funded by a U.S. Department of Education grant. TRiO provides opportunities for academic development, assists students with basic university requirements and serves to motivate students toward the successful completion of their postsecondary education. The goal of TRiO Student Support Services is to increase the retention and graduation rates of its selected participants. Program eligibility is based on the grant guidelines. TRiO participants must be low income and first generation, or low income and have a documents disability. This under-represented population is given assistance as they overcome barriers, specific to them, which can thwart their attempts to earn bachelor's degrees. The TRiO Program provides small group or one-on-one tutoring, personal counseling, academic advising, informational workshops, financial literacy training, peer mentoring, and advocacy.

 

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Institutional Support Services

Institutional Support Services provides free tutoring assistance. If a tutor is available, the student will be assigned to a tutoring group. Tutoring groups provide supplemental assistance and review throughout the semester. Institutional Support Services also provides developmental courses for freshman needing review or remediation in English or math. Developmental courses may be a condition of enrollment for some entering students according to Graceland’s Admission requirements.

 

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Student Disabilities Services

Graceland University is committed to full compliance with the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). As part of the implementation of this law, the university will continue to provide reasonable accommodations for students with disabilities so that they can participate fully in the university’s educational programs and activities. Although Graceland is not required by law to change the fundamental nature or essential curricular components of its programs in order to accommodate the needs of disabled students, the university will provide reasonable academic accommodations.

Students with physical disabilities are encouraged to contact the Office of Student Disability Services in Zimmermann Hall before classes start or as early as possible. The office will work with the course instructor and the student to arrange for reasonable accommodations. Students are required at their own expense to provide documentation verifying disability.

The general definition of a student with a disability is any person who has “a physical or mental impairment which substantially limits one or more of such person’s activities, and any person who has a history of, or is regarded as having, such an impairment.”

 

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Chance Program

Graceland provides specialized clinical services to students who have the potential to do college work, but whose past academic performance has been inhibited by certain learning dysfunctions. Services provided by Chance supplement a carefully structured academic program designed by the student and the program clinicians. The central objective of the Chance Program is to remediate poor reading, writing, and oral language skills so the student might participate fully in the university’s educational program. There is an additional charge for the intensive clinical instruction. Persons interested in the Chance Program should contact the program director.

 

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Graceland University Writing Center

The Graceland University Writing Center, located on the lower level of the FMS Library in Room 16, provides a supportive environment and attentive assistance to students in any academic program and at any level of writing ability. The Writing Center serves students’ writing needs by acting as a resource for improving their particular writing assignments or the general quality of their writing skills. Writing Center tutors function as experienced, interested readers who collaborate with students at any stage of the writing process to help them become more effective and capable writers.

While walk-ins are welcome, appointments are recommended to guarantee an available tutor. You may schedule an appointment by calling 641-784-5077, by signing up on the schedule posted by the Writing Center door or emailing acland@graceland.edu.

In addition to the face to face center on the Lamoni campus, the Graceland University Writing Center offers an online tutoring option for distance education students. Distance education students can arrange an online appointment by sending the paper to acland@graceland.edu. The Writing Center will call the student's preferred phone number and the session will proceed just as if the student and tutor were in the same room.

You may visit the Writing Center for additional resources on My Graceland.

 

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TRiO Educational Talent Search

Since 1973, Graceland University Educational Talent Search (ETS) has served students ages 11-27 from northern Missouri and southern Iowa. The ETS program, which is funded by a TRiO grant from the U.S. Department of Education, selects 800 participants each academic year. The Talent Search program is designed to offer support services to low income, first generation students who have potential for postsecondary education, to encourage rigorous high school curriculum, to graduate from secondary school and enroll in postsecondary education as well as encourage dropouts to return to school. The ETS staff members provide educational services, and field trip opportunities in the areas of study skills, learning styles, careers, team building, tutoring, mentoring, college and job shadowing, ACT Test preparation, scholarship searches, financial literacy, FAFSA assistance, campus visits and in completing college entrance requirements and applications. The objective of the program is to encourage and assist all student participants to enroll, enter and successfully complete a four year college degree.

 

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Frederick Madison Smith Library

The Frederick Madison Smith Library offers a selection of print and electronic materials for students, faculty, and members of the community. The library’s collection includes more than 120,000 books, a government documents repository, numerous print periodical and newspaper subscriptions, over 25,000 e-books, and thousands of electronic journal articles. The library’s expansive online collections can be accessed by Graceland’s students and faculty from anywhere in the world.

There are computer workstations available throughout the library, including 3 large computer labs on the lower level. They provide internet access and a variety of software to aid student success, including the Microsoft Office suite. They are open during all library hours, and also available for classroom use. Community users are welcome to use the computer station on the main floor to access the library catalog and online materials.

Audiovisual equipment is available, with viewing and listening areas provided in several locations.

The library provides interlibrary loan services through the OCLC international database and SILO, the Iowa State Library system. Students may order books, articles, and AV materials for free.

The library staff provides classes and individual instruction in the use of library resources. Reference assistance is available for most of the library’s open hours at the Information Desk on the main floor.

The Writing Center is located on the lower level. There is professional staff available during the day to assist students with their papers and research projects.

The library provides a variety of study and meeting spaces on the main and lower floors with the top floor reserved for quiet study. A free hot chocolate/coffee bar, located on the lower level, is available after 6:30 pm.

The library houses a special collection of books, documents, photographs, manuscripts, oral history tapes, and administrative records dealing with the history of Graceland University, Community of Christ, and the community of Lamoni. The collection is available by appointment.

To learn more or to contact the library, please visit http://library.graceland.edu.

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The Dr. Charles F. Grabske, Sr. Library and Learning Resource Center - Independence Campus

The Charles F. Grabske, Sr. Library and Learning Resource Center is open 45 hours per week with additional hours available as requested by students. It is staffed by two professional librarians.

Grabske’s holdings focus primarily on medicine, science, and allied health, although nursing is its core collection. Grabske holdings include professional journals and periodicals, ready reference titles as well as monographs. Its electronic collection includes over 3,000 electronic journals in the health sciences with CINAHL with full text, Health Source Nursing Academic, the Cochrane Library, Ovid Total Access, Nursing Essentials and Science Direct College Edition. These databases facilitate the research of Graceland’s School of Nursing. Grabske also houses the historical archive of the nursing program.

Grabske Library is a full member of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and a participating lender/borrower of Health Sciences Library Network of Kansas City, which is a consortium of 26 area cooperating medical libraries in Missouri and Kansas. Interlibrary loan is available to all students and faculty. Usually, it is free of charge. Most articles are electronically delivered throughout the network. A courier service also serves the entire Kansas City Health Sciences Library network, facilitating timely delivery of all print materials.

Twenty-two computers are available to students in the library and learning resource area. Six individual study rooms are available for testing and group/individual study.

Public and Agency Libraries – Mid-Continent Public Library serves the metropolitan Kansas City area with 30 branch locations across three counties. The needs of students and faculty for general research are well-served by this large system with access to their extensive collection. Mid-Continent is in the top 10 library systems in the nation, according to the American Library Association’s HAPLR rating system.

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Creative Media Center

The Creative Media Center (CMC), located in the lower level of Zimmermann Hall, is a center for the design and production of printed materials as well as electronic media used by the university community. Services include graphics, web design, publication design, photography and printing.

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Information Technology Services

Graceland’s Information Technology Services department provides information services to Graceland University in many different forms. Those provided directly to all students include:

  • Network logon for access to university systems
  • Student email account
  • Network file storage (50 Megabyte limitation)
  • Customer service support from InfoCentral by phone, text, email or stopping by the Memorial Student Center
  • Access to My Graceland website
  • Personal web page space (by request)
  • Access to course management software system when required
  • Access to Unix for programming classes
  • Access to campus computer labs (Macintosh and Windows) and printing services
  • Access to public computers located in the Memorial Student Center, F.M. Smith Library, The Helene Center for the Visual Arts, Resch Science & Technology Hall and the Nursing Arts Building on the Independence Campus.
  • Access to online library services
  • Wireless access (see coverage map)

In addition, students staying in residence halls receive the following information services:

  • Cable TV connection
  • Data network connection for personal computers, which includes access to the Internet. (Peer-to-peer (p2p) sharing software not allowed access to the Internet.)

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Instructional Technology Services

Instructional Technology Services provides the following services for students:

  • Software questions answered on individual or group basis (workshops can be arranged) via InfoCentral.
  • Audio/Visual support for hooking up presentation equipment for class presentations.
  • Audio/Visual equipment to loan for class projects (Data Projectors, digital camcorders, VHS and DVD players, cassette tape recorders, Portable PA System, etc.)
  • Audio/Visual work including video and audio recording, editing, producing and copying.
  • For questions please email infocentral@graceland.edu or call  ext 5400 or ext 5467.
  • More information is available on the InfoCentral Ninja resources page on My Graceland.

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Testing Program

Graceland University participates in both the ACT and SAT testing programs. The ACT or SAT must be taken at an approved test center during a student’s junior or senior year in high school. In extreme circumstances, a student may be able to take the ACT on the Graceland campus during new student orientation.

The Academic Policies & Procedures section provides information about credit by examination accepted at Graceland.

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