College Support Services

The Writing Center


The writing center at each campus offers tutoring on all levels of writing, from students’ first compositions to advanced research papers, and in all aspects of the writing process, from topic development to the teaching of editing techniques. Professional tutors act as advisers; the work remains the student’s own. Students schedule half-hour appointments or walk in during the center’s hours, which are posted. The services are free to students.

Mathematics Help Room

The Mathematics Help Center offers tutoring services designed to assist students who have weak math skills or “math anxiety.” This service is free to students.

Periodic Workshops

The Office of the Dean at each campus offers periodic workshops on study skills, test-taking, time management, etc.

Student Services

Students should consult the Student Services section of this bulletin for information on health services, campus ministry, counseling centers, disability services, and career services.

Academic Enhancement Courses

The following three-credit courses, open only to students in PCS or the Gabelli School of Business–Evening Program, are especially recommended for new students with no prior college experience or who are returning after an extended absence from the classroom:

Composition I (ENGL 1101)

Basic instruction in how to generate and present a critical position in a university essay. Emphasis on development of unity, coherence, and clarity of expression in written communication. Review of basic grammar with emphasis on diagnosing and solving persistent problems. Weekly essay assignments and workbook exercises to build competence and confidence in undergraduate-level writing.

Critical Readings in the Disciplines (IDIS 1010)

This course will provide students with the critical skills necessary to read successfully and use reference materials at the college level. Selections from disciplines such as literature, psychology, history, and natural sciences will be analyzed for information, main and subordinate ideas, logical structure, inference, tone, and irony. Written exercises and reports will measure students’ comprehension.

The Adult Learner: Identity, Change, and Development (IDIS 1100)

Each student will be assisted in examining skills, values, goals, experience, educational background, personal learning style, and personality development—all for the purpose of short- and long-term career, educational, and life planning, as well as continued personal growth.

Introduction to Critical Thinking (PHIL 1010)

This course is intended to sharpen a student’s ability to think clearly, consistently, critically, and creatively. The course objective considers principles of sound judgment and helps students learn how to recognize and analyze arguments present in ordinary spoken and written language, how to distinguish correct reasoning from incorrect reasoning, and how to construct valid, sound arguments.