Please note: This is NOT the most current catalog.
Class attendance is expected and sometimes required.
Irregular class attendance becomes the concern of the college since
absence from class represents an academic loss. Excessive or prolonged
absences are reported by instructors to the Dean of Students Office.
CONTINUOUS REPORTING SYSTEM
Instructors are required to file a continuous
reporting form that alerts the Office of the Dean of Students to
students who are having attendance, academic or personal difficulties
in a course.
Faculty Office Hours
Professors hold office hours for the classes
they teach. "Office hours" are regular times set aside
each week to talk with students from class usually on a walk-in
basis. This provides an opportunity to ask questions about class
topics, to extend the class discussion or to get to know instructors
Many departments hold special help sessions or
discussion groups for particular courses. These are usually listed
on syllabi for those courses and are usually staffed with upperclass
students who have been successful in the course. These sessions
may offer an opportunity to get a second look at the class material,
to rehearse the ideas and vocabulary and to ask questions.
Most students find it helpful in at least some
of their courses to form a study group of two to five interested
classmates. Such groups often improve understanding of course material
through discussing assignments, exploring course ideas further,
brainstorming possible test questions for each other or formulating
questions to bring up in class.
Study Time and Study Habits
Many students need to adjust their time use habits
on arrival at college. St. Olaf students report spending, on average,
two to three hours of study outside of class for each hour in class.
Making the best use of the limited time available usually requires
using a good mix of daylight and evening hours for studying and
avoiding study marathons. Successful study at St. Olaf usually includes
reading ahead, attending class, using office hours, studying for
each class in frequent, short study sessions, attending help sessions,
forming a study group, asking questions soon after they arise and
seeking help if the preceding efforts don't appear to be working.
The Academic Support Center
The St. Olaf Academic Support Center (ASC) offers
a variety of no-fee services to assist students in meeting the demands
of higher education. The professional staff and the student staff
of academic assistants are available to help students design individualized
programs to develop college-level skill in reading, writing, notetaking,
time management, mathematics, listening, concentrating or problem
solving. Most students first encounter the ASC during Week One in
a Schedule Planning Workshop or in a series of sessions called "Meeting
Academic Challenges at St. Olaf."
The ASC compiles and maintains a list of help sessions
offered by academic departments, and the staff supervises the following
- Academic Assistants: This selected and trained
student staff is available to help any student with general study
skills or time management issues. Appointment times are available
daily for a Study Skills Inventory.
- Writing Place: Trained student tutors are on duty
most afternoons and evenings to offer assistance with the various
stages of the writing process for papers and other writing assignments.
- Math Clinics: Trained student tutors are on duty
most evenings to offer assistance with beginning calculus and
- Tutoring: The ASC assigns one-on-one department-approved
tutors in most subject areas for regular students who are having
serious difficulties in a course.
- Student Disability Services: Upon submitting documentation
of a disability to the ASC, students with disabilities learn of
resources, services and options available. The staff then helps
the students develop and implement individual action plans, request
accommodations and optimize study habits.
- English Project: Students experiencing difficulties
in their classes because English is not their first language are
provided with a tutor to help build necessary language skills.
STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES
This federal TRIO grant supports selected eligible
students. It includes the Professional Exploration Program (PEP),
a college success program, funded in conjunction with a Howard Hughes
Medical Institute Foundation grant.
New to the St. Olaf Catalog in 2003–04
STUDENT DISABILITY SERVICES
Student Disability Services is the designated office on the St.
Olaf College campus that verifies and files documentation, establishes
reasonable accommodations and acts as a resource/advocate for students
with disabilities. Any student who has need for accommodations should
contact Kathy Quade, coordinator, Student Disability Services, Room
1, Old Main Annex, Academic Support Center, (507) 646-3364.
To be eligible for services, students must have a documented disability:
a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or
more of the major life activities (walking, seeing, speaking, learning,
breathing, working, taking care of oneself, performing manual tasks).
Student Disability Services seeks to provide
equal access to students with disabilities through accommodations
and support, and to inform and edify the entire college community
about disability concerns.