ACADEMIC SERVICES CENTER

Bard College is committed to providing academic support for all students. The faculty and staff associated with the Academic Services Center provide assistance to:

Services provided may include workshops, assistance in developing new learning strategies, tutorials, and other academic advice that may be appropriate to the student’s individual needs.

tutoring

Individual tutoring in writing and in other subjects can be arranged for any student by contacting the Academic Services Center, located on the lower level of North Hoffman, or by calling Director of Academic Services, David Shein, at 758-7493. The Center is open Monday-Friday, 9-5, though tutoring sessions may be scheduled for others days and times as well. There is some drop-in service available when the Center is open, but it is recommended that students seeking assistance make appointments in advance.

services for disabled students

In compliance with Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Bard College is committed to providing otherwise qualified disabled* individuals with equal access to the College’s academic courses, programs, and activities. In support of this mission, the Academic Services Center provides services and reasonable accommodations to self-identified students who present the appropriate documentation.**

Further information can be obtained by contacting the Director of Academic Services or the Dean of Studies.

* Disabilities may include: visual, hearing, orthopedic, or motor impairments; chronic illness; drug or alcohol addiction; mental retardation; and specific learning or psychological disabilities.

** Documentation must be no more than three years old and should include the following: name, title, and credentials of the evaluator; a summary of a comprehensive diagnostic interview; a diagnostic summary based on a comprehensive assessment battery; and specific recommendations for accommodation, including explanations why each requested accommodation is needed. If documentation is inadequate in content or scope, re-evaluation may be required before services and accommodations are provided.

 

COURSES

Courses listed below may not be used to satisfy area or division distribution credit

ASC 100 ENGLISH FOR ACADEMIC PURPOSES

CRN 90387 Prof. Stephanie Kufner Schedule: by arrangement

Two credits. The objectives of this course are to assist multi-lingual students in refining academic writing, speaking and aural comprehension skills, creative writing practice and to ease the transition to Bard academic work. The course is divided into two parts, the first half focusing on academic writing and the second on more creative forms of language. Throughout the course, students will be reading works of multiple backgrounds, experiences and genres from traditional European literature to contemporary African-American fiction, journal articles, feminist works, and reading pertaining to American culture, non-fiction, sociology, philosophy, poetry and scientific readings. Students will be asked to keep a journal, and daily writing will be encouraged. A portfolio consisting of all the semester’s work will be turned in at the end of the semester, as well as a final essay. For midterm, students will be asked to give an oral presentation in class, based on a reading from another course. Outside reading, written assignments and audio/video/computer lab work will be assigned as well. Recommended books: Diana Hacker, The Bedford Handbook, 5th ed., and English to English Dictionary.

 

ASC 101 THE CRAFT OF PROSE

CRN 90388 Prof. Robert Seder

Two credits. All writers know the terror of facing the blank page (or screen) knowing that they must fill it with words, and that once the pages are filled, the hard work begins. This writers’ workshop cannot promise to make the work easy, but it does give students a chance to tame the anxiety by developing craft and refining their prose style. Examination of the structure and organization of argumentative and personal essays will accompany detailed attention to paragraphs, sentences, and diction. We will discuss development of ideas, research, revision, personal voice, grammar, and punctuation, all with an eye toward expressing critical thought with clarity and precision. Each week students will present a new or revised essay for class appreciation and criticism. No issue will be too basic for discussion, from pencils to participles, criticism to comma faults.

ASC 103 ESSENTIAL MATHEMATICS

CRN 90389 Prof. Robert Vivona Mon Thurs 3:00 pm – 4:20 pm HEG 201

Two credits. This course is designed for students in need of improving their quantitative skills before entering a Q-course. The goal of this course is to improve students’ confidence and abilities, as well as increase their interest, in mathematics. Understanding of mathematical concepts will be emphasized. Study will include review of operations, proportions, percents, geometry and algebra. The class will experience how these mathematical concepts occur in nature, music, art and other disciplines through readings, nature walks, and group discussions. Each student will complete a project of their own design relating mathematics to their major or personal interest. Students who successfully complete this course will be eligible to enroll in a Q-course.