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.
Individual tutoring in writing and in other subjects can be arranged for any student by contacting the Academic Services Center, located in the Old Bookstore, or by calling Director of Academic Services, David Shein, at 758-7811. 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 listed below may not be used to satisfy area or division distribution credit.
ASC 100- ESL - 'English for Academic Purposes'
CRN: 94486 Instructor: Donnie Sendelbach
Schedule: Mon 1:30 - 2:30, Wed 1:30 - 3:30
2 credits - The class gives students who are non-native speakers of English practical experience with various aspects of successful written and oral communication within the academic community. A variety of assignments will allow students to experiment with different forms of expression. In order to ease the transition into writing in an American academic environment, the class will study organizational patterns, summary writing, and source documentation along with different rhetorical modes used in academic writing. In addition, the course will examine problems with grammar usage, especially those problems which hinder comprehension.
ASC 101- 'The Craft of Prose'
CRN: 94455 Instructor: Robert Seder
Schedule: Tu 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Olin 305
2 credits - All writers know the terror of facing the blank page (or screen) knowing that they must fill it with words. While this writers' workshop cannot promise to make the work easy, it does give students a chance to tame the anxiety through informal writing practices that help to get the words and ideas down, and then through more formal practices that reshape their words into polished essays. Through weekly assignments of new or revised personal and analytical essays, students develop craft and refine their prose voice. The workshop setting provides a chance to learn how one's work is heard and to read it more critically through practice listening to others'. As the essays move into revision we discuss organization, paragraph and sentence structure, grammar, and punctuation, all with an eye toward expressing critical thought with clarity and precision. No issue is too basic for discussion, from pencils to participles, criticism to comma faults. This course may be taken in tandem with ASC 102, The Analytic Essay, some of the assignments from which will receive attention in this workshop.
ASC 102 - 'The Analytic Essay'
CRN: 94448 Instructor: David Shein
Schedule: Th 10:00 am - 12:00 pm, Olin 309
2 credits - The class teaches the student how to approach texts and writing assignments from an analytical standpoint. Our focus will be on the elements of the argumentative analytic essay: how to extract arguments from texts and how to construct effective arguments in your own written work. Topics to be covered include: the elements of the analytic paper (topic, thesis, supporting reasons), the elements of composition (paragraph structure, transitions, introductions, conclusions, mechanics), critical reading skills (skimming, scanning, SQ3R, etc.), and the elements of argumentation (conditional arguments, formal and informal fallacies, the difference between persuasion and argumentation, etc.). We will work on discerning, re-constructing, and assessing arguments, then analyzing them and responding to them in writing. Since these analytic reading and writing skills are those required by the majority of the classes taught at Bard, this class will prepare the student for work in other classes. Students will have the opportunity to hone these skills in the companion class, ASC 101 'The Craft of Prose'.
ASC 103 - 'Essential Mathematics'
CRN: 94449 Instructor: Robert Vivona
Schedule: Mon Wed 10:00 am - 11:20 am, Olin 107
2 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.