The mission of the College of Professional Studies is to educate individuals from diverse communities to succeed in their professional goals and personal aspirations, and to effectively contribute to society.
Students seeking careers in criminal justice, fire science, health sciences, nursing, and national security studies are prepared to assume leadership positions in their chosen professions by the College of Professional Studies. The College provides an excellent, student-centered education by means of a comprehensive liberal arts curriculum combined with a professional, theoretical and applied experience. Our faculty, expert in their disciplines and actively involved in their fields, collaborates with students to shape the most appropriate learning experience.
Our graduates, educated in a university, which is an integral part of its “urban home,” have developed the interpersonal skills, communication techniques and cultural insight necessary to effectively contribute and succeed in our global community.
We pride ourselves on being responsive to the needs of our students. The Dean’s Office has an “open door” to help students with academic related issues and can direct students to the correct offices to resolve their problems.
Do not hesitate to talk with your instructor if you are having difficulties; most can be resolved simply and easily if they are dealt with promptly and directly. If you are unable to come to an agreement with the instructor, speak with the chairperson of the department. If an issue cannot be resolved at the departmental level, the Dean’s Office is typically the next step. In most cases the Dean's Office will attempt to bring the various parties together to resolve any differences. All students filing grievances must complete and submit a student assistance form to document their problem and to assure the correct procedure is followed. The student assistance form is available below or from the Dean's Office.
The following academic grievance / appeal procedure is available to resolve grievances regarding grading, course requirements, attendance, academic integrity, and other academically related complaints.
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