EOF Program Resources
As an essential component of the EOF Program, the Learning Center is a multipurpose tutoring and mentoring center serving the academic and developmental needs of EOF students. The Learning Center coaches EOF students in the skills and strategies needed to become independent, active, and resourceful learners. The Learning Center also collaborates with counselors, mentors and faculty to provide individual and small-group tutoring, supervised study, supplemental instruction as well as skills workshops to promote learning and self-efficacy. Located on the third floor of Hutchinson Hall, J-306, academic coaches in the Learning Center are recruited for their academic excellence, outstanding communication skills and expertise in a myriad of study skills techniques aimed at bridging the gap for developing college students. Academic coaching offered in the Learning Center include Algebra, Calculus, Geometry, Chemistry, Psychology, History, Sociology, Literature and Writing among other disciplines. The aim is to provide quality tutoring services to students and encourage the development of learning strategies. Appointments are one-hour sessions that can be made via Tutortrac, phone or drop-in visit. The Learning Center also offers a book lending program of course textbooks from various sections offered during the academic year. Students can visit our Learning Center Library in Hutchinson Hall-301 (J-301) to borrow and utilize textbooks for their classes. In addition to the Book Lending Program and Tutoring/Mentoring Lab, Hutchinson 305-G is designated as an events space for EEO students and counselors where programs, lectures, meetings and workshops are conducted.
The services provided by the EOF Program include academic skill development; personal, social and financial aid counseling; tutoring; career development; academic advisement and financial aid assistance. This core of services is mandated and funded by the State of New Jersey to safeguard the participants' college success. Therefore, the EOF student's participation in prescribed activities is mandatory. EOF activities are comprehensive and meet students' needs in a multitude of areas. Therefore, all students who expect to maintain affiliation with the Program must do as follows:
- Enroll and maintain full-time status throughout their academic career.
- Allow priority to EOF developmental activities over alternate extracurricular activities.
- Show consistent success in meeting program requirements.
Although requirements are specifically outlined in the Student Agreement, there are other rules that must be observed by each EOF participant. The EOF student must do as follows:
- Read and respond to all correspondence from the EOF office.
- Maintain an above-average grade point average.
- Exhibit behavior that exemplifies the high standards of EOF and Kean University.
- Correspond with your counselor/advisor for change of address or telephone number, withdrawal from the University, or taking a medical leave of absence.
Each student who expects to participate in the Program should read the Student Agreement carefully before signing it. Your signature acknowledges your acceptance of the terms and conditions stated in the Agreement. After signing, give the Agreement to your counselor who will review with you the terms and conditions cited in the Agreement and explain the Program's responsibilities in helping you achieve your academic goals.
Mandatory Support Services provided by the EOF Program include:
1. Academic Advisement Sessions: Counselors assist students in selecting appropriate courses in both the General Education and major field of study. The combinations of courses recommended by the counselors are based on the student's performance history, professional goals, and his or her academic strengths and weaknesses.
2. Counseling Conferences: Counseling conferences provide the student with the opportunity to discuss, identify and make choices for the solution of problems of personal concern. Any matters the student feels inhibits or relates to his or her effective functioning in the academic area may be discussed. These individualized sessions may take place through scheduled conferences, on-the-spot visitations or telephone contacts.
3. Academic-Year-Level Programming: Programming addresses the needs of students by expanding their perspective and awareness through activities that motivate students to align their studies and career goals toward graduating in four years. These activities are integrated within the EOF counselor services, faculty major advisement and Kean University student service programs.
4. Individual Tutoring: Tutoring services are designed for students in need of academic support beyond the classroom. The individualized coaching of specific academic skills is aimed at enhancing the student's grades and in-class performance. Students may request tutoring services or be referred to tutoring by a professor or his or her counselor.
5. Supervised Group Tutoring Sessions: Developmental Studies students who are on probation are required to attend weekly, small-group tutoring sessions where tutors work with students in clarifying difficult concepts so that students will be successful in completing their developmental courses.
6. Financial Aid Exit Interview: When student loan borrowers are no longer attending school at least half time, they are required to complete exit counseling. This can be done online at https://studentloans.gov. Students who do not comply with this requirement will be placed on a financial aid hold, restricting the student from receiving grades, transcripts and/or diplomas. Perkins Loan Exit Interview needs to be done at the Student Accounting Office.
7. EEO/EOF Exit Interview Form: Prior to graduation, each senior must meet with his or her EOF counselor to discuss post-graduation plans and remove the Exit Interview hold. The EOF program needs to report whether graduates are going directly into employment, graduate programs or professional schools.