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The Center for Academic Success is a collaboration of offices that provide academic assistance. The Learning Strategies Office offers transition and skills classes, a computer learning lab, testing accommodations, and other services that support academic and life long learning. Student Support Services is a grant funded program targeted on students who meet criteria for participation. Participation is limited to students who work actively with the program that is mandated to enhance academic performance, persistence, and graduation.
Information Technology provides administrative and academic technology-based services to the campus and provides support for the campus network. Available services include technical assistance and desktop support for faculty and staff, training for faculty, staff and students using a wide variety of computing resources, Internet access, hardware and software configuration and purchasing assistance, server support, web page development, multimedia services and administrative programming support.
A variety of computing platforms support administrative, instructional and research functions for faculty, staff and students. Access to IBM/MVS and DEC/VMS is available. Lotus Notes is used for email. BlackBoard is utilized for development and management of web-based courses. Information Technology Services manages servers running Windows 2000/NT, Unix, Linux, and OS X to support computing resources for the campus. Technical support is provided for web servers and campus web pages.
A general-purpose student computer lab, open 24 hours a day during the academic year, is maintained in the Nebraskan Student Union. The lab contains both Macintosh and Windows-based machines with Internet access. A lab monitor is always available to provide assistance. Small computer labs are also maintained in each residence hall. Two general-purpose labs are located in the Calvin T. Ryan Library. General-purpose labs provide access to a standard suite of software, including browsers, word processing, and spreadsheets. There are student computer labs, some with Macintosh computers and some with Windows-based computers, located in each of the academic buildings, maintained by individual departments.
Accessible workstations for students with disabilities and special needs are available in the Calvin T. Ryan Library. Students with disabilities and special needs should contact the Learning Strategies Office for information regarding these workstations.
A computer store in Room 113, Otto Olsen Building, offers full retail services for those wishing to buy computer equipment, including configuration advice and demo units. Contracts with major vendors provide attractive educational discounts, with sales limited to faculty, staff, and students of UNK.
The Help Desk is available to answer questions, resolve problems and provide information about computer use and network services at UNK. Training sessions and hands-on assistance are offered for faculty, staff, and students wishing to learn more about many aspects of technology. The Help Desk is staffed from 8 am to 8 pm on Monday through Friday.
All of the residence halls offer network access to students in each room. With this connection to the UNK network, students who have their own computers can access all campus computing resources, including library databases and the Internet from their residence hall room.
Administrative software includes SAP for financial management and payroll and SIS Plus, a student information system from Systems and Computer Technology (SCT). Web access to student information and registration is provided for students. A Diebold system validates campus ID cards for meal plans and for network printing.
Two sets of guidelines, the University of Nebraska Policy for Responsible Use of University Computers and Information Systems and Guidelines for the Use of Computing Resources at the University of Nebraska at Kearney, apply to faculty, staff and students at UNK.
The Museum of Nebraska Art is one of three art museums in Nebraska with permanent collections. It contains works by Nebraska artists and works with Nebraska subject matter by artists from all over the world. Located in Kearney Centre, the downtown area, it is an important bridge between the University, the community, and the citizens of the State.
The collection was begun in the 1970's; the land and original building were acquired in the 1980's. The original building, the old Kearney Post Office, is on the National Register of Historic Places. A four million dollar fund drive resulted in the complete renovation of the old building and a large new addition that opened in the fall of 1993.
In addition to serving school groups, other organizations, and the public at large, UNK students and faculty use the museum's extensive archive on Nebraska artists and related material for research and writing purposes. Art Education instructors send 40 to 50 students per semester to monitor tours and teaching techniques in the museum, and the Travel and Tourism program provides interns to the museum.
MONA is an important and growing educational facility.
In partnership with the faculty, the Calvin T. Ryan Library provides
students opportunities to acquire information, materials and skills which will support
their current educational pursuits and aid in enriching their personal lives, in
furthering their career potential, and in preparing them for lifelong learning. The
University library is committed as well to providing access to the information resources
and expertise needed to support the research and scholarship of the University of Nebraska
The library includes the original building constructed in 1963, and the east wing added in 1981-82. It provides study and classroom seating for 950 students. Group study rooms, lounge seating, individual study carrels, and copying facilities are available. The campus Writing Center is located on the second floor.
The library provides users with access to a wide range of computer-based information resources including the library catalog, online encyclopedias, and numerous indexing and abstracting sources as well as full-text periodical databases. The library's home page, http://rosi.unk.edu, offers access for all users no matter their location to these resources and general information about the library.
The library collections contain over 299,000 volumes and 75,000 non-print items. It subscribes to 1,350 magazines and newspapers and offers on-line access to over 9,000 journals. A 15,000-volume general reference collection is maintained to provide essential educational tools such as encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and atlases. A Special Collection contains rare titles and titles on Nebraska history and the history of the American West. The University Archives contain material concerning the history of the institution and its faculty, staff, administration, and students. Interlibrary loan services, which open up the resources of other libraries in the state, region and nation, are also available. The library has an active program of acquiring Internet-based indexing, abstracting and full-text databases.
The library is an official depository for more than 258,000 U.S. documents which represent publications of all major U.S. governmental agencies and cover numerous topics. It is a depository of Nebraska state documents and also has selected British, Canadian and United Nations documents.
Microform materials now number over 1,020,000 pieces. Newspapers, periodicals, dissertations, and major sets such as Hansard's Parliamentary Debates and Educational Resources Information Center (ERIC) documents are in the microform collection.
These facilities are operated by the Department of Physics and Physical Science, which offers coursework in astronomy. In addition to use of these facilities for UNK classes, both are used to provide programming for the public. In the 2002-2003 year, there were 83 Planetarium shows for the public, including 46 for public school groups. The Observatory is also open for regularly scheduled nights of public viewing. All shows are free, including a special Christmas presentation.
The Speech, Language and Hearing Clinic is the center for BSE program in Communication Disorders and MSE program in Speech/Language Pathology. It offers a site for the integration of professional coursework with extensive practical experience for those students choosing this major.
The Clinic offers clinical services in consultation, evaluation, and remediation for both students, faculty, and area residents. Services are available for communication disorders related to articulation/phonological problems, language delay, stuttering, voice problems, hearing loss, cleft palate, cerebral palsy, mental retardation, laryngectomy, and language disorders secondary to head injury and stroke. The Clinic is open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm and selected evenings.
The Testing Center, located in College of Education Building, provides Computer Based Testing and Paper/Pencil Testing for a wide array of areas. Our Computed Based Testing system delivers both linear exams (all items are presented in order) and adaptive tests (the computer uses the candidate's response to each item to deliver subsequent items and ends when the computer is able to make a pass/fail determination).
Computer Based testing is offered year round, Monday through Saturday, by appointment only. Paper/Pencil testing is conducted on specific published dates with pre-registration required. Study materials are available for certain programs.
The Testing Center services are available to all University of Nebraska students as well as students from surrounding Colleges and the general public.
The following Computer Based Tests are currently available through the Testing Center:
|GRE||Graduate Records Examination|
|GMAT||Graduate Management Admissions Test|
|PRAXIS||Professional Assessments for Teachers|
|NCLEX||National Council for Licensure Examinations (RN & PN)|
|TOEFL||Test of English as a Foreign Language|
|NBPTS||National Board for Professional Teaching Standards|
|NAPLEX||National Board of Podiatric Medical Examiners|
The following paper/pencil tests are currently available through the Testing Center:
|ACT||Residual American Testing Program (Valid for admission to UNK ONLY)|
|DANTES||Defense Activity for Non-Traditional Education Support|
|LSAT||Law School Admissions Test|
|PPST||Pre-Professional Skills Test for Teachers|
The Gallery, located in the art wing of the Fine Arts Building, is used for student art shows, including senior and graduate thesis exhibits, faculty work, and the shows of visiting artists. Programming is continuous and year-round.
The Writing Center, open to all UNK students, provides tutorial services to encourage and support better student writing. The Center, located on the second floor of the Calvin T. Ryan Library, is open during the day and in the evenings. Tutors will help students revise and edit their writing projects on both an appointment and drop-in basis.
A one-credit hour writing tutorial is also available through the Center. Students may register for this course through the ninth week of the semester.
11 May 2006