2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) 
    May 22, 2019  
2018–2019 Walden University Student Handbook (September 2018) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Academic Skills Center

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The Academic Skills Center provides tutoring in statistics, SPSS software, and Microsoft Office applications, and houses courses and workshops designed to improve Walden University students’ knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and critical thinking. In addition to skills-based student support, the Academic Skills Center provides resources to support faculty members in their work with students. These resources include announcements that faculty can copy and paste to use in their classrooms, monthly video updates, and instructional video tutorials. These and other faculty resources are available on the Academic Skills Center: Faculty page.

Tutoring Services in the Academic Skills Center support all Walden students who request supplemental help with statistics (including SPSS) and Microsoft Excel, PowerPoint, and Word. Graduate assistants and instructional specialists tutor students in live, synchronous online sessions. Tutoring Services also host ongoing Skill-Builder instructional webinars and chat forums that students can attend live or watch in the center’s recordings archive. Video tutorials are available as well to supplement instruction. More information on these services and resources can be found on the Tutoring Services page and the Skill-Builders page.

The Academic Skills Center’s CAEX Program houses student success courses and doctoral capstone revision workshops. The goal of the Center for Academic Excellence (CAEX) courses, workshops, and seminars is to promote students’ scholarly skill development primarily using course-based instruction in support of their academic degree program. Course topics range from academic writing and critical thinking to academic integrity and statistics. The courses vary in length from 4 weeks to 8 weeks and are available for students on both the quarter and semester schedules. Credit is granted for successful completion of each student success course but does not apply toward degree program requirements. All classes are pass/fail.

The CAEX Program also houses the doctoral capstone revision workshops, a series of workshops designed to support students’ writing of their doctoral proposals. The series consists of five workshops focused on revising and editing the introduction, the literature review, the methods section, the overall proposal, and the postproposal sections. Each workshop is 6 weeks long, and students must submit a two- to three-page excerpt from their proposal to their academic advisor to register. The CAEX Program also offers a preproposal workshop designed to help students get started on their premise or prospectus. More information about the CAEX Program’s student success courses and doctoral capstone revision workshops is available on the CAEX Program page.