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GENERAL INFORMATION

 


General Information

This section of the 2011-2012 FAU University Catalog includes revisions approved after the catalog's publish date of March 3, 2011. Revisions appear in red.

FAU Vision, Mission and Values
History and Characteristics

Locations and Degree Programs
Boca Raton Location
FAU Boca Raton Degree Programs
Broward County Locations
FAU Dania Beach Degree Programs
FAU Davie Degree Programs

FAU Fort Lauderdale Degree Programs

Jupiter and Treasure Coast Locations
FAU Jupiter Degree Programs
Treasure Coast Campus/Degree Programs
FAU Harbor Branch
Pine Jog Environmental Education Center

Resources
Academic Common Market
Directory

Distance Learning at FAU
Endowments and Awards
Office of Equal Opportunity Programs
FAU Foundation
FAU National Alumni Association
Instructional Resources
University Libraries

Vision Statement

Florida Atlantic University aspires to be recognized as a university of first choice for excellent and accessible undergraduate and graduate education, distinguished for the quality of its programs across multiple campuses, emulated for its collaborations with regional partners and internationally acclaimed for its contributions to creativity and research.

Mission Statement
Florida Atlantic University is a public research university with multiple campuses along the southeast Florida coast serving a uniquely diverse community. It promotes academic and personal development, discovery and lifelong learning. FAU fulfills its mission through excellence and innovation in teaching, outstanding research and creative activities, public engagement and distinctive scientific and cultural alliances, all within an environment that fosters inclusiveness.

FAU Values
Florida Atlantic University values an academic environment that facilitates intellectual growth through open and honest expression. The University is committed to excellence at all levels of the educational and creative experience, to success for all students and to development of the capacity to make reasoned and discriminating judgments with respect for differences and diversity in ideas. The University values lifelong learning because it encourages the continual use of the mind. The University values the vital role it plays in the life of the surrounding community, in society and as an engine for economic development. More specifically, the University is committed to:

• Preparing students to fulfill productive destinies in the workplace and in society;
• Promoting academic freedom and an atmosphere of free and open inquiry;
• Recognizing and rewarding superior performance, innovation and creativity in all facets of University activity;
• Supporting all those who rely on the University, such as families, employers of students and graduates and community partners;
• Accounting for the sound use and careful stewardship of its resources, ensuring responsibility for its mission;
• Providing equal access and equal rights and justice for all persons and encouraging mutual regard for the rights and liberties of all persons;
• Respecting all persons and displaying civility in all interactions;
• Providing a secure environment for the pursuit of learning;
• Fostering community service and social responsibility;
• Promoting honesty in all spheres, social and moral development and ethical standards in all areas of human activity; and
• Assuring clear and open communication and sharing of information.

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History and Characteristics

Florida Atlantic University was established by the Florida State Legislature in 1961 as the fifth university in the state system. When it originally opened in 1964, FAU was the first university in the country to offer only upper-division and graduate-level work. This model was based on the theory that freshmen and sophomores would be served by the community/state college system.

Located in rapidly growing South Florida, the University responded to population growth and the need to provide increased access to higher education by admitting its first freshman class in 1984.

Today, with its developed system of distributed campuses and sites, where the same high-quality education is offered at seven different locations, Florida Atlantic University serves as a model for urban, regional universities of the future. It offers a comprehensive array of undergraduate and graduate programs and enrolls more than 29,000 students who reflect the rich cultural diversity of the region.

Florida Atlantic University’s colleges include the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. These colleges offer more than 170 degree programs—83 bachelor’s, 74 master’s, 3 specialist’s and 22 doctoral degrees.

In spring 2011, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine was granted preliminary accreditation by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education to offer an independent medical education program that will welcome its charter medical school class in fall 2011. The College has developed an innovative curriculum, which features early and continuous community-based clinical experiences and problem-based learning with emphasis on small-group and self-directed learning. World-class faculty in the College will provide a student-centered and patient-focused approach that includes clinical experiences with local physicians, health departments and hospitals, and a state-of-the-art Clinical Skills Simulation Center. A key component of the innovative curriculum is early exposure to patients and the actual practice of medicine. To that end, the College has established relationships with several prominent area hospitals that will serve as sites for clerkships, hospital-based electives and residencies. FAU has also partnered with The Scripps Research Institute, Florida to offer a dual Doctor of Medicine/Doctor of Philosophy (M.D./Ph.D.) degree, with the medical degree conferred by FAU and the doctorate conferred by The Scripps Research Institute’s Kellogg School of Science and Technology.

Opened in 1999, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College provides a unique and challenging four-year curriculum for the brightest students from Florida and beyond. In addition, the University is home to a wide-ranging continuing education program and one of the largest and most successful lifelong learning programs in the nation.

The University’s campus locations are situated along the Florida Gold and Treasure coasts, which boast a temperate climate and beautiful beaches, innovative industry and unique cultural opportunities. University locations provide a stimulating environment for its outstanding scholars and researchers. FAU has Eminent Scholar Chairs in many academic disciplines, and it is the home of nationally recognized research centers. The University’s burgeoning research parks are facilitating exciting new research and learning initiatives by bringing high-tech industries into close collaboration with faculty and students. In recognition of the University’s research funding and doctoral programs, the Division of Colleges and Universities of the Florida Board of Education has designated FAU as a research university. Additionally, FAU has been classified as a “Research University - High Research Activity” by Carnegie.

Florida Atlantic University is a member of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges and the Council of Graduate Schools.

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Boca Raton Location

Florida Atlantic University was founded in 1964 in Boca Raton on an 850-acre site located near the Atlantic Ocean. The campus is conveniently located halfway between West Palm Beach and Fort Lauderdale and offers a broad range of academic programs, activities and services.

FAU Boca Raton provides an exciting and supportive learning environment for students. The Student Union is the center for student involvement, hosting Greek, service-learning, student media, campus programs, student organizations, student government and event planning for the Boca Raton campus. Students and members of the community enjoy performances ranging from comedians to opera in the 2,400-seat Carole and Barry Kaye Performing Arts Auditorium located in the Student Union. The campus supports a variety of popular dining options and has an attractive array of accommodations for its residential students. It is also the home of FAU’s aquatic center, arena, tennis courts, track and a variety of fields for club and intramural sports competition.

The five-story S.E. Wimberly Library houses a large collection of monographs, serials and other academic resources. Computer labs, study lounges, a media center and tutoring services also provide valuable academic support for students. The Boca Raton campus hosts art exhibits, theatre productions and concerts in its two galleries and theatre. Visiting performers and speakers add to the artistic and intellectual vibrancy of the campus. FAU’s Research Park, situated at the north end of the campus, provides students with internship, research and other opportunities linked to the high-tech industries located there.

New to the campus are the 77,000-square-foot Recreation and Fitness Center and the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center, a "home away from home" for FAU's ever-growing alumni and a gathering place for a variety of University traditions and celebrations. The Living Room Theaters opened in fall 2010. This all-digital movie complex includes four 48-seat theaters showing foreign, classic and independent films during the evenings and weekends while serving FAU's film study program during the weekdays. The newest addition to campus is the College of Engineering and Computer Science's cutting-edge, "green" headquarters opened in early 2011. Campus expansion continues in 2011 with Innovation Village Apartments—including more than 1,200 residence hall beds—and a 30,000-seat football stadium slated to open in fall 2011.

FAU High School
FAU High School is an intensive dual enrollment public high school on the Boca Raton campus. Unlike other high schools, this program does not use extensive facilities in which to operate. Students experience college-level courses in the environment of the university classroom, laboratories and support facilities. This highly selective program offers high school students (grades 9-12) the opportunity to earn high school credits and university course credit at the same time at no cost to parents or guardians. All costs related to university tuition, fees (except parking) and even books are covered by the FAU High School.

Alexander D. Henderson University School

The Boca Raton campus is also home to the Alexander D. Henderson University School, a public school district functioning as a laboratory school established in 1968. Within the context of an exemplary educational program for the students enrolled, the essential role of the school is to provide for educational research and curriculum development for service to public schools. It serves as a site for student field experiences and provides an excellent opportunity for teacher trainees to work with highly qualified master teachers in a model school environment.

Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development
A model educational environment is also available for preschool-aged children through the Karen Slattery Educational Research Center for Child Development. See the Student Services and Activities section of this catalog for information about the Slattery center.

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FAU Boca Raton Degree Programs

The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Undergraduate:

Anthropology Jewish Studies
Art History Linguistics
Communication Studies Multimedia Studies
English Music
French Philosophy
German Political Science
Graphic Design Sociology
History Spanish
Interdisciplinary Studies:
Arts and Humanities
Studio Art
Interdisciplinary Studies:
Social Science
Theatre
Italian  

Graduate:

Anthropology Linguistics
Communication Music
Comparative Literature Political Science
Comparative Studies Sociology
Creative Writing Spanish
English Theatre
French Visual Art
History Women’s Studies
Liberal Studies  

The College of Business
Undergraduate:
Accounting
Economics
Finance
Health Administration
Hospitality Management
International Business and Trade
Management
Management Information Systems
Marketing
Real Estate (Program is currently not admitting students.)

Graduate:
Accounting
Business Administration
Economics
Finance
Health Administration
International Business
Music Business Administration
Sport Management
Taxation

The College for Design and Social Inquiry
Undergraduate:

Criminal Justice
Public Management
Social Work

Graduate:
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Nonprofit Management
Public Administration
Social Work
Urban and Regional Planning

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The College of Education
Undergraduate:
Early Care and Education
Elementary Education/ESOL Endorsement
Exceptional Student Education/ESOL Endorsement
Exercise Science and Health Promotion

Secondary Education:
Art (K-12)*
English Education (6-12)
French (K-12)*
German (K-12)*
Mathematics Education (6-12)
Music Education (K-12)
Science Education (Biology, Chemistry,
Physics: 6-12)
Social Science Education (6-12)
Spanish (K-12)*

* Certification program only.

Graduate:
Counselor Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education
Educational Leadership
Elementary Education
Environmental Education
Exceptional Student Education
Exercise Science and Health Promotion
Reading Education
Social Foundations of Education
Speech - Language Pathology/Audiology

The College of Engineering and Computer Science
Undergraduate / Graduate:
Bioengineering (graduate only)
Civil Engineering
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Electrical Engineering
Geomatics Engineering (undergraduate only)
Mechanical Engineering
Ocean Engineering

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine
Graduate:
Biomedical Science
Integrative Biology

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Undergraduate / Graduate:
Nursing

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Undergraduate:
Biological Sciences
Chemistry
Geography
Geology
Mathematical Sciences
Medical Physics
Physics
Psychobiology
Psychology

Graduate:
Applied Mathematics and Statistics
Biological Sciences
Chemistry
Complex Systems and Brain Science
Environmental Sciences
Geography
Geology
Integrative Biology
Mathematical Sciences
Physics
Psychology

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Broward County Locations

FAU has been designated by the State Legislature as the lead public institution of higher education in Broward County. FAU’s three Broward locations support the overall mission of the University by providing access to high quality, complete undergraduate and graduate degree programs to residents of Broward County and the region. Each of the Broward sites—Dania Beach, Davie and Fort Lauderdale—has a special focus.

FAU Dania Beach and the SeaTech Research Institute
Located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway in Dania Beach, this site provides expanded academic and research opportunities for the Department of Ocean Engineering. Senior-level and graduate students may take both required and elective courses in the context of an ocean environment with hands-on and at-sea elements. Students benefit greatly from carrying out research and design projects directly in an ocean environment.

FAU Davie
Working in close partnership with Broward College and other educational institutions, the Davie campus creates a supportive learning environment with particular sensitivity to students of non-traditional ages and culturally diverse backgrounds. A high priority is placed on offering the complete upper-division portion of high demand undergraduate degree programs. Graduate programs in education, business and nursing are available on the Davie campus as well.

The campus is located on Broward College’s central campus. Students may enter BC as freshmen and graduate from FAU with undergraduate degrees in more than 30 disciplines.

More than 335,000 square feet of carefully designed classrooms, teaching and research laboratories, and faculty, staff and student offices are located on this campus along with a shared-use 112,000 square-foot FAU/BC library designed for the 21st century. Other support facilities include a shared Childcare Center, a student Wellness Center and a multiservice Student Union.

FAU Fort Lauderdale
The Fort Lauderdale campus provides complete, targeted degree and certificate programs that benefit from the environment and resources found in a dynamic urban center. Graduate and upper-division undergraduate programs in design, i.e., Architecture, Urban Planning, Graphic Design and Multimedia Studies, are offered on this campus. Located in downtown Fort Lauderdale, the campus also supports research and outreach appropriate to a high-density population center. Two high-rise buildings house classrooms and laboratories. An adjacent main branch of the Broward County Library serves the students and faculty.

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FAU Dania Beach Degree Programs

The College of Engineering and Computer Science
Graduate:
Ocean Engineering

FAU Davie Degree Programs

The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Undergraduate:
Communication Studies
English
History
Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts and Humanities
Interdisciplinary Studies: Social Science
Political Science
Sociology

The College of Business
Undergraduate:
Accounting
Business Administration
Finance
International Business
Management
Marketing

Graduate:
Business Management

The College for Design and Social Inquiry
Undergraduate:
Criminal Justice
Public Administration
Public Safety Administration

Social Work

The College of Education
Undergraduate:
Elementary Education
Exceptional Student Education

Graduate:
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership
Reading Education

The Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing
Undergraduate:
Nursing RN to B.S.N.

Graduate:
Nursing M.S.

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Undergraduate:
Biological Sciences
Psychology

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FAU Fort Lauderdale Degree Programs

The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Undergraduate:
Graphic Design
Multimedia Studies: Film, Video and New Media

Graduate:
Visual Art: Graphic Design

The College of Business
Graduate:
Accounting
Business Administration
Forensic Accounting
Taxation

The College for Design and Social Inquiry
Undergraduate:

Architecture
Public Management
Urban and Regional Planning
Urban Design

Graduate:
Public Administration
Urban and Regional Planning

For information about FAU Broward campuses, call the administrative offices at 954-236-1280.

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Jupiter and Treasure Coast Locations

The northern locations of Florida Atlantic University provide the resources of a great state university to the people of northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast. FAU offers junior-, senior- and graduate-level courses at two of its northern locations, the John D. MacArthur campus in Jupiter and the Treasure Coast campus in Port St. Lucie. Articulation agreements with Palm Beach State College and Indian River State College ensure compatibility of degree requirements. Students with Associate of Arts degrees from these state colleges, or any public community or state college in Florida, are guaranteed admission to FAU.

FAU's Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, located in northern St. Lucie County, is a state-of-the-art research facility that provides an ideal setting for marine science research and teaching.


Palm Pointe K-8 Educational Research School
Palm Pointe is a public K-8 charter laboratory school in St. Lucie County operated by the St. Lucie County School District in partnership with FAU. The student body was selected through a lottery system and mirrors the State of Florida's diversity of race, gender and socioeconomic levels. Curriculum and instruction are linked to FAU faculty and researchers providing students a novel learning environment and experience.

FAU Jupiter - John D. MacArthur Campus
Named for the late philanthropist, the John D. MacArthur campus in Jupiter is part of a 2,300-acre development project called Abacoa. Situated off Donald Ross Road, east of I-95, Abacoa incorporates business and residential development that includes the John D. MacArthur campus, also known as the Jupiter campus.

This campus is the permanent site for FAU’s northern Palm Beach County operations and the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College. The campus currently occupies approximately 45 acres with 18 buildings, totaling more than 333,000 square feet. It includes eight classroom/office buildings, two scientific research buildings, a library, a 500-seat auditorium, two residence halls, a dining hall, a museum building and a central utility plant. Recreational facilities include a soccer field, swimming pool, and tennis, disc golf course, volleyball and basketball courts.

Scripps Florida's 350,000-square-foot, three-building complex is located at the eastern end of the campus. The campus is also the future home to the Max Planck Society’s 80th institute and the first in the United States—the Max Planck Florida Institute.

The MacArthur campus is a full-service FAU partner campus and provides a complete range of services, including Admissions, Financial Aid, Health and Wellness, Career Development and Counseling. Additionally, students have easy access to services provided by the campus offices for Registration and Records, Academic Advising and Cashier services.

The campus allows FAU to further expand the number of course and program offerings in arts and letters, education, science and urban and public affairs. A list of Jupiter campus degree programs follows. To meet the needs of students who often have competing career and family demands, FAU has morning, afternoon and evening classes available each semester. For more information about the MacArthur campus, call 561-799-8500.

In addition to college credit courses, the MacArthur campus is a site of Lifelong Learning Society classes for adults who wish to enhance their career skills, pursue individual interests or simply learn something new. For information about Lifelong Learning Society classes, call 561-799-8547.


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Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College
The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College at Florida Atlantic University was the first public honors institution to be built from the ground up. It is a four-year, residential college located on the MacArthur campus in Jupiter.

Admission criteria are highly selective. The Honors College looks for students whose scholastic performance and abilities demonstrate an active approach to learning and the potential for academic growth.

The Honors College, with its attractive student/faculty ratio of approximately 10:1, provides the environment for the highest-quality liberal arts education. Tutorials, one-on-one learning, small classes and affordable state tuition distinguish the Honors College at FAU from typical honors programs. The integration of this specially designed campus into the Abacoa community offers an ideal setting for both informal and formal education, an educational opportunity usually found only in small private colleges.

All concentrations at the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College lead to a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts and Sciences. Students choose areas of concentration from the humanities, the social sciences and the natural sciences. While completing this degree, students are active participants in the design of their own education, and they also acquire the lifelong skill of learning independently.

FAU Jupiter Degree Programs

The Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters
Undergraduate:
English
History
Interdisciplinary Studies: Arts and Humanities
Interdisciplinary Studies: Social Science
Multimedia Journalism
Political Science
Women’s Studies (certificate)

The College for Design and Social Inquiry
Undergraduate:

Criminal Justice
Public Management
Social Work

Graduate:
Public Administration

The College of Education
Undergraduate:
Elementary Education
Exceptional Student Education*

Graduate:
Curriculum and Instruction*
Educational Leadership
Exceptional Student Education
Reading Education

* Most courses available on the Jupiter campus.

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The Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College**
Undergraduate:
Liberal Arts and Sciences

** See the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College section of this catalog for a detailed list of concentrations available to Honors College students.

The Charles E. Schmidt College of Science
Undergraduate:
Psychology

FAU Treasure Coast

The Treasure Coast campus is conveniently situated in St. Lucie West, part of the City of Port St. Lucie. The first-rate facilities are shared with Indian River State College (IRSC) in a unique 2+2 partnership. Located off I-95 and St. Lucie West Boulevard, the Treasure Coast campus is an easy commute for area students. FAU offers junior-, senior- and graduate-level courses at the Treasure Coast campus, which has a variety of undergraduate and graduate course offerings and degree programs.

Facilities include the Classroom/Office (CO) building, home to faculty offices, a nursing laboratory/classroom, a large computer lab and several general classrooms. The Joint-Use (JU) building houses the registration/student services area for FAU and IRSC, a spacious student lounge featuring a Subway restaurant, faculty offices and the FAU administrative offices. The JU building also features state-of-the-art distance learning classrooms. The library, in a three-way partnership with FAU, IRSC and St. Lucie County, occupies two floors in the JU building. The Multi-Purpose (MP) building contains offices for faculty and staff, high-tech classrooms and a versatile multi-purpose space.

The campus is a full-service FAU partner campus and provides a complete range of services, including Admissions, Financial Aid, Health and Wellness, Career Development and Counseling. Additionally, students have easy access to services provided by the campus offices for Registration and Records, Academic Advising and Cashiering services.

For information about FAU’s Treasure Coast locations, call 772-873-3300.

FAU Treasure Coast Degree Programs
Undergraduate:
Computer Science
Elementary Education
Geomatics Engineering
Information Engineering Technology
Nursing

Graduate:
Counselor Education
Curriculum and Instruction*
Educational Leadership (with tracks in K-12 and Adult Education)
Exceptional Student Education
Nursing
Reading Education

* Most courses available on the Treasure Coast campus.

FAU Harbor Branch

FAU’s Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute is dedicated to exploring the world’s oceans, integrating the science and technology of the sea with the needs of humankind. HBOI is involved in research and education in the marine sciences; biological, chemical and environmental sciences; marine biomedical sciences; marine mammal conservation; aquaculture and ocean engineering. For information, call 772-242-2400.

Pine Jog Environmental Education Center

Pine Jog is a unit of FAU’s College of Education. Pine Jog currently administers two locations: the original location preserves 135 acres of natural Florida habitat in a highly urbanized section of central Palm Beach County; and the Everglades Youth Conservation Camp, acquired from the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission in March of 2004. The residential youth camp consists of 252 acres within the 60,228-acre J.W. Corbett Wildlife Management Area with a residential capacity of 175.

Pine Jog has enjoyed a strong relationship with the School District of Palm Beach County dating back to 1962. Recently, the partnership resulted in building a new 15,000-square-foot facility at the education center as well as Pine Jog Elementary School, designed with an environmental and science focus. Both facilities are built to the green building standards and the partners collaborate on curriculum, teacher training and creating a culture of sustainability. Visit www.pinejog.fau.edu for more information.

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Academic Common Market

The Academic Common Market is an interstate agreement among Southern states for sharing academic uncommon programs at both the baccalaureate and graduate levels. The following participating states are able to make arrangements for their certified residents who qualify for admission to enroll in specific programs in other states on an in-state tuition basis. For information, call the Graduate College at 561-297-3624.

Alabama Louisiana Tennessee
Arkansas Maryland Texas*
Florida* Mississippi Virginia
Georgia Oklahoma West Virginia
Kentucky South Carolina  

* Graduate level only

Directory

Current information may be obtained by calling the following sources on the Boca Raton campus. For specific departments on FAU’s partner campuses, visit www.fau.edu/explore/campuses.php.

General Inquiries, Campus Operator 561-297-3000
Admissions, Graduate 561-297-3624
Admissions, Undergraduate 561-297-3040
Admissions, International 561-297-3678
Fees, Cashier’s Office 561-297-3105
Financial Assistance, Financial Aid 561-297-3530
Graduation, Degrees, Office of the Registrar 561-297-2731
Health Services, Student Health Services 561-297-3512
Housing (on campus), University Housing 561-297-2880
International Students and Scholars 561-297-3049
Library Reference Desk, S.E. Wimberly Library 561-297-3785
Majors and Course Offerings Department
offering program
Official Transcripts, Office of the Registrar 561-297-3056
Owl Card, Owl Card Center 561-297-2700
Parking Regulations, Parking and Transportation Services 561-297-2771
Police Services, University Police 561-297-3500
Registration, Office of the Registrar 561-297-3050
Student Life, Activities, Student Affairs 561-297-3735
Student Services
(College of Education)
561-297-3570
Students with Disabilities Office 561-297-3880
Testing Arrangements,
Testing and Evaluation
561-297-3160
Veterans, Veterans Affairs 561-297-1250

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Distance Learning at FAU

FAU offers a variety of distance learning courses to help meet the needs of students who require more flexibility in their coursework. These courses are designed for students who may not be able to attend a class at a specific time, day or place due to work schedules, family responsibilities, travel or physical challenges. Currently, FAU offers more than 180 courses via non-traditional delivery methods, including interactive television, prerecorded video and the Internet.

Interactive video courses are taught at one campus and broadcast to other campuses and some industrial sites in an effort to bring education closer to the student. Prerecorded video courses are previously recorded by FAU faculty. Internet courses are available in a variety of subject areas. These courses are usually asynchronous and electronically interactive, but may use a combination of live chat rooms, threaded discussions, electronic bulletin boards, email and/or interactive Web pages.

Visit www.fau.edu/irm/instructional/dlinfo.php to learn more about distance learning at FAU.

Endowments and Awards

Upon the retirement in 1973 of Florida Atlantic University’s first and founding president, Dr. Kenneth R. Williams, an endowment of $50,000 was set up in his honor by a group of contributors. Interest on this endowment supports two $1,000 awards presented at the spring commencement to graduating seniors, one for leadership and one for outstanding scholastic achievement.

The University has 17 Eminent Scholar Chairs, each endowed at $1 million or more:

• Glenwood and Martha Creech Eminent Scholar Chair in Science
• John M. DeGrove Eminent Scholar Chair in Growth Management and Development
• William F. Dietrich Eminent Scholar Chair in Philosophy
• Kenan Evren Eminent Scholar Chair in Turkish Business Studies
• Herbert and Elaine Gimelstob Eminent Scholar Chair in Judaic Studies
• Christine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar Chair in Nursing
• Eugene M. and Christine E. Lynn Eminent Scholar Chair in Business
• John Thomas Ladue McGinty Eminent Scholar Chair in Biology
• Dr. Robert J. Morrow Eminent Scholar Chair in Social Science
• Charles Stewart Mott Eminent Scholar Chair in Community Education
• Office Depot Eminent Scholar Chair in Small Business Research
• Helen Karpelenia Persson Eminent Scholar Chair in Community Caring
• Raddock Eminent Scholar Chair in Holocaust Studies
• Charles E. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in Engineering
• Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in the Arts
• Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in Humanities
• Dorothy F. Schmidt Eminent Scholar Chair in the Performing Arts

Private and state matching funds have also established endowments for professorships, fellowships and scholarships at FAU.

Office of Equal Opportunity Programs

The Office of Equal Opportunity Programs was established to ensure equal opportunity in education and employment without regard of race, sex, color, religion, national origin, marital status or handicap. The director of the office serves as assistant to the president and is the University’s coordinator for compliance with University policies regarding non-discrimination. In addition, the director of Equal Opportunity Programs coordinates and monitors the implementation of all programs designed to ensure equal opportunity and affirmative action for women and minority students and employees. The director also provides technical assistance in these areas to University administrators.

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FAU Foundation

The Florida Atlantic University Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit corporation established to provide the private support that all tax-assisted universities must have to achieve excellence. All gifts to the foundation are tax-deductible in accordance with rules of the Internal Revenue Service and are used in support of University projects according to the expressed wishes of the donors and in conformity with the mission of the University.

The executive director of the foundation, the officers of the foundation and the board members of the foundation are prepared to counsel interested parties regarding the types of gifts that can be made and tax benefits resulting from donations.

FAU National Alumni Association

Nearly 120,000 FAU graduates stay in touch with the University through the FAU National Alumni Association (FAUNAA). Offering programs, publications and services throughout the year, FAUNAA is governed by a volunteer board of directors that meets quarterly. A new building, the Marleen and Harold Forkas Alumni Center, opened recently on the Boca Raton campus. The 13,000-square-foot facility serves as a gathering place for alumni and a venue for a variety of alumni and campus-wide events and traditions.

FAUNAA-sponsored programs include the Alumni Hall of Fame Award, Distinguished Alumni Awards, Homecoming, cultural, sports and social events, professional development and networking programs and constituent group events. The Alumni Association awards annual scholarships to students and provides grants to student groups. Two student leadership organizations—the Student Alumni Association and Student Ambassadors—are also sponsored by the FAUNAA.

The Office of Alumni Relations is the primary liaison between the University and the FAU National Alumni Association, Student Alumni Association and Student Ambassadors. The office coordinates all programs and events for FAU graduates. For information, visit www.faualumni.org.

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Instructional Resources

The Department of Information Resource Management provides access to a variety of media services and instructional technology, including the following services: Classroom Technologies/AV Equipment, Distance Learning (see previous section), E-Classrooms, Instructional Labs/Classrooms, Video Production and Videoconferencing. Assistance and support for the following University software is also provided: Blackboard, Elluminate: Web Conferencing, Respondus: Test Creation and Online Testing, StudyMate: Interactive Study Aids, SafeAssign: Plagiarism Prevention and Impatica: Put Powerpoint Presentations Online in Compressed Format.

University Libraries

The University Libraries include the S.E. Wimberly Library on the Boca Raton campus, collections housed at the Broward County Public Library to serve FAU in downtown Fort Lauderdale, a shared-use library with Broward College in Davie, a 20,000-square-foot library on the John D. MacArthur campus in Jupiter, a shared-resource library with Indian River State College and St. Lucie County located in Port St. Lucie and a library at Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute.

The Wimberly Library is a 165,000-square-foot building in the heart of the Boca Raton campus. It provides faculty and student group study rooms, study carrels, seating for approximately 1,000, an electronic classroom, facilities for individuals with disabilities, an audiovisual media center and a computer lab. In addition to the computers available for use throughout the library, the entire building is equipped for laptop wireless connectivity. Reference assistance is offered in person, by telephone or by email, and library instruction sessions may be arranged for classes or individuals. A five-story addition opened in 2007 and provides students with a 24-hour study location, as well as housing several special collections.

The libraries house approximately 2.5 million items, including books, periodicals, government documents, microforms, maps, media and other materials—a rich academic collection along with unique special collections in book arts, American Revolutionary War and Civil War documents, print and recorded music, rare book and manuscripts, and archival materials. The libraries also provide a wealth of electronic resources, including more than 200,000 full-text electronic books and 20,000 full-text electronic journals, plus access to several hundred proprietary databases.

While the libraries support the curriculum and research of FAU students and faculty, the collections are strongest in the following subject areas: African-American studies, architecture, biological sciences, communications, criminology and criminal justice, English and American literature, French literature, international business, Italian literature, Judaica, management, nursing, philosophy, social work, taxation, teacher education, women’s studies and audio-visual materials.

An online catalog of library holdings provides a listing of materials in the FAU Libraries and the other 10 Florida public university libraries. Hundreds of databases, many with full-text articles and books, are available through the Internet both in the library or off campus using EZproxy. Through memberships in the Southeast Florida Library Information Network (SEFLIN) and the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), the collections of area libraries and CRL are available to FAU students, faculty and staff. Research materials not available in the FAU Libraries collection may be obtained through interlibrary loan.

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