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Part Five

PART FIVE

INSTRUCTION

University policies and regulations can be found at www.policies.eku.edu

I.  INSTRUCTIONAL PRACTICES AND POLICIES

A. Instruction

1. Institutional Responsibility
The University has an obligation to provide faculty members of the highest quality obtainable for each course and to teach each course with the person best suited for it. Each instructor should view the course as a means to a significant educational end; the instruction should relate to the catalog description of the course. The instructor is obligated to update continually the content of the course. The instructor should also strive to employ a variety of techniques for the development of good learning conditions, view each student as a unique individual, and insofar as possible provide for individual differences in abilities and interests.

2. Student Responsibility
The student has an obligation to perform at the highest level possible in all courses. The student should refrain from taking short cuts and should refuse to participate in any action that is commonly defined as cheating or plagiarism. The University regulations concerning student behavior prohibit disrupting the peace or interfering with classroom or other University activities.

B.  Academic Advising

1. Institutional Responsibility
The University has the obligation to provide for every student an academic advisor who has knowledge of the academic programs available and the institution’s academic regulations.  Faculty members accepting advisory duties shall regard them highly and conduct them in a conscientious and professional manner.

2. Student Responsibility
Students have an obligation to work closely with their advisors, striving to be cooperative in carrying out instructions and meeting obligations to the advisor with proper regard for advice received.

It is the students’ responsibility to become familiar with all regulations and procedures required in the program being pursued.  In no case should a student expect waiver or exception to published program requirements by pleading ignorance to the regulation or asserting that an advisor or other authority did not correctly present the information.  All students should become familiar with the general academic information section of the appropriate Catalog and the specific college/departmental program requirements.

C.  Academic Credit (Policy 4.2.3)
This policy identifies how the University defines the amount and level of academic credit.

D.  Academic Integrity Policy (Policy 4.1.3)
This policy defines academic integrity violations and describes the process for handling such violations.

Preamble
Eastern Kentucky University is a community of shared academic values, foremost of which is a strong commitment to intellectual honesty, honorable conduct and respect for others. In order to meet these values, students at EKU are expected to adhere to the highest standards of academic integrity. These standards are embodied in this policy, which all students shall pledge to uphold by signing the Eastern Kentucky University Honor Code. By honoring and enforcing this Academic Integrity Policy, the University community affirms that it does not tolerate academic dishonesty. This policy defines the various forms of academic dishonesty, and it outlines the consequences for each. Additionally, this policy gives the method for appealing an instructor’s belief that some form of academic dishonesty has in fact occurred.

Policy Statement
Academic Integrity (AI) is a fundamental value for the Eastern Kentucky University community of students, faculty, and staff. It should be clearly understood that academic dishonesty and incidents of academic dishonesty will have serious consequences. Anyone who knowingly assists in any form of academic dishonesty shall be considered as responsible as the student who accepts such assistance and shall be subject to the same sanctions. Academic dishonesty can occur in different forms, some of which include cheating, plagiarism, and fabrication.

E.  Academic Records

1.  Institutional Responsibility
Accurate records of the academic performance of each student are to be maintained.  Such records are to be regarded as confidential, with access on a “need to know” basis by the faculty advisor and appropriate administrative officials.  Transcripts of a student’s record are not to be provided to agencies outside the University without the consent of the student, except at the discretion of the Registrar in accordance with the ethical practices of the profession.

2.  Confidentiality of Student Record
The University has developed a policy for the implementation of the Family Education and Privacy Act of 1974 (The Buckley Amendment). This policy appears in the Undergraduate Catalog.  In summary, it provides that only directory type information about students, such as name, address, and dates of enrollment can be made public without the permission of the student.  Consequently, the posting or other distribution of academic records, such as grades, may not be done in such a way that the identity of an individual student is discernible to anyone except the student.

3. Student Responsibility
Students have the responsibility to provide full and accurate information necessary for the maintenance of valid academic records. Submission of false information, failure to submit information, or alteration of official records is irresponsible acts subject to appropriate action by the University.  Students are obligated to respect the confidentiality of the records of their peers.

F.  Attendance (Student) (Regulation 4.1.6)
This regulation delegates to departments the implementation of attendance requirements in courses. The regulation also describes the process for absences due to University-sponsored activities.

G.  Cancellation or Delay of Classes (Regulation 4.8.2)
This regulation describes the University’s process when classes must be cancelled or delayed.

H.  Class Meetings (Regulation 4.1.13)
This regulations describes the expectations for class meetings.

I.  Curriculum

1. Institutional Responsibility
The faculty of the University have the responsibility to provide a wide variety of high quality courses and degree programs consistent with the varied interests and abilities of the members of the student body and relevant to the changing nature of society. However, academic program development must be consonant with statutory limits, policies defined by the Board of Regents, financial resources, and faculty and facilities available.

2. Student Responsibility
Because the offerings of no university are unlimited, before enrolling at Eastern the student should be aware of what courses and programs are offered or being planned and recognize the necessity of making choices within this context.

J.  Dealing with Disruptive Students (Procedures)
At Eastern Kentucky University, faculty are committed to providing a positive learning environment.  Faculty are strongly encouraged to clearly communicate their guidelines for classroom behavior to all students. At times, students are disruptive in academic settings. In response to these situations, the University has set suggested guidelines that faculty should follow to effectively deal with disruptive behavior. See General Regulations Concerning Student Behavior in the EKU Handbook for Students. See the Eastern Kentucky University Faculty Guidelines for Dealing with Disruptive Student Behavior in Academic Settings. For further information, contact the Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities, Turley House 1, ext. 2-1500.

K.  Faculty Responsibility for English Composition (Policy 4.7.11)
This policy describes the shared responsibility of faculty for assignment and evaluation of written work.

L. Final Examinations (Policy 4.1.14)
This policy describes the conditions for scheduling and holding final exams.

1. Pre-Final Examination Week (Dead Week) Policy (Policy 4.1.5)
This policy describes the limitations on major assignments during the week prior to final exams.

M. Grading
Each instructor has an obligation to evaluate the academic achievement of students in a manner consistent with the following statements of the purposes and principles of grading.

1. Purposes of Grading
The purposes of grading are to define and communicate the level of educational achievement, to motivate students to greater effort, and to appraise the effectiveness of teaching methods.

2. Principles of Grading

a)  Grading should be directly related to the objectives of the course.  Grades assigned should reflect the relative level of attainment of objectives. The grading system should take into account the emphasis given to the various objectives of the course.

b) Students shall be informed in writing, no later than the second class meeting, of the course objectives and the procedure to be used in determining grades.

c) Grades should be based upon a combination of several factors for higher validity and more effective evaluation.

d) Every effort should be made to make measurement valid, reliable, and objective.

e) Grading should be based on understanding rather than belief.

f) Evaluation should be consistent with accepted norms for the institution.

g) Evaluation should be an integral part of the teaching learning process; hence, the necessity for students having knowledge of progress during the course.

h) Student personality should not be a factor in grading except where clearly relevant to stated course objectives.

i) In all sections of a multi‑section course, evaluations should be consistent with accepted norms for the course.

Grading System
Grades, which are represented by letters, are given point values as indicated:
 

GRADE

MEANING

GRADE POINTS PER HOUR

A

Excellent

4.00

B

Good

3.00

C

Average

2.00

D

Poor

1.00

F

Failure

0.00

FN

Failure (Student Stopped Attending Class)

0.00

I

Incomplete

0.00

IM

Incomplete Due to Military Activation

0.00

P

Passing

0.00

S

Passing

0.00

U

Failure

0.00

UN

Failure (Student Stopped Attending Class)

0.00

W

Withdraw

0.00

WM

Withdraw Due to Military Activation

0.00

AU

Audit

0.00

CR

Credit Only

0.00

IC

Incomplete Correspondence

0.00

IP

In Progress

0.00

NC

No Credit

0.00

NR

Not Reported

0.00

Specific grade requirements are to be interpreted precisely as stated.  Thus, if a requirement specifies that a grade of at least “C” is required, a “C-” will not satisfy the requirement.  If it is intended that “C-” is to be allowed, “C-” will be listed rather than “C.”  This applies to all specific grade requirements.

The grade point average (GPA) is based on those courses in which a student earned grades of “A,” “B,” “C,” “D,”  “F,” or “U.”  To calculate the GPA, one first figures the number of hours attempted in courses numbered 100 or above that award any of these grades. Next, one obtains the total grade points for each of these courses. This is figured by multiplying the grade points for each grade by the number of credit hours of the course. For example, a student earning a “B” in ENG 101, a three‑hour course, would earn nine grade points. Finally, the total grade points are divided by the hours attempted. To meet graduation requirements of at least a 2.0 GPA, students must earn at least twice as many grade points as they have hours attempted.

4. Grade Appeals (Policy 4.1.15)
This policy describes the process for a student to appeal a course grade.

5. Grade Changes (Policy 4.1.9)
This policy describes the process for a changing a student’s grade after final grades are submitted

6. Incomplete Grades (Policy 4.1.11)
This policy describes the process for awarding an incomplete grade in a course.

Policy Statement
When a student has extenuating circumstances that impede him/her from completing a course, an incomplete grade may be awarded. The incomplete grade cannot be used simply because a student has failed to complete the work in the course or as a means of raising the student’s grade by doing additional work after the grade report time. An Incomplete Grade Agreement may be initiated by a student (undergraduate and graduate) or faculty member prior to the last day of class when a student wishes to pursue an incomplete grade. If the instructor agrees that the student has extenuating circumstances beyond his/her control and the instructor agrees to assign an incomplete grade, the instructor will identify on the Incomplete Grade Agreement all outstanding assignments

A degree cannot be awarded to a student with any incomplete EKU courses on his/her record. Any student who is a pending graduate with unresolved EKU incomplete grades (“I”) will be given the choice of either accepting an “F” for the course (or “NC” for unresolved “IP” grades) or being deferred to the next term for graduation consideration.

7.  Midterm Grades in Undergraduate Courses (Regulation 4.1.16)
This regulation describes when undergraduate midterm grades will be reported.

8. Midterm Grades for Graduate Courses (Regulation 4.5.4)
This regulation states that midterm grades are not required for graduate courses.

9. Pass-Fail Option (Policy 4.3.15)
This policy describes the conditions for establishing a pass-fail option for a course.

N. Institutional Expectations for Class Preparation onthe Part of Students

Lower Division Courses:  Minimum of two hours of outside preparation for every hour of lecture.

Upper Division Courses:  Minimum of three hours of outside preparation for every hour of lecture.

Graduate Level Courses:  Minimum of four hours of outside preparation for every hour of lecture.

Courses with laboratory or clinical components or lecture/laboratory courses that meet for “double periods” may have reduced expectations for outside preparation and study. Syllabi for such courses, as for all other courses, should indicate the minimum expectations for outside preparation and study.

O. Recourse for the Student in the Event of Institutional Failure

Any student who has reason to believe that a member of the University faculty has failed to carry out institutional responsibilities should discuss the matter with the person most directly involved. Almost all such problems can be resolved in this manner.

If a student believes there has been some type of breach of policy not covered above, the student should first attempt to resolve the matter with the person most directly involved. If the student is unable to gain satisfaction at this point, or if the matter so justifies, the student should register a detailed complaint, oral or written, with the immediate supervisor of the person in question.

In the event that satisfaction is not obtained, following established procedure, the student or faculty member may make a full report to the dean of the college or head of the other administrative unit and/or the Provost.

P. Research
Although Eastern Kentucky University is primarily a teaching institution, research is recognized as a necessary part of the professional life of faculty members, especially those whose major concern is with students at the upper division and graduate levels.  Therefore, faculty are expected to engage in research on their own initiative and to seek outside support of their endeavors.  In addition, a research project fund is budgeted to provide partial support for faculty research. The vice chair of the University Research Committee, the Director of the Division of Sponsored Programs, should be contacted for information on proposal format and deadline dates.  Research funds may not be used to support faculty development activities.

1. Animal Use in Research and Teaching (Policy 4.4.1)
This policy describes the process for ensuring compliance when using animals in research or teaching.

Policy Statement
It is the policy of Eastern Kentucky University to ensure the proper care, use, and humane treatment of animals used in research and teaching activities and to maintain an animal care and use program that is managed in accordance with applicable local, state, and federal laws and regulations. In doing so, the University complies with applicable provisions of the Animal Welfare Act (AWA) and other state and federal statutes and regulations relating to animals. The University is guided by the “United States Principles for the Utilization and Care of Vertebrate Animals Used in Testing, Research, and Training,” and the University’s animal care and use program is based on the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals (Guide).

This policy is applicable to all research, training, experimentation, biological testing, teaching, and related activities at EKU involving animals, regardless of whether the activities are supported by externally sponsored agreements or University funds. This policy is also applicable to such activities occurring at another institution as a consequence of subgranting or subcontracting from EKU.

2. Human Subjects in Research (Policy 4.4.12)
This policy describes the process for ensuring compliance when using human subjects in research.

Policy Statement
In compliance with Title 45 Code of Federal Regulations Part 46 (45 CFR 46), Protection of Human Subjects, the University is responsible for ensuring that research investigators protect the rights, privacy, and welfare of individuals recruited for participation in research. The Institutional Review Board (IRB) is responsible for overseeing the use of human subjects in research projects conducted at the University or conducted by University faculty, staff, or students at locations other than those owned by the University. The jurisdiction of the IRB includes the authority to review, approve, require modifications to, or deny approval of research protocol applications submitted by faculty, staff, and student investigators. The process of review serves to ensure the safe and ethical conduct of research that ultimately will protect the rights and welfare of human subjects in an atmosphere of mutual trust and scientific integrity in the pursuit of knowledge. All research projects shall be submitted for IRB review and approval prior to the initiation of research activities. The IRB authority and jurisdiction is outlined further within this policy.

Q. Student Opinion of Instruction (Policy 4.1.7)
This policy describes the requirements for student evaluation of instruction in a course.

R. Student Representation on Academic Committees (See EKU Handbook for Students)

S. Syllabi for Courses (Policy 4.1.4)
This policy ensures that course syllabi across the University consistently contain the required elements.

Policy Statement
Each course and each section of each course must have a complete syllabus. Faculty members will distribute a complete syllabus either in paper format or online to students and their department chair typically on the first day of class but no later than 8 a.m. of the last day of the Add/Drop period. If requested by students, a faculty member must provide a syllabus in an alternate format (e.g., a paper copy, an email attachment, etc.)

T. Textbooks
The Textbook Manager shall be notified by the department chair of textbooks to be used in all courses to be offered according to the following schedule:

Fall Semester..............,,,,,,,,,,,....... April 1
Spring Semester........................... October 1
Summer Session............................ March 1

It is assumed that textbooks will not normally be changed after these dates.

The department chair shall approve a proposed change in textbooks. A textbook should be used at least two semesters before a change is made and then only for substantial reasons.  Notice of intention to change a textbook should be sent to the Textbook Manager; EKU Bookstore Keen Johnson.

1. Faculty Authored Materials (Policy 4.7.1)
This policy describes the process for faculty using self-authored texts in their own courses.

Policy Statement
The authoring of textbooks and other educational materials is a common and encouraged outcome of faculty research and instruction activities. The selection and use of educational material is essential to academic freedom and, therefore, such decisions should remain primarily with the faculty. However, potential conflicts of interest may occur when a faculty member requires or recommends self-authored materials for courses he/she is teaching and where the sale of such material results in financial gain for the faculty member. Such a practice requires careful review and monitoring.

Faculty Authored, Co-Authored, and Customized textbooks must be approved through the process outlined in this policy if 1) they are required or recommended in the faculty author’s courses and 2) they produce a financial benefit for the faculty author(s). Educational materials—such as class notes, workbooks, lab manuals—produced for sale to students must be approved through this process if they create a financial benefit to the faculty author(s).

Faculty Authored, Co-Authored, Customized textbooks, and educational materials that generate no royalties, or for which no royalties are paid by any entity, are not subject to this policy. Materials written by co-authors (e.g., a Department or program) that generate no royalties, or for which no royalties are paid by any entity, are not subject to this policy.

During the review and approval process for textbooks and educational materials covered under this policy, consideration shall be given to the following: 1) appropriateness of the text for the course(s) in question, 2) the extent to which the text is used outside the University, 3) the cost effectiveness to the students, and 4) compliance with federal/state law as well as other University policies.

Contracts/agreements for publishing textbooks or educational materials are personal agreements between publishers and faculty author(s). Any tax consequences from royalty income are the responsibility of the recipient.

U.  Waiver of Academic Requirements (See the EKU Handbook for Students)

V. Withdrawal from Courses

1. Drop and Withdrawal from Courses (Policy 4.3.7)
This policy describes the effects of dropping or withdrawing from a course.

2.  Military Activation and Course Completion (Policy 4.3.14)
This policy describes the process for course completion in the event of military activation during a semester.

II.  INSTRUCTIONAL DELIVERY OPTIONS

A.  Distance Learning
Distance learning is defined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) as

“a formal educational process in which the majority of the instruction (interaction between students and instructor and among students) in a course occurs when students and instructors are not in the same place. Instruction may be synchronous or asynchronous. A distance education course may employ correspondence study, or audio or video, or computer technologies.”  (Distance Education, SACS, December 2006).

Distance education at Eastern includes the following delivery modalities: Interactive TV (ITV), online, Kentucky Education Television (KET) telecourses, and correspondence courses.

B. Interdisciplinary and Team Teaching
“Team Teaching” is defined as a collaborative activity within departments, across departments and across colleges in which content is integrated and all participating faculty are involved in the planning, delivery and evaluation of the course. It is specifically distinguished from “multidisciplinary teaching” in which faculty may divide course content into separate units that are planned and delivered independently.

In the case of team-taught courses, the responsibility for determining student credit hour division and faculty workload assignments rests with the department(s) of the participating faculty mutually agree upon an alternate arrangement for credit hour distribution. Such agreements shall be spelled out in a memo for approval by the appropriate dean(s) signed by all faculty who teach the course and their chairs. Higher minimum enrollments may be necessary to sustain certain team-taught courses. Any adjustment in minimum enrollments to justify a team teaching model should be roughly proportional to normal faculty load expectations for viable courses.

III.  INSTRUCTIONAL FACILITIES AND RESOURCES

A.  Instructional Facilities

1. Institutional Responsibility
The University should give high priority to the provision of instructional facilities, equipment, and materials which are essential for the success of the teaching‑learning process.

2. Student Responsibility
The student has an obligation to utilize instructional facilities, equipment, and materials in a mature and responsible manner free from abuse or wastefulness.

B. Counseling Center
The staff of professional psychologists and counselors offers consultation to faculty regarding mental health issues as it relates to their students.  The counselors also offer psycho educational programs in the classroom for faculty upon request.  Referral services are available to faculty who request psychological counseling.

C. Instructional Development Center
The Instructional Development Center (IDC) supports faculty in the development of online courses, with priority given to those courses that are part of an e-Campus / EKU Online program.  Consistent with the availability of resources, staff also assist in supporting other online and traditional on-campus courses.  Faculty who wish to enhance their instructional delivery can work with the staff of the IDC to design and create quality online courses, including rich and engaging instructional resources. Other services include assistance with the development and creation of media resources and the transcription of video or audio resources for ADA accessibility compliance. The IDC supports the development of online courses that meet the Quality Matters standards and provides professional development for faculty and departments for the creation of online courses. 

D. Technology Support Services
Technology Support Services is a department within the division of Information Technology. Technology Support Services assists faculty, deans, and chairs in developing and successfully integrating technology into the classroom and coordinates technical training for the entire university. Technology Support Services also keeps the EKU community informed of new technologies; brings awareness to users on availability of products and services on campus; and assists with purchasing options. For more information, go to www.it.eku.edu.

E. Libraries

1. Electronic Resources
EKU Libraries provides many online resources, including eQuest, our online catalog. Many journals are available full-text through the databases or as e-journals. For a complete list of journals we purchase in electronic formats, see the library’s home page. All of these resources are available to off-campus users. Your library liaison can help you with the linking of these and other resources to your course pages. 

2. Course Reserves
The EKU Libraries maintains a Course Reserve collection comprised of books, journal articles, and other class related materials in paper or electronic format. These items support the instructional requirements of specific courses and are placed on reserve at the request of the faculty member. Reserves may be checked out of the library for short periods of time, or accessed electronically, by EKU students, faculty, or staff. Information and forms may be obtained at the Circulation/Reserve desk or on the library’s home page.

3. Library Liaisons
The Libraries have developed a liaison program to better serve academic departments. Each department or college has been assigned at least one member of the library faculty to provide tailored services to the faculty in the department. Services can include research consultation, development of research assignments for classes, assistance with linking library resources to course pages, classroom instruction, database tutorials for faculty members or their classes, collection development, and maintenance of regular hours within the department. A list of library liaisons is available on the library’s web page.

4. Library Instruction
EKU librarians provide library instruction to acquaint faculty and students with library materials and services. The library’s instruction program offers options that range from a basic presentation for freshman orientation classes to a hands-on introduction to electronic resources that specifically meet the needs of a research assignment. Librarians are available to assist faculty members with adapting these and other options to their particular courses. To schedule library instruction for a class, please contact your library liaison or the Library Instruction office.

5. Ordering Library Resources
Requests for the ordering of books, and other materials for the library should generally be cleared through the department chair or the designated faculty representative. Order forms are available on the library’s web page, as are ordering tools such as Books in Print, useful for obtaining authors, titles, publication dates, pricing, and edition information. Faculty members are welcome to recommend book purchases outside of their own field of expertise. 

Requests for new journal subscriptions may be submitted at any time but are generally ordered, funds permitting, in late summer or early fall. If an online version of a journal is available, the library will typically order that format. Duplicate subscriptions of print and online versions are usually not approved.  Request forms are available on the web or from the Periodicals department or the Serials Acquisitions department. Because of their high cost, careful attention is given to the written documentation describing the faculty member’s need for a new journal title. 

6. Special Services to Off-Campus Faculty and Students
The Distance Education librarian provides informational and instructional support to faculty and students involved in off-campus classes at EKU Centers or at other locations. Students may request specific books, journal articles, or research assistance.  The requested information is then mailed to the home or delivered (faxed or couriered) to their Center library at no cost to the student. Faculty are eligible for all services normally provided to support instruction, including the placement of reserved items in the Center library or on the web, library instruction sessions in the off-campus classroom, interlibrary loan services, etc.

EKU Library maintains a small collection of print resources in each Center, which includes basic reference books and periodicals. Almost all of the Library’s electronic resources are accessible from computers in the Centers, as well as from the homes of students and faculty in the distance education programs. Details are available from the Distance Education librarian and on the library’s web pages.

7.  University Archives
Special Collections and Archives operate as a unit within the Eastern Kentucky University Libraries. Its mission is to collect and make accessible for teaching and research purposes selected publications, manuscripts, institutional records, photographs, film and other historical material of enduring value that document Kentucky history. The materials collected focus generally on Eastern’s twenty-two county service region, and the history of Eastern Kentucky University, but also include published material by Kentucky authors and about Kentucky. Faculty should send two copies of their published monographs to the University Archives where one will be preserved and one will be made available for general circulation.

Special Collections and Archives at Eastern functions in three main areas: university records; rare books and selected monographs; and manuscript collections. University records encompass permanently valuable and historic official documents as well as publications, photographs and personal papers of faculty, staff and students. The Archives is responsible for the safekeeping of these permanent records and for coordinating a University-wide records management system. The book collection consists of rare, out-of-print, first editions, autographed and other published material about Kentucky. The manuscript collections contain a variety of material with topics ranging from local history to statewide athletic competitions to modern politics. 

Faculty are encouraged to make use of the resources available in the Archives and to collaborate with Archives staff when creating student research projects. Hours and contact information is posted on the library’s web page.

F. Teaching & Learning Center
The Teaching & Learning Center serves the University through a variety of faculty development activities, including one-on-one consultations, small-group workshops, learning communities, guest lectures, university-wide forums, and Center-sponsored conference trips. Through collaborations with IT, the Instructional Development Center, the Library, the Noel Studio for Academic Creativity, Sponsored Programs, and the Training Resource Center, the TLC strives to answer the needs of the campus community across a wide spectrum. Often the most important role is that of conduit, bringing together faculty with the right resource personnel.

G. Tech Commons
Tech Commons is located in room 13 of the Powell Building. This facility features cutting edge technology in a multi-function classroom called the Incubator Classroom, which seats 40 comfortably and is equipped with netbook and multitouch computers.

There is also a spacious computer lab with over 40 Windows workstations, as well as several Macs. The most popular software titles are installed on these machines, just as in all of the labs that IT services. Student meeting facilities, a large conference table, video teleconferencing equipment, and an interactive white board are all available for student use. A separate, large open lounge area is filled with numerous comfortable couches, and chairs.

H. Noel Studio for Academic Creativity
The Noel Studio for Academic Creativity is an integrated support service for writing, communication, and research. Its primary service is the consultation, a peer-to-peer conversation about a student's communication project or product focused on the student's questions, ideas, and expectations.

In addition to consultations, the Noel Studio offers technologically sophisticated spaces and events and workshops designed to support the development of creative and effective writing, communication, and research practices in every discipline. The Discovery Classroom and Conference Room can be used for a variety of class projects. Visit http://www.studio.eku.edu/ for more information on working with the Noel Studio.

IV. INSTRUCTIONAL AWARDS

A.  Alumni Association Award for Teaching Excellence
In recognition of and appreciation for teaching excellence, the Eastern Kentucky University National Alumni Association has established the Award for Teaching Excellence.

Each year two members of the Eastern teaching faculty are recognized by the Alumni Association with a cash award of $750. A slate of faculty, selected from nominations made by students, is submitted to the Executive Council of the Alumni Association, which makes the final decision. Further information may be obtained from the Alumni Association.

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