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Graduate and Professional Studies support team is a unique component of distance learning at Saint Joseph’s. It is comprised of a dedicated group of professionals who assist students at every point in their course of study — from initial inquiry and application, to receipt of transcripts, selection of courses, processing of assignments and graduation. Once enrolled in a course, an Academic Advisor is assigned to each student. Students are encouraged to contact their Advisors to inquire about their program status, enroll in their next set of courses or discuss any concerns about their progress. An advisor can be reached by calling 800-343-5498 or 207-893-7800 or by visiting the Student Resources section of the Division’s Web site at: http://www.sjcme.edu/gps/studentresources.htm.
At this location GPS students will find links and tools to:
As a Saint Joseph’s College student, you have free access to SMARTTHINKING, a unique online tutorial service for your coursework. With your enrollment in a distance degree program at Saint Joseph’s College, you can receive up to 10 hours a year of SMARTHINKING„¢ writing or math help FREE. For details, http://www.sjcme.edu/gps/smarthinking.htm
The Division of Graduate and Professional Studies Program at Saint Joseph’s College understands the many challenges that face distance learners. With that in mind, it has developed a very effective and comprehensive student support system with the working adult in mind. A major component of this support system is the Academic Advising Office. Every distance education student is automatically assigned an academic advisor upon enrollment. The advisor is there to guide them, as their personal GPS connection, through each course during their entire program of study. They provide academic advising on course content, degree and GPS program requirements, give direction on administrative policies and procedures and provide motivational support through proactive contact via email, phone and/or written communication. These full-time professional advisors work closely with the distance education students in order to help them achieve their personal and professional educational goals.
Saint Joseph’s College, in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, provides accommodations to students who have physical, psychological or learning disabilities. Students who have a documented disability and wish accommodation are responsible for submitting current appropriate documentation of disability and accommodation needs from a licensed professional to the college’s Accommodations Coordinator as early as possible before their program of study begins. For information or to access accommodations or services related to disabilities, contact the Accommodations Coordinator at 800-343-5498, ext. 7561, or 207-893-7561.
Wellehan Library on Saint Joseph’s campus provides a useful supplement to student’s local library resources. Services include an online book/journal catalog of Library holdings, online databases to help students electronically find the research information they need from their homes, Interlibrary Loan (ILL) from the Wellehan Library collection (students are encouraged to establish a relationship with their local library for help in obtaining other ILL material), and help in developing searching strategies for information. For off campus access to Wellehan Library’s databases, you will need a library card. You may request a card via the library’s website at “Get a Library Card”. For questions about database access and library research, contact the library staff at 1-800-343-5498 ext 7725 or 207-893-7725 or check out the library website at: http://www.sjcme.edu/library/index.htm
Wellehan Library Hours follow the 4-Year College fall and spring semesters:
Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. — 11:00 p.m.
Friday 8:00 a.m. — 4:00 p.m.
Saturday 10:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m.
Sunday 1:00 p.m. — 10:00 p.m.
Hours are subject to change, especially during the holidays and the summer, and are posted on the library’s Web page. For more information on library resources, students may access the library via the Division’s Web site at www.sjcme.edu/gpslibrary, or students may call 800-343-5498 ext. 7725, or 207-893-7725.
To purchase Saint Joseph’s College merchandise, call 207-893-6653, Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., or visit the bookstore’s Web site at www.sjcme.bkstr.com
Transcripts of the courses taken through Saint Joseph’s College are available to the student upon written request provided there are no outstanding debts in the student’s name. To order a transcript, a student must submit a written request directly to the Registrar’s Office with the following information: full name at the time of attendance; dates of attendance; social security number; current mailing address; and the address of the recipient. Be sure to sign and date the request letter and include the $5 fee per transcript. Please make the check payable to Saint Joseph’s College, and allow two weeks for processing.
Requests should be mailed to: Registrar’s Office Saint Joseph’s College of Maine 278 Whites Bridge Road Standish, ME 04084-5263
Military and Veterans
Saint Joseph’s College is proud to assist the men and women who are currently serving in the military, select Reserve and National Guard personnel, and the veterans who have previously served in the armed forces, in fulfilling their educational goals. We have served active duty military students through war and peace.
Saint Joseph’s College is listed in the DANTES External Degree Catalog and participates in all SOC programs as a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges (SOC). Because of its membership and participation in SOC, courses completed through Saint Joseph’s College easily transfer to/from other SOC schools.
Saint Joseph’s College also participates in the following programs geared specifically to active military:
Certain military education programs, such as those listed above, may have different admissions criteria and procedures, and certain information contained in this catalog may not apply to students enrolled through these programs.
The Division of Graduate and Professional Studies also provides its programs to both active and reserve Montgomery G.I. Bill recipients and to Post-Vietnam Era Veterans’ Educational Assistance Program (VEAP) members. Distance learning courses are approved for veterans and eligible dependents by the Maine State Agency for Veterans’ Education and Training.
For information on benefits, contact the Veteran’s Administration at 888-442-4551 (toll-free) or www.gibill.va.gov. Students receiving VA benefits must maintain satisfactory progress in their distance education coursework. Satisfactory progress is measured by the submission of at least one assignment in each course at minimum every sixty days, beginning with the official start date of the course. VA students who do not maintain progress are in jeopardy of losing their benefits. VA students who complete their coursework early may be liable for repayment of any resulting overpayment.
Applicants with military service should send a copy of an AART SMART Transcript, a DD Form 295, or a DD Form 214 to Enrollment Services, Division of Graduate and Professional Studies, for review for possible transfer credit.