Aug 03, 2020  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Student Support Services


Alumni Association

The purpose of the Alumni Association is to promote the educational, social, and economic interests of Tennessee Technological University, its alumni, faculty, friends, and current students. All former students of Tennessee Technological University who earned a degree are recognized as alumni.

The Director of Alumni Relations coordinates the activities of the Alumni Association. The work of the Association is administered through the Office of Alumni Relations in consultation with the Association’s Advisory Board. The advisory board consists of alumni representatives appointed by the Director of Alumni Relations and the current Advisory Board; it also includes a delegate from the Student Alumni Ambassadors.

Career Services

The Office of Career Services, located on the third floor of the University Center, provides a variety of career resources for graduate students. Advice and suggestions to maximize interviewing strategies and resume preparation are also provided. As the University’s centralized recruiting facility, candidates for a graduate degree should register with the office two (2) semesters prior to their anticipated graduation date for assistance with their job search. Registration is required for students and alumni in advance of their participation in campus interview activities.

Recognizing the benefits to be gained through the use of cutting-edge technology, Career Services maintains a full service web site at http://www.tntech.edu/career/. Students, alumni, and employers can access information about campus recruiting activities including the ability to post and obtain resumes online. Electronic links have been set up as a quick resource tool to use when searching the Internet for career resources and opportunities. Interactive videoconferencing software enables students and alumni to interview with employers worldwide.

Computer Facilities

The D. W. Mattson Computer Center is equipped with a large-scale, modern digital computer, together with peripheral equipment for the rapid input, output, and storage of information. Although the Center satisfies the general administrative, instructional, and research needs of the University, there are numerous student computer labs located throughout the campus for instructional and research purposes. Many graduate students utilize computer facilities in their research pursuits.  Lab locations and hours are posted on the ITS website. 

Counseling Center

The Tennessee Tech Counseling Center, located in the Roaden University Center, provides a wide range of services. Counseling offers an opportunity for students to develop more effective means of resolving problems and acquiring strategies for achieving personal and professional goals. The Center also administers a number of standardized tests including the GRE (subject only) and MAT for students interested in or planning to attend graduate school. Outreach and consultation services on a variety of topics of interest to students are available.

Students experience varying degrees of difficulty related to the challenges of graduate school. Transition issues, stress management, interpersonal relationships, family issues, depression, and anxiety are among the concerns that students discuss in counseling. Strict confidentiality is maintained in the counseling process.

There is no fee for this service. Registered, enrolled students are eligible and may make appointments by calling the Counseling Center (931) 372-3331.

Financial Aid

Graduate assistantships constitute the primary source of financial aid for students enrolled in the Graduate School. Information concerning appointment of graduate assistants is found in the section entitled  Organization of the College of Graduate Studies .

Students who have been admitted as regular students in a degree-seeking program may wish to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Financial Aid (FAFSA). Recipients of federal direct loans or work-study must be U.S. citizens or eligible noncitizens enrolled for at least five (5) semester hours (for federal aid purposes, halftime status is defined as enrollment for five (5) hours, three-quarter time status is defined as enrollment of six to eight (6-8) hours, and full-time is defined as enrollment of nine [9] hours). The interest on these loans is a variable amount (set by the federal government each year); interest and principal repayment may be deferred while the student is enrolled. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

You may also wish to review our website at www.tntech.edu/financialaid/ for further information about aid programs and procedures. In addition, you can use this site to link to the online version of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

In some instances graduate students may qualify for positions as head residents in the University’s housing program. Information on available positions

Angelo and Jennette Volpe Library

The Angelo and Jennette Volpe Library is a centralized location for students to find information for academic development. In recent years, the library has undergone renovations to establish the 30,000 square foot Learning Commons, transforming the traditional library into a collaborative learning environment for students.

Library resources include both print and electronic collections with librarians to help students find the information they need. Students also have access to materials from other libraries through Interlibrary Loan. Individual desks, large study tables, private group study rooms, and practice presentation rooms are available to students for work on any project. The library offers computers, laptops, and multimedia equipment for student use.

Multicultural Affairs

Our mission is to provide personal, cultural, social, and academic growth and development for students of color. We provide and encourage opportunities for all students of color to learn about their history, take pride in their heritage, and explore their potential. We promote cultural awareness by providing an environment that embraces diversity.

Our office provides programs designed to encourage cultural awareness, as well as, educational opportunities outside the classroom. In addition, we provide tutoring, academic counseling, scholarships and internships to improve academic performance.

The Office of Multicultural Affairs is located in the Leona Lusk Officer Black Cultural Center, which houses a computer lab, conference room, and a library of African-American authors. We hope you will come visit and relax. It is a great place to meet new friends and become involved with student organizations

Residential Life

Tennessee Tech has 15 residence halls and a 304-unit apartment complex–called Tech Village Apartments–which provides housing accommodations for enrolled students–both undergraduate and graduate.

Residence hall rooms are designed for double occupancy; however, a few single rooms are available. Rooms are furnished to include standard twin beds and mattresses, desks, chairs, dressers, telephone, smoke detector, mini blinds, closets and a wastebasket. Additionally, all rooms receive expanded basic cable service at no additional charge. All residence halls have laundry facilities located in each building. Students may provide their own personal items to make their room more unique and comfortable.

Tech Village apartments are newly renovated and assigned to students in the following priority: married students, single students with child(ren), graduate students, students with disabilities, senior undergraduate students, and faculty/staff. Each apartment has a telephone, stove, refrigerator, garbage disposal, dishwasher, smoke detector, fire extinguisher, expanded basic cable service and mini blinds. Tech Village has a laundry facility, a community center with ice machine. Your monthly rent includes expanded basic cable service, local telephone service, water service, and garbage removal. Occupants pay for electric utilities and long-distance phone calls.

All residence halls are connected to ResNet. ResNet is short for Residence Hall Computer Network. Each of these residence hall rooms has a ResNet connection for each occupant, provided the student has a personal computer. Residents also have access to computer labs in designated residence hall lobbies and the Tech Village community center. Additionally, all residence halls and Tech Village students will have a voice mailbox assigned to them to be used in conjunction with their telephone service.

To secure an assignment on campus, simply complete either a residence hall or Tech Village application or by contacting the Office of Residential Life by calling (931) 372-3414 or toll free 1-800-255-8881 or online at www.tntech.edu/reslife/.  On-line deposits may be made to secure your apartment/room.  Applicants for residence hall assignments will be notified by the third week of July for a fall semester assignment, the second week of December for a spring assignment and the first week of May for a summer assignment. Applicants for Tech Village assignments will be notified as apartment space is available. Tech Village applicants are not guaranteed an apartment assignment; therefore, consider researching other housing options in the event an apartment does not become available.

Services for Students with Disabilities

The Office of Disability Services program is designed to improve the educational opportunities of students with disabilities and to create an accessible physical environment so that students may obtain their educational objectives. The Office also provides the University community with information pertinent to the successful integration of students with disabilities into the environment, as well as within the community at large.

All students with disabilities are urged to come by the Office of Disability Services to discuss their educational plans and any special needs they might have. Official documentation of a disability is necessary to determine the level of services that may be needed. The Office is located in Room 112, University Center. Students may also call for an appointment at (931) 372-6119.

Campus Health Services

Tennessee Technological University has a state-of-the-art campus health center which provides medical services for minor illnesses or injuries to any student enrolled at the University on a walk-in basis during hours of operation. The health service staff includes nurses, a nurse practitioner, physician, and pharmacist who plan and implement care for students during daytime hours Monday through Friday. The only charge made to a student is for medications, treatments, supplies, or laboratory work.

The student is responsible for expenses incurred for ambulance service, calls at a local physician’s office, emergency services, and other services provided at Cookeville Regional Medical Center. Health and accident insurance is available to each student upon his/her registration at Tennessee Tech. This insurance coverage is authorized and approved by the Tennessee Board of Regents. Coverage provides hospital, surgical, and in-hospital medical protection on a year-round basis beginning with the first day of fall registration and continuing until the first day of fall registration the following year. Students may enroll in the plan during registration or at any time during the year by picking up an application at the Health Services Office (Infirmary).

Two (2) plans of coverage are available at reasonable rates. Optional maternity coverage is offered under both plans. Details concerning this insurance are available at the Student Health Service and during registration. Students are encouraged to participate in one (1) of the insurance plans, as it supplements the above services offered by Campus Health Services.