Jul 25, 2024  
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Graduate Catalog

Academic and Student Support Services and Opportunities

Ferrum College provides a number of academic resources to support the programs for both students and faculty. Online students shall have reasonable and adequate access to the range of student services and student rights appropriate to support their learning and successful matriculation and comparable to those offered to on-campus users. Services include the following: admissions, student accounts (refunds, billing, etc.), the online bookstore, course catalog, academic advising, technical assistance, registration (Add/Drop), withdrawal from courses, transfers, reinstatements, financial aid information, academic calendar, student records, library services, services for those that need academic accessibility support (Americans with Disabilities Act accommodation), policies, procedures, and protocols for taking courses. 

The services offered are consistent with the College’s mission and provide support and programming to promote student success. Each of the following service areas works with the students and faculty in the pursuit of academic success and plays a significant role in the academic lives of Ferrum College’s students. 

Academic Advising

Ferrum College graduate students have access to experienced Academic Advisors through email, telephone, and video conferencing services. Students are referred to the appropriate advisor or department by the course instructor. .  

Carter Center for Academic Success

The Carter Center provides online support via video chat, phone, or email for academic advising and tutoring. Brightspace, the College’s Learning Management System (LMS) is configured as an early alert to send weekly automated reports to the ARC counselors that include students and faculty login and communication habits. This remote counseling and/or advising takes place with our staff and faculty, who provide online tutoring for the proposed programs. These services are offered free of charge to all online students and are designed to support all their academic needs. 

In addition, the Office of Academic Accessibility assists students with advocacy and provides support and accommodations for students who seek help, and provides appropriate documentation of a disability.

The Division Chair of the School of Graduate and Online Studies monitors all online courses to certify the courses offered are compliant with the College Academic Accessibility policies and that students are informed (via the Online Orientation course and Ferrum Online Learning webpage) regarding the timeline and procedures to submit and verify documentation to request academic accommodations.

Counseling Services

The mission of the Counseling Center is to assist all students in achieving and maintaining their health. Ferrum College Counseling Center will partner with distance learning students to find a provider in their area that can adequately meet their needs. Learn more about them by visiting the counseling services website.

Early Alert System

Faculty and staff can report student concerns using two different methods. The first is by submitting an Early Alert on self-service to notify the Carter Center for Academic Success staff. The second is by using the Care Report Form

Faculty and staff use these methods when they observe any student struggling academically or personally, or to report family or other personal issues that might affect the student’s performance or well-being. Academic professionals then contact students to help them get appropriate support.

Financial Aid

Each graduate student has a dedicated Financial Aid Counselor to utilize as a resource for financial aid questions. Financial Aid counselors may be reached via phone or email at finaid@ferrum.edu or by phone at 800-868-9797.

The Financial Aid Portal and Financial Aid website are available to students for real-time information on documentation needed, financial aid awards, additional resources, and contact information for the office. 

Math Center

The Math Center provides assistance to students taking any mathematics course or math-related course offered at Ferrum College. Assistance is provided for homework, test preparation or projects. Math faculty are available according to scheduled hours to provide tutoring and help during the week. The Online Math Center page is located in Brigthspace, which is accessible to all undergraduate and graduate students at Ferrum College.

Office of Academic Accessibility (OAA)

Ferrum College admits qualified students regardless of disability and welcomes the full participation of students with disabilities. The OAA coordinates with various campus partners to ensure equal access to College programs, facilities and services.

Students with disabilities who require accommodations should contact the OAA as early as possible prior to the start of their first academic semester, or upon onset of disability, to initiate the intake and eligibility process. Students who seek academic accommodations must submit current disability documentation to the Director of the OAA to request the desired accommodations. 

Office of Career Services

For graduate students preparing to enter the workforce, the Ferrum College Career Services Department has developed job search resources that outline a step-by-step process for exploring careers beyond academia. The Office of Career Services encourages each student to contact the Director to discuss a plan of action regarding their career and employment search. Areas of assistance include Internet search, internships, resume writing, interviewing skills, and critiquing video-taped mock interviews. Employment search workshops will also be conducted throughout the semester and advertised to students and faculty. Any Ferrum College student, including graduate students, may arrange a phone consultation or mock interview session using Zoom, Skype, or another online platform. The website can be accessed at the following link:  https://www.ferrum.edu/career/.

Office of the Registrar

The Office of the Registrar is dedicated to providing efficient services to the College’s graduate student community. Online registration is available for all students via Colleague Self-Service Menu from Single Sign-On. Academic calendars, exam dates, and commencement information is available on the Office of the Registrar’s webpage.

Online Bookstore

Ferrum College uses Akademos, a full-service online bookstore that provides access to textbooks and other course materials. All courses, required materials, and pricing options are displayed in a personalized, easy-to-use page when you log in with the student’s Panther ID credentials. The online bookstore may be accessed by using the following link: https://ferrum.textbookx.com/institutional/index.php

Residence Life and Housing

Limited housing is available in Dyer Apartments for graduate students who need to live on campus. Dyer apartments do not have individual kitchen facilities, and as such, students will need to opt in to purchase a meal plan. 

Spiritual Life

Each semester Spiritual Life offers on-campus worship, small group, and outreach opportunities that are open to all Ferrum College students, faculty, and staff. The Chaplain’s Office offers in-office, phone, and virtual spiritual guidance/counseling. 

Stanley Library and Information Services

The Stanley Library provides access to almost 400,000 electronic books and 190,000 electronic journals in 85 plus full-text databases. Distance learners accessing electronic resources through the Stanley Library website  will be prompted to authenticate using their Ferrum College credentials. 

Library staff can be contacted via telephone (540-365-5182), email (stanleylibrary@ferrum.edu), or Chat on the Library website. Emails will generally receive a response within 24 business hours and chat service is provided during regular library hours. Research consultations are available by appointment.

Distance Learners can request to have books or articles sent directly to them using the Interlibrary Loan Form. Materials owned by Ferrum College will be shipped within two business days of the ILL request. Books not owned by Ferrum College will be requested from another library and shipped the next business day after being received at the Stanley Library. Most articles can be delivered electronically.

To qualify for distance learner library services, you must be a Ferrum College instructor or Ferrum College student registered in a Ferrum online course and currently living greater than 50 miles from campus. Distance learning students studying outside the U.S. are only eligible for delivery of Ferrum College-owned materials.

When placing requests, choose the Distance Learner patron type, use your Ferrum College email address, and include your mailing address.

Contact ILL staff at stanleylibrary@ferrum.edu with any questions about delivery services. Return all borrowed items to Stanley Library at Ferrum College on time (allow time for return delivery) using the pre-paid shipping pack provided.

Ferrum College also has reciprocal/cooperative borrowing agreements with many academic libraries in Virginia and throughout the United States.  Associations include OCLC’s Express Program and and the Eastern Academic Scholars’ Trust

Student Accounts

Graduate students may access their tuition statement, view account activity and make a payment in a secure environment by logging into the Colleague Self-Service Menu from Single Sign-On. 

Student Life and Engagement

The Office of Student Life and Engagement webpage provides resources for all online students. Resources include the Student Handbook, Title IX information, and instructions on how to submit complaints. 

Writing Center

The Writing Center is available to all students who seek to improve their writing skills in connection with any Ferrum College course. Students at all levels of ability are encouraged to contact the Writing Center for individual assistance at any stage of a writing project from brainstorming and planning to researching, drafting, and revising. These services are provided for graduate students in the Online Writing Center in Brightspace.