Undergrad Catalog 2010


Academic Services

Information Technology Services

Data and Information Services supports and maintains the university’s administrative data and information, housed primarily on Digital Equipment Corporation midrange systems. The data and information are accessible to students, faculty and staff through interactive terminals and networked personal computers. Data and Information Services is located on the third floor of the Lila D. Bunch Library.

Technology Services provides campus support for the technological infrastructure. The areas comprising the department are Telecommunications Services, Network Services, and Internet and Library Services. Telecommunications Services maintains the university’s telephone and telephone-related services. Network Services supports the campus’ data networks. Internet and Library Services provides resources for the software related to the Internet as well as those products housed in the Library systems. Technology Services is also located on the third floor of the Bunch Library.

User Services supports the computing environment on Belmont’s campus. The department offers support for desktop applications, minor computer repair, consulting services, and support for the computer labs. User Services is currently located in the Massey Business Center Computer Lab.

The Clayton McWhorter Communications Center is located on the first floor of the Lila D. Bunch Library. This unit contains 34 Dell computers for general student use. Some workstations feature standard word-processing and spreadsheet software, while others are equipped for more demanding tasks. All of the units are networked with the entire campus.

The Humanities/Education Computer Lab in WHB 101 contains several models of Macintosh computers which can be used for word processing, databases, spreadsheets, and presentations. Students have access to Internet, the use of CD-ROMs and Teleconferencing equipment for research and training. The lab is used to provide the training as mandated by the State Department of Education for licensure in all areas. The lab is also open on a limited basis for individual student use.

The Massey Computer Lab is located on the third floor of the Massey Business Center and contains three rooms of up-to-date Dell desktop computers with two laser jet printers in each room. All computers are connected to the campus network and are preloaded with Microsoft Office and any other essential software. A scanner is also available on an as needed basis at the front desk.

Other small computer labs are located in the Belmont Heights Baptist Church, Hitch Science Building, Wilson Music Building, and Fidelity Hall.

Cooperative Education

Students who are working on jobs that directly relate to their academic major or occupational goal may receive elective unit credit for work with employers approved by the co-op director. Students may be working part-time, full-time, off-campus, or on-campus in either paid or volunteer positions.

Generally, students working part-time may receive up to three (3) hours of credit per semester; however, those students who receive special approval may earn up to six (6) hours of credit on a full-time basis. They may receive one (1) hour credit per session of summer school on a part-time basis, and two (2) hours credit per summer session on a full-time basis. Students receive co-op credit only during the semester that they work. Co-op credit will not be given retroactively. Only six (6) hours of Cooperative Education credit will count toward the graduation requirement.

Students may elect to participate in the cooperative education program to the extent that they meet the standards of the university and the guidelines in the Cooperative Education Student Handbook.

Library Services

Vision:

To promote lifelong learning in a dynamic environment, inspiring critical thinking, inquiry and discovery.

Mission:

The Library supports the University's mission to provide an academically challenging education by:

  • Developing comprehensive collections that support the University's curriculum
  • Delivering course-integrated information literacy instruction
  • Providing materials and assistance to support student and faculty research
  • Collecting and preserving historical materials related to the University
  • Creating an inviting atmosphere for research and study
  • Making Resources and assitance available to Belmont student and faculty on and off campus

With a faculty/staff of seventeen, the Lila D. Bunch Library offers computerized access to approximately 335,000 items, carries subscriptions to approximately 1,000 periodicals, and houses a complete file of ERIC documents from 1981 to the present. With its primary goal to enhance the university's academic program, Bunch Library strives to provide a well-rounded, accessible collection based on the curriculum. To facilitate use of the holdings, the library offers course-related library instruction and individualized reference service. Computers located throughout the building provide computerized access to the library catalog as well as to periodical citations, full-text, graphics, and page images of articles, reports, statistics, etc. The same access is also available to Belmont students, faculty, and staff from office or home. Access to the internet is also available in the library. The library's faculty and staff members seek to make service the library's top priority.

Transcripts of Credit

Official transcripts of a student’s grades may be requested from Belmont Central. No official transcript will be issued while an individual has an unpaid account. The student’s signature is required for the release of his/her transcript.