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A. DESCRIPTION OF ACADEMIC PROGRAM
B
. CLASS & LAB LOCATIONS

C. CLASS & LAB TIMES
D. STUDY TIMES
E. CHEATING

F. MISSING ASSIGNMENTS &

......FAILING TEST SCORES

G. THE CULTURAL PRESENTATION
H. MICROCOMPUTER LAB
I.  LATE/ABSENT FROM CLASS
J. GUIDELINES FOR ACADEMIC LIFE

 

DESCRIPTION OF ACADEMIC PROGRAM

The courses at Headlands are designed to increase your background and skills so you may achieve levels of performance necessary for rigorous college academics. As a result you will become part of a rigorous academic program (see Summer Calendar) made up of the following courses:

Math - 8 weeks, 4 hours weekly.

  • Calculus and it's relationship to physics and chemistry
  • Individualized programs

College Survival Skills - 8 weeks, 4 hours weekly.

  • Development in time management and note taking skills
  • Specific training in study and test taking skills

Communications - 6 weeks, 4-5 hours weekly.

  • Specific training in public speaking
  • Cultural Presentation preparation

Strategic Writing - 8 weeks, 4-5 hours weekly.

  • Instructional/practice sessions dealing with essential writing skills

Chemistry - 8 weeks, 7-8 hours weekly.

  • Instruction in selected areas of introductory level college chemistry involving lectures and laboratory work.

Physics - 8 weeks, 7-8 hours weekly.

  • Instruction in selected areas of introductory level college physics involving lectures and laboratory work.

Biology - 4 weeks, 2 hours weekly.

  • Molecular biology
  • Genetics

NOTE: All courses include tests and out-of-class assignments.

Health Sciences Center visits and academic field trips

  • 8 full day trips and one half-day trip on Saturday.

Cultural presentation

  • A 10-minute presentation (see The Cultural Presentation below)

Newsletter - 1 issue

  • The Headlands program newsletter, "From Here Upward," is published by the students.
  • Work load involves periodic meetings with the elected editor as well as submitting a minimum of one article for publication.

CLASS & LAB LOCATIONS

These are announced through posting of the daily schedules. Most classes are held in Dale Hall Tower, rooms 906 and 907.  Labs are held in one of the laboratories in the Chemistry building.  No food or drink is allowed in the labs.

CLASS & LAB TIMES

Classes and labs are scheduled from 8:00am - 12:00pm and 1:00pm - 5:00pm on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays; however, there are exceptions to this and they will be posted well in advance of the scheduled times. (See Typical Weekly Schedule under Program Links).

NOTE: You will not be in class all of the times listed above since individual schedules may vary.

STUDY TIMES

The OFFICIAL STUDY HOURS (Quiet Hours in effect) are from 7:00pm-10:00pm on Sunday through Thursday. It is your PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY to use any of the other time you have outside of formally scheduled activities for studying. The goal is to have all of your studying done by 10:00pm; however, not all students work at the same rate or with the same level of efficiency. It will be up to you to wisely use weekend times or unscheduled weekday hours.

The following study environments are available during the
 OFFICIAL STUDY HOURS:

1. A very quiet study environment

  • for those requiring a boost in self-discipline
  • for those who want no distractions

2. A "not-so-quiet" study environment

  • for those wishing to study with a partner
  • for those seeking tutorial assistance

3. Your residence hall room. (Available only after 9:00pm)

NOTE:  Having these options will provide a great opportunity for you to learn which environment works best for you.  the choice is yours unless you are missing assignments and/or failing tests.  In those cases you may be required to report for tutoring.

In general, faculty members available on a given evening will be located in the study area of the dorm.

If you complete your day's studying prior to 10.00 p.m., the remaining time is yours. Remember: Quiet Hours are in effect, and DO NOT disturb those still studying.

 CHEATING

  • Cheating is the use of another person's work in situations
    requiring you to work independently of others. At Headlands
    this relates specifically to tests, laboratory work and reports, in-class assignments and out-of-class assignments.
  • Program philosophy:  Although we want you to succeed in the program, it should not be at the expense of your honesty and personal integrity. At Headlands, an honest passing grade or even a failing grade is far better than a high grade gained through cheating.
  • Policy: Cheating is prohibited and will not be tolerated!  A student suspected of cheating will be taken through a due process which could result in dismissal from the program.

Process:

  • Instructor informs student that he is suspected of cheating - citing the specific work in question.
  • A meeting is held among the student, the faculty member and the On-site Director to review the situation.
  • An opportunity to continue at Headlands, provided no further
    cheating takes place, is offered to the student.
  • Should the student be caught at cheating again, dismissal from the program will occur.

MISSING ASSIGNMENTS AND FAILING TEST SCORES

Although the academic program is intended to be challenging, the level of difficulty and work load are realistic for the students. In addition, many support services are provided to help you achieve the greatest possible success. MISSING ASSIGNMENTS AND FAILING TEST SCORES are signs that you need to make the fullest use of those support services.

Some support services are listed below:

  • Daily tutoring sessions and the opportunity for individual meetings with faculty members.
  • Daily assistance from counselors
  • Study skills instruction sessions
  • Training in time management and goal setting
  • A variety of study environments

Although the responsibility to seek assistance - even if all you can say is "Help!!!!" - is on you, you can expect to hear from your instructors as soon as they notice a missing assignment or low test grade. The key here is to try to get at the root of the difficulty and to formulate a plan of action to help remedy the situation. Keep in mind that you should be coming to Headlands to get as much as you can from the program. In turn, you must put something into it.

THE CULTURAL PRESENTATION

There will be an opportunity for you to share your culture in the form of a speech. You will receive training in public speaking. Dates and times for these presentations will be announced once you arrive at Headlands.

THE ORAL CULTURAL PRESENTATION would not necessarily begin with a thesis but would instead INFORM the audience about various aspects of your tribe and your heritage. It must be accompanied by some visual aide(s) which would enhance its value.

The two forms of communication are significantly different in both form and purpose; the written one, to express a point of view towards a subject, the oral one, to share information about your heritage with an audience.

THINGS YOU ARE EXPECTED TO DO IN ORDER TO
PREPARE PROPERLY PRIOR TO COMING TO HEADLANDS:

  • Gather as much information as possible about your tribe.
  • We suggest you spend an appropriate amount of time:

Interviewing elders, family members, tribal leaders, local citizens.

Researching in your tribal office(s), local or state libraries or historical societies if available, etc.

Investigating issues, needs, problems, customs, etc.; those things which make your culture and your heritage unique and about which you are proud and hope to continue. While investigating you might keep in mind things which you can address as a future leader of your people, or, those needs where you see you can make a difference to your tribe.

Collecting books, pamphlets, brochures, newspaper articles, maps, photos, posters, paintings, crafts, and materials which will enhance your presentations and from which you will gain in both knowledge and culture.

We advise that you plan to wear the clothing of your tribe for the formal oral presentation.

MICROCOMPUTER LAB

A microcomputer lab is available for your use this summer.   The hours for the microcomputer lab in Dale Hall Tower are:

     Sunday Noon - 9:00 p.m.
     Monday - Thursday 8:00 a.m. - Midnight
     Friday 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
     Saturday Noon - 6:00 p.m.

You will be sharing the microcomputer lab with University of Oklahoma students.  Should you choose to wait until the last minute to work on a paper or report you may not be guaranteed a computer.  No food or drink is allowed in the microcomputer lab.

For online documentation and tip sheets on using the University of Oklahoma's computer network check out the following web site address: http://www.ou.edu/helpdesk/  

LATE/ABSENT FROM CLASS

You are required to be on time for all classes and structured activities.  If you are late once in a two week period corresponding to a pay period you will be warned.  A second violation in the same two week period will result in you forfeiting your $100.00 stipend for that
particular pay period.

GUIDELINES FOR ACADEMIC LIFE

  • You must attend all classes, labs and field trips.
  • You must work to complete all assignments.
  • You are expected to communicate with your instructors and counselors when you are experiencing difficulty.
  • You are expected to communicate cooperatively with your instructors and counselor if they approach you about your academic performance, general behavior or attitude.
  • You are required to write a term paper and make a ten minute
    oral presentation about your tribe.
  • You are required to observe Quiet hours. Quiet hours are in
    effect to support an atmosphere conducive to studying. They are in effect at all areas in use during the Study Hours (7:00pm - 10:00pm) and any time scheduled classes are in session on Sunday evening through Friday afternoon.

 

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