Critical & Creative Thinking
Program Coordinator Handbook

Table of Contents of Student Handbook (plus indented annotations *)

The information in this handbook updates and supplements the latest Graduate Bulletin entry for CCT. It is arranged in an order that takes you through the sequence of issues you may have from when you are first interested in the program to when you are ready to complete your studies.
If you are reading a printed version of this handbook there will be some slightly mysterious text that indicates links on the web-version to material located elsewhere in the handbook.

Overview of Program

Joining the CCT Program

  • Taking single courses before applying or matriculating (= registering for a "non-degree course")
  • Application Procedures, Info, Tuition & Fees
  • Resources and Assistance:
  • Notes for Newly Admitted Students

    Moving along through the programs of study

  • Options and rationale for pre-capstone courses and capstone synthesis
  • Forms and information related to the steps involved in synthesis projects
  • Graduation
  • Reflecting on Your Developing Practice (during the program and at the end)
  • Forms, including

    Time line of things to do

    Before fall semester starts
    Start of fall semester
    Early in semester October Mid-semester Later in semester End of fall semester
    See above for Before spring semester starts | Start of spring semester | February/March | mid-semester | later in semester | end

    April/May During summer

    Other office work

    Computer records and other databases

    a. Database of students, alums, and others in the wider CCT community.
    b. E-mail
    c. Web site
    d. Other files
    e. Other Databases
    f. WISER system
    g. Backup

    files/ (of the old paper kind) and forms

    a. Prospective, current, and past students' folders
    b. Forms
    Not on line
    c. Master copies of publicity material and program info

    d. Syllabi and summaries of evaluations
    e. Faculty Advisor/Coordinator's folder and other folders about CCT

    Contact info & other arrangements

    a. GCOE

    Denise McNair, the assistant dean (7-76xx) is ultimately in charge of course and room scheduling, GAships, rooms and key requests, phone and computer hook up requests, hiring of part-timers, and other personnel matters, purchases, and other budgetary matters, such as guest speaker honoraria, and generally trying to juggle limited resources yet keep people happy. You may get these things bounced back to the Department before Ann will act. Be patient.
    Bernice Alexander (7-7606) is the dean's/college secretary. She has master keys to offices, handles requests for supplies (and has the key to the GCOE supply cabinet). She is also the person you go to ask how to get your paychecks on a weekly basis.
    Sade Johnson (7-7591) is the secretary of the C&I department, located on the second floor in W-2-93. CCT is officially part of C&I, and, in principle, the C&I secretary can help out with CCT work if it fits their work schedule. The C&I secretary also has a master key, gets continuing education course roster and grade sheets, faculty contracts, etc. sent to them, and collects syllabi at the start of the semester.

    b1. Graduate Records

    Margie Katz (7-6403) deals with graduation, but is also a problem solver.
    Lisa Lavely (7-6405) is the director and sends memos about "problem" students and other matters.
    b1. Graduate Admissions
    Maura Branley (7-6408) and Suddi St. Ives (7-6404) deal with admissions files and procedures.

    c. Graduate Studies

    Cheryl Harris (7-5702) with whom the GA needs to sign a contract in the beginning of each semester.
    Joan Liem (7-xx) Dean, dis/approves petitions when CCT students need to bend rules, but start with Rita Nethersole first.
    Rita Nethersole (7-5718) assistant dean is a CCT graduate.

    d. Continuing Education

    Wanda Willard (7-7915) is the main point of entry for course proposals for winter and summer sessions and for courses and programs CCT offers at other times.
    Elaine Sullivan (7-7915) is their assistant.
    Ann Holt and Joe Lally (7-7910) handles salary payments.

    e. Copyright Permissions
    n/a if material is put on electronic reserve

    f. Audiovisual Equipment
    can be booked at the Wheatley media center (7-5966) in room W 1-039 on a once-off or regular weekly basis. When GAs call to book, state that you are calling for Professor XX. Then, when you collect the equipment, remind them you're picking it up for Professor XX. GAs will need to turn in an ID to pick up equipment.

    g. Films and Videos
    can be ordered well in advance online or from the reserve desk. If UMass doesn't own what the faculty member wants, she'll try to borrow or buy it.

    h. Library Reserve and Reference
    Items to place on reserve (or electronic reserve) should be taken to the reserve desk on the 3rd floor a few weeks in advance of the semester. The reference section produces a very handy guide to using the library and its databases. Orientation sessions can be arranged for classes by calling Janet Dipaolo at 7-5939 or submitting the Library Instruction Request Form.

    i. Mailroom
    Bulk mailings need to be sorted in zip code order, and, unless they are thin and crisply folded items, secured with tape, not stapled. If they are to be charged to a special account, they need to be accompanied by a form (available from Ann carbone) specifying the account. It's usually best to walk the bulk mailings (or any other special delivery) over to the mailroom in the Quinn Admin. building, Lower Level. Bulk mailings need to specify NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION U.S. POSTAGE PAID BOSTON MAPERMIT NO. 52094 in a box in the top right hand corner.

    j. ACME
    no longer used for binding syn/theses

    k. Voicemail
    l. Applications m. CCT news
    n. Copying and Printing

    n.1. Xeroxing/Copying in Wheatley
    For occasional items, copying onto letterhead, preparing master copies for course packets, and rush items.

    n.2. The Reprographics Center in the Quinn Admin Bldg or Campus Center
    does more complicated jobs, including folding brochures. A form specifying the charge code and other details needs to be submitted with the computer file or camera-ready copy. They can advise you if you have questions.

    n.3. Computer printers
    Use chooser in the apple menu to select the Curriculum and Instruction's 4350 laser printer.

    o. Operations Manual
    This has been translated into the webpage you are reading. When you see mistakes, learn about new procedures and personnel, or have other ideas, don't keep them in your head or leave them on scraps of paper. Write them on the office master copy and tell the Program coordinator or web person to insert them to the computer version of it.

    p. Online courses - see detailed guide
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    Last update 18 Dec 08