Department of Educational Services (DES)

Welcome by the Vice Provost for Educational Services & Chair of DES

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to DES.

DES plays a key role in supporting all students and faculty at SGU. The academic and professional success of all our students is our primary goal, central to the university's mission statement.

DES is comprised of many dedicated academic professionals.  Along with our friendly support staff, we provide many student and faculty academic support services.  DES works closely with all schools and programs, as well as the Dean of Student's Office, in order to provide custom-tailored support regarding academic and non-academic issues.

DES’ programs strive to offer SGU students with cutting edge academic support.  Most fundamentally, DES assists students individually and in groups as they prepare for course and licensure examinations.  Some of these programs have also been internationally recognized.  

St. George's University prides itself as an excellent teaching institution.  To assure instruction at the highest level, DES also offers a Faculty Development program designed to support faculty in their pursuit of excellence in scholarship, teaching and learning.  

DES Faculty participate in several central university committees, thereby ensuring that student academic welfare and faculty teaching effectiveness receives primary consideration.  DES' status as a university-wide entity allows the unit to provide students and faculty the assistance they need to perform at the very highest level.

DES is a central and established part of the academic culture of SGU.  It is our goal to enhance the educational experience of students and faculty members so as to promote academic excellence throughout the institution.  An additional, exciting, development is that DES will also offer a Masters in Education through the School of Graduate Studies starting in the Fall 2016 semester.

Please explore this section of the SGU website to learn more about DES, or contact us directly with your questions. Our offices are open 8:00 am to 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, where you can also reach us by telephone at (473) 444-5008.

Glen Jacobs, D.Ed.

Programs for Students and Faculty Include:

The Specialized English Language Program (SELP) offers classes and workshops as well as individualized programs focusing on reading efficiency and comprehension, writing, oral communication, pronunciation, and grammatical accuracy. Additionally, the program offers an English Medical Communications Skills course.

The Supplemental Learning (SL) Program runs weekly small group review sessions, hosts an assortment of on-line modules and small group facilitator training workshops to facilitators and Clinical Tutors, and provides general support to SGU’s collaborative learning community.

The Academic Enhancement Program (AEP) is a support program for selected students in their first year in the School of Medicine or School of Veterinary Medicine. This retention initiative includes review group sessions, personal advising, and access to other DES programs as needed.

Learning Strategies Program  is designed to provide personalized, one-on-one guidance where specific learning gaps are identified and skills are developed. Common issues include: Time ManagementTest Taking SkillsFocusStress and Anxiety Management, and Taking/Making Notes

Faculty Development: Supporting faculty in their pursuit of excellence in scholarship, teaching and learning is the mission of the faculty development program at SGU. Faculty can join one of the regular “Let’s Talk Teaching and Learning” sessions, access resources, receive consultation, attend workshops, or participate in faculty orientation programs. Look on our Faculty Development site on Sakai or just drop in for a visit.

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