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Chapter 1

This chapter will give you:

• A better understanding of and appreciation for the history and mission of

the university

• Increased awareness of the organization and structure of the university

• An understanding of the importance of a liberal arts education

• An understanding of the importance of accreditation


Whatever your reasons for choosing Troy University, you’ve made an excellent

choice. TROY received national acclaim when it was recognized as one of the top

five recipients of an award from the National Higher Education NACUBO

(National Association of College and University Business Offices). This award was

presented in recognition of the University’s outstanding achievements in improving

the quality and reducing the cost of higher education programs. Money Magazine

rated TROY as one of the top 25 ―best buys‖ in the nation among public colleges

and universities, and the U.S. News and World Report 1999 College Guide

named TROY one of the top southern regional universities.

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(Brenda Campbell)

The institution began in February 1887, when the Alabama Legislature created the Troy
Normal School with the purpose of training public elementary school teachers. In 1873,
normal schools were located in Florence, Huntsville, and Marion.

In 1883, normal schools were established in Jacksonville and Livingston. The
Legislature’s appropriation for the school in Troy was $30,000, which was designated
for salaries. In return, the city was responsible for the site, building, and staff for the
elementary training school. Due to the expectations placed on the city, the
establishment of the school was delayed. During this time, public schools were not
wellestablished; however, Troy did have approximately 14 private schools, which were
very transient in nature. A steering committee made up of influential citizens conducted
public meetings that eventually led to city approval of the bid for the institution.

The Normal School was located on a small lot near the center of town which presently
serves as the location of the City Hall complex (the area at the corner of College,
Academy, and North Brundidge streets). The main building was not completed until
February 1888. Since the first class of students began in September of 1887, classes
met temporarily at the old Female Seminary on the Academy Street side of the campus
and in two nearby residences. The Normal School belonged to the town at this time and
was governed by a board of trustees who were mostly from the Troy area. The first
chair of the Board was Troy attorney J.D. Gardner, whose daughter Catherine Gardner
(namesake of Gardener Hall women’s residence), was an original member of the
Normal School faculty. Troy Mayor Charles Henderson, who later served as Governor
of Alabama, served as chair of the Board for quite some time and became permanent
secretary-treasurer of the body. However, a statewide board of trustees was appointed
for all normal schools in 1911.

Initially, there were 12 faculty members at Troy Normal School. Six taught normal
classes (these included the city high school), and six taught the training school grades
1–8 (the city elementary school). The first president was Joseph M.Dill, former principal
and teacher at Troy Male High School since 1885. Dill, who was deaf, was unable to
debate the school’s critics who attacked the whole idea of normal schools and was
replaced at the end of one year by President Edwin Eldridge.

Edward Shackelford, who was Eldridge’s assistant at Troy Male High School, became
the third president. Shackelford was the son-in-law of T.K. Brantley, influential Troy
merchant and chairman of the elementary school board.

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In 1887–1888, the Normal School had 80 students in the three-year program of study
which was equivalent to grades 9, 10, and 11 in present-day schools. Soon, a fourth
year was added for the 12th grade equivalent. It was not until 1893 that the Alabama
Legislature changed the name to Troy State Normal College and officially authorized it
to grant bachelor’s degrees. By 1915, the Troy Normal diploma was equivalent to a
current associate in arts degree at an accredited junior college.

In 1929 and 1930, the third and fourth years of college work were added. In the early
years, the normal schools did not charge tuition for future teachers. Later, smaller fees
were levied and gradually increased.

On the Move . . .

In 1911, the Legislature appropriated $40,000 for the first women’s dormitory at Troy
Normal. Under the leadership of Shackelford, the new statewide board purchased 80
acres of land at the present-day Trojan Terrace. However, the State could not fund the
appropriation until 1915, when Charles Henderson was Governor. Opposed to the
move, he was able to block the removal of the Troy campus from the downtown area.

In 1919, Governor Thomas Kilby’s administration appropriated $30,000 for a new
training school at Troy. Troy Normal bought 373 acres of the W.B. Folmar farm that
became the present-day location of TROY. In 1924, Spanish-styled Kilby Hall (the lab
school) was constructed at the present site of the Adams Administration Building.

Getting to Know Troy University

This was the only building at this new location. In 1925, a swimming pool was
constructed and opened to the city’s children. The pool was located across from the
present Chancellor’s home. In 1927, the administration of Governor Bibb Graves (the
―Education Governor‖) allocated $400,000 for future construction at Troy. In 1929, Troy
State Normal College became Troy State Teachers College. In 1929, Bibb Graves and
Shackelford Halls were constructed in the Georgian design. These buildings were
occupied in 1930.

Because times were very hard during the Depression, the campus was unable to pay its
teachers, so they taught with salaries in arrears. Even though the Olmstead Brothers,
renowned architects of Central Park and the Biltmore Estate, had designed the campus
to include beautiful outdoor parks, little money was available to improve the physical
appearance of the campus.Therefore, early landscaping was donated by local citizens.
Shackelford retired in 1936 at the age of 71. During his tenure, the University first
gained regional accreditation by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern
Association of Colleges and Schools in 1934.

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Great growth under Dr. Charles B. Smith . . .

Dean of Faculty, Matthew Dower Pace, was appointed president for a one-year term
from 1936–37. One of Dean Pace’s most worthy achievements was to pay the debt
owed to teachers who had taught with their salaries in arrears during the Depression.

Succeeding Pace was Charles Bunyan Smith, the only alumnus to serve as president of
the Troy Normal School. Dr. Smith completed the high school and junior college
courses at Troy Normal while teaching school periodically in Covington and Crenshaw
counties in order to pay for his living expenses. He taught in the Troy Normal summer
school upon graduation from the school at age 26. Smith became the Director of
Instruction in the Alabama Department of Education. He studied curriculum
development at Columbia University. Smith was well attuned to the community’s desire
for a competitive football team and supervised the team closely. One of his most
memorable additions to the campus was the Memorial Stadium. He also instituted the
first retention program when he appointed the first social director and counselor at Troy
Normal. A formal office for recruitment was not established until 1952.

In 1939, the Troy State Teachers College was among the seven institutions in the
American Council on Education’s five-year program for studying teacher training. In the
1940’s, the college started training secondary teachers as well as elementary teachers.
In 1957, the school’s name was broadened to Troy State College and the first master’s
degree program was offered. Smith saw the enrollment of the school grow from 326 in
1937 to 1948 in the post WWII era. The campus also grew from three buildings in 1937
to 15 structures during Smith’s tenure. Since only a limited program of financial aid
existed at the time, hard labor crews of students earned some federal money while
improving the campus through projects such as damming the lagoon, grading the golf
course, and paving numerous projects. In 1961, Smith was succeeded by Frank R.
Stewart, who was the incumbent State Superintendent of Education at that time.
Stewart died of a heart attack in March 1964, at the age of 54, after three years of
service as president of the college.

The Adams Era . . .

Dr. Ralph W. Adams, close friend of Alabama Governor George C. Wallace, was
chosen as the seventh president of Troy State College in 1964. Dr. Adams had
previously served as the Acting Dean of the Air University Law School and retired

with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also held the rank of major general in the
Alabama National Guard. Adams was named the Director of Selective Service in
Alabama in 1962 and served on Governor Wallace’s cabinet from 1963–1964.

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Due to the growth of its specialized programs, the division of the University into five
colleges/schools each headed by a dean who works under the direction of the Provost
was required. As early as 1951, extension courses were being taught at the Ft. Rucker
Army Base and in Montgomery, Alabama. A center at Maxwell-Gunter Air Force Base
was established in 1965 followed by a branch in Phenix City, Alabama, in 1966. By
legislative act, Troy State became a university (Troy State University) in 1967. Under
Dr. Adams’ leadership, other campus sites were established to meet the needs of
military personnel. In 1973, Troy State developed sites in the European division.
Subsequent growth in these off-campus programs led to the establishment of the
University College division which was responsible for the delivery of off-campus and
out-of-state educational programs, designed to meet the needs of adult learners. Troy
State University–Montgomery was accredited as a separate degree granting institution
in 1983. Troy State University–Dothan was accredited as a separate institution in 1985.

Present day TROY . . .

Our present Chancellor, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., came to Troy State University in 1989.
Before coming to Troy State, he was President of the Alabama School for the Deaf and
Blind in Talladega, Alabama. Under Hawkins’ leadership, the University has
experienced phenomenal growth. Some examples include:

• All sixteen Trojan intercollegiate sports programs playing under the official school
colors of cardinal, silver, and black are classified as NCAA Division I.

• The Quest for Excellence, TROY’s first comprehensive fund-raising campaign
provided new buildings or renovations at each Alabama campus.

• Both the curriculum and student body at TROY have been internationalized. In 1989,
only 21 international students representing 13 foreign countries attended TROY. In
2004, more than 400 international students were enrolled on the Troy campus.

• The Global Campus division, which offers degree programs at 50 military installations
and metropolitan sites in 12 states and five nations, has been expanded to include
locations such as Vietnam.

• The Distance Learning division which allows students to attain both undergraduate
and graduate degrees via Internet courses was established.

• Across the board, the curriculum has been upgraded by the replacement of outdated
majors with more current programs.

Our Future . . .

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From its Normal School beginnings in 1887, the University has grown to a worldwide
education system which now serves approximately 27,000 students worldwide.
Approximately 5,200 of these students are educated at the Troy, Alabama, campus,
which now encompasses 577 acres. As a publicly assisted institution of higher
education, the University operates under the direction of a board of trustees, the state
superintendent of education, and nine members who are appointed by the governor with
the advice and consent of the Alabama Senate.

The University on-campus programs operate on the semester system, offering
associate, bachelors, masters, and educational specialist degrees in a variety of
programs to both traditional and non-traditional students. A strong liberal arts core
remains an integral part of all undergraduate programs.

Getting to Know Troy University

Beginning in 2003, the University administration implemented a transition to merge the
three separately accredited universities within the Troy State University System (TROY-
Troy, TROY-Montgomery, and TROY-Dothan) into ―One Great University:‖ Troy
University. In April of 2004, the Board of Trustees voted to drop ―State‖ from the
University’s name to better reflect the institution’s worldwide mission. On August 1,
2005, all campuses were officially unified under one academic accreditation, thus
allowing the University to function in a more streamlined manner and to better serve its
students through its mission and institutional objectives.

Troy University Mission Statement

Troy University is a public institution comprised of a network of campuses throughout
Alabama and worldwide. International in scope, Troy University provides a variety of
educational programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels for a diverse student
body in traditional, nontraditional, and emerging electronic formats. Academic programs
are supported by a variety of student services which promote the welfare of the
individual student. Troy University’s dedicated faculty and staff promote discovery and
exploration of knowledge and its application to life-long success through effective
teaching, service, creative partnerships, scholarship, and research.

Institutional Objectives

•To provide educational programs that enhance students’ ability to read, write, compute,
speak effectively, and think critically.

•To prepare students to demonstrate competence in their chosen field(s) of study at the
appropriate degree levels and to encourage excellence in student


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•To provide undergraduate, graduate and continuing educational programs for both
professional advancement and personal enrichment.

• To encourage and reward excellence in teaching.

• To encourage and provide essential resource services for creative activities and

• To provide a variety of public services to enhance the well-being of the

University and its community.

• To provide equitable opportunities for all students, staff, and faculty, including

women, minorities, and individuals with disabilities.

       ―Getting a good education is very important to me. There are many reasons that I
       chose to attend college. The most outstanding reason that brought me here is
       the rising requirements in the job force. Without a college degree, a person has a
       very thin chance of having a decent future. Employers are looking for people who
       have proven themselves, who have taken the initiative to learn about their
       chosen field.‖ B.C.

What is Global Campus and where is it?

Global Campus is responsible for the delivery of off-campus, out-of-state educational
programs. Global Campus is comprised of five geographic regions: Atlantic, Southeast,
Western, Pacific and International, with over 60 branches and teaching sites, based not
only on or near military installations to serve military and civilian personnel and their
dependents, but also within large metroplexes and at partnership universities over-seas.
Courses and degrees are delivered at times and in formats that fit the need of adult
learners who have full-time employments, work shifts, and are prone to short-notice
moves. Global Campus also administers Troy University’s online distance learning
program, eCampus. Students are able to complete a quality TROY education in a web-
based format or by combining in-class and distance learning courses to fit their
schedule. University College receives no State funding and is reliant on tuition dollars
for its operation.

The University, under the administration of Global Campus, offers degree programs in
Guam, Germany, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Taiwan, United Arab
Emirates, and Vietnam. Programs are also offered in the United States

in Arizona, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, New Mexico, Montana, Pennsylvania,

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South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Washington State.

What does the fact that the University is accredited mean to you?

To accredit means to certify as meeting a prescribed standard. Accreditation is the
granting of approval to an institution of learning by an official review board after the
school has met specific requirements. TROY is accredited by the Southern Association
of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACS) to award the associate,
bachelor’s, masters and education specialist degrees. The University is also accredited
by the National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education to award the
bachelor’s, master’s, and education specialist degrees. The University Bulletin lists
other associations, councils, and assemblies in which the school holds membership.



The MAPP Test

That the University is accredited means that its programs have met specific
requirements as determined by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools
(SACS) Commission on Colleges, the accrediting agency. Through the MAPP
Examination, the University assesses its general studies curriculum to determine
whether or not it meets requirements for accreditation. The exam is administered
several times each semester. All students who are classified as juniors are required to
take this examination in order to graduate. Notation that the exam has been taken is
placed on the student’s transcript.


Many students are concerned about how they will pay for their college education.
Sometimes it may become necessary for a student to apply for financial aid in order to
meet the cost of education. The TROY Financial Aid Office has the philosophy that no
one should be denied post-secondary education because of a lack of funds. Financial
assistance is available in the form of grants, loans, scholarships, or employment. For
additional information, see ―Financial Assistance‖ in your Undergraduate Catalog. Note:
Please see the student refund policy in Chapter 8.


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       ―The reason why I chose TROY is the Athletics program. I was offered a full
       scholarship to play basketball right out of high school. When I came for a visit, I
       really liked what I saw—the newly remodeled science labs, the small campus,
       the nice dorms, and the friendly people. Coach Hester and Brad West had an
       influence on my decision to come to TROY.‖ ( Jenn)

The Troy University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics is a member of the National
Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and competes at the Division I level. The
University sponsors sixteen major sports: seven men’s sports, (football, basketball,
baseball, cross-country, track and field, golf, and tennis), and nine women’s sports
(basketball, cross-country, track and field (indoor and outdoor), softball, tennis,
volleyball, golf, and soccer). TROY sports teams have a history of success at every
level. In all, TROY has earned 11 national championships in four different sports— more
than any other school in the State.


Athletics gives you something to do instead of getting into trouble. It lets you get
involved in school activities, and it’s something you can enjoy every single day. In
athletics, as well as in life, you must be physically and mentally strong and ready to do
what you have to. When students are involved in athletics, it gives them motivation to
keep their grades up so they can stay on the team. . . . ―I feel that I am a part of
something really good.‖ ( Josh)


University is a broad term that includes all of the schools, colleges, and departments
operating under one administration. Understanding the overall structure, function, and
mission of the University will increase your knowledge of your own educational process
and will assist you in developing and refining your individual goals.

Troy University operates under the direction of a board of trustees; chancellor, the
highest administrative office; vice chancellors; associate vice chancellors; provost;
associate provosts; deans; associate deans; directors and department chairs.


Some of the benefits of a liberal arts education include:
• Increased ability to think critically and solve complex problems
• Greater appreciation and understanding of diverse points of view
• Enhanced teamwork and communication skills
• More intellectual interests and continued pursuit of learning throughout life

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At TROY, a strong liberal arts core is an integral part of the undergraduate programs.
―Liberal Education is the study of the liberal arts—that is history, philosophy, and the
abstract sciences, language, and any other discipline whose study is thought to foster
general intellectual ability. For the Greeks it meant education conducive to a
Harmonious development of the mind and body.For others it has meant education that
is universal rather than provincial; knowledge for its own sake; study that creates an
awareness of alternatives; discipline of the mental faculties; classical learning as distinct
from the study of scientific or the contemporary; or general studies as opposed to
specialized or vocational training‖ (Renner). Liberal Arts and Sciences is a term which
generally refers to a curriculum of study in the natural sciences, social sciences, and the

The natural sciences include biology, geology, mineralogy, physics, and chemistry. The
social sciences include the study of anthropology, economics, history, political science,
social psychology, sociology, criminology, and law. The humanities include the
disciplines of architecture, art, dance, English, foreign languages, history, literature,
music, philosophy, theology, jurisprudence, and archaeology.


What do you expect to gain from a university education?

In which TROY college is your major field of study?

Knowing the objectives of the particular college in which your major field of study is
located will enable you to communicate effectively your career goals. TROY has five
academic colleges, each headed by a dean. The following information is excerpted from
the University Catalog.



College of Arts and Sciences
115 Math/Science Complex

College of Communication and Fine Arts
214 Wright Hall

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College of Education
335 Hawkins Hall

College of Health and Human Services
50 Collegeview Building

Sorrell College of Business
206 McCartha Hall/ 131 Bibb Graves Hall

Arts and Sciences
The College of Arts and Sciences is dedicated to the questioning, creation, and
transmission of knowledge. Historically and functionally, the College is the core of the
modern university and views creativity, inquiry, and understanding as among the
greatest values in human experience. The departments of the College of Arts and
Sciences at TROY are Aerospace Studies, Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Criminal
Justice and Social Sciences, English, Foreign Languages, History, Mathematics and
Physics, Military Science, and Physical Sciences.

Sorrell College of Business

The programs of the Sorrell College of Business are designed to develop future leaders
of the private, public, and governmental sectors. The College offers an array of quality
academic programs designed to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century and to
teach the skills and attitudes necessary to understand and cope successfully with the
rapidly changing international world of business, industry, and government. Accounting
and Finance; Information Systems; and Marketing, Management, and Economics are
the three departments within the Sorrell College of Business.

College of Education

The College of Education provides undergraduate and graduate students opportunities
which will enable them to become contributing members of society. The college
provides courses, research, independent assignments, laboratory and field experiences,
and involvement with professional associations and organizations. The programs in the
College are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All
teacher education programs are approved by the Alabama State Board of Education

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and are nationally accredited by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher
Education. The College is comprised of two departments: Curriculum and Teaching and
Psychology, Counseling, and Foundation of Education.

College of Communication and Fine Arts

The College of Communication and Fine Arts has a mission to provide excellence in
instruction in selected communication and fine arts disciplines along with practical
experiences in journalism, mass communication, music, speech communication, theatre
and visual arts. The College is comprised of the Hall School of Journalism, John M.
Long School of Music, the Department of Art and Design, and the Department of
Speech and Theatre.

College of Health and Human Services

The College of Health and Human Services was formed in 1994 to provide quality
education for professional practice in a variety of areas associated with health and
human services. The college is committed to the development of its students into
knowledgeable, caring, responsive, and self-directed individuals able to meet the health
and human caring needs of a diverse and complex society. Within the College of Health
and Human Services are the School of Nursing, the Department of Human Services,
and the Department of Sports Medicine and Athletic Training Education Program.


Excellence in Teaching: The Ingalls Award

The Ingalls Foundation sponsors an annual award for excellence in classroom teaching.
Each year an elected panel of students recommends for this honor the faculty member
who ―has most diligently, effectively, cheerfully, and outstandingly conducted his or her
classes or courses of instruction.‖ The students’ selection is referred to the Chancellor
for approval.


Implemented during the fall semester of 2007, First-Year Studies is a comprehensive
program that focuses on students who are making the transition from high school or
post-high school experiences to the university experience. This program promotes an
understanding of and appreciation for academic success as well as for personal, social,
and career enrichment; encourages civic and campus engagement; orientates students
to the University and its policies and resources; and fosters the development of positive
relations between and among students, faculty, and staff. An overarching goal of the
FYSP is to enhance student retention and graduation. Ultimately, the program aims to

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assist students in maximizing their potential for success as individuals, citizens, and
leaders. The chart on the next page shows the organization of the FYS program.


During the Fall Semester, 2007, the Troy Campus of the University began a First-Year
Reading Initiative to foster integrated learning among entering freshmen. One of the
goals of this reading initiative is to promote a variety of perspectives reflecting each
discipline involved on a common literary work. This, in turn, is meant to sharpen the
analytical skills of first year students at Troy University and to remind them that different
college subjects are not to be learned in their own respective vacuums. Seemingly
unrelated subjects can be integrated for a holistic approach to learning.

All new first-year students are required to read the book before the start of classes in
August. At the annual training seminar for instructors of the freshman orientation
course, TROY 1101, instructors discuss possible topics for discussion and approaches
to teaching the selected book. The seminar is open to any faculty, staff, and students
who wish to attend. Students receive credit through their orientation classes for their
participation in activities related to the book.

During the two days prior to the start of school, a number of discussion sessions are
held throughout the campus for students. These discussions are led by faculty, staff,
and students, alone or in combination. Special sessions are held for student groups,
such as sororities, athletes, and others.

Selection Process

The Common Reading Book Selection Committee is made up a diverse group of faculty
and staff selected by the Dean of First-Year Studies. Before a final choice is made, a
student focus group is asked to give input regarding the top three selections.

Gayle Nelson, Director of Instructional Design and Educational Resources


An Overview

• Troy University’s online programs are an important and growing part of the university’s
mission. TROY offers a variety of online courses and degree programs that may be
completed entirely online. Online education gives you the opportunity to advance your
learning without having to come to the TROY campus. The online courses are
conducted entirely through the Internet, allowing you to receive assignments, submit
coursework, and interact with your professor and other students via your computer. The
courses are primarily asynchronous, which means you don’t have to be at your

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computer at the same time as others. You will spend much of your time reading and
responding by sending messages within the online classroom environment.

• A new addition to your Blackboard courses fall of 2008 is a program called Wimba.
This new program will allow you to view and interact audio and visually with your
instructor, and also provide students and faculty with an instant messaging service,
introducing a more robust and synchronous learning environment.

• eCampus is truly ―Your future on your terms.‖

The Online Learning Environment

• Although online communication is generally asynchronous (i.e., you don’t have to log
in at a certain time), the actual course content is very structured. Normally assignments
will be grouped by weeks or by modules and will be due on certain dates chosen by the
instructor. Online classes are not easier than on-campus classes; in fact, many times
they are more difficult because the student has to be very self-motivated.

• An online education can offer opportunities for students to pursue their educational
objectives when attending school in a traditional classroom is not practical. With
eCampus, a quality education is now available when and where it is convenient for the
student. All Troy University programs are accredited through the Commission on
Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

• In your online TROY 1101 eCourse, there are numerous documents under the tab on
―How To‖ Be A Successful Online Learner.

• The online degree programs offered by eCampus can be found here:

Admission to eCampus

• Review the admission requirements. The admission policies of TROY are designed to
meet your needs. Most applicants who have a high school diploma or the equivalent
can be admitted and register for undergraduate courses. By the end of the first
semester, a student who plans to earn a degree at TROY must make sure that official
transcripts have been sent from each institution previously attended. admissionrequirements.htm

• Complete the online application for admission. If this is your first course at Troy
University, you’ll need to complete an application for admission. Remember to include
your application fee, and request official transcripts from any school you have attended.
After you complete the application for admission you will receive notification of your

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status and guidance on how to complete the final steps to becoming a TROY student.

• Register for courses. Once you have been admitted, the next step is to register for
classes. Please register early. Check the schedule of online

classes for specific course information before registering. Getting registered for classes is easy
using Trojan Web Express! You can register online in minutes!

Frequently Asked Questions

You can find the answers to many of your questions (like the examples shown here) at
this site address:

Q: How does distance learning work?

Q: Can I earn a complete degree online?

Q: Will my diploma read any different than any other TROY diploma?

Q: How computer literate do I need to be and what are the technological requirements?

Q: How many terms are there in a year?

Q: What is the tuition?

Q: Do I have to pay out-of-state tuition if I don’t live in Alabama?

Q: How do I know what programs you offer and what classes are available each term?

Q: Does TROY accept Federal Financial Aid, VA, and TA

Q: I am in the Navy, Army, Army National Guard, Air Force, or Coast Guard. Are there
special programs for me and how do I find out about them?

Q: OK. I want to enroll. Now what?

Q: Do you accept transfer credit and how and when it is evaluated?

Q: Can I register at any time?

Q: How do I pay?

Q: How do I get access to Blackboard and my courses?

Q: What is a proctor? Do I need one? How do I get one?

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Q: Where and how do I get my books and/or materials?

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eCampus Help

• 1-800-414-5756 24 hours/7 days

• Email:

• Web: For specific points of contact—

• Directory: For eCampus departments and employees—

Good luck in your pursuit of higher education!


An Overview

• Blackboard is a comprehensive eLearning platform that delivers a course through the
flexibility of the Internet. This system offers you a set of tools, functions, and features to
have an interactive learning experience. Using Blackboard’s many features, you are
able to read announcements, access assignments, take tests, upload projects, and
communicate with the instructor and other students.

Access Is Simple as 1, 2, 3 . . .

• Go to

• You will need to be registered. Your Username is the same as your Trojan

Web Express and email.

• Your Blackboard password is initially set to the last 4 digits of your SSN. International
students’ password is initially set to the birthday and month. For example: June 5
birthday would be 0605.

Blackboard Help

• 1-800-414-5756 24/7

• Email:

• Web:

More in-depth information is found in the Blackboard Guide entitled Navigating
Blackboard Guide at the end of this book.

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A mass communication system allows Troy University to provide accurate, timely
information to the University community about a variety of unexpected events including
emergency broadcasts, alerts, weather advisories, school closing, class cancellation,
and significant maintenance events. These emergency notices can be delivered to a
variety of electronic devices.

The subscription service allows the end-user to enlist an electronic device as a
supplemental contact. Currently, the university utilizes many electronic systems for
dissemination of unexpected event notifications. A list of current systems follows:

• Website notices to

• Website notices to

• Email to Trojan Email account

• Audible Alerts (limited use)

• Digital Signs (limited use)

For more information, consult the SOS webpage. (


Troy Inclement Weather and Emergency Situations Policy

Both faculty and students are responsible for meeting all assigned classes. In the event
of inclement weather, faculty and students will be expected to attend classes as usual
as long as they do so without risk of peril to themselves or to others. During periods of
inclement weather, faculty and students will not be penalized for absences dictated by
perilous conditions. In severe cases of inclement weather or other emergency
conditions, the Office of the Provost will announce cancellation of classes through the
local and regional media as well as through the university’s website.

Visit for the latest information regarding current weather and emergency


Fort Rucker NEXRAD

National Weather Service


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National Weather Service’s Storm Prediction Center

US East Coast Satellite Image


National Hurricane Center

Geostationary Satellite Server (Atlantic Hurricane Region)

(Source: Troy University Website)

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You will need information from Chapter 1 and a copy of the Troy University
Undergraduate Catalog.

1. What names have been associated with Troy University beginning with its

founding? (Be sure to include dates.)

2. Who is the present Chancellor of Troy University and who was the first president

of the Troy Normal School?

3. Name the only alumnus to serve as president of the college.

4. How are online courses conducted?

5. Which degrees are offered by the Troy University system?

6. Why is it important that a school be accredited? How does accreditation affect

Financial Aid?

7. Which women’s and men’s intercollegiate sports are offered at TROY?

8. Name the five colleges within the University and the dean for each college.

9. TROY’s mascot is the ______________________ and the official school colors

are _____________________.

10. What is the First-Year Studies Program?


1. Photographic Essay. Choose a theme on which to create a photographic essay about
the TROY campus. Then take pictures to develop your theme. Write an explanation of
how each picture supports your theme. See your instructor for additional instructions
regarding taking the pictures.

2. Interview the Chancellor, Provost, a vice president, or the dean of the college of your
major. Ask your instructor to review the questions that you plan to ask the interviewee.
Write a two-page report on this interview.


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1. Give a 3–5 minute speech on why you came to college and what you hope to gain
from this experience.


English, Van. Beyond the Normal: The Centennial History of Troy State University

Troy: Troy U P, 1988.

Renner, Richard R. ―Liberal Education.‖ Encyclopedia Americana Online. Grolier 2001. (February 21, 2001).

Troy University Undergraduate Catalog 2009–2010.


I allow Truth and integrity to guide my goals.

I persevere by Remembering my predecessors.

I acknowledge that Openness promotes new concepts and ideas.

I celebrate our differences Justly and respectfully.

I strive for continued success by Aiming for excellence.

I will contribute to the Troy University legacy, Now and forever.


1. Write a paper on your interpretation of the Troy University Student Creed. Give
examples of specific ways you can demonstrate the actions expressed in the creed.

2. Interview six students (one for each line of the creed) and record their attitudes,
feelings, and/or interpretation of one line of the creed. Prepare an essay using
responses gathered.

3. With members of a small group, produce a computer-based or video presentation
entitled, What the Troy University Student Creed Means to Me.

4. Using photographs, prepare a presentation depicting Troy students adhering to the
ideals of the creed. The presentation may be a poster project, slideshow, photographic
exhibit, etc.

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5. With a group of classmates, prepare a dramatic recitation of the Troy University
Student Creed. Be creative and expressive!

6. Write a description of the ―model‖ Troy University student who upholds all the ideals
expressed in the creed. Give specific examples.

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