April 2015 Parent Guide


Student Success

Talk to us and your student about summer at NDC!

Students should take advantage of their summer by enrolling in summer classes. This is a great time for students to catch up, to get ahead or improve their GPA.

What information do you need to help your student make a decision regarding summer classes?

First, determine if the student can take classes on campus or online at NDC. Some of the advantages to taking summer classes at NDC include:

  • Discounted tuition cost
  • A chance to improve their GPA
  • It's convenient – no need for transient forms or course evaluations!

Summer StudentsIf your student cannot commute to NDC or take advantage of our online classes, they could enroll in summer classes at an accredited college or university closer to home. If students need assistance with choosing a class or need to determine if the course will count towards their degree, they can see Anna Zaks, Director of Student Advising. She can also help students complete the required transient forms.

Please do not hesitate to contact NDC if any questions arise over the summer. Visit our parent resources page for contact information to various departments.

If students still need to register or make changes to their fall 2015 schedule, they can contact the following:

Anna Zaks – Director of Student Advising

216-373-5383 or azaks@ndc.edu

Dan Jones – Enrollment Counselor

216-373-5218 or djones@ndc.edu

Katie McMahon – Director of the Student Success Center

216-373-5327 or kmcmahon@ndc.edu

Thank you for being a part of the Parent Guide to NDC! As always, we are open to suggestions for topics or issues you would like us to cover in your newsletter. Feel free to email them to studentsuccess@ndc.edu.

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Textbook Buyback

Sell textbooks and return rentals during final exam week

Wednesday, May 6, and Thursday, May 7

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2-5 p.m.

Administration Building - Ground Floor

TextbooksTextbook Buyback Information

The best time for your student to sell textbooks back is at the end of each semester. When they sell back their books during final exam week, they are guaranteed to get the best price offered.By providing students the opportunity to sell their books back, this puts cash in their pockets and makes it possible for the NDC Virtual Bookstore to offer textbooks at a lower price to other students.

Factors that affect the buyback price offered for textbooks:

  1. The textbook is (or is not) being used next term: The textbooks have higher value if they are being reused by the bookstore the following semester.
  2. The condition of the textbook: Students may get a lower price (or nothing) if the books are in poor condition.
  3. The store’s stock-level for the textbook: Students get less if the bookstore is already fully stocked.
  4. The demand for the textbook. Higher demand equals higher dollars.
  5. Textbook bundles: If the books came with CDs or other components, make sure to sell them back with all of the components.
  6. The edition number: If a new edition is pending for the textbooks, they may have no value.

BackpackRental Return Information

The best time for student to return rental textbooks also is at the end of each semester during final exam week. Rental textbooks must be returned by the due date and in good condition, and there is no other cost. Failure to return by the due date or if a rental is returned in unusable condition, the student is then responsible for the replacement cost.  If students miss the opportunity to return their rental textbooks during final exam week, visit the NDC Virtual Bookstore for details. 

For more information or questions, please contact: 

Kristin Butterfield @ kbutterfield@ndc.edu / 216.373.5179

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Residence Life


Make sure your student checks out for summer break

All students are required to check out of the residence halls 24 hours after their last final or by 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 7—whichever comes first! NDC offers two options for check-out: traditional and express. But there are several things students need to do before they turn in their keys.

Check out all the residence hall check-out details in this PDF.

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Counseling Center

Prepare for first-year and graduating students returning home

With May right around the corner, students are gearing up for finals, looking forward to their last few days of classes and beginning to pack up their belongings to move back home for the summer. Two groups of students face unique challenges when returning home: first-year students and graduating seniors. More often than not, these students and their families are not prepared for the genuine transition that takes place.

FriendsFor students who have just completed their first year of college, returning home for the summer can be a readjustment. There are distinct social differences between living at home and living away at college. Returning students now have a whole new life filled with new friends and ideas, and they have an independence that’s separate from their families. For some students, while it may be great to be home, something will probably just feel "off" or "different." Most students will miss their friends and "freedom." It is important to talk to your student in a mature and open manner in order to make sure everyone in the family has the opportunity to discuss their expectations for the summer.

Further, a growing number of graduating seniors will be returning home after Commencement. Many affectionately refer to this group of students as the "boomerang students." Going away to college used to be the ultimate affirmation of independence. Nowadays, students find it difficult to live on their own in a struggling economy, with or without a job.

Most parents are delighted to have their student back home for a few weeks or months. However, the return of their child can come with some bumps and hurdles. Just as the return home for the summer is a readjustment period for students, parents go through their own transition phase. Parents have adjusted to having one less person at home, creating a whole new family dynamic. Many families may struggle with redefining or re-establishing previously accepted house rules.

It is important to remain calm, open and to work with your student. We at the counseling center are happy to be a support to you and your family, and we encourage you to refer your student to the Counseling Center if they are already expressing concerns about leaving campus in May.

Article Adapted from UCLA Parents Newsletter

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Other Important Dates and Links

Important Dates

April 25 – Sibs & Kids Weekend 2015

April 29 – FESPY Awards, 7 p.m.

May 1 – Last Day of Spring Semester Classes

May 4-7 – Final Exam Week

May 7 – Residence Halls Close, 7 p.m.

May 9 – Baccalaureate Hooding Ceremony/Mass 10:30 a.m.

May 10 – Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

Important Links

Undergraduate Commencement Information

2015-2016 Tuition & Fees

NDC to Enhance Entrepreneurship Program with Grant Funding 

2015-2016 FAFSA

Final Exam Schedule, Summer 2015 & Fall 2015 Course Schedule

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