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Calculate the dollar cost per class. Good education does not come cheaply.

To maximize your return on your investment students have told me these things helped them:

1. Be present: Be physically (your body in the classroom) and mentally (your mind in the classroom and not on twitter, facebook, or anything else electronic) present.

2. Participate: Share your wisdom and experience in class when appropriate; be more than merely present. Others might learn from YOU.

3. Prepare : Read all material assigned before class. Buy the book. Do the work.

Ruth R. O'Keefe, J.D., MBA, CPA
Professor of Accounting and Business Law
Jacksonville University

Student Responsibility

"Learning results from what the student does and thinks and only from what the student does and thinks.

The teacher can advance learning only by influencing what the student does to learn." – Herbert A. Simon, Nobel Laureate

As a student, you get out of your JU education what you put into it…put forth the effort to make it worthwhile.

Dr. Chris Robertson
Assistant Professor
School of Education​

Building Communication

Good communication with your professors is key.

Make a point early in the semester to visit your professor during their office hours, even if it's simply to review your syllabus with them.

If you cannot visit them during their office hours, email them to make an appointment to meet with them.

As always, when you email any of your professors, remember that you are sending a professional email.

Clearly communicate which course you are in, and always proofread your email for proper grammar and spelling before sending.

It's also a good idea to send an email to let each of your professors know before you are going to miss a class (traveling for sports, job interviews, etc) that you will be unable to attend a class.

Make sure to attach any supporting documentation. Your professors are fantastic resources.

The better you communicate with your professors, the stronger your relationship with them will be.


Dr. Eliz​​abeth Porter
Department of Economics
Davis College of Business
Jacksonville University

Knowing Your Resources

Go see your professors during their office hours, and go see your faculty advisor prior to registering for classes.






Dr. Kim Capriotti
Associate Professor of Accounting and Finance


At Jacksonville University each faculty member is devoted to the task of helping each student become well rounded in a variety of venues (both academic and non-academic) so that they can succeed in life and be a role model for others.





Dr. Carole C. Barnett
Associate Professor
Interdisciplinary Humanities
Chair/Coordinator Humanities Department

Never give up

It is never too late to study for a class before the final exam. You get what you put in!




Dr. Jack Huang
Assistant Professor
of Chemistry (Physical)



Press on!

Go to class every single day—it will make your life and your college career incredibly easy!




Dr. Richard Gibson
Professor of English

Great Expectations

Although the college classroom may look and feel very similar to high school at times, the academic expectations are very different.

University classes automatically expect that at the minimum you will show up for class, read the text, and do the assigned homework (additional work may be necessary depending on the individual).

Unlike high school, simply showing up will not guarantee you a C much less a passing grade.

Dr. Christopher M. Potratz
Assistant Professor of Chemistry

The Best Provision

"Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today." (Malcolm X)".





Dr. John C. Shaw
Assistant Professor of Management
Davis College of Business




Better Late

If you register late for a course (i.e., in the first week of the semester, such that you miss the first day), visit the instructor's office and/or send the instructor an e-mail immediately.

We cover valuable information the first few days, and you do need to be caught up before you arrive at your first class meeting. Ask to discuss the syllabus, the course expectations, and the first assignments.

Dr. W. Brian Lane
Assistant Professor of Physics
Nelms Science Bldg.

Waste not; want not!

Bring organization, preparation, and concentration to the process in such a way that they will nurture professional and personal growth.

Efficient time management fosters effective creative work.

Wasted time results in wasted talent.




Prof. De​borah Jordan
Assistant Professor of Theatre Arts 

Habit is a second nature…

If students follow these three steps during their college life, they will encounter a higher rate of success in school.

These simple steps are: attend all of your classes, do all the assigned work, ask for help when needed.

The beauty of acquiring these habits is that it will take you to places even after you graduate.


Prof. Maria Gonzalez
Instructor of Spanish


Learn to reach out to others, celebrate, and share the unique experiences you bring to the JU teaching and learning community.




Dr. Tammy Ryan
Assistant Professor of Reading Education
Director of Reading
School of Education

I think; therefore…

Think beyond the minimum when answering a problem/question.

Demonstrate an understanding and/or thorough analysis of the situation.

Don't settle for "I can't do anything until the professor tells me what to do."


Dr. Pam Crawford
Professor o​f Mathematics
Jacksonville University

Value, Commitment, Joy

Your education does not end on graduation day. You will take all of your lifelong learning skills from Jacksonville University to continue to obtain what you need to become successful in life, your chosen career, and anywhere life takes you. It might seem like a foreign notion; after all you just completed 12 years + of school and not much of what you learned has prepared you for this new experience called college.

However, these skills start to evolve from your first college freshman course until such time that you earn that diploma.

What are these skills?

The value of curiosity: the thirst to know more will keep you on the cutting edge of life.

The importance of commitment: the birth of self-discipline through class attendance and punctuality in getting your work done on time are all characteristics of a positive work ethic and are keys to career mobility.

The joy of critical thinking: discovery of new ideas and the value of those ideas along with understanding the values from the past create a foundation for living a stable life.

Even all the fun stuff is part of these skills: the pleasure of meeting new people, reflecting on the diversity of those from around the world, and how to master new and unique social activities will help you to become confident in any social setting.

The thrill of becoming a responsible adult: doing your homework without being told, eating healthy, getting enough rest, waking yourself up, and handling money, to name but a few of the activities that while not taught in the classroom is definitely a by-product of attending college.

All of these skills are the foundation of a lifelong learner.

Prof. Mary DeFalco
Instructor of English

Be open

Above all, be inquisitive. Come to the college experience with open ears, eyes and heart. Keep humility before the new knowledge awaiting you, and remember "to know only your own generation is to remain always a child."





Timothy Snyder, DMA
Assistant Professor of Music
Director of Choral Activities

No foolish questions

Take a look around you. If you think for one moment that anyone here is going to think that you are asking dumb questions, or think less of you because you don't know the material being presented, think again. If they already knew the material, do you think they would be sitting in this class with you? Absolutely not! We're all here to learn about things we don't already know. So again, look around. The people you see are precisely the people who will silently thank you for asking questions -- because chances are, they are probably just as deathly afraid as you with respect to asking questions. So do yourself (and your classmates) a favor, and step up and ask away.


Dr. Han Duong
Assistant Professor of Mathematics